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  • Berlin
  • Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
  • Berlin Wall, Germany
    Berlin Wall
  • Dresden
  • Old Town Square and Týn Church, Prague, Czech Republic
    Prague's Old Town Square
  • Charles Bridge and Little Quarter, Prague, Czech Republic
    Charles Bridge in Prague
  • Czech Beer Tasting
  • Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
    Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
  • Melk Abbey in Austria
  • Belvedere Palace in Vienna
  • State Opera House, Vienna, Austria
    Vienna's Opera House
  • Hofburg Palace in Vienna

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Best of Berlin, Prague & Vienna in 12 Days Tour

Any listing of Europe's great cities must include these three, where a banquet of travel thrills awaits you. Beginning in Berlin and ending in Vienna — with Prague, Dresden, and the Danube in between — our dozen-day adventure explores the very heart of Europe. From the music of Strauss to the dynasty of the Habsburgs and the idealism of the Velvet Revolution, these remarkable cities have sparked the dangers, hopes, and beauty of Europe — yesterday and today. Join us for the Best of Berlin, Prague & Vienna in 12 Days!

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Berlin, Prague, and Vienna come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 23 group sightseeing events • Historic Berlin walking tour • East Berlin walking tour • Otto Weidt's Workshop (when available) • National Memorial to the Berlin Wall • Berlin cultural Q&A • Dresden walking tour • Frauenkirche (when available) • Nelahozeves Castle • Terezín Memorial • Historic Prague walking tour • Czech beer tasting • Prague Castle • St. Vitus Cathedral • St. George's Basilica (when available) • Jewish Museum in Prague pass • Český Krumlov Castle and Baroque Theater • Melk Abbey • Danube River cruise • Historic Vienna walking tour • Belvedere Palace • Habsburg Vienna walking tour • Vienna Opera House (when available) • Hofburg Imperial Apartments…and more
  • All group transportation from Berlin to Vienna
  • 11 nights' accommodations (all but two are three-night stays) in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2021
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2–4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2–6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2–8 miles of walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Berlin

We'll have a "Welcome to Berlin" meeting at 5 p.m. at our hotel. On our way to dinner together, we'll get oriented to our neighborhood and marvel at the modernity of 21st-century Berlin. Sleep in Berlin (3 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Berlin's Historic Heart

We'll begin our day with a walking tour through the historic heart of Berlin. At the Brandenburg Gate, we'll hear how locals felt on the day in 1989 when the Berlin Wall suddenly became irrelevant. We'll continue our walk past thought-provoking memorials tracing this city's most tumultuous century, from World War I to today. For lunch, a member of Berlin's extensive Turkish immigrant community will introduce us to some traditional Turkish specialties, the city's most popular ethnic cuisine. After a full day of sightseeing, you'll be set free to take in more of Berlin's vibrant culinary scene, or simply relax at a neighborhood beer garden. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Today's East Berlin

This morning we'll trace the path of the poignant Berlin Wall Memorial and explore more of ever-changing East Berlin. We'll visit a Cold War-era metro "ghost station" and a once-destroyed Jewish neighborhood, now renewed with a flourish, sampling some of Berlin's finest finger foods along the way. Our morning ends at the workshop of heroic Otto Weidt, with the rest of your afternoon and evening free to live like a Berliner. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 4: Resurrected Dresden

Today we'll board our bus and head south to delightfully Baroque Dresden. We'll start our visit with a walking tour of the reborn-from-the-ashes city, including the city's greatest symbol of pride: the inspiring Frauenkirche, destroyed during World War II and rebuilt in the 1990s with donations from around the world. From there you'll be free to contemplate the priceless pieces in the Zwinger Museums' Old Masters Gallery, Royal Palace, or Green Vault. Sleep in Dresden (1 night). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: light.

Day 5: Terezín and Prague

We'll continue south to the Czech Republic today, stopping in the fortified town of Terezín, which was converted into a concentration camp in 1941. Today it's the Terezín Memorial, and we'll go inside to learn its story. Just down the road, we'll find a completely contrasting experience in Nelahozeves, birthplace of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, where we'll stop for lunch and a tour of the Renaissance castle perched high above the Vltava River. Later this afternoon we'll arrive at our hotel in Prague's Baroque Old Town. After settling in, we'll take an orientation walk through the Old Town and end our day with dinner together. Sleep in Prague (3 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: The People's Prague

We'll enjoy a full morning of sightseeing with our local guide, beginning with a walking tour of the Old Town Square. After learning about the Velvet Revolution, the people's march that toppled the Communist regime in 1989, our morning will end in the proudly preserved Josefov neighborhood, with its Old Jewish Cemetery and historic synagogues. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free for you to explore more of the Josefov neighborhood (with your Jewish Museum in Prague pass) on your own. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 7: Royal Prague

This morning we'll hop on a local tram to take us across the Vltava River and up the hill to the most massive castle complex in continental Europe: Prague Castle. We'll tour the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica (when available), and the Golden Lane. Is Prague really home to the best beers in Europe? We'll find out by sampling one together at a local brewery, followed by free time for more sightseeing on your own. This evening will be a great time to catch a classical concert in one of Prague's many venues. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 8: Delightful Český Krumlov

Today we'll hop on our bus and head for the centuries-old town of Český Krumlov. Our first stop is the castle fortress and one of Europe's best-preserved, and still-functioning, 18th-century Baroque theaters. Later this afternoon you'll have time to explore this photogenic old town of quaint shops and cobbled lanes — maybe even join your guide and fellow tour members on an afternoon rafting expedition before dinner together. Sleep in Český Krumlov (1 night). Bus: 3 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Melk and Vienna

After an early morning drive to the Danube Valley, we'll tour the artistic treasures and Baroque wonders of Melk Abbey and cruise Austria's prettiest stretch of the Danube: the Wachau Valley. Then we'll set course for the one-time capital of a powerful empire — and our tour's grand finale — Vienna. Tonight, we'll enjoy an orientation walk, followed by dinner together. Sleep in Vienna (3 nights). Boat: 2 hours. Bus: 5 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 10: Habsburg Vienna

This morning we'll stroll through Vienna's most sophisticated sight: the royal Hofburg Imperial Apartments. Afterwards, we'll explore more of opulent Habsburg Vienna on a walking tour through town. Your afternoon is free to explore a world-class museum or two, or slow down to enjoy sipping a coffee in the city where Europe's café scene was born. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 11: Historic Vienna

This morning, we'll make our way to Vienna's dazzling Opera House (when available) before continuing by tram to the elegant Belvedere Palace for a tour, including a roomful of Gustav Klimt's wildly gilded — he called them "erotic" — paintings. (Ponder The Kiss and decide for yourself.) The rest of your day is free to explore more of Vienna's highlights and maybe stop to savor every chocoholic's dream: Viennese Sacher torte. Tonight we'll meet for our last dinner together at a traditional Viennese Heuriger, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Prost! No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 12: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Vienna's airport by train, bus, or taxi. You'll have easy connections to home, back to Prague, or on to Budapest and other points in Europe. Auf Wiedersehen!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Berlin, Prague & Vienna in 12 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.

Reviews

Randy

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS tour and it exceeded all expectations. It wasn't just historical buildings and facts. I also gained a real sense of the people both past & present.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we left Berlin on the way to Prague, as the bus passed the wall's East Side Gallery along the Spree river, Jana played John Kennedy's 'Ich Bin Ein Berliner' speech. That experience will be with me forever...."

Joan

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS Tour and it more than met all my expectations. It was both well organized and fast paced. The tour discussed history, culture, politics, religion, geography, food and fun facts. I liked that we did so much walking because I feel that is the best way for me to personally experience both a city and its people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most poignant moment for me was when Jana played JFK's "I am a Berliner" speech as our bus slowly drove past the wall. I am old enough to remember both."

Tracy

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time travelling with Rick Steves and I doubt I will ever travel with any other tour company again. This tour was everything and exactly what it claimed to be.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As an exhausted traveler walking into the hotel room in Vienna (Hotel AM Stephansplatz) and having St Stephens cathedral staring in at me from my window!!! It took my breath away! It felt like I could reach out and touch it. I opened the windows wide and laid on my bed and listened to the bells and felt renewed energy. So many other "wow" moments like cruising down the Danube river in the sunshine drinking white wine and eating apricot cake!"

Linda

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were so well directed and cared for. The tour took us to all the highlights of the countries and the additional tour guides were so informative. We learned so much!! Yams did such a good job of guiding us all through cities, on and off public transportation and to our hotels. She was always there if we had any questions or needs. It was a fantastic experience for my family! And we had so much fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many. I think the skyline of Prague!. In Berlin the wall. Also the story of the Jewish people throughout our travels."

Laura

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Jana was absolutely great! However, I felt the overall pace of the tour was at time's grueling. I know Rick Steve's tour are strenuous, but this one seemed excessive. Five to six miles a day, everyday was a lot. I would suggest a ratio of for every 2 hours of walking, a 30 minute break would be nice. I feel we lost tour members along the way that choose to Opt out of several days touring due to the pace. I would also revisit th

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Terezin was very moving and memorable."

Jeff

Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a very positive overall tour experience. The RS books (3) that came with our tour were very useful and helpful. Our guide (Jana) was outstanding in every way and the local guides good to very good. Our bus and driver excellent. The hotel rooms and breakfasts all generally good to very good. The level of activity and sight seeing for me was very good to excellent. Our group meals however were only so-so as far as I was concerned.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Right after our Danube river cruise, arriving at our hotel in Vienna located directly across the plaza from the magnificent St. Stephens Cathedral."

Elena

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I very much enjoyed the tour. In addition touring the main three cities, we also got to see a number of smaller, but equally wonderful sites. It was a very well-rounded tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vienna was the highlight for me - great museums, architecture, as well as the whole cafe culture (the cakes there are the best I have ever seen!)."

Paul

Baton Rouge, LA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was consistently fun, entertaining, and interesting. I can't recall a single bad experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to single out. My breath was taken away by the architecture in Dresden, particularly our first sight after crossing the bridge of Katholische Hofkirche, but I also loved the Danube cruise, and dinner on the outskirts of Vienna."

Denton

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour for us. Our tour guide Jana did a great job. The pace, locations and walks were just right to make it a memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour of the Terezín concentration camp was a sobering and powerful experience. The stories of the camp were really made an impression."

Arthur

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent trip director. Overall very good. Some improvements could be made. In my opinion, which is very personal. At the first 3 sites, much time was spent on the Holocost, a horror that must never be forgotten or be allowed to be forgotten. Nevertheless, IMHO the Prague visit to the Jewish cemetery could be cut. More time on the wonderful Prague architecture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was none. Frankly, nothing about these countries is that great, much less "wow.""

Teresa

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

there is so much to see and do in Berlin that it maybe should be a whole week by itself. We missed so many museums, Loved seeing Mucha and Klimpt. Prague and Vienna were wonderful and I definitely will return to thosr cities. Many Kudoes to Jana!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My tour of the Spanish Riding School. I wish we were there during their performance schedule, Enjoyed Wofgang, our Vienna guide"

Sheila

Victoria, BC

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing tour with a well planned itinerary. The subject matter of WWII and life under Communist rule was well laid out. I enjoyed having free time to make choices on what to spend it on. Our guide was fabulous, local guides were also well chosen.

Kristen

Boston, MA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was beyond my expectations. The content was thoughtful, and the guides were knowledgeable! I'll be back soon Rick!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many WOW moments. For me, it was rafting in Cesky Krumlov. It's something i never thought I'd be able to do, and it showed a unique back-road perspective of a fairytale land."

Sharon

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the visits to the three main cities and the smaller stops in between. the coach was very comfortable and facilities (hotels and restaurants and tourist stops) were fine. I appreciated elevators in the hotels. Our two tour guides were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Terezin was especially meaningful to me as I had read Madeleine Albright's book Prague Winter. Also the cruise down the Danube was very very lovely."

Barbara

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good trip with two excellent guides, both named 'Jana', so that made it easy to remember! The hotels and neighborhoods we stayed in were all very good. We loved the breakfast buffets that they all served.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Dresden and actually spending the night there. My grandmother's parent's were from Dresden and she used to tell their stories to us. Also, the fact that Dresden was pretty much destroyed during WWII and now is mostly rebuilt. Amazing what people can do!"

Laurie

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I liked the leaders and the daily guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Terezin. I would have liked more time in the museum.."

Patricia

Waynesville, NC

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed everything on the tour. Jana#1 and Jana#2 worked so well together. Both were extremely friendly, well trained and went out of their way to share their knowledge and insights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each city was impressive, but Dresden and Czechy Krumlov were my favorite spots."

Donalee

Tigard, OR

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great educational trip showing the resilience of the people of Berlin, Dresden, Prague and Terezin. Loved the vibrant neighborhood where we stayed in Berlin. Our guide, Jana, assistant guide, Jana, and all the local guides gave thorough, well prepared tours through a time not easy to step through but so important not to forget. There was a good balance of tour time and free time. Lots of walking!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments. The children's art in the Terezin museum .... so moving! Prague! Brought to life by our two Jana's and their stories of growing up there and gaining their freedom in 1989! Also amazed at how Dresden has been rebuilt. Would have loved more time there. Fun boat ride down the Danube, too!"

Evelyn

St Louis, MO

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The guides, the accommodations, the trip itinerary was what I was looking for in a 12 day tour from Berlin to Vienna.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW was going back to Berlin and Vienna after 49 years. I was there with a college group when I was young and innocent. I was very impressed by their transformation after 49 years. I especially enjoyed Prague even though it was very crowded the weekend we were there."

Jeanette

Coeur D Alene, ID

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was well paced with three night stays in Berlin, Prague and Vienna, and free time in the afternoons to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Otto Weidt Workshop for the Blind is a hidden treasure I am sure we would not have found on our own. Learning the story of how Mr. Weidt saved many blind and deaf Jews was awe-inspiring."

Robert

Tigard, OR

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing chance to appreciate the rebirth of this region after the suffering and sacrifices of WWII and post war communist rule. Our tour guides shared first hand knowledge. They showed us the beauty of the landscape and resilience of its people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our Lady Church in Dresden. Years after being destroyed in WWII bombing, major community effort to rebuild as symbol of hope. Rubble was saved and included with new stonework. Melted cross from top of Church was replaced with solid gold cross through donations. Great story."

Ken

Cary, NC

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour with superb guides that greatly added to the experience. I learned so much more than I ever expected. The tour group included many RS veterans along with first timers and it was fun getting to know everyone and their travel experiences. The level of activity was just as advertised and we had plenty of time for exploring on our own. There were no disappointments on this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moments came in Berlin and Prague. Learning about the political and social environment that led to the construction of the Berlin Wall and the eventual removal was fascinating. Our local guide, Kevin, did a great job and he gave me a greater appreciation for what life was like during those years. The same is true about Prague and learning about the Velvet Revolution. Our tour guide, Jana, and local guide, Jana, were outstanding in describing life under Communism and post revolution."

Jane

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic guides, so much information and history, a little overwhelming at times. Didn't like the early starts but I understand why they are necessary. Thought the buddy system was brilliant. The bus rides went so quickly because of the talks, music, JFK speech and treats provided by the Janas. They are a great team and I felt so lucky to have both of them taking care of us. The hotels were fine, nothing fancy as advertised except for the Bellevue in Cesky Krumlov.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the group dinners. Can't just have one wow moment; I had a lot of them."

Beverly

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw so many things on this tour! I loved all of the tour guides, they were very knowledgeable. We also had many private tours and dinners we wouldn't have experienced if we didn't go on this tour. My husband and I met wonderful people that were part of our tour group. We just had a wonderful time. Jana our main guide was phenomenal. She made the tour so easy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment, hmmm so many, I loved Berlin and Prauge was AMAZING but I have to say I loved the tour of the baroque theater in Cesky Kromlov. We got to under the stage to see how everything worked."

John

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved all the Tour Guides and there knowledge was pretty good on all of the topic's they spoke on. The whole tour was just GREAT, I had a wonderful learning curve to catch up on too. The places we went were very cool too, the Castles were so neat and well kept up. All the different BEER'S and Great food was awesome. Saw so many different thing's, Porcelain Plates, Painting's, Art work, Church's, Rain and Rivers, (where from Arizona, U.S.A.). Thanks for a Great Time. P.S. Jana Awesom

Favorite "WOW" moment

"River Cruse, Praha"

Myra

Park Ridge, IL

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our group of 28 travelers were very friendly and smart! I was told that Rick's groups are usually like that. Many had been on numerous RS trips all over Europe. Our trip was rigorous and on several days we walked for 7 to 8 miles. Our local guides were knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. Jana, our guide, made each day special by sharing her perceptions of life under Communism as a child and how conditions changed in 1989. Every day she provided us with a special treat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our last dinner together in Vienna was so much fun and the food was plentiful and yummy. The cruise down the Danube was a once in a lifetime experience."

Pat

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a lovely tour with very good guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wonderful moments when walking through a new city. Prague old town was the most beautiful place. Cesky Kumlov views from the river and also seeing the Baroque Theater."

Ellen

Bedford, MA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The BPV tour, led by Jana, was a terrific combination of history, scenery and socializing! Walking in the steps of those who lived and suffered in World War II, the Communist rule, and the Velvet Revolution was a once in a lifetime experience. This tour was well-planned and flawlessly executed. We enjoyed every minute!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Meandering through the "Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe" in Berlin was an extremely powerful experience. Local guide, Ryan, provided an introduction to the memorial, offered some insights into symbolism of the memorial structure, and then left us to experience the memorial as individuals. By chance, our only gloomy, damp, raw day of the tour just added to the impact of the Memorial visit."

Peter

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour. Ben was great local guides in Berlin and Austria especially strong.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Concentration camp due to its bringing impact of genoicide home. Berlin also due to its history and the fall of Hitler and later the wall."

John

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful experience. I had been to Berlin, and Vienna several times previously on my own and Prague as part of the Best of Eastern Europe tour. Regardless of that it was still very much worthwhile to visit them as part of the tour group. I am an enthusiastic supporter of Rick Steves tours and recommend them to my acquaintances. I appreciate all the behind the scenes planning, thought, and work that goes into putting these together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't pick just one."

Marilee

Napa, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is difficult at first as we revisit the Nazi era and the Soviet occupation of eastern Berlin and Germany. A must in this time. But today, Berlin is very progressive. We stayed in a walk-friendly neighborhood filled with wonderful cafes, yet were close to the tram and railway so it was easy to get to the more crowded tourist areas. Prague is as beautiful as they say, but Vienna is beautiful and vibrant. Staying in the core of each of these cities allows you a lot of wander time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to be the Baroque theatre at the Krumlov Castle. It's amazing to see what the artists--stagecraft and actors--were able to accomplish given the opportunity thanks to the reigning aristocracy. Later we had a backstage tour of the Vienna Opera House. What we saw was a modernized version of the Krumlov theatre's stagecraft--the art continues."

Frieda

Berkeley, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved Berlin! The tram system made it so easy to get around that big city and see all the historical sites, current Reichstag Building, Spree River, Museum Island, and the old Jewish Quarter. The guides were great in explaining the history of Spandauer Vorstadt area, the Berlin Wall, etc. Prague was enchanting by day and night in the Old Town Square with the Astronomical Clock, museums and eateries. Vienna was beautiful! Loved the Opera, the Haus Der Musik, and Palace, the Danube.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At the end of the Berlin tour, Ben took us to see Treptower Park. I was amazed at the size of the Soviet war memorial built by the USSR to honor their own Russian soldiers who died in the fight against Hitler. The sheer size of the place was astounding! WOW!"

Lynn

Cedaredge, CO

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the guides provided excellent history lessons for us that may have forgot or never studied it. The guided tour in mornings and leaving the afternoon to explore more on our own was great. We had a great group from a verity of professions that added a lot to the tours, and the get together. We were not expecting the hotels to as nice, we were pleasantly surprised.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to say, but I really enjoyed Berlin."

John

Egg Harbor City, NJ

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was blown away by the organization of very busy days, the use of experts in every city, and the allocation of afternoons to explore the cities on our own. Every element of the trip clicked like a well-oiled machine. Wow! Kudos to Rick Steves' Corp for recognizing the unique talents and value of Ben, our guide. Extremely knowledgeable, professional, multi-talented individual, who worked tirelessly to make this a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Suggest 2 more dinners up front.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When my wife and I turned the corner on the 2nd Floor of the n the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna to see a spectacular Raphael --- the Madonna with the Christ Child and Saint John the Baptist. Took our breaths away!"

Barbara

Webster, NY

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very enjoyable tour. The guides were fantastic. Ben took very good care of us, things ran very smoothly. Ben was very knowledgeable. He knew a lot about the culture and history of the places we visited. He also had a few team building games that enabled us to get to know the other tour members. He was really remarkable and I appreciate all he did for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last dinner at the wine garden and the bus ride back home were special. Our guide in Berlin (Jess) who taught us so much about the holocaust, near the end of his time with us he put on a skullcap to enter Jewish burial grounds. When I realized he was Jewish that was an emotional moment."

Editha

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome, fantastic, best tour so far. Everything seem to have aligned perfectly, the tour group, Ben our guide, all the local guides, esp Jess in Berlin and Wolfgang in Vienna, (hope I got his name right). We chose this tour because of our interests in WW2 and Cold War history. Visiting the 3 cities, esp Berlin, with-their hauntingly dark histories, walking tour of the cities and memorials with the excellent guides, unforgettable. Two thumbs way up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of great moments and memories. The last supper in Vienna, WOW indeed! Party on the train, best rendition ever of " Oh Canada". La Traviata, SRO, at the Vienna Opera House."

Karen

Cedaredge, CO

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really liked all the hotels where we stayed. They were right in the middle of the downtown where we could conveniently immerse ourselves in the culture and ambiance of the area. Great experience! The actual tours in the various locations were very informative and immersed us in the history and culture of the areas. We had plenty of free time to explore on our own. I found the whole tour to be excellent regarding history and culture and would recommend it to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day brought a wow moment regarding architecture and art to history. For me reading about the halocast and history of the Berlin Wall is one thing, but actually being where this occurred was a very sobering experience. The question remains, how could this have happened?"

Norman

Franktown, CO

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First tour we have done. Everything was outstanding. Ben, A+ in his guiding us through our trip. All the tour guides along the way were great. We had great weather, the group was great to be with and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many --> topography of terror, the Soviet Garden in east Berlin. Cesky Krumlov was fantastic."

Venita

Surrey, BC

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely loved this trip. We gelled as a group, right away. Our tour guide, Holger, and the local guides, all worked to make sure we immersed ourselves into the local culture. Each city on this tour offered something quite different, and each grabbed your heartstrings for different reasons. I am now in love with Berlin and Prague, Berlin for its colorful urban street art and checkered history, and Prague for its vibrancy and stunning architecture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but one "wow" moment was in Prague. Holger arranged an optional outing for those of us in our group that were interested in attending a local jazz club performance in the evening. I absolutely loved seeing the 'Sunny Swing' band at the 'Jazz Dock Bar & Cafe' in Prague. The music and venue were awesome, and we were simply transported back in time, listening to their lively music."

Ellen

West Hartford, CT

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour far exceeded my expectations. One of the reasons I travel is to gain perspective. I was unprepared for how much I would be affected by the history - especially in countries that were formerly communist. I'm old enough to remember when the Berlin wall came down, but I really never understood how the United States was a beacon of democracy for those behind the iron curtain. As our local guide said in Vienna - you think of yourselves as a young country but you are the oldest democracy

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think our final dinner in Vienna. The whole trip came together for me - in this restaurant full of tradition, in such a beautiful country and a wonderful group of people."

Patricia

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was excellent. The tour was great. With global warming it was very hot in prague and berlin-in the 90's-hotels need to have fans or air conditioning. This is important to prevent heat stroke and to enable good sleep to prevent falls. The population taking your tours is older and needs these things. Unfortunately, you will need to find hotels that offer these.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the architecture in prague"

Mont

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour experience was positively a memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The history and sites in Berlin and the rebuilding of Dresden. The fact that I could be in East Germany as an American was awesome. I grew up in Europe, and during that time I wasn't allowed in East Germany and the wall was still up."

Edward

Novato, CA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour experience was wonderful! Holger was a superb tour guide - helpful, kind, knowledgeable and definitely on top of everything. We could not have been in better hands. Every city on the tour had its own personality that shone through with the help of Holger and all our local guides, which was just as important as the monuments and museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, my "wow" moment was to see how the people of Berlin have acknowledged their recent history from World War II and Soviet domination for all to see in a way that seeks to bear witness that this must never happen again. This was most evident at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe."

Joyce

Milton Freewater, OR

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am loathe to use only superlatives, but this entire tour experience for me was terrific! We have never participated in a Rick Steves tour before, so we didn't quite know what to expect. (We have watched numerous Public Broadcast shows, however!). We felt like the activity level was perfect and really appreciated the mixture of activities and free time. We were able to pack a lot into those days! And lastly, our fellow tour group members were well connected and we made some wonderful friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention! Both my husband and I learned a lot about Berlin and found we enjoyed the city (and the location of our hotel) very much. Our guide, Holger, was so knowledgeable about his city and really provided a lovely introduction to the city. The local guides were stellar as well. Other "wow" moments included the memorial at Terezin and the beautiful city of Prague. The short cruise on the Danube was memorable and picture perfect. See? Too many!"

Jennifer

San Deigo, CA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

although my husband and I have traveled extensively, this was our first group tour. I was a bit apprehensive about the group aspect, but my worries were unfounded. We found ourselves amongst a group of interesting people who were all there for the same reasons we were[INVALID] to get to know the people, culture and history of new places. Our group was led by Holger. In addition to being a wonderful person, he was incredibly knowledgeable about all of the places we visited.

Deborah

Hartford, CT

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Holger was an excellent and patient guide. Kevin, our Berlin tour guide and our guide at Terrezin were outstanding. The hotels were charming and well located but without air conditioning or enough fans for each room - the heat was unbearable at night and made it impossible to sleep. Big detraction. This tries people's patience and makes it difficult for some to remain positive - stresses the group dynamic. Overall, I enjoyed (almost) every minute (No sleep due to heat was a drawback.)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner at Heuriger Schubel Auer was special."

Jacque

Ingleside, IL

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was very nice. Big City vibes were very nice, but the charming little cities are next on the to do list!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"2 words...CESKY KRUMLOV! WOW, doesn't even cover it! The big cities were very nice, Cesky Krumlov needed more time! Rafting was out of this world...small town BIG time love! The people were SO nice, I would have loved another night to really explore the streets and town."

Jim

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

One of the best tours I've taken with Rick Steve's.Berlin is magnificent. So much history. The Holocaust Memorial was very moving, and the museums on Museum Island were outstanding. And of course, Vienna was classy and elegant, a very beautiful city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"viewing Czech artist Alfons Mucha's Art Nouveau stained-glass craftsmanship at the St. Vitus Cathedral, truly a joy to behold. Pure genius and breathtakingly beautiful."

Doug

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best experiences of my life. I was so looking forward to the tour and the experience blew my expectations out of the water. Jana was incredible as were all of our local guides. The coordination and flexibility of the tour were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was something so little - an optional wine festival in Prague. I don't even drink and I had the time of my life. It was a beautiful night and Jana help us have an incredible time. The camaraderie and laughter that night are things I will remember for the rest of my life."

Orlanda

San Jose, CA

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing trip filled with history, culture, traditional cuisines, and many other surprises along the way. I always dreamed of visiting Prague, Vienna and Berlin, and the trip organized by the lead guide Jana did not disappoint. We were welcomed on the first day and everything about the trip was well planned and seamless. I appreciated the free time in the afternoon to pursue personal interests or other recommendations by Jana that were not included in the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the beautiful Cesky Krumlov. It was so unexpected. This small city is worth a week stay in order to get both relaxation and history. I had a memorable lunch over seeing the river."

John

Independence, MN

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful blend of various historical periods presented by very knowledgeable guides. Free time to explore on your own was an ample amount. Lead tour guide, Jana, was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the Habsburg summer palace. Would recommend that becomes part of the guided tour in the future."

Susan

The Villages, FL

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guides, overall tour guide Jana, and local guides. Excellent food. Great variety of planned activities. Excellent way to travel Europe is with Rick Steves tours. This one was just as great as all other RS tours that we have enjoyed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Schoenberg summer castle. It should be a permanent part of the tour, not just an additional option."

Janice

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We learned so much on this tour about WWll, the Nazi, the Jews, the bombing and so on. We had wonderful city guides who were extremely knowledgable. My favourite part of the tour were the small cities: Dresden, Cesky Krumlov, & Melk. The cruise down the Danube was definitely a highlight for me. The group of 26 people took a little while to gel, but by the end it was hard to say goodbye.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cruising down the Danube River was wonderful! The sun was out, there were ruins, villages and churches dotting the banks. I felt like I got a taste of what a long river cruise would be like."

Garry

Kelowna, BC

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

enjoyable, found it a bit slow, a bit overwhelming with the Jewish,Nazi component. It was very interesting for two days but by day 5, i was out of it.There is alot more to some of the first couple of areas we visited that we did n't get to.. need to revisit the length, reduce it down a bit. Once we got going the tour got going, we really enjoyed it. I did notice the marketing angle of as we got closer to the end our accommodation and included meals got better. tricky!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"learning about the Nazi's raise to power before WW2 as explained by Jess.."

Mary

Shaker Heights, OH

Tour: 08/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The local guides were very good. It was nice to have the guided tours in. The morning and being able to explore on our own in the afternoon. The orientation tours when we arrived in a place were very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the st. Stephens cathedral and have it be the first view when leaving the hotel."

Mary Jo

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour is exactly as listed in the program materials. Hotels were located in places you wanted to be with good transportation options for things further away. The level of activity is clearly written for each day. I liked the local guides and the possibility of free time each day. There was variety in the tour with some especially nice touches in the shorter stays.The buddy system worked very well with not alot of time spent in making sure that all were present.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the castle theatre tour in Cesky Krumlov. Not only did we see the indie of the theatre but the downstairs part that showed how things actually worked was amazing. This was a special tour only for us."

Pamela

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was exactly as I hoped it would be! And more! The itinerary was an intriguing blend of past and present, major sights and small treasures. I appreciated the mix of guided tours with free time exploration. I was interested in the challenge and freedom of limiting luggage to carry-on only. And pleased with the result. I enjoyed meeting our fellow travelers and sharing their perspectives. I loved the tone set by our tour guide and feel that her skill set was incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In spite of the many "wow" sights packed into this tour, I was moved most by a "first impression"...the impact of encountering daily life near our hotel, the Kastanienhof, in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg. In the context of symbolic and impressive European sights, it was the sight of parents shepherding their children on bikes and toddlers negotiating cobblestones with ease on their way to the park, and the sounds of Zionskirche bells, swooshing electric buses, and outdoor cafe chatter that wowed!"

Barbara

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good trip in every way. Jana was great. Everything was well organized and interesting. A very nice group of people and lovely places to experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cannot pick out one single moment... the churches were magnificent.. the art, statuary, architecture were one beautiful thing after another... so nice to have Jana and the tour guides explaining all and giving context."

Jack

Redmond, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This review is for myself and travel companion, Linda. Jana and the local guides were exceptional in terms of being informative and fun at the same time. The accommodations were excellent. The bus driver, as usual, was great. The one recommendation relates to the group meals which were average.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For Linda, it was the medieval town of Chesky Krumlov, the medieval fair, and the theater. For myself, the diversity of architecture in Prague. Also, I had studied and learned a lot about the Memorial to the Murdered Jews. I finally got to see the final implementation of the memorial."

Barry

Spokane, WA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I started the tour without having done much preliminary reading, and I am pleased to report that what I experienced would have been what I would have hoped for had I studied first. I appreciate the learning experience of both the histories and contemporary affairs. The streets and buildings we explored kept my head on a swivel. I can't say for certain since I had never been to any of these cities, that we saw the most important or visually stunning sights, but I suspect that we did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This question is difficult to answer. I suppose I was most impressed by Vienna and my favorite part of that was the Kunst Historical Museum (not by any great margin) we visited on a free afternoon. It was overwhelming to see so much art and history in one place. One afternoon was not even close to enough time to see it all. We'll just have to go back."

Joseph

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was conducted flawlessly. Which means we were able to experience the sites, people, culture and food without distraction. We followed the agenda, our rooms and meals were ready when promised, we had sufficient time to ourselves and plenty of time together. Given the number of places we went in the relatively short period of time, one has to be impressed with the quality of the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing so many beautiful places that were hidden 30 years ago..."

Dwayne

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Phenomenal. Every day was great. A lot of thought went into the planning. Our guide, Jana Kratka, had some kind of surprise in store every couple of hours, it seemed. She also filled the hours on the bus with great information and entertainment. The amount of free time each day was just right. The guides at each site were very knowledgeable and engaging. I have no complaints -- everything was pleasing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible to pick one; there were many. I will say, one terrific surprise was when we were leaving Berlin and passing a large surviving section of the Wall, and Jana played a passage from JFK's Berlin speech in 1963 over the bus's audio system. And then she explained the controversy over his "Ich bin ein Berliner" statement, and how he really had it right and did not say "I am a jelly donut." To top it off, she had brought the Berliner jelly donuts and passed them out. That was a great moment."

Mark

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana was an excellent guide.

Stewart

Frankfort, KY

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana was fantastic. Our guide Kevin was inspiring in Berlin, as was our Terrazine guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kevin's exposition of Nazi Germany and divided Berlin."

Catherine

Athens, GA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very educational but so much fun too. We had great guides, especially Jana, and we had a wonderful group of people to travel with. There was a good variety of experiences, and a fair amount of free time to wander on our own. Thank you Jana for all the Metro passes and the various treats you shared with us!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many moments that wowed for very different reasons. The one that has stuck with me was when I was standing next to the Berlin Wall and saw where someone had written the word "Madness"."

Sholeh

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour, and we were impressed once again with the depth and breadth of the experience and the attention to details. We enjoyed the trip very much, learned a great deal and have fantastic memories. We loved our outstanding tour guide Jana, who was knowledgable, kind and a terrific leader. We met many wonderful fellow travelers whom we shared great experiences with. We had a fine balance of group activities as well as free time to ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many favorite moments - Berlin is just incredible - Local Berlin guide Kevin made the history come to life. Rebuilt Dresden and Prague were absolutely gorgeous - Cesky Krumlov is a gem - Danube Wachau valley cruise was amazing. All the WW2 historical sites, in particular Terezin, will stay with me forever."

Brian

Bowling Green, KY

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a tremendous experience touring Europe! We have friends who had taken a Rick Steves Tour and spoke very highly of their experience. We opted for our first trip to Europe to be a Rick Steves Tour based on their recommendation. We are SO happy we took this tour. It was an experience that we'll cherish for the rest of our lives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't normally have "wow" moments... but I'll admit that I involuntarily gasped out loud when I saw the beauty and the opulence of the Baroque theater in Cesky Krumlov."

Alan

North Saanich, BC

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first Rick Steves tour, and it greatly exceeded my expectations. We have travelled quite a bit and were used to organizing our own trips, so we had some reservations about losing flexibility, being on a tour bus, and travelling with a group of strangers. None of these were an issue. The group dynamics were great; we found ourselves travelling with a group of new friends. The bus travel was comfortable. We learned SO MUCH, e.g. that history is about perspectives, not one version.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. A couple of the most moving were the Berlin Wall walking tour and the art produced by the children being held in the the Terezin concentration camp. The tour of the Baroque theatre in Cesky Krumlov and the backstage tour of the Vienna Opera were also definitely highlights. The throngs of tourists and stag parties in Prague were (negative) WOW moments!"

Gloria Mayumi

Oakland, CA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, I enjoyed my tour immensely. I learned so much and have developed a deeper appreciation for each destination included in the tour. Torben is an exceptional guide and the tour members were all delightful, friendly and warm. I highly recommend this tour (and all of the tours) to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two wow moments: Sad WOW: Terezin. It is one thing to hear about this place from history books, but it's another thing to actually see it. The exhibit showing artworks made by Holocaust victims - both young and old - was moving and heartbreaking. Fun WOW: Jazz night in Prague (thanks Torben!) / Concert at St. Salvatore Church Prague - Music truly is food for the soul. I must add the rafting in Cesky Krumlow as a wow moment too....more like a "wow that was tiring...but fun! =)"

Lisa

New York, NY

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Torben is exceptional Exceeded expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all great"

David

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this excellent tour. For any history buff, they would definitely get their fill in that regard The area covered has a long and extensive history, with some very important events happening relatively recently toward the end of the last century. While Berlin may not be the most beautiful city in the world, it is a vibrant, youthful and energetic one, full of optimism and promise. Prague and Vienna made up for what Berlin lacked in looks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Always hard to choose just one of these, but I would have to say a totally unexpected and surprising wow moment was when our daily guide in Prague took and showed us the Prague library book tower. I thought - wow- in an area not too far from mass book burnings less than a century ago, here was the opposite: a monument to the power and value of books to a free society. Very impressive, and for me, very moving."

Barbara

Rio Verde, AZ

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was absolutely outstanding! The history was phenomenal! The tour guides (Torben and the local city guides) were fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Ryan's tour of the Berlin Wall. He was very interesting- had some amazing stories."

Charlie

Minnetonka, MN

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For me this tour was life changing! Every day with Torben and our group brought new information, new insight and new experiences. It was humbling and uplifting. This trip connected me to a part of the world and history that really came alive for me. So did the people I encountered in each locale and a wide variety of circumstances. After the exhilaration of this trip I am more optimistic, more confident and feel like I understand my place in the world better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many are swirling through my mind. I Think being in the secret synagogue in Terazin that was only discovered relatively recently effected me in a profound way. The courage, faith, hope and resilience reflected there was inspiring and sobering."

Joanne

Waukesha, WI

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our guide, Torben, and the rest of our group members. This was my third RS tour and my husband's first. I was wowed, as before, and he says he'd do another one in the future which is a great sign! With two young children (who stayed home) I loved not having to make any plans for this trip other than how to get to and from our start and ending cities. This particular tour is especially jam-packed with activities and history (and cobblestone streets). We had a fabulous time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our "vacation from our vacation" day in Cesky Krumlov was especially memorable. I went rafting with about half of our group that afternoon which was a lot of fun. The views all around this small town are just gorgeous and the dinner we enjoyed together here was probably the largest meal I've ever had in my life. Delicious."

Laura

North Saanich, BC

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although my husband and I are experienced travellers, this was the first tour (of any kind) that we have tried. We found it to be an extremely positive experience. I thought Torben was a perfect guide, our fellow tour members were a great group of people, and the destinations and experiences were an excellent mix. We learned a lot on this tour. The three night stays in the main cities were adequate, but I would have liked more time in Dresden. It is so hard to fit everything into 12 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No particular wow moment but, as I review the 12 days in my mind, some highlights were: the Berlin Wall walking tour, the Velvet Revolution tour in Prague, backstage at the Vienna Opera, the Jewish cemetery in Prague, Torben's "lectures" while on the bus and the snacks he was always offering us - loved the vegan curry wurst. Good mix of tour activities and free time."

Elizabeth

Atkinson, NH

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was a fantastic tour. Informative. Well planned out. Lots of different local tour guides who were very knowledgeable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was in Prague. The beauty of the architecture."

Craig

Danville, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ben was outstanding as our guide. The tour was packed with intriguing culture, fascinating history, beautiful settings, delicious food, and wonderful fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cesky Krumlov of the Czech Republic was a jewel."

Don

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ben is a fantastic guide! His depth of knowledge blended with his passion for travel enhanced my experience throughout the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cathedral in Dresden"

Craig

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The overall tour was good but the negatives are that the guided tours involved too much standing and listening to the tour guide giving us a highly detailed history which was relatively interesting but in the long run of very little overall value. Really how many of us will remember all of the fine details of the abbey, church or empire beyond the next two weeks. These details were interesting at the time but not for long term memory.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was no wow moment."

Robert

Reading, MA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an exceptional tour that combined wondrous sites, in-depth history, culture, architecture, food and great guides that brought the venues we visited to life. This was my third Rick Steves tour and once again it exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide, Ben, was passionate about this area of the world and it's history. The tour was extremely well choreographed and we made every moment count. The hotels and meals were great and the ratio of group to individual time was perfect. Well done!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As usual, so many to choose from. While I loved every place that we visited, Ceský Krumlov in the Czech Republic was my very favorite. A quaint, beautiful town/village with beautiful architecture, landscapes, gardens, shops and people. Prague was a very close second."

Sandra

Cottage Grove, WI

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a fabulous time! Ben and all of the local guides were top notch and knew their history!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to see the Lipizzaner Stallions being led past right in front of the tour group! Good timing, Ben!"

Joshua

Mission Viejo, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was really interested in the Soviet Berlin Battle memorial. This was a fascinating and impactful visit. I had no idea that this monument existed."

Paulette

South Pasadena, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every part of the tour was great. Ben is an outstanding tour guide; so knowledgeable, attentive, great sense of humor. What a delight and surprise that we could attend the Vienna opera even if sold out. Ben shepherded us through the process of standing room ticket opportunity. Guides at each stop we're extremely knowledgeable. It is what we value in these tours. Folks on the tour helped to form a wonderful community for the 12 days. Our accommodations were great, so well located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Wow is the total deep impression of the tour. The history touched me deeply. Seeing the resiliency of people and resiliency of places that had been so destroyed...rebuilt...Guides did a great job presenting various points of views. I expected a gray, depressing Berlin and saw green, resurrection, and hope for all of us if we can only remember and learn from history."

Stephen

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We visited Berlin, Dresden, Terezin, Prague, Czesky Krumlov, and Vienna, all places we'd never been before. This was our first Rick Steves Tour. I can not understate how much I enjoyed it. Our tour guide, Ben, was fantastic. The various tour guides in the places we visited we equally well informed, engaging, and excellent. We loved meeting the other people on the tour and relished the new friends we made.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two - the first was the 4 hours we spent in Terezin, and the second was the day we spent in Czesky Krumlov. Our visit to a concentration camp and the reflection on that visit that followed was a life changing event, especially when considering what is currently happening in various parts of the world, including the tyranny of the current administration in Washington DC. And Czesky Krumlov was simply a really cool place. Specifically, the Baroque Theater, the raft trip, the dinner."

Ellin

Danville, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic and went without a hitch (except for rain). Our guide, Ben, was amazingly knowledgeable, patient, organized, humorous, and approachable. We had to discuss serious subjects but it was done with respect and impartiality. Ben and the extra guides did a tremendous job putting history in perspective and imparting so much knowledge. It was great!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going into Cezy Kumlav, very nice break from the rest of the big cities and very charming."

Christine

Eagan, MN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I truly enjoyed my first Rick Steve's tour. It was informative and extremely organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The last evening together. Buffet dinner at a wonderful restaurant in Vienna."

Robert

Duluth, MN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Outstanding but probably will never return. Flight over and back were horrible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dresden. I know the story from the destruction during WWII. Baroque theater in Kreike , amazing. River tour on the Danube. Fantastic."

Dennis

Eagan, MN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and we were very impressed with the whole event. Jana was great- very knowledgeable, patient, helpful and personable. The coordination of events, hotels and transportation was exceptional. I was surprised that we could cover som much in so little time and still have time off for ourselves also. The hotels were all exceptional and offered fabulous breakfasts and comfort. The local restaurants that we went to offered a good variety of authentic foods and experiences.

Rebecca

Pittsburg, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Berlin was a surprise to me- not what I expected. Went on a Berlin Walks Street Art tour prior to our tour to get a feel of today Berlin. The city is just not war memorials. Our hotel neighborhood reminded me of San Francisco residential areas. Cafes, little shops, kids and parents going to schools. Loved the location. Prague- I needed more time. at least one more day. The architecture, churches, museums and just to wander the streets. The new hotel is gorgeous inside- it fits with the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can you say one- Loved Prague and all it was about"

Edward

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana was engaging, organized, informative and thoughtful. Good mix of history, planned time and meals, plus free time. Comfortable motor coach.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Danube river cruise."

Susan

Duluth, MN

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great trip. We were with a fun group. Lots of history and very educational. I am still thinking about it after being home for a week!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A few! The stumbling stones in Berlin and the magnitude of all who were lost. The beautiful Lutheran Church in Dresden. As a lifelong Lutheran, I don't think I have ever seen a more beautiful Lutheran Church! Prague was so fun and beautiful."

Michael

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana did an outstanding job leading this tour. She's maybe our best leader yet, and we have had some good ones. Her personal stories and historical knowledge added so much to the experience. I know RS has little control over who signs up, but our fellow tour members were extremely nice, fun and engaged in the travel experience. The only negative was colder than usual/expected weather which was nobody's fault. There were so many positives to outweigh this. This was our 6th RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stage and the scene changing gear at the Baroque Theater in Cesky Krumlov was amazing. I had no idea that such a thing existed. Before entering, I presumed we would see just some old theater. No way! Can I have two? In Berlin our local guide Jess described the events and life of the young soldier in the iconic picture showing his escaping to the West. I remembered that picture (OK, I was pretty young) and hearing the full story was astonishing."

David

Roswell, GA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In spite of unseasonably cold weather, we made the best of every situation and site we visited. Jana was always well prepared and considerate of each tour group member (she was incredible!). Local guides were extremely good and often hilarious personalities. You couldn't get the type of experience we had by traveling alone. The guides brought the places we visited to life. We also had the advantage of having a great mix of wonderful people in our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Prague Cathedral and seeing the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate, and the Vienna Opera House. However, all of the palaces in Europe couldn't compete with the cruise on the Danube! Beautiful scenery, great company, and an excellent local apricot schnapps made for a memorable time, in spite of the lousy weather."

Cherie

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Though the weather did not cooperate, it was a great tour. Those that choose this tour need to understand that it is very emotional at times. If you are interested in WWII history, this tour will be especially rewarding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pinkas Synagague in Prague. Though I don't know if "wow" is the proper word. The walls inscribed with the names of thousands of Czech Jews murdered during the Holocaust was breathtaking. Follow that with the Terezin Children's Art Exhibit upstairs and I was speechless."

Timothy

Auburn, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. I was very impressed how well everything was organized. The local guides, for the most part, were outstanding. Jana could not have been better. We all loved her! I felt that we got in touch with each city on an intimate level by walking and taking the public transit system, which I haven't done before. The freedom you gave Jana to choose some of the local things to do, restaurants, the "budget" to buy local cuisine, put the tour over the top. Well done

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think it was towards the end. The first evening of the tour, we were all strangers. The final dinner party, we were all friends. We all celebrated the tour with a song that we serenaded Jana with. Ask her."

Tamara

Seminole, FL

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Berlin, Prague and Vienna was another wonderful experience that exceeded all our expectations, which are high since we have had such a great time on 4 other tours. Our guide Jana was unbelievable, working so hard to make sure everyone was happy and providing all sorts of local treats to try. The itinerary was well planned, mixing the smaller towns of Cesky Krumlov and Dresden in between the three big cities. The local guide in Berlin was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For beauty, it was standing on the Charles Bridge in Prague at sunrise, watching the sun paint the castle and town below it in a pink glow. For history, it was walking through the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin and then crossing the street to stand on the spot where Hitler's bunker had been buried underground, realizing just how real all this was. Terezin was another wow, seeing the artwork that had been saved from the Jews held in the ghetto there."

Douglas

Palm Desert, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent,the guide was supurb,energetic,enthusiastic and thorough in covering all details.The tour created my curiosity to see each country in more detail. I feel I gained more respect and appreciation for the countries and their people the music,culture, and traditions. I enjoyed the commoradery and friendship of my fellow travellers who with their enjoyment and questions made the trip rich and meaningful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Cesky Krumlov was a joy."

Shana

Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was very enjoyable! The content was interesting, locations amazing, guides were wonderful and we had a fun, friendly tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cesky Krumlov- both the incredible Baroque Theatre and the rafting trip on the Vltava which a small group of us went on. These were both activities we likely would not have experienced on our own."

Joseph

Glen Cove, NY

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour provided an excellent overview of three historic cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Berlin Wall up close was important to me as a history buff. After seeing Checkpoint Charlie I ordered the John Le Carre novel ,The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, which was written shortly after the Wall went up. I saw the old Jewish neighborhoods and the Holocaust Memorial but the enormity of the horror didn't hit home. Then came Terezin, the model concentration camp. WOW!"

Danette

Hartington, NE

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable and caring. We felt we hit the highlights of each city. We had the right amount of free time. I liked the walking tours on arrival to each city to give us a sense of direction. Jana was always able to give us directions to places we wanted to see in our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it's hard to chose. Each city had its differences and similarities. The amazing architecture built to look like it did before WW 2 destroyed it was so amazing.The most impressive thing was the mass transportation system in each city. So efficient,easy and clean."

John

Norfolk, NE

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana was an outstanding guide. She is very thoughtful and kind. She went out of her way to help the group with any activities, directions, or extras. I give Jana 5 plus stars for hospitality and knowledge.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the baroque concert hall and Terezin."

JoAnn

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding leader. Very knowledgeable and well organized

Maureen

Palm Desert, CA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We covered a lot of countries and subjects. This is a vigorous tour. WE were interested in the historical aspects of these countries and we certainly got complete views of the past and present. Accommodations were very nice - thank you for elevators -and centrally situated. Our guide Jana was as helpful as anyone could possibly be - she was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although I did not care for Berlin, one of the most moving experiences was seeing the large memorial of hundreds of cement blocks in a field for the holocaust victims. The trip to Terezi'n was also moving."

Laura

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I were very satisfied with the Berlin, Prague and Vienna tour. Although the stays in the principal cities were relatively short, we felt that we gleaned enough history and orientation to each place that we could easily go back to take in all the wonderful museums that we missed the first time. While the distances we walked were not that strenuous what was more challenging was walking on cobblestones. I doubled up my insoles and that helped.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jana's schnapps break in Cesny Krumlov. Viewing the "baroque" theater. A string quartet concert in St.Anna's Cathedral next to the hotel in Vienna was exquisite. The tour of the Wall in Berlin was remarkable for how well they have successfully interpreted a complex history using a bare patch of land. Kathe Kollwitz's memorial to mothers who lost their children. But we loved Vienna most for its joie de vivre and sacher tortes. People laughed there openly and I had forgotten what that was like."

Lynne

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great time learning and eating and drinking beer. The other members of the tour were wonderful, at least for the subsection of people my wife and I interacted on a regular basis.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first tast of the wonderful dark beers in Prague was a real delight for me."

James

Collegeville, PA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fun trip. Our guide (Janna) was outstanding. Our weather was poor on some days, but that's not something to hold against RS Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cesky Krumlov was a magical place, especially in the evening. Some of the best photo opps in Europe."

Catherine

Beverly Hills, MI

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves trip. I enjoyed the trip and the group was very friendly. On the first day I was disappointed that we did not go into any of the buildings that we saw in Berlin. I would have preferred to go inside several and see less than just the " drive bys". From the second day on the trip was excellent. I especially liked visiting Dresden, Cesky Krumlov, Melk. The smaller towns appeal to me. I learned that I prefer to see just one big city on a tour rather than 3.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Baroque Theater tour in Cesky Krumlov. It was unique-something that I would never have seen on my own."

Randal

Redmond, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. This was my first time traveling in former Soviet occupied cities and it was truly a memorable experience. Berlin, with its history both of the Holocaust and as the site of the Berlin Wall, is a must-see. Not necessarily for the "feel good" moments though. In light of today's current political climate, being in a place that experienced first hand the effects of intolerance and nationalism was sobering, and has inspired me to be more politically vocal here at home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The inner workings of the baroque theater at Cesky Krumlov. So glad that you changed the start date of the tour so that we arrived in Cesky Krumlov on a day that the theater was open. The local guide was so proud of the theater, and allowing us to use some of the original special effects equipment was really cool."

David

Seminole, FL

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana made sure every aspect of this trip was fun and comfortable. She works extremely hard at all times and really made this trip amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several contenders for me: Cesky Krumlov's Baroque Theater, walking through the Berlin wall area, Prague's main square in the morning before the crowds came, and Vienna (always a highlight)"

Katie

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great! I loved learning about and exploring these three unique cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two "wow" moments revolve around living like a local: In Berlin, walking from our hotel to a wonderful beer garden right in the city to enjoy a beverage and a pretzel. In Vienna, taking a tram ride out of downtown to a quaint neighborhood wine-garden restaurant for our final group dinner where we reminisced with our fellow travelers and super guide, Ben."

Jeffrey

Madison, WI

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour covered where we wanted to go; Berlin, Prague and Vienna and some other places we were not too interested in. The group was larger than we expected, but our tour guide was excellent. The structure was also good and we appreciated afternoons free to wander on our own. Town to town transportation was very good as was the fact that we never had to wait on ticket lines.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vienna"

Paula

Janesville, WI

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding guides throughout tour, including tour director, Ben . Very interesting itinerary, congenial group, and variety of options for free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Schoenbrunn Palace - Vienna, museums, art, & concerts."

Betsy

Sugar Land, TX

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A very good trip! We learned a lot, as we always do, and enjoyed our guide and our group. It's one of the most demanding trips we've been on with RS, in part because of the content (hey, Berlin had some grim stuff that went down -- a lot to process!) and the rigor of being in crowded cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cesky Krumlov was a delightful respite from the cities. It was charming, picturesque and unpretentious. And following that with the trip down the Danube helped recharge us for our experience in Vienna."

Kevin

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The three cities we visited were a great combination. Ben was really a great tour guide. The pace and length of each day was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Berlin Wall was the epitome of 20th Century history. But the trip to Theresin will be with me forever."

Alan

Ashland, OR

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent guide (Ben). Excellent information from Ben and local guides, although the local guides sometimes talked too much and repeated what Ben had already talked about. All meals were great, hotels better than expected. Hotels were comfortable and in great locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Free time in Prague to explore the city (based on recommendations from our guide)."

Debby

Lansing, MI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the BPV tour and especially enjoyed the smaller cities of Dresden and Cesky Krumlov! This tour is heavy on history including Nazi Germany and the Cold War. Our tour director, Janna, was outstanding, very knowledgeable as well as compassionate especially with some of this really tough history. Local guides were also very good. Our group was great which truly makes the tour so much fun. The meals together just added to the fun of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to single any one out!"

Sharon

Lancaster, PA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide Janna and other guides were outstanding. Janna handled your member tragedy with tact and compassion.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner in beer garden outside Vienna. Food and zither player were fun extras."

Kristin

Gold River, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour and we were not disappointed! The places we visited were fascinating-and at times horrifying (Tereszin). We learned so much about the history of Central Europe that is rarely taught in the United States. The history of the Nazis, Hitler, the Soviet occupation after WWII, and the impact of all of this on real people's lives was so moving. I wish more Americans (particularly young ones) would travel to this part of the world.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose-the Melk Abbey? Cesky Krumlov? Or a private performance from two musicians from the Prague Castle orchestra?"

Mary

Round Rock, TX

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

These three cities - so different, so much shared history - make a great itinerary! Through Jana, our guide, and our wonderful local guides, I learned so much. Our group was congenial and fun-loving. I recommend this tour for anyone interested in history, architecture, culture, fun, and beer!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The architecture in Prague was my "wow" moment. The variety of architectural periods - Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau, Modern, etc. - are seen all in one place. You walk down a street and experience a fabulous Art Nouveau building next to a wonderful Renaissance building, and on and on. A photographer's paradise!"

Tom

Round Rock, TX

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

he amount of time tour time devoted to each location was just right and the mount of free time and guided time was good. The tour group size is also very nice. The group is large enough to provide an interesting variety of participants and small enough that you can get to know everyone and have comfortable space on the bus. All local guides provided were very knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining. All accommodations were clean, comfortable, well located and had friendly staff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague was my "wow" moment. Visiting religious buildings is not a passion of mine but I have visited many in Europe and the US and this is now my favorite. The stained glass is beautiful and everywhere you look there is interesting art but it is not overwhelming like St. Peter's Basilica or Westminster Abby."

Sharon

Kanata, ON

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group of like-minded individuals. The tour left us "wanting more" in every place but we felt we saw the max possible given the amount of time in each place. Loved the transit passes which encouraged travel as a "temporary local", and walking for sightseeing. Did not feel like typical "tour tourist".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the outdoor Berlin Wall Memorial. Although I had lived through the time when the Wall was built and came down, the depth of my ignorance was quite humbling. Our local guide's encyclopedic knowledge and engaging style really brought the entire episode in history to life. Our tour manager, Jana, was also able to add interesting perspectives from the point of view of someone who had lived through some of it."

Wanda

Crosby, TX

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed my first Rick Steve's tour. The meals were all experiences of the culture and tradition of the country and were delicious with the exception of the pickled cheese. I think it must be an acquired taste! Our guide Jana was professional, knowledgeable, personable and a cool head in unexpected events. The local guides were passionate about their cities and excited to share their knowledge. Wolfgang was a hoot. Transportation by bus was smooth and the pace was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment for me was the New Green Vault and the Historical Green Vault in Dresden. The frigate carved from ivory with the 50 tiny sailors and the green diamond made a permanent impression."

Vanessa

Napa, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour stands out as a favorite for me. Each of the cities visited was unique, with a rich and diverse history. I gained a much better understanding of European rulers, ever-changing country borders, life under communist rule, and the importance of the freedoms we enjoy in the US.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list!"

Alexander

Stillwater, MN

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was the first time my wife and I had been to Europe. We are so glad that we went with the Rick Steves' tour; it was well organized, the hotels were charming, the cities we visited were full of history, and our guide was more than we could have asked for. Also, there was plenty of free time to explore on our own and get to know the areas we stayed in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment had to be going to the top of the Old Town Hall in Prague. The view from there of the Old Town Square was amazing! If you think the buildings in Prague are beautiful just wait until you see them from up there. The Tyn Church has to be one of the grandest structures in all of Europe!"

David

Lancaster, PA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. It was a very nice balance of structured and free time. My wife and I were able to see many artifacts not included on the tour and also were most appreciative of the time spent on walking tours and the presentations of the docents.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very difficult to determine as there were so many - the rebuilding of Berlin and Dresden, the art work of the Terezin ghetto seen Prague's Jewish Quarter, but most especially the anecdotes of Jana and Sarka concerning living under the Communists, how WWII started in 1938 for the Czechs and Slovaks, and the sorrowful tale of those living in the Sudetenland before, during, and after the war. Such personal stories made the history books "come alive." People are more important than things."

Tom

Lansing, MI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable tour. We learned much more about WW II and the Cold War impacts on the local people's lives. The architecture was very impressive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The churches built centuries ago."

Stephen

Fort Lee, NJ

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Ben our main guide was Great!. All the city guides were very good. Enjoyed the locations we stayed more than one day. Did not enjoy the one day stays as it was time to go before we could get a full flavor of the location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Berlin history. (Jess was exceptional there) Terazine in Chech Republic, learned a lot and cried."

Christopher

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I was disappointed with this trip compared to my previous R.S. Italy tour 2 year prior. We did traveled with friends from a previous tour which made this central Europe trip more enjoyable. Given our fantastic experience in Italy we have highly recommend R.S. tours to friends and it influenced us in going on this second tour. Based on this tour we would be unlikely to make the same recommendations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Church tower in Dresden. Went to the top and was able to have an amazing view. Also really enjoyed the boat tour in Austria."

Marilyn

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Still in my mind: the landscapes, sounds, people, architecture, water, Ben's bus talks, Europe! Everything about a Rick Steves tour interrelates. Each moment and site magically builds from and into each other. Warm and wonderful time. Ben's "lens" on the countries is a privilege to be part of. Exceptional, Ben always said enough, but not too much. Trusted us. Walked fast, but not too fast. City/site guides extra good; could have gone on a week tour with each! Enjoyed the locales and the variety!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beautiful views continually wowed me. The red roofs, I loved. Looking from a height into those red-roofed towns, like in a picture frame."

Dominique

Niedermorschwihr, A

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

The tour and tour guide were very nice. The group dinners were awful. I would never serve the food that was included in the group dinners to my family or my guests. The last group restaurant was good but the rest of the group meals and warm wine was horrible. I was hoping that Rick Steve's would have been able to get deals with good restaurants. Because of this, I will NOT go on another Rick Steve's tour. Rick STeve's is a great model, but don't eat at their group dinners. What a disappointment

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to be Wow'd when you can't eat well with the tour group. Tour was mediocre, wine was horrible...visiting Berlin and Vienna was great. Praque was a big letdown."

George

Stillwater, OK

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour with a great deal of information on the area during WW I, a taste of the great music generated in Berlin, Prague and Vienna, a look into the incredible Jewish communities in the area. One thing I like about RS Tours is that we are introduced to both the positive and negative aspects of the people's and cultures we visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The German History Museum. We could have spent more time in Berlin easily."

Robert

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with Rick Steve's and our first trip with an organized group tour. I considered this trip would be an experiment as I was unsure if a group tour was something I would enjoy as much as self guided trips. This trip exceeded my expectations and we would certainly consider another trip with Rick Steve's. The hotels, food and guides were all excellent. Special thanks to our tour guide for making this trip so memorable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of them - we attended our first opera in Vienna for $5 a ticket (standing). Jazz club in Prague. Running along the remains of the Berlin Wall. Drinking beer while munching a big pretzel at Beer Garden in Berlin."

Sheila

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 1st Rick Steves Tour and everything about the experience exceeded my expectations. Bus travel, hotel checkin & accommodations, food, group events were well organized and enjoyable. I appreciated Ben's orientation walking tours upon arrival in each city and thought the in-depth guided tours through museums and memorial cites & historic building were exceptional. Ben and the local guides were knowledgable on history and great story tellers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick a favorite - everything was a "wow" since I was seeing Europe for the 1st time. That said, I didn't realize Dietrich Bonhoeffer was from East Berlin and was very moved to be standing in front of the church where he began his ministry."

Sonja

Sidney, BC

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a positive experience since I was only one of two solo travellers and wasn't sure this "group" thing was a way to go. I loved the learning experience , listening to Ben passing on his knowledge in an easy understandable way. I also appreciated the fact that little time was lost in getting around in a big city as opposed to my previous experiences doing it on my own.I also liked having my accommodations , transportation and some meals taken care of.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't think of a "wow" "moment". But I would have to say that going to the Opera in Prague and Vienna were my "wow" times."

Stephanie

East Hampton, CT

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I hoped it would be - culturally enriching, physically active, highly informative and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow, that's a tough one! Every day I encountered captivating and meaningful moments. In Berlin I felt compelled to immerse myself in it's history that altered the world. In Terezin, I recalled a book I had recently read - "Music in Terezin" by J. Karas - and on the tour recognized the names of musicians interned there, and who ultimately lost their lives. The reborn city of Dresden amazed me, Prague was enchanting and Vienna stole my heart!"

Elizabeth

West St Paul, MN

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. I enjoyed all the places we visited and the variety. I just wished we had one more day in Dresden, and I should have extended my time in Vienna. Looks like I will have to go back! Ben, our tour guide, was excellent. He and our local guides, Jessie, Janna, and Wolfgang, were awesome and added so much to my knowledge and understand of the counties and places we visited. We also had a great group of people on this tour. So all in all it was a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was actually experiencing Berlin and their history."

John

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Carlos was great- very organized and definitely added to the outstanding experience. Everything was well laid-out and I had a great time as I was lead through Eastern Europe. I'm again very satisfied with my Rick Steves' experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Brandenburg Gate"

Jean

Wyoming, OH

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Another excellent Rick Steves tour. Tour guide and 80% of the local guides were excellent. Excellent range of activities. I was least enthused about Dresden (although we had a great meal there) Fellow travelers were a real cohesive group thanks in large part to our guide's efforts

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think I had a single wow moment. Terezin was moving. Prague was crazy crowded but the Slav Epic in the Municipal Hall was amazing. Vienna was a true grand tour capital - wish I could have seen a musical performance while there"

Emily

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized, informative, fun, and flexible. The group was wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Csesky Krumlov, we had a wonderful trout dinner, then looked out over the water and town at night, and had a lovely moment with our group in the silence of the small town. At this moment I could really sense the immensity of the history of that part of the world, while feeling connected to it."

Barbara

Peterborough, ON

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour experience. I loved Berlin's vibe, history and art galleries. I loved the beautiful architecture and museums in Dresden. I learned the painful story of Terezin and the story of Prague's Velvet Revolution. I was delighted by Cesky Krumlov and the Baroque wonders of Melk Abbey. The cruise down the Danube was so scenic and relaxing and Vienna was not only a beautiful city but also an ideal city for a culture vulture who loves galleries and museums.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments. I loved learning about the history and culture of all of the cities we visited. The architecture was amazing. Dresden, Cesky Krumlov and the Melk Abbey were a wonderful surprise. I was brought to tears by the Terezin concentration camp and marvelled at the beauty of Vienna. The people we met along the way were friendly and always helpful and our "Order of the Marriage Garter" members were a great bunch of people that I had the honour of getting to know."

Karen

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Once again Rick Steves tours did not disappoint. Wonderful group of people and RS guide,good local guides, lots of history, and plenty of time to recharge or wander on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The history of Berlin. Coming from the States I feel like I have some small understanding of the history in Europe and how it shapes current situations."

Ann

Bowdoinham, ME

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, I had a great time. The best parts were: the tour guides Carlos, Jessie, Andrea, Lecka (sp) and Wolfgang who added a great deal to the experience. Not only the history of each place we visited but also personal history (Andrea) was very captivating and endearing. Also, eating together as a group was very important to me, because I was an independent traveler, i.e. no partner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A highlight of the trip was the boat ride from Melk to Vienna – what a wonderful way to see the countryside, decompress after a lot of sightseeing, and slowly make our way into Vienna. I loved it – even if it was a rainy day!"

Joyce

Woodway, WA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, fun, interesting tour participants and of course, fabulous city visits. Comfortable hotels located centrally for ease of walking or using mass transit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The synagogue in Prague with the names of those deported written on the walls, as well as the old Jewish cemetery and stories of the old Jewish quarter."

Leonard

Portland, OR

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to have our whole family come along on the Rick Steve's tour, and couldn't imagine having a better time. A perfect mix of planned and free time, confirmation that this is the best experience/$ value out there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the buddy introduction dinner. Lots of laughter, interesting revelations and great memories."

Martha

Woodbridge, VA

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was wonderful! The hotels, the group meals, and most of all our tour guide, Carlos Meissner, combined with the beauty of the cities that we visited made this trip a most memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many! Seeing Prague, overlooking the Charles Bridge in the evening was incredible! The beauty of the castle in the evening was surreal. Another very memorable evening from our trip was dinner and at a concert in the Municipal Building in Prague. As the pianist played during a delicious dinner, I felt as though I had stepped back in time!"

Stephen

North Venice, FL

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was the first tour of any sort we have done. I have followed Rick Steves for 32 years, and we tend to power through our trips and relax when we get home. Tour was very good, group was a little older and less energetic than we expected. Pacing was a little slow - for us - but was tailored for the group as a whole. We learned a tremendous amount and really enjoyed the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cathedral in Prague."

Judith

Canby, OR

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour with Rick Steves. We had heard good things from our friends but were impressed about the quality of hotels, local tour guides and felt we saw the most important sites. We were worried about the "strenuous" label but was able to keep up without incident. Jana and Ben were very organized and we felt lucky to be on this tour with them. We felt like we received a Masters class in history and the sites that we saw came alive. Loved our group too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jess our local guide opened our eyes about the Berlin Wall and other events leading up to WW 2. Seeing the actual wall and tunnels between with the memorial of people trying to escape. It is hard to limit the wow experience to just one. Our hotel location in Vienna was another wow!!"

Mark

Sylvania, OH

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our fifth Rick Steves tour (and sixth overall), and I would rate it very good, but not awesome. Maybe too much focus on educating us about the history and culture and not enough "wow" moments. Our sense was that this was not the guide's fault, but home headquarters. It was a very, very aggressive pace both on the bus and touring. This is a switch from past tours -- almost like there is a new vice president on staff that thinks we want "more for the money." Please slow it down.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On our "free evening" in Prague we used our best Rick Steves "act like a local" skills to find classical ensemble concert at St. Nicholas Church on the Old Town Square. The architecture, art, skill of the musicians and amazing acoustics made for a magical night. We strolled back to the hotel looking for a place to have a late dinner found a family-run trattoria that was amazing. (What attracted us was a Rick Steves guidebook sitting on the outdoor table of a couple enjoying dinner.)"

James

Fuquay Varina, NC

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Berlin,Prague,and Vienna trip in 12 Days was outstanding. We learned so much historical information during our morning walking tours with the local guides. Our first stop when we got back home was the public library to check out some books on each city we visited. The food was delicious throughout the tour at restaurants that had "local charm". Each hotel or inn was different which enhanced the trip. The free time to explore in each city was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite "wow" moment? Impossible to answer because there were so many !!! "

Emery

University Park, FL

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour included destinations I had never visited before. The local guides were extremely well informed and able to address some rather heavy topics ( the rise of Naziism, the Berlin Wall, communism) with clarity - helping to make a complex set of circumstances approachable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was seeing the collection of art by Klimt and his peers. They were truly stunning."

William

Alameda, CA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Two days in any of the 3 major cities is, of course, not long enough. It just provides a taste of the major attractions. I arrived in Berlin 7 days before the tour began and visited Potsdam and Wettenberg as well as several of the museums before the tour, so I really liked and got to know Berlin. I was fortunate this time to have two of my college classmates on the tour, so it was particularly enjoyable,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say 3 things. 1. The Brandenburg Gate at night 2. Cesky Krumlov was a jewel 3. Hotel location in Vienna right across from Stephens Cathedral."

Mark

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good variety of venues. The guides were excellent. Jana added context to what we saw via her personal experiences during the velvet revelution.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Barouque theatre in the Cesky Krumlov."

William

University Park, FL

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As usual, the back-of-the-scenes organization and thoughtfulness of a Rick Steves tour was impeccable. The pre-planning and then execution of his tours has always amazed me. Overall, I am pleased with everything that we saw and experienced. There was, however, and little too much emphasis on WWII.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Kaethe Kollvitz sculpture in Berlin of a mother holding her dying son. Belvedere palace and Opera House in Vienna."

Sandra

Sylvania, OH

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a fairly information heavy tour, much about the Nazi takeover and the Cold War. It felt as if we had less free time than on our previous RS tours. The 10-day contrast between the wealth of the Hapsburg Empire and the plight of those people under the rule of Hitler and the Soviets shakes me at my core. Upon our return to the States it took some time to decompress.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me the WOW moment is a toss up between the tour of the Terezin Concentration Camp and the tour of the Baroque Theater in Cesky Krumlov. Very different experiences, but both lasting in my mind."

Pat

Encinitas, CA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an exceptionally educational experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around Vienna. I loved Vienna and plan to return and relax like a local for an extended time."

Laura

Bangor, PA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

Instead of walking the streets for 5 hrs. every day, how about taking us to actual sites and walking IN them instead. Taken to only ONE site during two full days in Berlin. Waste of time walking around teaching public transportation, most people seasoned travelers. Way too much "free" time. Had to do everything on our own if wanted to see most attractions. And NO, I do not want to eat wilted lettuce in a bowl of water for dinner and ice cream topping as dessert. Very disappointed..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most everything we did on our own was our wow moments. Specifically, the Kunsthistorisches Museum which has something for everyone regardless of what your interests are."

Rick

Bangor, PA

Tour: 08/19/18

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

Overall, the experience was not good. Walking by potential cultural experiences is not the same as actually experiencing them. "Authentic" cuisine should not equate to "Medieval Peasant" food. Guides should tell stories while we travel to a location rather than walk a mile in silence then have us stand for 20 minutes while they ramble on about a concrete filled vault in a parking lot that no one can see and the residents who need to use the parking lot get annoyed is not a good use of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Kunst museum we visited on our own in Vienna was impressive. Unfortunately, it was not part of the tour. The art, the sculpture, the artifacts from Egypt and Rome, the intricate and ornate gold and ivory carvings, as well as the structure itself was excellent. It would have been nice to have had a tour of it."

Marcia

Kewadin, MI

Tour: 05/06/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The total experience was outstanding. The tour members were pleasant and friendly and soon became a "tour family". What fun to be a little lost in a new city and turn a corner to find a helpful tour member and share experiences. T

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A wow moment for me was the Ishtar Gate at the Pergamon museum. I usually can only enjoy a museum for a short time but this was truly fascinating. Also listening to JFK's speech as we rode past part of the Berlin Wall. The most sobering was Terezin Memorial and hearing about the young boys who had their own newspaper. Cesky Krumlov was the most fun and relaxing especially the evening dinner with entertainment by the "Ukulele and Friends Band". Do visit the Demel bakery in Vienna."

When To Go & Weather

Any time between May and September is a good time to visit Berlin, Prague, and Vienna. However, the months of May, June, and September are best for combining the convenience of peak season with generally good weather and lighter crowds.

Germany / Berlin


Czech Republic / Prague


Austria / Vienna

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email as well as the Itinerary section of your tour account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour in the Documents section of your tour account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements and transfers are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly into Berlin (BER) and out of Vienna (VIE) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Europe.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Berlin guidebook.