• Burg Eltz, Mosel Valley, Germany
    Burg Eltz in the Mosel Valley, Germany
  • Lichtentaler Allee, Baden-Baden, Germany
    Baden-Baden, Germany
  • Gimmelwald, Switzerland
    Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland
  • Berner Oberland, Switzerland
    Hiking in the Swiss Alps
  • Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany
    Neuschwanstein, Germany
  • Munich Beer Hall
  • Salzburg, Austria
    Salzburg, Austria
  • Hallstatt, Austria
    Hallstatt, Austria
  • Michaelerplatz and Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria
    Hofburg Palace in Vienna

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Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 Days Tour

from $3,795 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $725

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On this tour, mountains, Mozart, and mugs of beer all clink together to create a totally yodel-y adventure. Starting in Trier, along Germany's scenic Mosel River, your Rick Steves guide will make this region's history and culture come alive in royal Munich, fairy-tale Neuschwanstein, Baroque Salzburg, stately Vienna, relaxing Baden-Baden, the cut-glass Alps of the Swiss Berner Oberland, and beautiful Lake Hallstatt — with plenty of breathtaking scenery along the way. Join us for the Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 Days!

Dates & Prices

2020

    • May 23–Jun 5 (Sa–Fr)
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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 Germany, Austria, and Switzerland come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 19 group sightseeing events • Trier walking tour • Beilstein • Burg Eltz Castle • Baden-Baden casino • Black Forest Open-Air Museum • Trümmelbach Falls • Orientation for hiking in the Swiss Alps • Munich walking tour • Neuschwanstein Castle • Mountain luge ride (weather permitting) • Salzburg walking tour • Salzburg Cathedral • Lake Hallstatt boat cruise • Mauthausen concentration camp memorial • Vienna transportation pass • Historic Vienna walking tour • Vienna Opera House (when available) • Third Man Museum • Hofburg Palace…and more
  • All group transportation from Trier, Germany to Vienna, Austria
  • 13 nights' accommodations 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
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2020
  • 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

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

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 Germany

We'll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Trier for a "Welcome to Germany" meeting. Then we'll take an evening walk through Deutschland's oldest city and get acquainted over dinner together. Sleep in Trier (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Burg Eltz Castle and Trier

We'll begin our day with a walking tour of the historic Roman and medieval heart of Trier, marveling at its Porta Nigra gate, the most impressive Roman fortification in Germany. Then we'll drive along the hill-hugging vineyards and villages of the Mosel Valley, stopping for lunch together in the über-quaint village of Beilstein. Nearby, we'll stretch our legs with a walk and tour of mighty Burg Eltz — Europe's oldest castle still in use as a residence. We'll return to Trier for a free evening to explore more of this pedestrian-friendly town. Bus: 4 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Baden-Baden Beckons

Our destination today is the old resort town of Baden-Baden, famous for its mineral baths and games of chance. Upon arrival we'll tour the ornate casino and take an orientation stroll through the town. You'll have the rest of your day and evening free to "do the spa" (with or without your swimsuit), wander along the shaded riverside promenade, or hike into the surrounding hills. Sleep in Baden-Baden (1 night). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: light.

Day 4: Black Forest and Beyond

We'll start our day with a scenic drive to a nearby luge course for a ride on a tiny sled with wheels (weather permitting) before our arrival at the Black Forest Open-Air Museum. Here we'll have a local guide walk us through the preserved farmhouses and mills, giving some free time to linger in the past and order up some lunch (prepare for the wurst!). Then we'll drive up into Switzerland's snow-peaked Berner Oberland country. At the end of the deep Lauterbrunnen Valley, we'll take a thrilling gondola lift up to our hotel in clifftop Mürren, where we'll enjoy amazing views, have dinner together and sleep (3 nights). Bus: 6 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: Hike in the Swiss Alps

The day is all yours. You may want to join your guide for an optional mountain walk...or ride the gondola lift up to the Schilthorn at 10,000 feet, loiter in the thin air, and find your way back to Mürren...or take a narrow-gauge railway up the other side of the valley to Kleine Scheidegg, near the majestic Eiger and Jungfrau peaks. No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).

Day 6: More of the Berner Oberland

This morning we'll witness the roaring, thundering, crashing, splashing display of nature's awesome power in Trümmelbach Falls — a series of subterranean waterfalls that plunge hundreds of feet into darkness behind the valley's cliffs. You'll have the afternoon free to take a brisk mountain walk, or explore more of the Berner Oberland on your own before we regroup for dinner. Bus: ½ hour. Walking: moderate.

Day 7: Scenic Drive into Bavaria

Today's drive is a good time to catch up on your trip journal, listen to music, curl up with a good book, or just sit back and enjoy views of pristine mountains and sparkling lakes. We'll stop for lunch on our way to the heart of Bavaria — home of fairy-tale castles, well-worn lederhosen, sing-along beer gardens, and oompah-hospitality. Tonight, we'll enjoy dinner together and sleep in Munich (2 nights). Bus: 7 hours. Walking: light.

Day 8: All Day to Explore Munich

We'll spend our morning getting a behind-the-scenes look at Munich with a walking tour through its historic Old Town and learn about the "checkered" history and traditions of Bavaria. The rest of the day is yours to stroll around Germany's most livable city, soak up some culture at its world-class museums, or rent a bike to pedal the car-free paths of the English Garden and Isar River. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Neuschwanstein and Salzburg

This morning we'll drive through farming country, then take an uphill hike to tour the fairy-tale fantasy of "Mad" King Ludwig: Neuschwanstein Castle. We'll hike back down to share lunch together before leaving Germany behind. Later this afternoon we'll arrive in Salzburg and settle into our quaint hotel. We'll end our day with an orientation walk through the historic center, and share a "Welcome to Austria" dinner together. Sleep in Salzburg (2 nights). Bus: 4 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 10: All Day to Soak Up Salzburg

Salzburg is a perfect town for a walking tour, and that's how we'll spend our morning: strolling under the wrought-iron signs of the Getreidegasse, going Baroque at the Salzburg Cathedral, and exploring the Mirabell Gardens. The rest of your day is free for wandering through Salzburg's magnificent gardens, hiking up the fortress hill for a panoramic view, or pedaling a rented bike into the countryside, singing "do, re, mi." Your guide will give you a run-down of local concerts you could enjoy this evening. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Austria's Lovely Lake District

This morning we'll make our way to the postcard-pretty Lake Hallstatt. It's far too cute for our bus, so after settling in to our lakeside lodging we'll enjoy a boat cruise past breathtaking villages and craggy mountain vistas. Spend a free afternoon communing with Mother Nature on foot or by boat — or hike up to one of the world's oldest salt mines before tonight's dinner together. Sleep on Lake Hallstatt (1 night). Boat: 1 hour. Bus: 2 hours. Walking: light.

Day 12: Lessons of History

Today we'll drive toward Vienna, stopping en route to visit the thought-provoking Mauthausen concentration camp memorial, where we'll learn about the Holocaust and lessons of 1933–1945. Then we'll follow the Danube Valley to the grand finale of our tour — Vienna — once the capital of Europe's wealthiest empire. We'll cap off our day with an evening walking tour through historic Vienna before setting you free for dinner on your own. Sleep in Vienna (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 13: All Day in Classy Vienna

We'll begin our day in sophisticated Vienna with a trip to the Third Man Museum for a fascinating look at the city's post-WWII history. Then we'll explore the city's rich Habsburg heritage including the elegant Opera House (when available) and the Hofburg Palace. Your afternoon is free to explore another world-class museum or two, or slow down to enjoy sipping a coffee in the city where Europe's café scene was born. Tonight, we'll meet for our last dinner together, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Prost! No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 14: 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, or on to 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 Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 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.
  5. Adjust to constant Alpine weather changes that can interfere with sightseeing.
  6. Handle steep walks and long castle stair climbs at Burg Eltz, Neuschwanstein, and Trümmelbach Falls.

Reviews

Mariah

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What made the tour stand out was our great guide Maise! She had really insightful and interesting things to say about all the regions we visited, gave great recommendations and was generally great to be around! The places we visited were gorgeous and the meals were good! The hotels were all very comfortable and nice. I think the only thing I might change would be to add a day in either Munich or Salzburg and eliminate Hallstatt, even though it is lovely it is very congested with tourists.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would have to be either hiking in the Swiss Alps or Salzburg! Salzburg is a beautiful city, it was easy to walk the city, plenty of natural and historical wonders as well as great food!"

Harold

Livonia, MI

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we had hoped for, and more. Our tour leader Maisey was outstanding - supremely knowledgeable of the history and culture of our tour area, wonderfully personable and witty, and she did a great job of keeping us on schedule. Trier was a huge surprise to me - beautiful, historical, and very tourist-friendly. Murren and the Swiss Alps were magnificent, and the great weather we enjoyed there was a fortunate bonus. Oktoberfest was overcrowded as expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through Murren and the surrounding trails and towns with the Eiger Monck, and Jungfrau peaks seemingly close enough to touch was an out-of-this-world three days of peace and wonder. The beautiful weather and German/Swiss beer (especially Schwarzmonch) added to the ecstasy."

William

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour which exceeded my expectations.. It was well organized and very well led by Iris. A huge amount of historical information was shared by Iris at each and every stop. The tour guides at various stops were well selected for their skill and knowledge of the local area and history. And, it was timely that we were in Munich at the start of October Fest and got to see the Fest area first hand.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. The Swiss Alps and Murren. 2. The Mauthausen Concentration Camp, and 3. St Stephens church in Vienna."

Marlene

La Quinta, CA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The trip schedule was well organized. I felt as though our time was well utilized. If the weather did not cooperate we were able to change our itinerary. The group of people on our tour were very friendly and interesting. I enjoyed the sites, landmarks and restaurants we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The landscape in Switzerland is amazing."

Janice

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each new place we visited had a wow moment. Some of the highlights, all of Switzerland, the 1609 farm house, Mozart dinner and opera, Oct fest, pastries in Baden Baden, to name a few."

William

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned and well executed. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was hearing Mozart's music performed in Mozart's home town on a site where Charlemagne had once stopped for a glass of wine. How cool is that?"

Bev

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first "Rick Steves" tour and it did exceed our expectations. While we had heard rave reviews of these tours, we were in awe of the organization, subtle surprises, variety of activities and places to stay, the cohesiveness of the group and the knowledge shared by our fabulous guide, Iris!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were unbelievable......the cute towns, interesting people, beautiful fall scenery, the majestic mountains with waterfalls, a bit of snow, the cows coming down with the bells ringing, and quaint restaurants and shops."

Tom

Schaumburg, IL

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We chose this tour because it seemed to push all the buttons. Small towns, exciting urban cities, beautiful scenery and Octoberfest too. Our tour guide Iris, made it memorable with her knowledge, sense of humor and leadership. The group we traveled with were the best too. On time, friendly, and easy to get along with. I can't wait to book my next trip and I think it will be with some from this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one "wow" moment but the cows coming down from the alp through Murren decorated with their bells and flowers was a special moment. The magnificent views of the Swiss Alps and hiking in the mountains was special."

Arlys

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The pace of structured time versus free time was perfect. Our tour guide was excellent - learned a lot from her. Iris knew her information, was an excellent communicator, and initiated great group dynamics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two things - the alps were breathtaking and the little towns surrounding Murren were highlights. Another "wow" moment was being at the right time and right spot to see the parade of cows, coming from the higher elevations to the lowlands for winter. The cacophony of cow bells, decorated cows and the proud herdsmen and their families was truly a lifetime memory for me."

Terry

La Palma, CA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was packed scheduled tour and we experience far more with this tour than if we went by ourself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking from Murren to Gimmelwald. This was one of the most beautiful walk I ever did in my life and I been around many places!"

Karen

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is one of the best Rick Steve's tour we've been on, because our tour guide, Andrea Wolf, made this tour exceptional! Her knowledge of Germany, Austria and Switzerland has forever enriched our lives. She made our amazing experience flawless.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Switzerland Alps moved me to tears! The views were breathtaking and I was speechless in awe and wonder."

John

Pottstown, PA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great time, just needed a little more down time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland!! It was so beautiful"

Stephen

Oakville, MO

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everyone was outstanding. The tour group was a lot of fun. Our driver (Charles) was quite competent but more than that, he was friendly and entertaining. Our tour guide (Andrea Wolf) was spectacular! Knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic! Her energy was boundless. I enjoyed talking history and politics with her.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Bavarian Alps from the Schilthorn!"

Diane

Lake Villa, IL

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and we really did not know how we would like it. Turns out it was one of our favorite vacations ever. We broke the tour in thirds. First were the locations, another third the tour guide, and lastly the other travelers in the group. Everything exceeded expectations. All locations were beautiful. Andrea Wolf our tour guide was upbeat, knowledgeable, and fun. The other people in the tour group were friendly, adventurous, intelligent, and had the same love for travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland. The weather was as good as it could possibly be. The views were perfection. Everywhere you look was like looking at a postcard."

Christy

Hermiston, OR

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We so enjoyed our first trip to Europe on your tour! I did drag my husband kicking and screaming, and we actually booked this trip and the best of Italy back to back, as he told me he would only come here once! Sorry for the delay responding as we just finished the Best of Italy tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick just one..... Mürren, Switzerland was our favorite place. We had such great weather and we are from rural Oregon, and we loved the hiking and sightseeing there. Octoberfest in Munich was a close second!"

Ralph

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, both Andrea and the local guides. Mostly good weather especially in Switzerland. Gave us great views of the Alps. Very compatible tour group making the experience even more pleasant. The

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps."

Jeri

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though it was our first Rick Steves tour, because we read the book,emails and watched some of the videos, we were totally prepared. You do a fantastic job of putting your tour participants in a position for relaxed travel - so we can truly learn about and appreciate the many sites you show us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps in Murren. The weather was perfect - not that you could have controlled that, but it made for the "moment" - the cow bells were chiming, the majesty of the Alps, the blue sky, our fellow tour members who chose to hike with us. We just kept pinching ourselves that we were there in that beautiful place doing that hike in that amazing moment! Thanks for the opportunity."

Rich

Kenmore, WA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip far exceeded my already high Hope's. Andrea was a delight. She was informative, energetic and enthusiastic. She made the whole trip fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was such a beautiful country. It was like being in a Christmas Card."

William

Pompano Beach, FL

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great interacting with the other tour members, they all turned out to be a wonderful bunch.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps, they were beautiful and everything I thought they would be."

Jeff

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves tour and it was just as enjoyable as the previous three. Getting an extra full day in Switzerland this time was an added bonus (always love heading back to the Alps).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not only getting to visit Oktoberfest (even though we weren't one of the trips listed on the tour page as getting to be able to), but being led through the staging area of the opening-day parade to see all the beer carts and bands was a treat. This was the second time I got to visit Oktoberfest unplanned on a Rick Steves tour (the first was in 2011 when we convinced Dimitri to take us there). As for a true "wow" moment, the views from the Northface Trail Hans took us on (yay for the Alps)."

Tyler

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. We enjoyed every city and every stop we made along the way as well as learning the culture. Being with a group of people to share it with made the experience even more enjoyable. Having local guides and every city to explains its history and culture was fantastic and enlightening.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely Murren and being in the Alps. Being on top of Schilthorn in the morning when it was empty and looking out at the valleys and mountains is a breathtaking experience I will never forget. After, hiking with that background is incredible and peaceful."

Regina

Pompano Beach, FL

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour! I didn't know what to expect but I thoroughly enjoyed the choices of sites we went to and the drives we took! I was hesitant about traveling with other people to be honest. I didn't feel we would connect with other travelers; but I was wrong with that way of thinking! This was our first tour but not our last! To be able to hear other experiences and suggestions and even advise made this experience that much more special!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"OH MY GOODNESS! The Swiss Alps! Murren was the BEST!!! I had been looking forward to this part of the tour but it by far exceeded my expectations! This part alone would be the reason I would do this tour again!"

April

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I appreciated the balance between group activities and free time. We visited both larger cities and smaller towns, viewed beautiful countryside and historic architecture. We hiked in the mountains and rode the underground trains in Vienna. We listened to an alpen horn and a Mozart concert. Each hotel had its own flavor and the hosts were gracious. The tour guide and bus driver shepherded the group with patience and humor. The gorgeous weather enhanced the whole experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I learned so much history and culture of the places we visited. The local guides and our tour guide imparted the information with passion and humor. I have better understanding of the political and cultural climate and events which shaped the present day countries we visited. The visit to Mauthausen was a sober reminder of the horrors of the past against which we must be vigilant to prevent a recurrence."

Judy

Eaton Rapids, MI

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the variety of small town, big city on this tour. I especially enjoyed the three nights in Murren. The balance of free time and planned experiences was just right. Our tour guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Our bus driver was amazing as he guided our bus through some of those hairpin curves. I enjoyed the whole experience. This was a great experience throughout.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up to the views in Murren and watching the sun go down over the mountains as we sat outside at a restaurant. The feeling that you were in a very special place in the world was priceless."

Ken

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent overall guide (Daniela) with awesome city guides in Salzburg, Munich and Vienna. I really appreciated Daneila's perspective on the impact of the war as she was raised in Germany. We were really pleased with this trip and will do more with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Gerhard's World War II museum in Vienna - loved it! We had incredibly good weather which made the Switzerland part of the trip particularly awesome. The place we stayed in Murren was really fun and we loved Switzerland. Virtually all of the areas in Germany, Austria and Switzerland were so lush and green, really beautiful."

Linda

Damascus, OR

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely fabulous trip. This was our first Rick Steve's tour and we couldn't have been more pleased. I'm sure we got the "BEST" tour guide. Daniela Wedel was such an informative and outstanding person to spend two weeks with on tour. Thank you Daniela! Our city guides were excellent also!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the three nights we spent in Murren with gorgeous weather! Everything from the trips to the Schilthorn & Jungfrau, as well as the alpen horn player at our dinner in Murren. But then again, there was Munich! Loved Munich! Wow!"

Donald

Gahanna, OH

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The combination of free time and scheduled time was great. I especially liked the provided meals so we could interact with our travel mates. I would make one small suggestion that on our Portugal tour Christine took a group picture at the first meeting and superimposed our names on it which was very convenient. Especially for folks like myself that are close to being able to hide my own Easter eggs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Alps from Murren on a clear beautiful day."

M Kevin

Suffolk, VA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking Switzerland"

Christine

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip from beginning to end! The size of the group, the quality of the guides, the quaint hotels located smack-dab in the middle of each city was tremendous! I felt like every moment was well-used AND especially appreciated all the time taken to share the history of each area/region... special

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the tram up to the Schilthorn - Piz Gloria. Daniela made arrangements for whomever on the tour wanted to do this and it was a brilliant way to introduce us to the WOW of the Swiss Alps. The views were incredible and there was no way to take a bad photo! Another powerful moment was visiting Mauthausen concentration camp - so moving and essential to helping me understand the history and the people of the area during World War II."

Katherine

Gahanna, OH

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time exploring Germany, Austria and Switzerland with Daniela Wedel. She was a great guide, very knowledgeable and so great with the "treats".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Absolutely loved Vienna."

Jacqueline

Macedon, NY

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

WOW! Our high expectations for this tour were met and or exceeded. Daniela our Tour Director, was well organized. Keeping our itinerary and our free time running smoothly, to get the best out of our trip. Her enthusiasm and sharing her own experiences gave us a better understanding of the history of the country and culture of the German people. All the sweet treats kept a smile on everyone's face, too. It was fun and interesting hearing the stories from our group at dinner. Great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Berner Oberland, the thrilling gondola lift to the Schilthorn and the "Thrill Walk" the Alpine Horn, Trummelbach Fall Tour never seen anything like it and the hiking through the majestic Swiss Alps. Scenic drive into Bavaria and the beer gardens, with the oompah-hospitality. Salzburg it was the Mozart Dinner concert coordinated by our guide, Daniela. Lake Hallstatt. Vienna, the personal tour of the Third Man Museum by owner Gerhard Strassgchwandtner the "Albrecht Durer" exhibit at the Albertina."

Audrey

Auburn, CA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous tour in every way!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even though I had been there before, arriving in Murren and looking at the beautiful mountains is amazing."

Ellen

Lindale, GA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire trip was so great. The group of people was outstanding. Matthias made the trip more enjoyable by giving us facts about the cities, making sure we saw everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course, everyone says Murren, which it was a WOW moment but I really liked Trier and Baden Baden. I thought it was AWESOME to be able to walk around without cars. The towns were so uniquie. The atmosphere, overall just the towns."

Brian

Saint Paul, MN

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. We had a wonderful guide (Matti) and the people on the tour were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was the highlight . The weather was perfectly clear and the views were awesome."

Joan

Windsor, CA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steves tours are known to be excellent enriching tours. This tour provided all of that and more. I have only high praise of the tour, guides, leader, and locations visited, all of it including the somber WW11 site Mauthausen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just sitting in Murren Switzerland, in the sun, on a perfect day, understanding how incredibly fortunate my life has been for me to be THERE at that moment. Never would I have known about that perfect place or had that moment without this tour."

Gary

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was truly an outstanding tour: beautiful landscapes, great tour group, fabulous guide, and lots of surprises!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Switzerland! And the beautiful weather we enjoyed while there for three nights!"

Dean

Knoxville, TN

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great sights; comfortable bus with like-minded travelers;lot's of room since the tour was only 24 people; perfect weather nearly all the time but could have used more AC at night in several hotels. Mathias Unger, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable, fun, entertaining and very accommodating.....even got us Kaiserschmarrn before the trip ended...could not have asked for a better guide quite frankly. Seems like maybe we could have gone inside a few more buildings as part of the tour perhaps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Crystal clear Lauterbrunnen valley with the Eiger, Monk and Jungfrau lording over us along with the constant clatter of swiss cowbells on the Birg to Murren Hike was not to be beaten...the Manchlichen hike was also very nice as well...view from the Schilthorn is unbeatable but the Jungfraujoch is the Top of Europe and right in the middle of all those glaciers...who can't be awed by the engineering that went into that train ride."

Nancy

Conroe, TX

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a superlative tour! Everything about this tour clicked, the group was comprised of 6 singles and the remainder couple, all dedicated travelers. Not only were we a great mix, but a medical emergency occurred while we were in Murren and that seemed to unite and solidify the group in a very special way. There were several who were past alumni, but most of us were first timers. The stops are perfect, the food amazing and the hotels peaceful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our WOW moment was 3 days of crystal blue sky, craggy snow capped peaks and vivd green valleys. Laterbrunnen and the mountains surrounding it are beyond description adjectives, and everywhere you turned was a new vista or something you had to point out or capture with your camera. The tiny town of Murren was full of charm, a young girl serenaded us with a song, the window boxes were filled with flowers and the alp horns echoed in the evening air. It is like being somewhere otherworldly."

Steve

Lindale, GA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Just a great trip!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beside Murren, I would have to say Mauthausen, I thought it wqas good to see that camp and be reminded of all the people who died and how they suffered. It is sad but we don't need to forget those people."

Guy

Media, PA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding. Matty brought us together as a group. The sites and the weather were better than we could hope for. It combined fun with learning as all Rick Steve Tours do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps in Switzerland on crystal clear days was magical. The majestic snow kissed mountains against a blue sky above and the green pastures with the cow bells chiming below was an experience I will never forget. The group encountered Fiona on a hike. Fiona is a blond seven year old who lives near Murren. She sang us a cute song on the spot. We all fell in love with her."

Anne

Freeland, MI

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first experience with Rick Steves Tours, and I could not have been more pleased. It was such a delightful experience. Mattie was fabulous! He is so knowledgeable about the history, culture, customs, locations, etc. He also did a fantastic job ensuring that each member of the group was equipped with the information they needed to make the most of their time in each location. I enjoyed meeting and spending time with each of the travelers in our group - such delightful people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's so difficult to choose only one "wow" moment. That said, I would lean toward our time in Murren, the Schilthorn, and stepping through one of my fears and completing "The Thrill Walk"."

Judy

Woodbury, MN

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! I was not sure about taking a group tour, in the past we traveled on our own. Matti was a great guide, making the trip fun, feeding us with history, local customs, many treats and surprises! We became quick friends with all, and everyone was friendly and open to new ideas and making the most of the experience. I'd do this again with no hesitation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite moment had to be in Switzerland. We were fortunate to have clear and beautiful views from the top of the Schilthorn, that was awesome,but my wow, would have to be, the hike to Gimmelwald. We met a young 7 year old girl, Fiona, riding her bike back and forth through the group, friendly chatting with all, and she sang us a song. We all fell in love with her and, I felt like we had just met Heidi in the mountains!"

Pete

Conroe, TX

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was exceptional! I can say that I normally don't spend that kind of money, but it was totally worth every penny . Normally I would rather go on my own to save money but my wife chose to go and it was worth it! Matti was personable and was very knowledgeable. We have had other tour guides but he exceeded all expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment, had to be Switzerland up on Schilthorn. The weather was gorgeous, and the day was incredibly unique."

Brian

Lilburn, GA

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic! We enjoyed all the places we visited, our fellow tour members, our guide and our bus driver. This was our first group tour. It was a relief to turn over all the planning responsibilities to experts. Everything went as smoothly as it possibly could have. We had the perfect mix of organized group activities and free time in each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't think there was a specific "wow" moment. They were everywhere we went!"

Katherine

Bethlehem, NH

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again a perfect vacation. What is it about RS tours that inspire such camaraderie within a group of strangers? Everyone was warm, welcoming and a whole lot of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren and the Swiss Alps - magnificent - breathtaking beauty. One of our favorite things about RS tours are the experiences we would have never encountered on our own such as the trip to a lovely village for a delicious warm onion quiche luncheon at Haus Lipmann and Lake Hallstatt."

Linda

Longwood, FL

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As usual great organization was evidenced in this tour of Germany Switzerland and Austria. The tour director was well-informed and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because the weather was not good in Switzerland, I particularly enjoyed Hallstatt Austria."

Steve

Dubuque, IA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I would like to get more time in the morning to enjoy breakfast and better prepare for the days activities. Also, staying overnight for only one night is not enough time to recharge and rest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Unfortunately, the weather dampened my Alps experience as the mountains were "socked in" and not visible through the clouds. On the up side, the history lessons by our wonderful guide were excellent!"

Lori

Lakewood, WA

Tour: 09/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous! I can't believe how many places we went to and how much cool stuff we saw.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 2 amazing castles we visited!"

Lawrence

Gibsonia, PA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As this was our 3rd and not last Rick Steves tour we obviously love the tour philosophy. As with our previous tours the itinerary and tour guides met and exceeded our expectations! The choice of small hotels in the heart of the cities and the mix of experiences left nothing to be desired.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were a favorite although it is difficult to pin it down to one moment! We also loved the small village feeling of Trier, glasses of wine with our friends in the square at sunset provided some of our favorite memories!"

Karen

Gibsonia, PA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to chose just one, but our hike on a beautiful sunny day in the Swiss Alps is certainly an experience I will never forget! The snow-capped mountains as our back for a lunch of locally made cheese, French bread, fresh strawberries and wine was breathtaking, and the sound of cow bells leading us right next to a pasture of cows was like something out of a storybook. A truly unforgettable day!"

Mary

Sonoma, CA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

So much was covered on this two week tour, from busy cities that I got lost in, to beautiful countryside where I was alone with nature. Andrea and the local guides added so much interesting information that really enhanced the trip. It was a very fast paced tour, with many early morning starts. I would have preferred less sights and more time to savor the experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I walked from Mürren to Gimmelwald on a beautiful sunny day. The views were amazing and I appreciated the company of a friendly cat that came and sat beside me as I enjoyed the sun and rested on a low stone wall. It was an "all's right with the world" moment."

Susan

Memphis, TN

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was excited to be going to Germany for the first time and to return to 2 other countries that I love but had not been in for over 20 years.... Our guide was so terrific, flexible and experienced that she made this experience even better. All the locations, hotels, meals and the other tour members were really great. I love the RS way; orientation to new locale and then many options....The variety of incredible nature, then cities, then towns, etc. provided a great pace.....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have so many but I think the tour of the Third Man Museum with the passion and care of the lovely man who was also our guide made this so personal and special....... I also am grateful for our visit to Maunthausen....thank you..... But also I loved my encounters with local people. A standout moment for me was being waited on by a charming, calm and elegant woman about my age in Salzburg. She and her modest ways touched me deeply. She was surprised I wanted to take her photo......"

Kate

Robbinsdale, MN

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent group of travelers, hotel choices, meals provided and tour cities Activities included were excellent choices Love the free time. We hiked in Switzerland and biked in Munich. Enjoyed the Roman baths in Baden Baden. Excellent suggestions and help to prepare us for navigating on our own in each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Highlights for me of the tour included activities were the Schilthorn and Lauterbrunnen Valley towns, the Mauthausen concentration camp, the Third Man museum, and Lake Hallstatt area."

Mary

Houston, TX

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved seeing new places and learning about the history and the people who live there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views-Murren, Schlithorn, and Wengen, in Switzerland were amazing!"

Adeline

Barrie, ON

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! Great group, great guide, beautiful scenery, interesting sights. I've wanted to do this tour for a number of years and it met all my expectations and more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It has to be the scenery! The beautiful Alps, but with that also the sobering realization of the amount of glacial melt that has occurred since my last visit to exactly the same place (atop the Shilthorn), 7 years before, almost to the day"

Karen

Louisville, KY

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. We enjoyed the company of our tour members. The allotted free time was well-balanced with guided tours. We have raved about this tour with our families and friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up the gondolas in the Swiss Alsp had to be my "wow" moment. Taking in the beauty of Lake Hallstatt was another "wow" moment."

Mitchell

Louisville, KY

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up the gondolas in the Swiss Alps."

Joyce

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a great experience. After traveling to Europe independently on a couple of trips, I wasn't sure how I would feel about a tour. I liked the destinations included in the GAS tour and could see that some of those could be tricky to get to on our own if we didn't want to rent a car, so we signed up. The tour surpassed my expectations and I would definitely go on another tour and recommend Rick Steve's tours to others, if fact, I already have.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our 3 days is Switzerland was my favorite. We had perfect weather for our trip up the Schilthorn and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring Murren, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen and all the hiking options. The beauty was breathtaking. I'm so glad we had 3 nights there."

Bret

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The mix of large cities to small towns was just about right. We got to see a lot of sights as well as learn about the extensive history of many places. Our group was great - they really bonded and had a great time traveling together. We even did a side trip with new friends met on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was by far the high point of the tour. Just ascending from the valley floor to Murren on the cable cars was an experience! It was almost like flying away from reality to a different place! The views from Piz Gloria were outstanding (we were blessed with great weather)! We got to do lots of hiking and exploring of the surrounding town. My runner up "wow" moment would be Lake Hallstatt. It was incredibly beautiful and peaceful after the hustle of Munich/Salzburg."

Patricia

Westerville, OH

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful exciting use of my vacation time. It was like every day was my birthday opening a new present of sites, food, music and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren. Sitting in a cafe in Trier talking with a local hearing his very personal story about his 'love for Americans in my heart.' Seeing the baby clothes inmates at a concentration camp crafted for a pregnant woman. Conversation on a bus with a Romanian immigrant. He explained that he learned English from watch American made cartoons with his sister."

Susan

Strongsville, OH

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a very good tour. It did a great job of giving us a flavor of three very similar and yet very different countries. The scenery was spectacular. We were very fortunate to get amazing weather in Switzerland. Andrea, our guide was very thorough, cheerful and informative. We loved Munich, and found it to be the perfect mix of old and new. The architecture in Vienna Austria was beautiful. Our fellow travelers were a very fun and energetic group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose just one. But going down a mountain on a luge was certainly the most exciting and fun moment."

Richard

Winchester, VA

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely breathtaking scenery, superb German and Austrian foods, beer and wine coupled with some really special activities such as the Mauthausen concentration camp, Casino in Baden Baden and the Trümmelbach falls. We especially enjoyed our free time in Munich and Saltzburg.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A picnic and country hike from Mürren to Lauterbrunnen. Very, very special."

Donna

Seneca, SC

Tour: 08/31/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The places where we stayed were varied and very interesting. Our guide, Andrea, was very energetic and friendly. She never got frazzled and was always helpful. Our group seemed to come together quickly and everyone was friendly and helpful towards each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we visited the Alps - both the top viewing and inside the mountain waterfall. Awesome views and experience."

Alana

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a throughly wonderful trip! Rolinka was absolutely the best. We were exhausted afterwards but had such a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking around Murren was so beautiful. The weather cooperated and it was an incredible few days."

Barbara

Auburn, AL

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour was wonderful. Our guide was fabulous. This was our first Rick Steve's tour after traveling on our own in Europe with and without using Rick Steve's guidebooks. The attention to detail provided throughout our experience was superb. I would do another Rick Steve's tour without hesitation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from our room in Murren....the mountains are spectacular. All of Murren and the surrounding area was a "wow" for me."

Kristin

Auburn, AL

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was magnificent! It was the perfect balance of group time and personal time. The activities were timed out well and lots of fun! The hotels were all very good and the meals provided were all excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a very hard question to answer. All the countries on the tour (plus our extra days before and after) were new to me. In a way this trip was designed to be a "wow" trip throughout. Getting off the gondola and seeing the view in Murren was certainly a moment I won't forget. The feeling of enjoying Munich more than I thought I would was wonderful. Seeing the postcard picture spot in Hallstatt was amazing and something I looked forward to from the very beginning. And then there was Salzburg!"

Ricardo

Corinth, TX

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded expectations. Wonderful guide. Cordial travel group. Very interesting bunch. We enjoyed the group highlights and enjoyed the free time my wife and I could share.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out my hotel window in Murren, unobstructed view of Riger, jungfrsu etc. so many gorgeous views all over."

Alan

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rolinka was a fantastic tour guide. The moment she walked in the room for the initial intro meeting, she had a very joyful & welcoming spirit. That was the tone for the whole tour. We were supposed to have several days of rain, showers, and thunderstorms. Rolinka was organized & had backup Plans A, B & C for whatever the weather threw at us. All days were fun. I am grateful for Rolinka recognizing my wife's Birthday with a card & getting the group to sing happy Bday.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being able to experience Schillthorn on my wife's Birthday. Schillthorn was beautiful with the amazing 360 degree views. Then going down to Birg to experience the Thrill Walk. OMG. That was truly thrilling! Truly made my wife's birthday a memorable experience. Thank you."

Harriet

Corinth, TX

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS tour, and like the others it succeeded our expectations. Rolinka was a great guide with lots of surprises. Our group was very congenial. We really enjoyed this itinerary. All the countries were interesting, enjoyed all the history we learned from the guides. Rolinka taught us a lot before each city. Loved Mürren and our hotel there. The mountains were beautiful. Enjoyed hiking their. We heard a children's choir singing in Trier in the cathedral, so lovely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren, Switzerland, going up to the Schilthorn, beautiful views. Watching 4 school girls braiding each other's hair on the Mürren gondola on their way to school. Loved the Mozart concert in Salzburg. Hallstatt was a lovely town to visit and explore. Loved the concert we went to at Musikverrin in Vienna, heard Mozart and Strauss, did this on our own."

Jason

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This has been my 4th Europe tour overall (2nd with Rick Steves) and easily the best one yet. I learned a lot on this tour, more than the local history and more than I expected. The meals, cheese, wine and everything else was amazing. Rolinka is amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Either the Schilthorn summit or the North Face Trail in Mürren (both on the same day) - just some legendary views and an unforgettable experience"

Kirk

Edmond, OK

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our second Rick Steves tour was wonderful. We really enjoyed the tour, guides, driver (Rick) and was blessed with a really fun group. Food was wonderful and the tour was well planned and executed by Rolinka...a really great ambassador of Europe and Rick Steves tours. We're still smiling two weeks later and look forward to our third trip. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren! Absolutely stunning! Enjoyed the hikes, waterfalls and beautiful mountain scenery...Spectacular! Lake Hallstatt was a close second with the boat ride. Loved the views of the lake and mountains from the boat."

Deborah

Houston, TX

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th Rick Steves tour and definitely a favorite! Great locations, great food and an amazing guide, Rolinka. She was not only knowledgeable, but also a master at pulling the group together and making sure everyone had a great time. The local guides were interesting and knowledgeable. All the planned activities were fun and interesting, with just the right amount of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of "wow" moments, but my favorite was sitting at an outdoor restaurant in Murren, having a glass of wine and being awed by the beauty and majesty of the mountains. It was an unforgettable experience!"

Amii

Edmond, OK

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was our second Rick Steve's tour; it was just as wonderful as our first. Rolinka was warm and caring about everyone in our group and I feel she went above and beyond to ensure our experiences were top notch; including those on our own scheduled time. I would love to do another tour with Rolinka as my guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to choose... every stop had its own charm. But if I had to choose, my favorite would be the mountains of Murren Switzerland. We were blessed with great weather so we enjoyed beautiful views of the alps and pleasant hikes in the mountains. The local music entertainment that Rolinka set up fit the setting perfectly."

Richard

Carol Stream, IL

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was well planned and our guide's expertise and knowledge enhanced the overall experience. Most places we visited were wonderful and the local guides provided valuable insight, knowledge and historical information that made the trip more enjoyable. I always enjoyed the Rick Steves shows and wanted to experience it for myself; it was better than I could have imagined.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was probably sitting on my balcony in Murren in the afternoon with the sun shining on the glaciers and mountains. My wife and I felt like we were in a post card. It was just more beautiful and majestic than we could have ever imagined. The entire trip was really a wow moment but this was probably the best."

John

Auburn, AL

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

For a first timer this tour was fantastic. We had the best guide of all working with Rick Steves tours! (Go Rolinka) From the first stop to the last it was energetic, at an excellent pace and everyone in the entire group worked so well together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow is spelled Murren! A fantastic place in the mountains with perfect weather, excursions, accommodations, food & fun. And this is from a person who lived in the Rockies."

David

Sitka, AK

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great experience this was my 9th trip so by now I appreciate the effort that goes into organizing and leading these tours.We has a great group and a great leader.I was on the best of Germany tour last year so that their was a couple of places like neuschwanstein that that we visited ,so Rolinka got me a ticket for the family castle instead .overall great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is always a hard one. So if you forget the time Rolinka got us through a traffic jam at a road construction I would have to say it was murren. I'm from Alaska so to see all the infrastructure that the Swiss built in the alps is insane."

Mark

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide Rolinka did an amazing job and I would think she has got to be the best tour guide in the Rick Steves organization or at the very least in the top five. Our bus driver Ricky, also did an outstanding job driving the bus. He was also a very nice person and very friendly and easy to talk to.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Alps in Murren Switzerland."

Christopher

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a good balance of social/cultural and historic. And the choices of cities we visited gave us a good taste of the 3 countries. The number of one night stays was kept to a minimum. I also liked he balance of free time and planned time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen valley and Murren were overwhelming. Pictures cannot do it justice. The Third Man Museum was a surprise. It actually gave me a better perspective on Austria's history. It also gave me a context to why Mauthausen concentration camp seemed like the Austrian's were just going through the motions on confronting their past."

Dean

Granite Bay, CA

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time. Every part of the tour was organized and we had no mishaps. Hans our tour guide has a great sense of humor and made our trip very enjoyable. He worked hard to be sure everyone was well taken care of and all our needs were being met. What my Wife and I like about Rick Steve's Tours is all we have to do is show up everything is planned and taken care of for you. We get a good history lesson along the way and see many things we may miss if we planned on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Bavaria and Austria were very beautiful but the Lauterbrunnen Valley and Mürren was our favorite by far. Until you see the Swiss Alps in person you can't understand how beautiful they really are. Really enjoyed Baden Baden and would of liked a second night there."

Cindy

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour exceeded our expectations. We had been to the UK twice before, using Rick Steves books to plan our trips, but we had never taken a formal travel tour. We'd had great experiences on our own, so were a little nervous that we would find the tour experience less enjoyable than traveling alone. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our Germany, Austria, & Switzerland tour was better than anything we could have imagined.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the evening in Murren, Switzerland when we heard an alpine horn and an accordion player on the back patio at Hotel Jungfrau. With the Alps as a backdrop, this "surprise" music event was such an iconic Swiss scene that I sat and marveled at my luck to be there."

Leslie

Orlando, FL

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience was better than we expected. We have used RS books for years and booked lots of hotels, local guides and eaten in restaurants that RS recommends. We wanted to try a RS tour and it exceeded our expectations. We liked the pace of the tour, the fact that all tour guests were able to move at a quick pace, and everyone on the trip was an active traveler and did not fuss or complain. Hans and our driver Richard were both outstanding. They made the trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed the hiking in Murren, and especially Murren. This was a true highlight. The hike Hans lead us on was amazing and my personal favorite."

Janice

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was perfect from start to finish. The bus, the driver, our guides, the food, the hotels, the tours, the co-travelers, the schedule, the activities. It was like a dream. Thank you so much for putting this together and taking such good care of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The days in the Swiss Alps was like being in a piece of heaven. The Third Man was incredible. The Munich outdoor market was delightful. The beauty of Germany will stay with me for the rest of my life."

Carl

Calgary, AB

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had another great trip. Wonderful tours, history and new experiences. The group we had on this trip gelled almost day 1 and made it an even more enjoyable tour. No grumps, all happy people and for the most part on time.... The tour flowed smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too hard to pick just one. Murren and the waterfalls and the Schilthorn day were amazing. We live in the mountains in Canada so it was fun. The day At Mauthausen was sobering but was one of the reasons I took this RS tour. Salzburg maybe was also a "wow" place."

Daniel

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/17/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This is my second RS Tour, so I pretty much knew what to expect. The trip was laid out pretty much. Overall, I had a good time. A bit of a warm time. The ban on food & drink was a serious flaw...reduced our group's ability to interact on the bus and eliminated an aspect of tours I have always greatly enjoyed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Switzerland. Did a little on our own as we had been in the Lauterbrunnen Valley before. Hans led a great hike and a few of us took a longer route back, including a fantastic schwarzbier in Grindewald."

Kathleen

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was amazing because of our tour guide's expertise; the planned schedule and the most comfortable mode of travel in a new bus with Will at the wheel. Although grueling at times, every stop along this journey had something to offer with the architecture, history and food. The lay of the land was beautiful, so green and lush there was never a dull moment; only to take in what nature had to offer. The weather was also very cooperative. I was held captive in each location of this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps was my favorite, definitely a wow moment in riding the aerial cableway from one elevation to the next, especially when we were on top of the Schilthorn Mountain; the weather was clear, the views were beyond wow factor. Breath-taking! Murren is a beautiful town nestled among the terraced mountain sides with views of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau; Gimmelwald was an enchanting little village where we hiked and enjoyed lunch at the beer garden enjoying views from valley to mountains."

Todd

Springfield, IL

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every detail of the tour, big and small, was presented and executed perfectly without any glitches. Our Rick Steves guide (Donald White) was extemely experinced. His personality, attitude, and demeanor made the entire experience outstanding. W He knew when to lead, follow, and even be one of us.e were very lucky anwead a wonderful group of trco-avelers. We learned nemany w things at many sites and saw amsome of the most azing scenere. TAll we experienced started right outside our door. Thanks e

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention. Start to finish. Each local guide used brought a very personal part of their life into their tours. "Wow" they are clearly meant to do what they are doing. Thanks for sharing them with us."

Alice

Yuma, AZ

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a bit frustrating getting from Frankfurt to Trier because we had not been there before, didn't really know what to expect & didn't speak German. After the tour began it went smoothly. We loved seeing the countryside and walking through the various towns. Ere was enough free time that we didn't feel constrained to a rigorous schedule. There was variety in the places we visited & loved eating dinners in the local towns. Totally appreciated that there was breakfast each day in the hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Viewing the countryside in Switzerland, then staying in Murren felt like the top of the world. We had dinners together, special entertainment and plenty of free time to hike & ride up & down the alps. The weather was beautiful and tptally enjoyed Murren & the alps!"

Joseph

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a great tour. Our guide, Donald, was superior and of driver, Will, was excellent. The locations, especially Murren exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was Murren and the surrounding area. The Alps was beyond compare. Riding up and down the gondola lifts, the skyline walk in Birg, and going to the top at Schilthorn presented a unique travel experience."

Elizabeth

Cortaro, AZ

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria was fast paced and fun. We had a wonderful group of people and our guide kept us entertained with stories and laughter. The city tours were very educational and really gave me a feel for each city. Our hotels were very carefully chosen and very convenient. The amount of tour time and free time seemed to be balanced nicely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the North Face Trail in the Swiss Alps is my favorite memory of the tour. The scenery from Murren, Gimmelwald and the top of the Shilthorn is absolutely breathtaking."

Philip

Naperville, IL

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded expectations. Beautiful weather helped, but the pacing of the tour, and the balance between expertly guided (including locally hired guides) and "time on your own" seemed optimal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were breathtaking, over and over again."

Ruenell

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 08/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a great time. Donald White was an excellent guide, very witty, knowledgeable, mellow and yet very organized as well. I have wanted to visit Germany for a long time and the experience exceeded my expectations. We had a full group that got along well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's got to be the Schilthorn. We got lucky and the visibility was excellent the day we went up."

Eric

Valencia, CA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fun. The tour people were great and the sights and places were amazing. I liked seeing the little shops and eateries. I'm glad I studied the RS guide book before the trip and added the interesting locations onto my GPS because your free time passes quickly and you can miss a lot if you don't know where things are. I also stored the locations of patisseries in the cities we visited. You can't see or taste pastries like this where I live in Valencia, CA.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tara took us on a hike from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. This was not a scheduled part of the tour but an option on our free time. I'm glad I did this hike because it had the most spectacular views that I saw for the whole tour. I would not have known about this hike unless I did it with Tara. Also, in Friedrichsbad, under the tasteful guidance of our leader Tara and arms over each others shoulder, the tour formed this great naked bacchanalian circle and sang, "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah"."

Christine

Valencia, CA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My tour experience was very nice. The hotels were very clean and all offered a wonderful breakfast. While at times it felt a little hectic. There where days when we needed to be on the bus at 7:45. The breakfast room didn't open until 7, which left us 45 min to eat and grab our suitcases and go. An hour before bus departure would have been fine. That being said the overall experience was very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"During our free time in Murren our guide Tara offered to guide us on a hike. It turned out to be my "wow" moment. The farmlands and the view of the Alps was spectacular. We would have never found this on our own."

TJ

Fredericton, NB

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really couldn't have been much better. Tara was spectacular, the group was great and each day was pretty well perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren in Switzerland. We had a rainy day that we went to the falls in the mountain and then walked with our ponchos on on a valley walk and then the north walk from above Murren. Was so great."

Matthew

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The whole tour was amazing. Tara was an outstanding guide for the whole tour, and all of the local city guides were very well informed and educational. Our only complaint is that we didn't have more time. We could've easily doubled our stay in all of our stops and still have had things we wanted to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick just one. From the ancient Roman structures, to the medieval history, to the stunning Alpine views to the WWII stories. Each of the locations had all of their own moments. But if I had to pick just two, it'd have to be the Porta Nigra in Trier and the Mozart Concert dinner in Salzburg. But there are so many runners-up that I could spend all day listing"

Ann

Greentown, PA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hi Rick & Tara, Sharon Archer & I are combining our reviews of our recent GSA trip with Tara. We loved the trip, the provided experiences, included dinners, mode of transportation, etc were all most enjoyable. The trip was definitely exceptional thanks to Tara's skills as a guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both Sharon & Ann - the moment we arrived in Murren, and especially when the sun came out on Thursday! The hiking we did in both the rain & the sun!"

Monica

Jamaica Plain, MA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour overall. I saw many remarkable places with a wonderful group of people. I learned a lot about Bavarian history/ culture, saw the breathtaking Swiss Alps and enjoyed the high life of Salzburg and Vienna. I also enjoyed the side trips: to Burg Eltz, the Black Forest Open Air Museum, the Mauthausen concentration camp, and the lovely Lake Hallstatt. While there was a lot of structured tour time, there was also enough unstructured time for us to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially loved our stay in Murren, Switzerland. Spectacular views of the Alps. Tara led us in several wonderful hikes. I also enjoyed Salzburg and Vienna. I loved the Mozart music dinner in Salzburg and was amazed by Vienna's architecture. I had not realized it was on a par with Paris."

Joseph

Princeton, MA

Tour: 07/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful in every way. It went far beyond my expectations--the wonderful sites, museums, restaurants and tour guides. All were outstanding. Torben Brown was great. He was solicitous for all our needs. He went out of his way to see that I had a vegetarian meals at every restaurant. Plus, he gave us valuable lectures and info about every city and site we visited. Great tour, all-round.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps, visiting some of the great museums with guided tours, and the restaurant meals. Wonderful!"

Michael

Avon Lake, OH

Tour: 07/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Plain and simple, our guide Torbin made this trip outstanding. Kudos to Torbin for being an awesome guide and even better human being.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren Switzerland, breathtaking!"

Sharyl

Poulsbo, WA

Tour: 07/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and we were apprehensive. But, we could not have had a better experience! We met lots of friendly people, learned a lot and ate great food. Our guide, Torben, was fantastic and took great care of our large group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having a 360 degree view of the Alps from the top of Schilthorn under a gorgeous blue sky."

Lisa

Avon Lake, OH

Tour: 07/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Torbin, set the tone immediately for a very friendly tour. Our group was cohesive, polite, timely and very considerate of each other. That's always helpful! Torbin's knowledge was incredible and his delivery of both history and tour "housekeeping" was always spot on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow was definitely Murren. The raw beauty was breathtaking. Torbin led us on a wonderful hike to give us a perfect experience of being in the Alps. We had wonderful conversation throughout the hike as well. We so enjoyed seeing the cows and hearing their bells. We also enjoyed the challenge of the hiking. It was an unusually hot day and the hike itself had some elevation, making us work for our experience. Loved it!"

Karen

Hyde Park, UT

Tour: 07/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour. We went to such wonderful places and I feel that this tour provided just what I was looking for to see and do. It was a very active tour and I came home totally exhausted, but I really enjoyed every minute of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the gondola up to the Schiltzhorn on the Swiss Alps and just standing there taking in the beauty of the Alps. It just couldn't have gotten any better than that."

Krystal

Stansbury Park, UT

Tour: 07/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time on this tour! I knew what the itinerary was but I didn't really appreciate how many places we were actually going to see until we were there. It was just amazing! The tour gave me a taste of each of these countries and now I want to go and see more!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick just one! We were lucky enough to have clear skis all three days we were in Murren. Going up to the Schilthorn and being able to see all the way out and all the way down was quite breathtaking :)"

Michael

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized and Iris provided great maps and fantastic bus lectures. I really enjoy learning about the places we visited along with the art, history, and politics. It was like a semester of history in two weeks. Our group was great, our guide was great and our driver Wim was wonderful. We loved each location and would have liked more time in Halstatt, Munich,Switzerland and Salzbug. I guess that means we will have to go back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Switzerland with my lovely wife Veronica was the highlight. We hiked the North Face Trail, the Mountain View Trail as well as the trail from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. Halstatt was also spectacular it was so serene sitting on our balcony after the day trippers left listening to the lake kissing the shore. We actually loved all the locations and would go back to any of them. This was a great tour!"

Eric

Sublimity, OR

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded Expectations! I expected more of a "Bare Bones" tour. This was NOT the case. Our tour was packed with History, Awesome Experiences, very nice hotels and many Surprises. The tour also matched up with the way we like to explore: walking the cities. Iris was a great tour leader. Efficient, Friendly, Approachable and full of surprises. Wim the bus driver was amazing. All of the local guides were fantastic. It took several days for our group to gel, but we were a great group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Everyone" say Switzerland, but Trier is my WOW moment. It is a great city, loved the churches, Porta Negra, and walking the town. There's so much personality here. And Burg Eltz (yea I know it's out of town). Beilstein was a great stop as well."

Julie

Torrance, CA

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our GAS tour this year. Our guide, Iris, was very knowledgeable and pleasant. I very much appreciated getting to venues before they were overrun by other tour groups, such as the Trummelbach Falls and Schilthorn/Birg. The castle tours and museums were very interesting, and the restaurant choices wonderful. We'll be back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Entering Switzerland, and seeing beautiful emerald/aquamarine lakes framed by the Alps."

Sarah

Santa Rosa, CA

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well beyond my wildest dreams!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren. If at all inclined, go paragliding! I know, not Rick Steves recommended, but it was amazing. All the hikes in that area were magical, I definitely would like to spend more time there."

Paul

Elk River, MN

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We've never had a bad Rick Steves tour experience. This is our favorite way to travel! We'll be back for more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We still are in love with Murren and it's beauty. I also really enjoyed Salzburg. There was a lot of variety there. I'll need to go back to catch the rest of it!"

Robin

Sublimity, OR

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. Iris, our tour guide, was very organized & kept our group moving at a pace I appreciated & enjoyed. She explained to us often that by arriving at various locations earlier rather than later we would have a better experience-less crowds. Iris included several surprises in our trip which were delightful & unexpected. I appreciated all of the history Iris shared with us during our bus rides. Overall it was an amazing trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neuschwanstein Castle. This is someplace I have always wanted to visit so to actually be there and take the tour through the castle was my wow moment."

Richard

Princeton, NJ

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best Rick Steves' tour that I have been on.With that said I wish the tour was 15 or 16 days.The tour was too compressed to fully appreciate some of the places that we stayed. I wish we had more time in Murren & Munich.I would have forgone one of the castles tours to spend more time in one of these places.I stayed an extra day in Vienna and it made a big difference in being able to slow the pace down and really savor this beautiful city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the Schilthorn in Switzerland .We were so fortunate to have a morning with perfect visibility and weather."

Ellen

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 07/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being a part of a tour group is a crap shoot, yet we feel that we won the lottery with this group, and Iris had a lot to do with that. The GAS tour was a perfect tour for our 1st Rick Steves tour. Rick Steves & his cohorts in crime didn't miss a single detail in making sure that we were safe, comfortable, and even pampered with every step of the way. Every aspect of the tour went beyond our expectations! We cannot, in good faith, think of anything that went awry.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Third Man Museum & its back story, its history, and the aftermath of the premiere of the film was astonishing! Gerhard put 22 years of blood, sweat, & tears into this museum based on a strong recommendation from a British tourist many moons ago. Then Rick Steves saw it & proclaimed that this museum MUST be put on the agenda. The Third Man movie & the museum is rich in knowledge, memorabilia, and emotion that affected a few of us to the point of having a side discussion in the museum itself."

Susan

Pinehurst, NC

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall tour experience was very good. We saw some absolutely beautiful places. It was more beautiful than I imagined. It was a very active tour which I knew but some days were very long and finishing dinner late was common.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren"

Gary

Pinehurst, NC

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a great tour which we enjoyed. The food was great and the things seen awesome. The bus driver (Jos) was wonderful.Here are a few criticism: * I'd rather have spent one day in Trier and two days in Baden-Baden. * The accommodations and food in Hallstatt were sub-standard. * Some of the days were excessively long. And then when we arrived in a new city, the "orientation walk" was long which made dinner too late. And then the guided tour the next day was repetitive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren!!"

Janet

Greer, SC

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was the trip of a lifetime for me. I appreciated the beauty of southern Germany, the grandeur of the Alps, the bustle of cities. This was billed as a very strenuous tour and it was indeed. But not in the way I thought. I was not prepared for the very long days of bus travel, then a walking tour of the city, and a the very late evening meal. Breakfast was often at 7 and then on to the tour. It was very exhausting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps were incredible. When I opened the doors to my balcony at the hotel and saw the view outside my door, it brought tears to my eyes. Truly spectacular,"

Jerald

Greer, SC

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our time in southern Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Highlights of the trip for me were the times in Baden-Baden, Mürren and Salzburg. I enjoyed these places more than the big cities of Munich and Vienna.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting of the bus and looking up at the beauty of the Swiss Alps and then riding the cable car up to our hotel in Mürren. Also arriving at the rope of Schiltorn and seeing the grandeur of the mountains all around us. A close second was enjoying the dinner/concert in Salzburg. Loved the opera!"

Marea

Haverford, PA

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour, I thought the pacing and the places that were included were excellent. (Except Hallstatt - I didn't understand why we spent so much time driving and stayed a whole night there, I'd have stayed in Vienna another night and done a day trip to a small village that wasn't so crowded.) I liked our guide as a person, but had trouble enjoying the trip with her leading, since she would often shame us and behave defensively. (More on this below.)

Ken

Sammamish, WA

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As expected all very beautiful countries with incredible history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed our time in the Swiss Alps. Living in the Pacific Northwest we are used to tall mountains but that was a whole different level of majestic scenery."

Marcella

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 07/02/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Outstanding itinerary but too aggressive; no time to enjoy being there. Days too long; evening walking tours covered same places as local expert tours the next day; late meals often some distance from hotel. Except in Switzerland, no time to enjoy the environs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Awesome scenery and lovely cities."

Monica

La Grange, CA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip exactly fit my hopes and expectations. I wanted to learn about the history and cultures as well as see beautiful scenery. I enjoyed both the rural areas as well as the cities. The tour structure and pre-trip info on the website made the trip very easy. Hans was a great tour leader and very helpful on anything I needed. We had a great group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the art and architecture that has survived the destruction of all the wars in the areas."

Jeffrey

Reading, MA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

THE TOUR WAS GREAT AND A JOY TO DO WITH MY FAMILY. I COULD SEE HOW A DIFFERENT TOUR GROUP MAKE UP WOULD HAVE CHANGED THE EXPERIENCE SUBSTANTIALLY. HOWEVER, WE HAD A GREAT TOUR GUIDE IN HANS, AND OUR GROUP WAS FILLED WITH AMAZING PEOPLE. WE TRAVELED WITH ADOLESCENT KIDS AND HANS' APPROACH WAS "SPOT ON" AND THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A DIVERSE AGE RANGE TO COMPLEMENT OUR FAMILY CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT MAY NOT ALWAYS BE THE CASE

Favorite "WOW" moment

"TOO MANY TO COUNT."

Mary

Ceres, CA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was a dream come true in so many ways. I truly loved every minute of it-even the heat wave! This was our first tour and time went by so quickly that I was really glad we had signed up for a longer trip. I loved that we really learned about the culture and history of every city that we visited, and that Hans made sure we had the tools to move about independently in such a quick fashion. The almost instant camaraderie we found with everyone on the tour made it a complete 10!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely our time on the Schilthorn!"

Robin

Centreville, MD

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I loved the itinerary, especially the Alps. Hans was less than personable and by the end of the trip was still confused about group member's names. He often called us by incorrect names. Questions about the region were frequently answered with, "Ah, I'll get to that." But were often unanswered. He said at the beginning he was laid back, he seemed to have checked out and it made since when he said this was his last year doing tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps were amazing! Walking between villages and the breathtaking scenery. The village of Mürren is beautiful, I loved all the flowers and gardens. We went paragliding and it was incredible to sail through the sky and past the waterfalls."

Sandra

Plano, TX

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The high heat had a definite effect on my enjoyment of the tour. As someone who loves photography, it would be helpful to have a guide of our walks. Later, when I look at my photos it's hard to remember what was what. All the guides were excellent. My second tour and again a nice group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt! COOL and great photography!"

Barry

Burnsville, MN

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour. While the other groups were fun, this group really bonded - everyone could hang out with anyone! The tour itself was fantastic. The Alps were spectacular and every town we visited had highlights.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps was an amazing experience. Something about Munich really connected with me. Our local guide Mikael was incredible."

Kirsten

Reading, MA

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour surpassed my every hope for it. My partner, his two kids, and I had been dreaming and planning on a trip to Germany for a couple of years, and we luckily landed on this tour to make it all happen. The trip was a perfect mix of adventure, history, art, outdoor hiking, wandering, food and drink, and social mixing. It can be hard to please a group of four people of different ages and interests, and this trip exceeded each of our expectations! Our tour guide, Hans, was truly fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While I thought that hiking in the alps with beautifully belled cows was already the "wow" moment, I was more blown away when the cows were happy to have us pet them AND then that we were able to drink milk and eat cheese from those VERY cows at a lovely mountain-side farm "cafe." I have never in my life tasted such delicious milk. I would happily go on this trip again for just this moment. (And all the other amazing moments too!)"

Dennis

Shawnee, KS

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellent experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salzburg"

Patricia

Berkley, MI

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed our GAS tour which was our first Rick Steves Tour. The locations were beautiful and I enjoyed the learning element of the tour. The pacing was fine for me. I didn't mind having to be up early because on those days you could always take a nap on the bus. I am a traveler who wants to get the most out of my trip with site seeing and Rick Steves provides that opportunity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland hands down. I felt like it was not real it was so gorgeous not matter where you looked."

Mike

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was great, our tour guide was great and our bus driver was great. We will remember it forever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps"

Janette

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour! Andrea was an outstanding guide, as were all the local guides. I appreciated her being so open to answering questions about different topics. The only downside for me was the very hot weather with no air conditioning in most hotels. It would be to have a fan available, sleeping was difficult. I realize the weather was beyond your control. I think 2 nights in Lake Hanchett would have been great. It is a beautiful peaceful place but not enough time to relax and enjoy it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Schilthorn was fabulous! The whole area is beautiful and the view from our room was awesome."

Hui-jung

Kent, OH

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the third time my husband and I travel with Rick Steve Europe Tour. Two weeks with Miss Andrea Wolf was the best travel experience ever ?? . Miss Wolf did her best to fulfill the whole trip with professional passion. Thank you Andrea ?? You are auwsom ?? .

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "WOW" moment was the history of the documents collection in "The Third Man Museum" ! My major in college was movie production. I do respect Mr.Gerhard's hard work and devotion. I also in love with the " antic movie projector " . It is truly A pice of ART!"

Ralph

Washington, DC

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 8th Rick Steves tour and we're already starting to think about which one will be number 9. Our tour guide deserves much of the credit for making it an outstanding tour. Andrea was especially good at providing us with the historical background necessary to understand present-day Germany and her native Austria. She used the time on the bus wisely to provide that and other information about our destinations and to answer our questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of wow moments. For all-out spectacular scenery, the Swiss Alps win. For an unexpectedly fascinating museum experience, the Third Man Museum and its founder get the prize. And for great cities in which to wander around, I'd nominate Munich and Vienna."

Kathleen

Washington, DC

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This part of Europe is especially rich in 20th and 21st century history, as well as gorgeous scenery and wonderful food. It was a delight. The guide was terrific in giving us a good history lesson as we went along. She also provided useful and interesting information about present day situations. Our bus driver was also extremely nice and a very safe driver and very helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are quite a few. I would have liked to stay in Halstatt for another day. The salt mine tour was really neat. I found the concentration camp experience very moving and am glad we went. I would not have done this on my own. Munich was the biggest surprise. I really liked that city. The gondola up to the top of the mountain in Murren was also really cool."

Margaret

Houston, TX

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andrea was amazing, tour was amazing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paragliding in Murren"

Billy

Eddy, TX

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent guide, great hotel locations, great selection of sites, great transportation. Only complaint is that hotels should offer fans for each room

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Monsee Catgederal"

David

Longmont, CO

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having traveled on our own for some years we decided to "try" a tour. We chose Rick Steves after some research. Our experience was a pleasant surprise! To some it up: Fun, educational, active, sand exhausting. The straight forward heads up from the organization that this would be rather physical and demanding was right on. Our guide (Andrea Wolf) covered all the details so well that that we came away with a great deal of satisfaction and appreciation!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The time in Switzerland was incredibleI. In spite of a record heatwave the group marched on and absorbed the majesty of the surroundings."

Kathleen

Longmont, CO

Tour: 06/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland Tour met all of our expectations and more. It was as described on the Rick Steve's website and sales literature. The itinerary, tour guide, bus driver and fellow travelers made for an exceptional experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The itinerary was a perfect combination of cities and places of natural beauty. The beauty of Switzerland is something to behold."

Gail

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 4th Rick Steves tour and it won't be my last. Love the company policies & how they are put into practice with promises fulfilled. This tour had a great balance of urban & rural locations. The confidence gained on previous tours allowed me to enjoy my free time fully. The combo of group time with guides & personal time to explore independently allowed for lots of personal growth. I love that our hotel locations are so thoughtfully selected for easy access to sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow this trip was an increased understanding of the parallels of European history to current events in America. Beginning pre- tour in Amsterdam where I toured the Anne Frank house on what should have been her 90th birthday, then local guide Birgitta's descriptions of the rise of Hitler & Nazism in Munich, our visit to Mauthausen, and local guide Gerhard's Third Man Museum ~ all set against the news from home of the horrendous conditions of the migrant camps on the US southern border."

James

Nottingham, PA

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations, particularly our time spent in Mürren Switzerland. An excellent guide, beautiful locations, fun experiences, a tour group that got along very well, and comfortable accommodations made our tour a wonderful experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from the Schilthorn above Mürren were awesome."

Greg

Springfield, VA

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was everything advertised and more! Had a great time, got way too much exercise (smile), and enjoyed the balance of both group activities and the flexibility to go out on our own. We had a great group of travel buddies and a terrific guide (Thanks, Donald!) Our bus driver was outstanding as well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was particularly looking forward to the Switzerland part of the tour and our stay in Murren. I was not disappointed. The Swiss Alps, the surrounding countryside and small villages are so impressive and authentic. Certainly my favorite "Wow" experience of the tour. Not many other places where you can look out your window and see three beautiful mountains and several magnificent waterfalls tumbling down their faces right in front of you."

George

Waterville, OH

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour with a great guide and a good group. This was my first experience with a tour. It was nice to have many of the travel details addressed and to be able to relax and enjoy the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour covers a variety of experiences from cities to the Alps. My preference is for scenery and I greatly enjoyed my time in the Alps."

Robin

Andover, KS

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour! I enjoyed the mix of cities and nature sights. We learned a lot about the history of the countries we visited. Our guide was great and our tour group was lots of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was the biggest "wow" for me. We had an amazingly clear and beautiful day at the summit of the Schilthorn, so the 360 degree view of the Alps was incredible. Then we hiked the North Face Trail from Murren, winding through some of the most magnificent scenery I've ever experienced, listening to the cow bells and watching the paragliders soar through the valley. It was my favorite part of this tour!"

Connie

Nottingham, PA

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe and I can't imagine having a better experience with nicer people who seemed to be just like us, active, and and personable. " no winers". The tour produced everything that was advertised and more. Our tour guide Donald was fantastic in all respects. He gave us ample choices to try on our free time and of course how to get to them. Could not ask for more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss alps was no doubt the WOW. The ride from the valley floor up to Mürren and the view from our hotel balcony was unbeatable... we thought until we went up to the Schiltorn on a cloudless sunny day and was then able to hike to Gimblewald in the afternoon. Could have stayed in Mürren for many more days I think."

Ronald

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very interesting tour with great variation of activities. Donald, our guide, is excellent and was so helpful (and funny!). As always, the folks who sign up for RS tours are lots of fun and from different backgrounds. A great experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say. The Alps in Switzerland (on a clear and sunny day) were magnificent. So was sitting at a small beirgarten in Gimmewald sipping on a Black Monk local beer (from a 15th century recipe!) looking up at the actuall Black Monk peak."

Sally

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful mix of experiences from Roman sites to WWII and modern Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Alps (on a clear, sunny day)! But maybe drinking in a small biergarten looking up at the peaks while enjoying a craft beer made from 15th century recipe---probably the best beer on the trip!"

Elizabeth

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first trip to Europe. The variety of places we visited gave me a fantastic introduction these three countries along with their past. I am left with such a desire to see more! We were busy all the time without pressure to do anything we might not want to do. My husband and I did it all! The mix of tour time with personal time was just right. I loved getting suggestions of different things to do on our own. We took advantage of many of those suggestions and thoroughly enjoyed our time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is extremely hard to come up with a favorite "wow" moment since one of my favorite words as we traveled the three countries was "wow"! I think the three nights in Murren were wonderful. We were blessed with spectacular weather the day we went to the Schilthorn. We did some hiking and walking in the rain while seeing waterfalls everywhere. Trummelbach Falls was another highlight of our Murren stay."

Neal

Andover, KS

Tour: 06/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say the Alps. We were very fortunate to have clear weather when we went up to the top of Piz Gloria!"

Lisandra

O Fallon, IL

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the mix of big cities, small quaint towns and spectacular landscapes. Our guide Matti was exceptional. He shares personal experiences and perspectives that greatly enhanced our understanding of German culture and traditions. What a fun, joyful group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking around Murren - home to the luckiest cows in the world! Absolutely stunning scenery."

Amanda

Grand Junction, CO

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was better than I had ever expected! I have been planning this trip for 8 years and it was absolutely amazing! Our group was like family and when the two weeks were over, it felt like we had known them forever. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and I loved hearing all of his history lessons. The countries were gorgeous and I learned so much about them. The hotels were all very nice and the food was delicious!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland for sure! Being around the Rocky Mountains most of my life, I thought I knew what mountains looked like. There is no comparison with the Alps! Truly spectacular! Staying in Murren was my wow moment. Just walking through the village and looking at all the views was something I will never forget! Taking a nap and then awakening to the church bells was like something from a movie."

Lina

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Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great overview of southern Germany, the Swiss Alps, and Austria. I loved learning about the history and politics of the area - our tour guide, Matti, was really amazing, and the city tours with local guides were fantastic. Our tour mates were the best! I wish that we could have spent an extra day or afternoon free in each town, but it was a "best of" tour. I will just have to come back to Europe. I think that we visited a few too many castles, but they were all pretty cool.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved looking out the hotel window and seeing the Swiss Alps. The view was ever changing due to the clouds and the angle of the sun, but it was never boring."

Carol

Chapel Hill, NC

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was an amazing tour, thanks in large part to our guide, Matthias Unger, who brought history to life every day through his story telling and sharing. There was a good mix of scheduled tour time as a group and independent time. The orientation tours by local guides were consistently good. The restaurants chosen for the group dinners were consistently good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up in the Hotel Jungfrau in Murren and looking out the window to see blue sky and the vista of the Eiger, Monch, & Junfrau. I could wake up to this every day and still be in awe of it. Murrren, the Lauterbrunnen valley, Switzerland generally were beautiful and on my list to revisit."

Drew

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an incredible tour with an amazing guide (Matti Unger), a great group of people and absolutely fantastic scenery. The group jelled from Day 1 and helped make it a lasting memory. Bavaria, Switzerland and Austria provided unforgettable landscape views and pedestrian zones.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt it was the entire stay in Murren in the Swiss Alps. Actually living in the Alps for three days and soaking in the views, hiking and riding the gondolas was a lifetime memory maker. Honorable mention goes to the Alp Horn concert in the Alps on the last evening in Murren. An Asian couple staying at the hotel also sat in on the concert and joined in the conga line at the end of the performance!"

Beth

Schenevus, NY

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour with Matti in Germany,Austria and Switzerland was very enjoyable in every aspect. We had a great group to travel with !!! The hotels were nice, yet each very different. There were some lovely surprises in the foods we were to taste (wild boar,pancake soup, tender venison, the best wines,and of course, gelatto,etc.) The weather was lovely and Matti was a superb guide in so many ways!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How to pick just one ?!? Murren, in its majestic glory, yet peaceful small village setting, is never to be forgotten.Our beautiful stroll down to Gimmelwald, a village where time seemed to have stood still. The close-up views of the Alps from our hotel balcony were awesome, with paragliders sailing by daily, and the church bells ringing. Just getting up to Shilthorn's top was an adventure and the views were spectacular !!! Trummelbach Falls were unforgettable !!!!! Mauthausen !!"

Amanda

Somerville, MA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the tour. It had all the special things I've come to expect from Rick Steves tours like the small towns, highlights of big cities, and amazing local tour guides.What made this tour stand out was the group of people I was traveling with, especially Matti.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps! Definitely a "Sound of Music" moment."

Luis

Cypress, TX

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour - excellent organization and coordination, good balance between guided tours and "free time", beautiful and interesting places, good diversity of places visited and associated activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one, but I still smile while thinking about those Murren water falls."

Susan

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful and enjoying experience seeing all the sights, soaking up the culture and truly being in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. I never felt like a "tourist" instead I felt like I belonged to this part of Europe. Matti did a wonderful job of giving us the feel of the places and culture we visited. It was just the right amount of tour group time and individual time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Besides Matti's operatic voice, it had to be the quartet concert in the Mozart Hall in the Mirabell Gardens in the Salzburg."

Alicia

Cypress, TX

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! I love it. Amazing people and outstanding guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt"

Noah

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was amazing. Each location visited was well thought out with a specific intent in mind which contributed to a very thorough dive into the culture of these three countries. The tour members made this trip amazing because of their personalities. Also, our guide Matti was very personable and his stories and perspectives made him very enjoyable and an amazing guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment from the tour was getting to listen to people from Mürren play the Alp Horn and the accordion while seeing the Swiss Alps in the background."

Steven

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In a few words, Exceeded Expectations, and ours was already pretty high. Our tour guide Matti is the best. Having lived and breathed there his whole life and his ability to relay his experiences along with the extensive history story telling is amazing. All of the city guides were top notch too. Trier, Munich, Salzburg, & Vienna city tours were well worth it. A great travel group that went through the Rick Steves sieve was special too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My special moments were many having taken 3K photos on the tour but I can't narrow it down to one but can do it in two. First, the Swiss Alps from Murren were breathtaking, and we enjoyed a full 3 day window of good weather - spectacular. The second was just before breakfast at Hallstatt Lake in Austria were even though I had my Fujifilm gear with me, the most fantastic image was capture with a phone camera of a swan family with the clinging low level clouds on the sides of the lake/mountains."

Erin

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our 3rd Rick Steves tour & we're looking into what our 4th will be. The tours never disappoint, we enjoy the organized, authentic behind the scenes glimpse of the locale. We decided on the tour fairly late & love the fact that Rick Steves makes it so easy to travel. I enjoyed the mix of hotels, whether in the inner-city, a Senior Community Living Center or quietly nestled on a lake across from the touristy area. We really lucked out with our travel mates this time, a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is really a tough choice, so many fantastic experiences. I'd say lunch at the best viewpoint table at Rudolf Sturn Restaurant, Welterbeblick viewpoint is pretty hard to beat. Yet, I felt the most relaxed at Lake Hallstatt, and loved wandering the Swiss Alps (reminded me of the our experience in the Italian Alps)."

Patricia

Wexford, PA

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Murren."

Aubrey

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 06/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second RS Tour; last year we did the Best of Scandinavia. The GAS Tour was a similarly-outstanding experience: great guides, driver, hotels, meals, mix of urban and more rural locations... The RS Tours do a great job of facilitating European cultural and historical familiarization in every location. Guide Matthias "Matti" was awesome: always cheerful, caring, calm, and helpful. He is a great communicator. I really appreciated the optional hikes and walks that he led.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in the Swiss alps was even better than I hoped for!"

Marianne

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic.

William

Charlottesville, VA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The choices of cities/towns/places to visit, hotels, places to eat, etc were individually great. But - more than that - sharing all of these new and exciting experiences with the like-minded members of our group, coupled with the professionalism and fun of our guide (Torben) and driver (John), made this tour what it was. And it was almost a perfect combination of hand-holding and letting us go. If you need any more evidence that Rick Steves tours just work, this is it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to be the, literally, breathtaking first views of the Alps when we arrived in Murren, Switzerland. The entire 3 days felt like we were walking through a National Geographic magazine spread."

Francis

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved the cities and sites but found the time in the bus excessive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I found the Weiskirche very moving. Looking at the Eiger and Jungfrau from our Hotel was awesome."

Jeff

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was/ our second tour and again were very pleased. This is a busy tour with a lot of travel, but we never felt rushed or too much bus time. Of course you always wish for more time at each site and this tour balances the time very well. We really enjoyed our group and because we worked together well we had "extra" time that allowed us a stop in Lichtenstein. The tour is a nice mix of large, medium and small cities as well as urban and natural environments. Highly recommend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A wow day in Switzerland started off in complete fog so instead of going up to Schilthorn we went to Trummelbach Falls as a group. The skies cleared and we had a beautiful walk to and lunch in Lauterbrunnen. With the skies clearing our guide got us passes to Schilthorn that afternoon. We stood in clouds for an hour but got our grand view of the alps when we stopped at Birg on the way down. Then we took the train to Grutschalp and walked back with a awesome picnic at Winteregg. Spectacular."

Laura

Maitland, FL

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! I feel like I have a good understanding of these countries now. I feel more confident in traveling there on my own now.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having the origin and history of the Nazis explained right where it happened. Also learning about the rise of the European Union and how it operates today."

Cynthia

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 1st tour and I was extremely impressed with how knowledgeable the tour guide was. We had no problems with driving and were always on time. Everything that was suggested turned out well. Would do tours again because I didn't not gave to do anything but show up and have fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salzburg was amazing"

Ann

Norfolk, MA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My feelings are somewhat mixed. I greatly enjoyed the first half of the tour (Trier, Baden Baden & Murren and the travel in-between). The second half of the tour (Munich, Salzburg, Lake Halstadt & Vienna) also had many positive aspects, but it was hard to leave the Alps! The geography of this tour was spectacular - the roaring glacial rivers, the lakes & mountains, and the wildflowers! Our bus driver, John, was fabulous - and we felt very safe with him at the helm!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments! But spending 3 days in the Alps tops everything! Waking up each morning to a view of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau was spectacular! Hiking on the North Face trail where we encountered snow-cover was both challenging & exhilarating! The views from the top of Schilthorn breathtaking! Wildflowers were abundant & beautiful as were the cows."

Ronald

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 06/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every aspect of this tour was stress free and terrific

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Switzerland"

David

Cumming, GA

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great locations. Saw many things that we would have to rent a car to see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the view of the mountains in Switzerland. All three major mountains- Schlitzhorn, Eichner, monch, and Junfrier"

Carol

Steilacoom, WA

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful tour guide & great group of travelers (lucky us!). Blessed with great weather, all in all, although my packing skills were taxed when it heated up in Vienna. I wish all guides apprenticed with Rolinka, so many extra info bits made traveling easier. Our 9th Rick Steves tour & she taught us new skills, this after using RS books for 10 years, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from Schilthorn on a perfect day was a "wow" moment, especially walking out on the Thrill Walk at the Birg. The view when I came around the corner just hit me in the face; even though I had been up on the top platform seeing Monch, Eiger and Jungfrau, to see the entire valleys spread below with the snowy Alps above---wow!"

Larry

Philomath, OR

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on our tour. The cultural experience, history and landscapes were outstanding. The camaraderie of our tour group was enhanced through the sharing of experiences and the leadership of Rolinka.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was most impressed by our 3 day stay in Mürren Switzerland. The natural beauty, history and cultural experiences will be remembered for the rest of my life."

Lorne

Pembroke, ON

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beautiful panoramic mountain scenery In Murren."

John

Steilacoom, WA

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great tour. Everything went very smoothly. This was my ninth RS tour and I definitely think this was our best guide and the most cohesive group. Our guide was very flexible and shifted some days around due to weather, crowds at some attractions, highway conditions, etc. I really enjoyed the itinerary and would strongly recommend this tour to anyone considering a visit to the areas visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While their were many "highlights" on this tour, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening dinner/opera performance in Salzburg. Apparently this wasn't part of the tour but offered by our guide for a very reasonable price as an option. Everyone on the tour signed up and it was a huge hit."

Brenda

Southington, OH

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and I barely travel so this whole experience for me was just fantastic!!!! Everyday was a WOW and an exciting adventure for me. The scenery was beautiful and the group and tour guide added to this whole trip. It was a wonderful, wonderful trip. I thought the boxes that we used to hear with our earphones were so beneficial to the everyday functionings of the events and information from each stop. Just a tremendous experience for me! Outstanding!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a WOW, but I enjoyed Bavaria, the 007 exhibit in Schilthorn, the scenery, the Mozart dinner theatre concert and pretty much EVERYTHING!!!!! It was just such a natural high for me and I was so thankful I was able to go. The flexibility of the daily schedule was good. I liked having extra time to go and do as pleased."

Denise

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic!! We have traveled with 2 other tour groups and our first time with a Rick Steves' tour. The Steves group is better: Starting with the "buddy system" great way to meet the group and it moves the group quickly at each stop. Members of the Steves tour were independent, friendly and always wanting to learn about our surroundings. Although, we could have skipped seeing the Neuschwanstein castle and gone to Berchtesgaden instead. We would have liked to have stayed in Hallstatt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was being in Murren. Of course it helped that we had a beautiful clear sunny day. We were so glad that the day was independent and we could spend as much time at the summit of Schilthorn as we wanted."

Pauline

Pembroke, ON

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had our first experience touring with Rick Steves last year doing The Best of Spain. It was so wonderful that we were prepared to be a bit let down for GAS. On the contrary, this trip exceeded any expectations we had. We appreciated Rolinka's organization and knowledge, Ricky's driving skills, the camaraderie of our fellow travelers and the beautiful and interesting places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, having read through the guide book, I was excited to visit the Baden-Baden spa but I didn't. And then I thought jumping off a mountain would happen but it didn't. A free afternoon was spent riding the narrow-gauge railway from Murren to Grutschalp and walking back on a trail through meadows and forests with amazing views of the mountains and valleys.It took my breath away and although it wouldn't be considered thrilling by many, it was my "Heidi" moment that I will always cherish."

Cynthia

Lynn Haven, FL

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was all I had hoped and more!! We saw such beautiful scenery, our activities were enjoyable, our group was wonderful company, and our guide Rolinka was beyond words remarkable!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Though more than one moment, my favorite wow moments were being in Murren and the area around it."

Rose Mary

Arlington, VA

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our fifth RS tour. This was the best due to a tremendous guide, compatible group, and very fun places to visit. This itinerary was great, but Rolinka added more. We felt that the effort to go to Neuschwanstein was not worth it. Crowds and a long wait for a very short (30 minute)tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had never seen Switzerland. It was "wow" from the moment we saw the snow-capped mountains and water falls. Going to the top of the 10,000 ft mountain was thrilling. The meadows with the flowers and cows were so peaceful and charming. It is good that this destination is not overcrowded--it is serene and calming."

Patricia

Pembroke, ON

Tour: 05/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 2nd tour and we love the balance of booked/organized tours as part of your day and the free time. This tour did have a lot of time on the bus not sure if train could have been used in a couple of spots to get more actually viewing of places. The 2 hour maximum of sitting on the bus at a time is nice but a couple of days were long, though when trying to cover area in 3 countries it is a hard balance.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Switzerland going up to the Apls to Schilthorn peak. And later that day taking the little the train and then walking all the way back to Murren."

Pat

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was hesitant to join a tour. Much to my relief the tour was the best way to enjoy this vacation. The tour group was fun loving and most enjoyable to be with for two weeks. Andrea, our tour guide, is the best. This is an active tour, but with time off to explore on our own and catch a few naps. Each location had something different to offer and so many memorable experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At the initial meeting with the tour group, we were asked what each of us desired from this tour. I said I was looking forward to "experiences". And that is what I found. The Alps, of course, are at the top of the list with a nice walk to Gimmelwald and time spent at a sunny family owned wine garden. The majesty of the whole area is indescribable."

Kayleen

Nibley, UT

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The overall tour was well organized. A variety of attractions was planned for each country. The tour group was the right size, 27 people, which made it manageable and nice to get to know the people you were travelling with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Watching my husband paraglide in Murren Switzerland."

David

Nibley, UT

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Truly a wonderful experience. The Swiss music event at the Jungfrau Hotel in Murren is something I will remember forever. Listening to the Alp horn music while gazing at the snow covered Alps and drinking a cold beer under a blue, cloudless sky was sublime. Worthy of mention is hiw great our tour group was; everyone seemed to get along so well making the tour pleasant! Wish we could somehow replicate that "vibe" on every tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paragliding through the Swiss Alps while staying in Murren. CAUTION: Not for the faint of heart or someone with fear of heights! :-)"

Bob

San Jose, CA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 2nd RS tour. I have confidence and trust that RS will [INVALID] (along with our guide)the best locations giving great balance for our experience. Andrea was an excellent guide as well as Jos our driver. Andrea had many surprises for us. What really made it special was our tour group. We had an energetic and exciting group which helped to enhance the tour. We all were flexible and met the challenges each day. The weather was mostly very good. The dinners were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was great. We had two sunny days which made our gondola rides great especially to the Schilthorn. Just walking to Gimmelwald was so relaxing with the scenery and cows. Loved Gimmelwald and the beer garden. The Mozart concert and dinner in Salzburg was wonderful. The Salt Mine in Lake Hallstatt was interesting."

Timothy

Richmond, VA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was incredible! My wife and I are so happy we [INVALID]ed this tour. The destinations, the hotel locations and the excursions were awesome. We felt there was a perfect balance of group activities blended with individual touring. Additionally, Andrea was a fabulous guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up on a sunny crisp morning in the Murren, Switzerland. It was stunning to see the beautiful snow capped mountains of the Swiss Alps right outside our bedroom window."

Eugene

Naples, FL

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very happy with tour guide, Andrea, and local guides as well. Bus driver was an extra plus to our enjoyment. Good location of hotels in old historic parts of city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and Swiss Alps"

Carolyn

Torrance, CA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour included a nice mix of group activities and time to explore on our own. The historical, cultural and practical information provided by our guide was invaluable in helping us make the most of our time. Andrea is extremely knowledgeable and has a way of communicating information to travelers in a way that creates intrigue, understanding, fun and respect for each locale we visited. There were also some fun surprises along the way. Hotels were in the best possible central locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was absolutely taking a gondola to Shilthorn and experiencing amazing views of the Alps on a clear day."

Amy

Oil City, PA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful trip from beginning to end. This was our first Rick Steves tour and it was better than I expected. We had a great guide, bus driver and group. Every day was a new adventure. Being in city centers gave us a lot of chances to explore on our own and the city tours gave us good ideas of what to see and do. I also liked the mix of tours and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren was my favorite and we had a perfect weather day to go up to the Sheilthorn and to hike. We topped our day off with accordion and alphorn players."

Tom

Torrance, CA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guides were very well informed about the cities and sites we visited. The time on the bus was nicely divided with breaks either for the restrooms or a short visit to a particular venue for lunch or to site see. The cities on the tour were probably cities I may not have chosen, but that was because I didn't know about them. They turned out to be excellent choices to give the true experiences of the countries we visited. There wasn't anything that I would change about our trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think everyone was "wowed" when we saw Rick Steves checking out sites in our area. But I was really impressed by the opulence that the Hapsburg's built and with which surrounded themselves."

Mary Ann

Naples, FL

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed our tour guide Andrea.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beautiful Switzerland (and paragliding)"

Ellen

Ames, IA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Andrea, was truly exceptional - a keen intellect with a mastery of European history and politics. The tour members were all punctual and very cordial. And, the sights we saw, and the experiences we had, in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland were amazing and memorable. The whisper devices allow everyone to hear the guide, which is so very important. The local guides, without exception, were excellent. Joe, our driver, was a true professional. Thank you RS for another great tour!

Thomas

Oil City, PA

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time with a group of wonderful people......

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Rick in Mürren was pretty cool......Any view in Murren"

Timothy

Naperville, IL

Tour: 05/18/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well designed and organized. The guide was very knowledgeable and managed the day to day operation of the tour very well. This tour covers a lot of territory so you will get a sampling of each of the stops but it's not an in-depth visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite was the Alps visit in Murren. It's just what I always thought the Alps would look like. We were lucky enough to get good weather and sunshine."

Jenifer

Beavercreek, OH

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was wonderful! Matti was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the top of the alps near Mürren."

Daniel

Missoula, MT

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour included parts of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. We covered a lot of territory in 14 days, but we wanted it that way. We didn't feel hurried or stressed, and it did not feel like we spent too much time on the bus. Our guide, Matti, was excellent, keeping us informed and occupied. His walking tour were very informative and he provided good recommendations for things to see and do in our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We shared many memorable moments with our fellow travelers, but the "wow" moment for me was hearing Matti sing! (He used to be an opera singer)"

Margaret

Birmingham, AL

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the swiss alps both in the valley and between the towns in the mountains. I also loved the market in Munich and the beer gardens."

Danielle

Brecksville, OH

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour experience was wonderful, thanks to our guide, Matti. Guides like him are the reason I take RS tours more often than traveling by myself. You get more out of the places you visit when someone is always helping you make the most of your time with their insight, knowledge and experience. I so appreciated his talks on the bus between destinations: engaging, thoughtful, intelligent, relevant. Our driver, Sylvain, also deserves a mention for his many efforts to keep us safe and comfortable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This tour was one wow moment after another, as I've been all over Europe but not to GAS. It'd be easy to cite the beauty of the Alps and Hallstatt, the vibrancy of Munich, or the culture and elegance of Salzburg and Vienna, but honestly, my favorite moments occurred while interacting with people. The Germans, Swiss and Austrians all were so helpful to and patient with this non-German-speaking American, and I don't just mean hotel/shop/restaurant workers, I mean everyday folks as well. Lovely."

Raelene

Wheat Ridge, CO

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS trip and it was just as great as the other two. You can count on the format of RS tours being basically the same but each trip has it's own uniqueness. Matti and our driver Sylvain were wonderful and handled everything so well. I am sure we were kept blissfully unaware of any problems. One day when we had to make a detour as roads were closed because of bad weather and rock slides, they kept us informed and assured us that it would be handled and it was.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Switzerland, a small group of us were walking the trail between towns. We all were admiring the view across the valley of the Alps when suddenly an avalanche came down the mountain. I live in Colorado and have never seen an avalanche up close, which is a good thing by the way. We were a safe distance and this was spectacular and something I will never forget."

Richard

Beavercreek, OH

Tour: 05/11/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

On a scale of one to ten our trip was one million. Each day was memorable, made so because of Matty, our tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First time catching a view of the snow covered Alps."

Jerry

Springfield, OR

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As a 5th RS tour participant I am convinced these tours are the "best bang for the buck". Our tour guide (Iris) guided us through sometimes difficult weather conditions with excellent support for all members of the group. Her historical-political-cultural interpretations of our visit was extensive, fair, and insightful. The Bus travel (and excellent driver, Rick) was comfortable and enjoyable. The local guides, as always, were top-notch. A self-organized tour would not match these logistics!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As any former Rick Steves alumni knows, the itinerary does not leave any excess time at any one location so the 3 days in Murren was quite welcome to "take a vacation from the vacation". Beautiful surroundings, quiet pace yet plenty to do, and 3 whole nights in one place!"

Judy

Anacortes, WA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Each day was so full of interesting sights and information, beginning with Day 1. The local guides were very knowledgeable and were really enthusiastic about their cities. Our group meals were fun, and special to each location. The trip was a great blend of history, sightseeing, fun, terrific food, and friendly people. I would have liked to have had more time in Munich and also in Vienna. There is so much to see at those places and we just didn't have enough time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many that it is difficult to choose. I enjoy history, and this trip had plenty of Roman ruins, cathedrals, and palaces, castles, and interesting and beautiful places - I can't choose just one - every day had a "wow" for me."

Piper

Sparks, NV

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. We enjoyed the beauty and history in every place we stayed. The tour was a nice pace with plenty of time for relaxing and time on our own. Iris, our guide, was wonderful at orienting us to each place. We really enjoyed getting to know our tour group and felt comfortable with everyone. Our driver, Rick, was very skilled and made us feel safe. Iris was a delight with her competence, patience, and sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To be honest it was the pastries and great quality of food everywhere. Even the highway rest stops had delicious food. The scenery in Murren was breathtaking and we loved when it snowed unexpectedly. I loved how Munich had a small town feel."

Pamela

Hanford, CA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour with a wonderful guide. Iris Andre was knowledgeable and very personable. We enjoyed her stories, cultural and historical knowledge. Would live to have her as guide on another trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Burg Eltz"

Brendan

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We saw numerous exciting places and tried many different foods. We had the opportunity to experience the culture of these three countries. We had suprise performances and delightful company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mondsee provided the most breathtaking sight. I couldn't help but to basque in the sight. I sat in front of the lake with the mountains in the background for what felt like an eternity."

Susan

Reno, NV

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Best tour leader who gave us history, political thought, fun places to go on our own and a lot of energy! Liked the way she handled sensitive issues. She did so many special things for all of us despite the bad weather. Loved the itinerary (the reason for our trip) which was strenuous but very fulfilling for a person of my age. Excellent, well placed hotels. Would liked to have spent another day in Munich. Seeing and walking in the Lauterbrunnen Valley matched and surpassed my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing and walking in the Lauterbrunnen Valley...so spectacular! Another was at Mauthausen Concentration Camp. How could we have let that happen?!?!? Left a profound impact on me. The final was at the Mozart dinner. What a charismatic female operatic character! She had every male there totally charmed and hanging on every note or word, and the woman enjoyed her ease, simplicity and flirtiness. Very good food too. So much beautiful music that I hadn't heard before and completely enjoyed!"

Elizabeth

Charlestown, MA

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was not exactly sure what to expect, not having gone on a tour, although I had traveled extensively throughout the world, with my husband. He died some months ago, making me promise to keep living and traveling. The tour was extremely well planned, with ability to change when conditions required. Over all, it was excellent. I had some unexpected experiences that were wonderful. Iris encouraged us to test our limits, but also gave us confidence and reassurance when needed,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick, but I think the Mozart evening, dinner and concert, in Salzburg. That was amazing. The setting, the food, and the spectacular music made this an evening I will not forget."

Jeanne

Springfield, OR

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful tour, excellent guide and driver. Much to everyones dismay,we,experienced much wetness and cold, but Iris was able make everything happen, even in the snow. Real only complaint was how often my husband and I got the very noisy and poor view rooms. Over all wonderful trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moments were the Luge ride and visiting the Alps. Omg....so awesome. And the village in Murren, so,quaint, quiet and beautiful, especially when it snowed, and riding the gondolas for,transportation. And the guest music players. And so much more!"

Thomas

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Iris was superb. She patiently kept us moving on schedule. With wet and cold weather on most of our tour, she put together alternative activities and sites to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was standing at the window of our room, looking at the Jungfrau half covered by clouds. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the scene and how we are a small part of a big and beautiful world. I can't wait for my next RS tour next year."

Stephen

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a good tour with a good group. I enjoyed the itinerary. In retrospect I think I went too early in the season as the weather was cold and wet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had wanted to see the Jungfrau, the Monk and the Eiger for years so being able to do so was a highlight."

Michael

Florence, AZ

Tour: 05/04/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

our host Iris was a delight, the swiss alps were beautiful. our bus driver Rick was the best ive ever been with. could have lived without orientation walks in the pouring rain. no complaints about food or long bus rides very comfortable bus. Everybody on the tour was nice. Cathedrals are amazing i saw things i never thought to see like Burg Eltz and the Mad Kings Castle. I had a great time. Iris is cute too

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Burg Eltz"

Carol

Richwood, TX

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the locations and hotels much more on this tour than the one I took in 2003. I thought all of Germany, Austria & Switzerland were beautiful and our stops had tons of history and beauty. I think Andrea did a fantastic job of giving us history and current information about each country, which helped to bring things alive when you saw them. The tour members in our group were fantastic seasoned travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps are the highlight for me. The natural beauty of this place cannot be described. Even though we had snow, it was magical."

Anthony

Gig Harbor, WA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the cities. Loved the guide(Andrea).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mauthausen."

Irene

Puunene, HI

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The travelers, Andrea, & Yost (motor coach Driver) were all part of this fabulous 14 day experience. So, for me it was the people, and connection that was made along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting out in nature and enjoying the views. Climbing to the top of church towers, waterfalls, hiking in the snow in Murren, Switzerland."

Alicia

Beaumont, TX

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was extremely well organized, informative, and fun! We were blessed with a great group of participants who embraced the Rick Steves vision of travel. There is just the right balance of group vs individual activity and meals. Weather was interesting, so if you go GAS tour in early May, prepare for anything and everything! We had almost a foot of snow in Murren!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were lots of "wow" moments, with the obvious "wow" being the scenery itself! Murren is beautiful, but was nudged out by a hair by Lake Hallstatt ~ simply GORGEOUS! Baden Baden turned out to be an unexpected favorite, and I didn't gamble or partake in the baths."

Donald

The Woodlands, TX

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed with my first Rick Steves tour. The itinerary was well selected and the tour was well organized and run. Our guide was second to none and even our driver was great. I love the way the educational aspect of the tour was interwoven with the pure scenic beauty and culture of the destinations. We'll definitely be back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really hard to pick between two. It is hard to beat the Lauterbrunnen Valley after 12 inches of new snow on top of new green grass. The majestic mountain peaks are simply awesome. Also, Lake Halstead is one of the most beautiful little towns I've ever seen. Where are the real estate guides??!!"

Daniel

Everett, WA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Andrea was excellent and was able to give us so much history of the German region. We loved all of the places we visited as well as our accommodations. The only thing I would've liked was an additional night at Lake Hallstatt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Switzerland!"

Holly

Friona, TX

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andrea,our guide, was knowledgeable in the places we visited & in the history of each. She gave us good, clear directions & information about getting around & seeing the sights. Our group was very fun & respectful to each other. No one was late or grumpy. The hotels were clean & accommodating; furthermore, the group meals were all excellent. I have no complaints.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the landscape driving between our destinations was breathtaking, but I especially loved Baden Baden & Hallstatt. I would have liked to be in both of these places 2 nights instead of one. There wasn't enough time to tour the salt mine and look around the town before the stores started shutting in Hallstatt."

Susan

Sequim, WA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We always have fun on these tours; this was our 7th tour and the best part is all the wonderful like-minded folks that are attracted to the RS programs. We had toured the GAS area before but it was interesting to learn more facts that we had missed when we traveled independently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt. I loved the small town atmosphere and would have loved to enjoyed two nights there. Unfortunately, with only one night, we dropped into bed and packed up the next AM. Murren would be a close second with the gondola ride up the mountain with the quaint cottages dotting the hillside."

Donald

Sequim, WA

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our seventh Rick Steves' tour and was done as well as we have come to expect. This company seems to have a knack for attracting people who are willing to get along with others and just want to have a good time. That and their good leadership and thorough planning make for a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even with the rain and snow we had in Murren, the views were gorgeous closely followed by views at Lake Hallstatt. My wife and I travel to enjoy different cultures and have new experiences. The baths in Baden-Baden definitely qualified as a unique experience so it was time to push the limits of our comfort zone and take the plunge as it were. It was an interesting adventure that actually has minimal real risks."

Daniel

Rockford, IL

Tour: 04/30/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the trip was outstanding. Though the weather was challenging, locations were beautiful, the local guides were excellent, Yost the bus driver always drove safely and was fun, and our guide Andrea was a delight. A perfect guide. Prepared, knowledgeable, friendly, anticipating everything. I've been in parks and recreation for over 40 years, some of that time managing tours, and she was the best I've seen.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think when the sun came out following a cold, windy rain when we were in Lake Halstatt. We really didn't know how pretty it was until the sun came out. Then, it was glorious. Beautify lakes, majestic mountain, and incredible skies. I would have loved to have had another night in Lake Halstatt. I would have easily traded the "day on our own" in Murren for a day hiking in Lake Halstatt."

Andrea

Covington, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed the tour. My only complaint is that we did not have enough time in Munich and Vienna to fully embrace those great cities. My husband and I did spend an extra day in Vienna after the tour but Munich is kind of a blur. In Hallstatt it would have been nice to stay in the town. We had a lovely lunch there but only had a half hour when we were done to catch the bus to our lodging. Our only other choice was to stay another 2 hours which would have been too much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite destination was Murren Switzerland. We were lucky because the weather was perfect for hiking. The views are amazing and I loved the little villages. I liked that we were able to spend several days there to really relax and enjoy our little village."

Nancy

Pullman, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rolinka is an excellent tour guide. I can't say enough good things about her. All of the additional guides we had in specific cities were great too. I learned a lot. Tour was well organized. Our bus driver, Will, was fabulous. All in all we had a good experience. I think the ranking of the tour as "strenuous" is accurate. There is a significant amount of walking and stair climbing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the Swiss Alps the most. Don't know how you can beat those views!"

Susan

Cookeville, TN

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. Rolinka is a most excellent guide, knowledgeable, professional, friendly with a sense of humor. The sites wonderful. The hotels were all very nice & clean. The coach pilot was a very professional driver & kept the coach clean & tidy at all times. Great time & money well spent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly, there were a lot of WOW moments but I thought the Swiss Alps were absolutely amazing. Everywhere you looked there were mountains & it was just beautiful. I loved it."

Roger

Lake Oswego, OR

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was generally very happy with this tour. My focus was on the historical and social fabric in these countries, and the tour gave me the opportunity to gain insight and understanding as to how and why Europeans who were at war with each other have managed to combine their interests for the common good. Rolinka is an exceptional tour guide. She was flawless in her preparation, knowledgeable in her presentations (I have a strong background in European history and speak German.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In order of importance: 1. Hallstatt, not so much for the beauty of the scenery as for the background in Celtic culture. 2. Vienna, for the perspective on Austrian Naziism and the museums. 3. Trier, for the Roman bath ruins and the basilica. 4. Berner Oberland, for the extraordinary site and scenery. The side trips to Malthausen concentration camp and the Vienna "Third Man" Museum were particularly valuable."

Joseph

Boise, ID

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I think there was too much emphasis on the structures and not the scenery, except for the Switzerland time. There is was all scenery and nature.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some of the scenery we drove by may have been my WOW. I certainly liked the Alps. And I had a great time eating and drinking in cafe's curb side in Vienna."

Beverly

Oak Park, CA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had never traveled on a tour before, so we really didn't know what to expect. Our guide Rolinka Blooming was wonderful. Every day was planned out perfectly, she kept us all moving expertly. We were busy morning until night with a wonderful mix of history and sightseeing. We were never hungry. Our stops were timely, so we were well fed and had enough time for rest and sleeping. We enjoyed the others in our group, and had time to get to know everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We really enjoyed Switzerland! We love the outdoors. And Switzerland definitely wow-ed us. We did a couple of amazing hikes, and enjoyed every minute. We also absolutely loved Hallstatt. What a picturesque setting. The boat ride was a wonderful introduction. I had wanted to see a couple of castles, so that was a highlight. I'm glad we went to the big cities, however we enjoyed the more quiet places more."

Sandra

Renton, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really like having a coach big enough to spread out! Thank you. I must be getting older, but I find 1 night stays very tiring. Is it ever possible to have more 3 night stays with side day trips? Less time is spent packing, unpacking and orienting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stunning views of the Swiss Alps and walking in the Lauterbrunnen Valley to the musical accompaniment of tinkling cow bells. Also, the wonderful concert with the Swiss Alpine Horn and an opportunity for me to blow it!"

Jan

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour! We saw and experienced so much in the two weeks of the tour. We had a great guide, and I loved all of the towns and cities we visited. There were times when we only "scratched the surface" on some of the towns, so hopefully we will return. This trip just makes you wanting more from each city. Weather was fabulous in early October, and our accommodations and group meals were fun and good. Our local guides were informative and interesting. And our driver was excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved hiking in the mountains around Murren Switzerland so much! And after we got back from a hike, we saw the most amazing double rainbow I've ever seen! It went across the Jungfraumonch mountain range and into the valley below! We loved Salzburg and Vienna as well. Beautiful cities and so much to see!"

Cheryl

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had exceptionally great weather. That was the icing on the cake since just about everything we did was fun and interesting and totally worth doing. I liked the mix of hiking (sixty-three miles in our 14 days according to my pedometer) viewing museums and art galleries and lots of wonderful musical encounters. We had fun, got to know each other and were totally entertained. What could beat that?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had visualized walking in the hills above Murren on a beautiful blue-sky day and had exactly that experience twice during our tour. It was deja vu in the very best way possible! Other highlights were being offered an opportunity to play an alphorn during a presentation and listening to an amazing zither player (who studied with master Anton Karas) during our last evening in Vienna. The Mozart dinner was accompanied by amazing musicians and voices...totally worth the time and cost."

Rick

Oak Park, CA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beverly commented for the both of us! Loved it!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and Hallstatt."

John

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never visited any of the three countries so this was a good way to see some of each. I learned a lot about the history of the region and its rulers. We got to see big cities, small cities, towns, and countryside. The food and the beer were good - I don't drink wine much. The mixture of intense touring followed by relaxed coffee breaks or meals seemed about right. I probably enjoyed our time in Murren the most of all because I love mountains and hiking. Excellent sunny weather!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss Alps in sunlit glory as we drove toward Murren and many times later from our hotel room deck, hiking, and from cable cars. The glacier carved valley is nearly as stunning."

Timothy

Renton, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was all I could have hoped for. It was well organized, and our tour guide was entertaining, knowledgeable, professional, and went out of her way to make sure we all had a fantastic experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to the top of the Shilthorn in Switzerland was the most memorable. The view was spectacular, and the ride was thrilling."

Steve

East Wenatchee, WA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great experience. Great tour leader. Wonderful local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps and the mountain top village of Murren."

Sherrie

Simpson, SK

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Simply amazing! Rolinka pulled out all the stops to make it a wonderful experience. The information shared was fascinating, and relevant. Made the sites we saw have all the more meaning. Rolinka managed to take a group of 27 strangers and created a group of friends on holidays. And how she managed to orchestrate the cattle coming home from pasture, just as we got off the cable car in Murren is nothing short of Magic ??. Great people, great food, great adventures . Danke schoen

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps."

Karen

Littlestown, PA

Tour: 10/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first time with your company and will definitely go again. I stepped outside of my comfort zone for sure but enjoyed every minute of this trip and our guide was awesome. She was very helpful in getting me a single room as I was so sleep deprived after the first week I thought I was going to have to come home-lesson learned, I will go solo next time. I can't say enough about our bus driver Will-very helpful and attentive to his flock.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps. The lifestyle, the people and the beauty."

Ralph

Port St Lucie, FL

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed it very much. Saw a lot, learned a lot, overall a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss alps. Beautiful. Murren area was the greatest. Enjoyed weather and scenery."

Robert

Normandy Park, WA

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and it was also a great experience. We enjoyed the historical perspective provided on the trip along with the current challenges facing Europe and the World. We were fortunate to have an adventuresome group that took full advantage of all that was offered. Daniela did a great job of providing options for us during our free time days, it was very helpful and most of us took advantage. Her knowledge of Germany, Austria and Switzerland was a real plus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In addition to the beautiful experience in the Alps, Octoberfest was a high point. Daniela was masterful in getting us into the Hofbrau tent and landing us tables in a reserved VIP area. The experience was beyond our expectations and to our surprise, in addition to great beer the food was excellent."

Kathryn

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe so we felt a tour would be the best way to go. We have been watching Rick Steves on PBS for years so were familiar with him. The attention to detail was beyond our expectations. The sites (Murren, Lake Hallstadt, Eltz Castle) AWESOME!!! Having Daniela coordinate our city tour and helping us find our way around in each location gave us the confidence to wonder around on our own. Great combination of structure and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow...so many....gondola ride to Murren and seeing the Alps, getting on the boat on Lake Halstadt, walking out of our hotel in Munich and walking into the square. Enjoying the market in Trier. The Aula Palatine being the largest span built by Romans without pillars. (we got to Trier early and got to go inside before our tour started), Trummelbach falls"

Terri

Normandy Park, WA

Tour: 09/29/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was an amazing study in contrast on so many levels: geo-political history, great art, music, a sobering concentration camp visit, incredible scenic countryside, and local cuisine and beers. Locals were warm and friendly, and our "tour group" was especially cohesive . Our guide, Daniela, was well-educated, well-spoken, and informative, she did a terrific job of guiding us with a balance between leading and encouraging independent curiosity.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A wow-moment for the senses was taking a gondola to our unique hotel in Mürren, perched on a hillside on the Swiss Alps, at night seeing incredible stars and hearing the cows with their cowbells. There was the "ongoing" wow-moments of learning about contemporary German-Austrian-Swiss history, connecting the dots of history between these countries and their roles throughout history and during wartime crises. With good food and drink to go with all of it!"

Sheila

Chesterton, IN

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the best vacation I feel I ever had. I had never gone on a tour before but a relative had gone on two Rick Steves tours and recommended the experience. I think it was a great blend of guided tour, but allowed enough free time for one to explore on their own as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am not sure I can limit it to one moment. I enjoyed Munich the most, especially with the Octoberfest activities. I would say WOW about our Guide, Maisie. She was absolutely wonderful."

William

Tomahawk, WI

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very educational & fun as expected. Maisie Hitchcock, a very well prepared + organized tour guide made it an unforgettable trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alps in Switzerland. City of Murren + the hiking trails."

Ross

Maple Grove, MN

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I absolutely LOVED this tour! It was my first Rick Steves tour and I wasn't sure what to expect but I was blown away by how extraordinary our experiences were and how easy it was to travel together in the group. I could have stayed an extra day in Baden-Baden I think though - didn't quite get enough time to see everything we wanted there!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Friedrichsbad Roman-Irish Baths in Baden-Baden was my favorite part of the entire tour. HIGHLY recommend that people do this! Americans coming on the tour may feel hesitant because we are generally pretty prude when it comes to being naked, but I think if whoever the tour guide is for the tour can ensure to the group that the naked part is NOT a big deal and everyone there is totally relaxed and non-judgmental, then more people would do it! Murren/Schilthorn was probably a close second!"

Gail

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful vacation as well as an adventure. Everyday there was another surprise... another beautiful sight to see -another unplanned experience. Maisie, our guide, was terrific, our group was so much fun, and the tour itself went smoothly. I wouldn't suggest even one little change. I've been on a number of RS tours; they are all carefully planned so that not a moment is wasted. This particular tour is busy and more physically active than some. After all, we were in the Alps!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of them! and there were lots of wowie things to tell friends when I got home. One great surprise, though, was the 3rd Man Museum ;)"

Christine

Greenport, NY

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first ever trip to Europe . We chose a Rick Steves tour because of the promise of quaint hotels, the ease of many meals included, tour transportation included , plenty of the sites that we wanted and free time for exploring on our own. We also liked the "no Grumps" policy and small group size. An added bonus was the wonderfully congenial and organized tour guide Maisie who gave us lessons on history, culture, and politics of the country we were about enter. We want to go back !!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As other have said, so many; the antiquities of Trier, the "old castle" of Burg Eltz, the mountains, pastures, and cows of Switzerland, the sheer grandeur of the Alps, the culture of Salzburg, the fun atmosphere of Oktoberfest and the Bavarians that we met, the lushness of the Bavarian countryside, beautiful rebuilt cathedrals, quaint village streets and markets, the sadness of the concentration camp. The beauty and elegance of the Salzburg Mozart dinner/concert had to be my favorite "moment"."

Cheryl

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/25/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. Maisie Hichcock did a fantastic job leading our group. The locations were absolutely breathtaking, the hotels were great, the meals were wonderful & the people on the tour were delightful. Also a huge shout out to John the bus driver. He did a fantastic job driving and is a sweet man. He took very good care of another tour mate who got very sick & had to be taken by helicopter off of Murren to Interlaken. John went w/Chris to the hospital to make sure she was ok. So sweet

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Murren!! The area was absolutely breathtaking and the timing could not have been more perfect for us. The walk from Murren to Gimmelwald to a Biergarten was amazing!!! Experiencing the traditional mineral bath Friedrichsbad Spa in Baden Baden was also a very big highlight. We had to get over our fears of being naked to do that place but it was well worth it to experience such immense relaxation. Going to Octoberfest in Munich and seeing Neuschwanstein castle (which were dreams for us)!"

Lynn

Fairfield, CA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I loved out GAS trip, the most valuable experience we took from our trip is the history of the country's we visited. It was extremely nice to have a person from the city we visited give us our daily tour, it gave us a feeling of how the citizens communicate and live. We also found it helpful to know the culture when we were touring the city on our own. We also enjoyed our dinners together with the group, it was nice to see what other found interesting to listen to their stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved the Swiss Alps they were beautiful, I think that was my wow moment. We also loved the pup in Gremmelwald, we spent a few hours down there."

Jamie

Barrington, IL

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third RS Tour and, like the others, it did not disappoint. The itinerary was packed, the pace was fast, yet there was plenty of time to also explore places on your own. Our guide, Iris, was fabulous - and, let's face it, the guide can make (or break) the tour. It's a hard job herding 24 people with different wants/needs/levels of independence. She did a masterful job and always maintained a delightful sense of humor. This tour was truly the experience of a lifetime for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sooo hard to pick just one moment. I had two personal goals on this trip: to hike in the Alps, and to experience the music of Mozart in Salzburg. I got to do both and they are memories that will stay with me forever. But if I had to pick one thing? It would have to be Switzerland. "Heidi" was my favorite childhood book, and Murren and the Alps brought it to life all over again. What a beautiful, serene, idyllic country! It didn't hurt that the weather was outstanding. And those cow bells..."

Scott

Moorhead, MN

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on this tour! Enjoyed the whole trip, and would definitely do a Rick Steves tour again. This was my wife's second RS tour, my first. I would definitely recommend to my friends to book through RS! It was nice to have everything done for us. All the reservations of hotels, meals and the transportation. RS took care of all the worries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my Wow moment was when we were in Switzerland. The scenery was breath taking! I loved having to use the trams to get to Murren. We took the North Face hike, it was so much fun! It would have been nice to actually have one more day. Loved it!"

Susan

Indianola, IA

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the variety of activities included and the add-on opportunities. Our tour guide, Iris, did a good job of orienting us to the language and customs of the locals. This was especially helpful in Munich. Thought the accommodations were very comfortable. The cities seemed dirtier and less exciting overall compared to some of our other RS tours. Maybe this is just my preference for smaller cities and the countryside?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was the highlight for us. We went paragliding and this was a thrill on a gorgeous day. (I know...not part of the tour) I was also impressed by the small herds of cattle grazing on verdant pastures. Although we ate lots of pork, never saw pigs out in the countryside.... Murren was stunningly beautiful. Loved traveling through the Rhineland. We spent a pretour day in Bacharach and it was charming. Swiss chocolate is addicting!"

John

Choctaw, OK

Tour: 09/22/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A great verity of travel experiences in one vacation. We were treated to amazing cathedrals, wonderful mountain scenery, excellent food, the fun carnival of October Fest, and grimmest history you can ever see. Enjoyed everyday of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not the usual Rick Steves fare, but the visit to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp is a day that will always remain in my memory. It's one thing to read about the holocaust, but it's quite another to actually see one of the camps. Also sitting down in a beer tent with 7,000 or so other happy people is moment not to be missed. Recommend the Augustiner."

Weather

Germany / Munich

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Switzerland / Bern

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Austria / Vienna

Vienna Weather

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 in the Itinerary section of your online customer 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 in the Documents section of your customer account.

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into Frankfurt am Main (FRA) and out of Vienna (VIE) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. The Frankfurt airport will have the most direct flights and requires a 3 to 4-hour train ride to Trier, where the tour begins. Alternatively, you can fly into the Luxembourg Airport (LUX). A train from Luxembourg's central station to Trier is about 1 hour. 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 tour guidebook.