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  • 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
    Vienna

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Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 Days Tour

from $4,295 per person + air

Single Supplement $825

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On this two-week tour, mountains, Mozart, and mugs of beer all clink together to create a totally yodel-y adventure. Starting in Cologne, along Germany's mighty Rhine 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

2022

2023

What's Included

You'll get at least 19 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our Germany, Austria & Switzerland tour:

  • Cologne walking tour
  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Beilstein
  • Burg Eltz castle
  • Black Forest Open-Air Museum
  • Schilthorn mountain excursion
  • Trümmelbach Falls
  • Orientation for hiking in the Swiss Alps
  • Munich walking tour
  • Neuschwanstein Castle (when available)
  • 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

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • 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 group transportation from Cologne, 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
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • 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.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Germany

We'll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Cologne for a "Welcome to Germany" meeting. Then we'll take an evening walk through the city's lively, compact core and get acquainted over dinner together.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Cologne.

Day 2: Historic Cologne

We'll begin our day with a walking tour of Cologne, tracing the city's Roman origins and cultural rise to Germany's religious center in the Middle Ages. Together, we'll marvel at the scale of Northern Europe's most massive Gothic church, Cologne Cathedral, and appreciate how it survived the city bombings during WWII. The afternoon is yours to discover more of Cologne's history, including its famous Eau de Cologne, at one of its charming museums.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Cologne.

Day 3: Burg Eltz Castle and Baden Baden

This morning's drive takes us to the Mosel River and the mighty Burg Eltz — Europe's oldest castle still in use as a residence — where we'll tour the complex and experience firsthand how lords and ladies lived 500 years ago. Before leaving the valley behind, we'll stop in the über-quaint village of Beilstein for lunch together along the riverbank. Our final destination is the old resort town of Baden-Baden, famous for its mineral baths and games of chance. Upon arrival, we'll take an orientation stroll through town. Then you'll have the rest of the evening free to "do the spa" (with or without your swimsuit), wander along the shaded riverside promenade, or try your luck in the ornate casino.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 4 ½ hours. Sleep in Baden-Baden.

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, leaving 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 and have dinner together.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 6 hours. Sleep in Mürren.

Day 5: The Schilthorn and Hiking in the Swiss Alps

Let's begin the day with a thrilling ride up the gondola lift to the top of the Schilthorn at 10,000 feet. The rest of the day is all yours to loiter in the thin air or find your way back down to Mürren. You may want to join your guide for an optional mountain walk…or take a narrow-gauge railway up the other side of the valley to Kleine Scheidegg, near the majestic Eiger and Jungfrau peaks.

Light to strenuous walking (your choice). No bus. Sleep in Mürren.

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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: ½ hour. Sleep in Mürren.

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 in Munich.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 7 hours. Sleep in Munich.

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, learning 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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Munich.

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 (when available). 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.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 4 hours. Sleep in Salzburg.

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.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. No bus. Sleep in Salzburg.

Day 11: Austria's Lovely Lake District

This morning we'll make our way to 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.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Boat: 1 hour. Bus: 2 hours. Sleep on Lake Hallstatt.

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.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Bus: 5 hours. Sleep in Vienna.

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 its elegant Opera House (when available). Your afternoon is free to explore another world-class museum or two, or to slow down and 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!

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Vienna.

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

Jeffrey

Tour: 07/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was extremely well organized and contained a great balance of "programmed" time versus "independent" time. We felt we were able to see and experience what we needed without feeling we missed key elements. We really appreciated having 2+ days at each location to settle in and become familiar with the location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several wow moments, but hiking in the Swiss Alps and experiencing the majesty of nature was a key one."

Kari

Tour: 07/16/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were traveling with our 3 kids (ages 15,15 and 13) and I was initially a little apprehensive that we wouldn’t “fit in” or that the kids would be bored. That never happened! Our two guides made a point to make sure the kids were engaged and interested and the rest of the group was wonderful as well. Knowing my kids were having fun made it easier for me to have fun and it was really great to experience this trip with my family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly this doesn’t probably help with planning your tours but my wow moment was when the tour ended, we used being in Europe and the confidence we’d gained from the 2 week tour to launch into our own extension trip to Budapest. We may never have just gone to Budapest on our own - it maybe seemed too far east or too foreign - but getting there with the tour launched us in to our own exploration. We ended up loving it and now want to go back and explore Eastern Europe."

Kathleen

Tour: 07/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it was nothing short of magical. The itinerary and the experiences we had were so much fun. Our tour guides were amazing and our tour group became very much like a family. This was my son's first trip to Europe and he had a wonderful time. Not sure travel to Europe will ever be the same after this experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments but my favorites were the Swiss Alps and Lake Hallstatt. So much natural beauty."

Lee

Tour: 07/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great having expert guides throughout.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to our hotel in Mürren."

Kevin

Tour: 07/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First tour experience and would definitely do it again. Well spaced out and planned with stops and durations, felt like really maximized our time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paragliding in the Alps"

Rick

Tour: 07/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We already had tickets to a Pearl Jam concert and chose this tour because it ended at the right time and place for the concert. It didn't matter that the concert was cancelled because the tour exceeded expectations. Facinating history. Great people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour group included a family with a challenged, young boy. Led by the way our guides treated him with respect, the whole group ended up adopting him. One day he was taped saying he loved Rick Steves. Our guide sent the tape to Edmonds and the next day Rick sent a video response that was played at breakfast. The whole room teared up!"

Leanne

Tour: 07/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My mood going into the tour was not great: I was apprehensive about traveling far from home, about COVID, about how much the world might have changed in the last two years plus... - but I had a wonderful time. I faced each day looking for new scenes and new adventures, and knew I'd be supported by the tour guides and fellow travelers. The trip opened my eyes and ears and mind once again to exploring, as well as to just being still, being alive in the here and now.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our view from the balcony of the hotel in Murren: mind-boggling."

Michael

Tour: 07/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this is my 9th rs tour. they all have been great & this was no exception. tara & ruby were fantastic directors, but i have never had a bad director on a rs tour. the sites were fantastic. hotels great. food fantastic as always. fellow travelers were very friendly. got to see all the sights listed & more. everything that i have come to expect from a rs tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"wow moment was the underground waterfall in murren switzerland. i love waterfalls, but this one was different since you got to be so close to it. hear the power of the rushing water. the rocks & its beauty were outstanding. i always enjoy any unesco site & this one didn't disappoint. be sure to keep it on the tour."

Daniel

Tour: 07/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

outstanding itinerary, very professional guides great group of fellow travelers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I found out that joining a Rick Steves Tour was a little like joining a cult. Once you go on one of these tours it will be hard to go back to your old way of traveling."

David

Tour: 07/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. I loved the whole experience. Not having to worry about where we were going next, or how we were going to get there. I enjoyed getting to know other tour members and making some life long friends. I'm looking forward to my next Rick Steves vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we were in Hallstatt, Austria waiting for the boat to pick us up. While the scenery was breathtaking, the dock was filled with people waiting to get on the relatively large boat for a sight seeing excursion. When the boat docked, the crew on the boat called out for "Rick Steves" and only the Rick Steves tour group boarded the boat, leaving all of the others on the dock as we pulled away. We had a private tour of the lake. Hallstatt was a beautiful area."

Nancy

Tour: 07/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Tara, was outstanding in every way and made sure that we had the best experience possible. We enjoyed bonding with our fellow tour members, who all had the same positive, curious outlook.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Hallstatt--the private boat ride for an introduction to the area, the old-world hotel, and the winding "back streets"--just so relaxing and unique."

Lori

Tour: 07/09/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tara and Ruby were our guides. The group became like a "family". Tara was very thorough and organized. She would give us a map of the city we were traveling to with things to do highlighted on it. She gave history behind every place we were visiting. The "Buddy Check" system was a great way to make sure nobody got lost ir left behind between stops. The scenery, churches, castles, Mauthsuaen Holocaust memorial, Murren, and Lake Hallstatt were wondeful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Tara sent a short video of Rhys saying"I love you Rick Steves" and Rick sent a reply back to Rhys. Everyone was happy crying from that."

Beverly

Tour: 06/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fantastic! We saw many interesting places and had some great experiences. Andrea was an excellent guide - informative, knowledgeable, very upbeat, and organized. She was very much in tune to the needs and interests of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to the top of the Schilthorn! The scenery and views were breathtaking- no picture could do it justice. And the thrill walk was really fun!"

Mariel

Tour: 06/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing- Andrea was kind, friendly, knowledgeable, personable, the activities were well planned, great balance between group stuff and alone time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Concentration camp, Murren"

Alice

Tour: 06/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this tour was perfect. Our guide, the bus driver, the locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was probably the biggest 'wow' for me. The beauty was overwhelming. So many opportunities for hiking."

Daniel

Tour: 06/25/22

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

Simply put it was the best vacation I've ever had. I think we got real lucky that nobody got sick and the weather was on our side every single day. Our tour guide Andrea was just fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen Valley and our ascent to our hotel in Murren! In a tour that had a ton of great moments, the time spent in the swiss alps towers above the rest."

Kevin

Tour: 06/25/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our trip was extremely enjoyable with fantastic exposures to the scenery of Switzerland, southern Germany, and Austria. I felt the balance between guided tours and free time to explore museums and hike on our own was perfect. Our guide, Andrea Wolf, was very knowledgeable, very pleasant, and very considerate of all of the guests under her care.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen Valley was one of the more impressive places I’ve ever been in my life. The view from our hotel in Murren was Incredible. Every time we looked at our hotel window we saw the Jungfrau, monk, and Eiger mountains displayed across the eastern side of the valley."

William

Tour: 06/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent trip: tour guide, city guides, variety of locations and experiences, co-travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding into the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Beautiful, green, valley bordered by steep Alps. It was not what I expected. Every view in the Swiss Alps was stunning."

Edwin

Tour: 06/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary, wonderful guide (Andrea Wolf), great local guides, brilliant side trip choices, top notch accommodations, comfortable bus with a personable driver (Eric).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and the waterfalls, Lake Hallstatt!"

Heidi

Tour: 06/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It met all of our expectations, and our guice, Andrea, was a huge part of that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but we attended a choir performance at a church in Hallstatt that was one of those spur-of-the moment, little nuggets you can't plan for. They were world class. A close second was approaching Lauterbrunnen valley. It's so beautiful it doesn't seem real."

Steven

Tour: 06/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time, the group was fantastic, nobody was troublesome or falling behind, all but a few were seasoned travelers. Fantastic sights and stops. We got lucky with perfect weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, and the Schilthorn visit was breathtaking. My daughter said, "Alaska is Washington (state) on steroids, Switzerland is Alaska on steroids!""

Mark

Tour: 06/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized and planned and the guide was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Views from Schlitthorn"

Joe

Tour: 06/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an awesome tour, and Marijan, our guide, did a wonderful job of showing us a great time. He was always cheerful and upbeat, and very knowledgable about the history of the places we visited.There was a good mix of cities, history, castles and beautiful scenery, plus lots of free time to do our own exploring. Also, good food, good beer, and good company!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in Switzerland was the "WOW" for us! The scenery was absolutely incredible. Going up to the Schilthorn on a clear morning, and seeing all around us the beautiful peaks, and walking on the Thrill Walk."

Jane

Tour: 06/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

What kept me from giving tour an outstanding rating had to do with short time in Baden Baden, arrived early evening, would have liked an afternoon and evening there. Also the visit to the Third Man Museum in Vienna was way too long and the local guide there was very eccentric to say the least.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Switzerland, looking out my window and seeing the Monch, Eiger, and Jungfrau gleaming in the sun, as well as our cable car ride up to the Schlithorn, and doing the "Thrill Walk". Actually everything about the Berner Oberland was a "Wow" including a rather interesting hike on the North Face. Murren was delightful!"

Karen

Tour: 06/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the food, scenery, group and guide, she was excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out of our hotel room in Murren Switzerland at the Alps. Just wow"

Mark

Tour: 06/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really exceptional itinerary that mixed smaller sites with big attractions and ample free time with group activities. Our tour guide, Iris, was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Mürren, Switzerland - the gondolas, the hiking, the gasp-around-every-corner... it was hard to beat!"

Paul

Tour: 06/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We’ll planned and executed

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt"

Marlene

Tour: 06/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was our first Rick Steves trip, and it lived up to everything we had hear about them.A wonderful itinerary, lovely people, small group, lots of free time, which I especially appreciated. Have been on tours where things were scheduled so tightly, sometimes there was very little time to explore on our own. Cannot praise our tour guide, Iris enough., she was magnificent. Efficient, welcoming, so knowledgeable, personable and a lovely sense of humor. Our whole group connected with her!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our hike in Switzerland, The Hapsburg palaces and Lake Hallstatt. Plus, the fun food and beer. The market in Munich. The incredible desserts!"

Grace

Tour: 06/14/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I would define the tour as very active, by choice. It was hard to sit still when there was so much to see, learn about, and explore on our own. The tour was very well organized, and our tour guide, Iris, was a true professional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"That's hard to pin point, but, I guess it was our stay in Murren, Switzerland. The scenery in every direction (including downward) was amazing, hiking the North Trail was amazing, the constant ringing of cow bells was magical, and the hang gliders were fun to watch. Swimming for free at the local sports center after our hike was perfect, and listening to a late evening rainstorm from our bedroom window lulled me to sleep."

Nancy

Tour: 06/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fastastic guide Eris and wonderful visits to Germany, Austria dn Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Perhaps the luge ride and the over all scenery in Murren"

Barbara

Tour: 06/14/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good variety in the locations, soaking up the beauty of the mountains one day, walking through a bustling city the next.... never a dull moment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The depth of the peaceful silence in Murren, the stunning views of the mountains, the town, the cows... nothing like anything I had previously experienced."

Sandra

Tour: 06/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding up the gondola to Murren and viewing the Alps all around me. Breathtaking!!"

Andrea

Tour: 06/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the experience was wonderful. The experiences were wonderful, the surprises from our guide were so special, like the private music concerts in Mürren, the boat all to ourselves in Hallstatt, and the city Heuringer in Vienna. We enjoyed the mix of free time and scheduled activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely when the Swiss Alps came into full view for the first time. Beyond breath-taking!"

Bryan

Tour: 06/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very excited to be able to take the tour, after having our scheduled trip cancelled in 2020 due to Covid. All my expectations were met and even exceeded in many instances. Trier was a pleasant surprise, as I had not been expecting it to be so interesting. All our stops were equally well worth it, with a nice mix of fun, beautiful scenery, fascinating history, and great food and friends. I highly recommend the trip to everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite "wow" moment was in the Swiss Alps. We checked into our hotel and went to our room. When I opened the drapes to the balcony of our room we saw a view of the mountains that was amazing. Everywhere we looked was a picture postcard view."

Daniel

Tour: 06/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hans our guide did an excellent job despite a diverse group and the added stress of Covid requirements

Craig

Tour: 06/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In addition to the scheduled tour activities, we love the free time to explore on our own. The mixture of planned activities with personal explorations is what “sells” us on your tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hike in Swiss Alps near Mürren was a highlight."

Karen

Tour: 06/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour, well organized, experienced tour guide that seamlessly handled the logistics so we could enjoy every day of our trip and maximize our time. The local tour guides are great, the love for their countries shone through.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps on a perfect summer day. The beautiful mountains and wildflowers and of course the cows! The Third Man museum in Vienna was a must see!! Inspiring and dedicated owner made it a special experience. Had to ride the Ferris wheel during our free time"

Julie

Tour: 06/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

On a Rick Steves' tour, there is something for everybody.

Robin

Tour: 06/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an awesome tour, Hans did a wonderful job guiding us. The variety of this tour was really amazing, we saw fantastic scenery and some of the best museums we have ever been to while learning about history and culture. Like all tours, there was at least one town we visited that we loved and never even through about visiting. RS takes us to places we didn’t know we would want to go. This was a very active tour for us and we walked a lot!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It has to be the Alps because it is hard to imagine that it really could be as beautiful as it is. We had a guided hike with a picnic and it was amazing. The Egyptian museum in Munich was amazing and something we added at the last minute on our free time. We also loved Trier, so much to do and see."

Mich

Tour: 06/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and Vienna and Saltzburg, desserts and pretzels instead of bread on the tables in Germany."

Theresa

Tour: 06/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great people (fellow group members, guides, bus driver,...); great itinerary; unexpected beauty; perfect blend of history, culture, sights, sounds, food, and walking.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt."

Donna

Tour: 06/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a terrific time on our 2 week tour through Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. So many different experiences, Rick Steves Tours definitely knows how to give you the best experiences without any marketing or need to buy extras. Our tour guide as well as the city tour guides were all excellent and we learned so much and traveled with a small group of like minded people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping out onto our hotel balcony in Murren, being on a cliff and looking out over the Alps with clear skies and birds singing and cow bell jingles."

Mary

Tour: 06/04/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful tour, great people, caring and well informed guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Time spent in Murren."

Janet

Tour: 06/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guide, traveled with a relatively small group that made me feel comfortable traveling solo, and enjoyed seeing sites without being pressured to buy stuff.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to identify one wow moment but being atop the Schilthorn in Murren, Switzerland, took my breath away. Absolutely beautiful."

Carol

Tour: 06/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The GAS tour was an interesting mix of castles, beautiful mountains, interesting history and great food. Our guide, Andrea, was cheerful, organized, interesting/informative and did her best to adapt to covid protocols. This was our 5th Rick Steves Tour and as with the others it was well run. If I were asked for improvements, I would have liked more time in Baden-Baden. Although I know we were warned about it the bus ride to Munich seemed long.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite WOW moments were The Schilthorn (even though it was our second time), Burg Eltz, an authentic crazy patchwork of rooms (I can understand why it's Ricks favorite) and Trümmelbach Falls. Trier was interesting with the Porta Nigra gate. The beer gardens in Munich looked like fun even if I don't like beer. Vienna showed me it's nice to be "King"."

Lewis

Tour: 06/04/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking n the alps."

Vivian

Tour: 05/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellent

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and Salzburg"

Mark

Tour: 05/24/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Spectacular sights, interesting commentary and fun companions on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren Switzerland was very special both views and cows with bells!"

Bruce

Tour: 05/24/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed the trip very much but if we do another in the future will probably focus on those with less travel time / more time to explore the destinations. The lodgings, food, guides, etc., were all very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two castles, Burg Eltz and Neuschwanstein."

Vicki

Tour: 05/21/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd RS Tour, and this tour was equally fantastic. The Itinerary, amount of free time, and the expertise of our guide Andrea made this a trip to cherish.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each destination was very different and special. I would have to say that our gondola trip to Schilthorn on a beautiful clear sunny morning was the top "WOW" moment. We also loved hiking in the Swiss Alps. The views were spectacular."

Jeffrey

Tour: 05/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was definitely different traveling in the age of Covid. Despite that we enjoyed this tour very much. Hans de Kiefte was outstanding as our guide and everyone in our tour group seemed to get along very well. We fell in love with Switzerland (I was skeptical before the trip). Salzburg and Hallstatt were also highlights. Overall this was another fantastic Rick Steve’s tour experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our favorite wow moment was waking up to a view of the Swiss Alps each day we were in Mürren. A close second was the boat ride on Lake Hallstatt. I could actually feel my stress melting away as we sailed through the calm waters and beautiful scenery."

Chad

Tour: 05/17/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour guide was great, a lot of COVID rust but great enjoyable group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salzburg"

Cynthia

Tour: 05/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing and experiencing the Swiss Alps"

Patsy

Tour: 05/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour! All of our tours have been amazing and this one was no exception. We were a little nervous about pandemic issues but everything went very smoothly. Our main tour guide as well as the local tour guides were knowledgeable, flexible, and true pros at handling any unexpected hiccups. We found people in all of the countries we visited to be very friendly and welcoming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So hard to choose but I've narrowed it down to two! First - hiking through the Swiss Alps during our stay at Murren. The views everywhere we looked were just breathtaking. I still have a hard time believing it was real! The second experience was going to a chamber music concert one evening in Salzburg at the Mirabell Palace. The beautiful setting and exceptionally talented musicians just blew us away."

David

Tour: 05/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was great. Our guide, Hans was great, the fellow tourists were great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps at Murren."

Teresa

Tour: 05/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a repeat tour for me, with my 'first time on a tour' husband. Our guide, Hans, mixed things up a bit, with different sights/experiences than on my previous tour. We had a great fun group, lots of laughs, and only one really rainy day in Munich.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two moments come to mind, first is the Schilthorn, we had a beautiful sunny day, with amazing views. The second was our boat ride on Lake Hallstatt, again with sunny weather and gorgeous views."

Dale

Tour: 05/17/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour group and great guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being with my wife is always my favorite wow moment"

Elizabeth

Tour: 05/17/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, it was a very nice, laid back tour. The group all got along very well and we all enjoyed ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the Swiss Alps and hiking from Murren to a little farm house! Such an awesome day!"

Tanya

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We waited three long years for a green light to keep on traveling with Rick Steves! We were excited about this itinerary. It was so fun to meet our guide, Tara, and our tour group members. The sweetest thing was seeing how happy all the vendors and other RS tour guides were to see us since we were the first GAS tour since COVID. We found some wonderful friends on the tour, too...and we fell in love again with Germany, Austria, and Switzerland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"LOTS of them! Munich was grand fun - loved the local guide, Brigetta. Tara took us to a grand beer hall for a schnitzel dinner. Baden Baden was my birthday, and we had fun celebrating with a picnic lunch in an amazing garden. Salzburg held lots of special memories - the cemetery was a unique experience! It was interesting to see the current fashion trends on display."

Carol

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time and everything went very smooth

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day every location we went to was a wow"

Ken

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized tour, Tara was an excellent guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vienna has so much to offer!"

Terry

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very organized, exceeded my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day had wow moments, and too many highlights to pick a best. But most unusual experience would have been up in the Swiss Alps."

Richard

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very good tour with many new experiences. It was great to get back to traveling after two years off.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing on top of the world in Switzerland."

Janell

Tour: 05/14/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Great hotels; great bus driver; amazing locations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps in Murren, Switzerland"

Roberta

Spokane, WA

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. Andrea was the best guide. I feel so blessed to have have had her. Also John (big John) our bus driver was great. We made new friends on our tour also. Definitely looking forward to doing another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and taking the gandora up to our hotel. It was magical. I never would have found such a great place to stay on my own."

Ann

Palatine, IL

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful! The tour had a wonderful balance of cities, country & nature- not too much of any one thing ( ie churches, museums, castles and palaces.). Long bus rides mostly had enjoyable stops at castles, open-air museum, or cute towns.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved so much - hard to say - The opera-singer waitress after strudel-making in Salzburg? The dinner-opera evening performance on our own in Salzburg? Chocolate making in Interlochen? Eating there and watching the para-gliders land? Hiking Northface in Murren? Too hard to decide!"

Michael

Palatine, IL

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The struedel making was fun and delicious, only to be topped by the thoroughly unexpected and spectacular Aria performance by " the assistant cook/ table maid"."

Stephanie

Tampa, FL

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

You have exceeded our expectations. We so enjoyed this tour and all the hotels and meals. Our tour guide was exceptional and so knowledgeable. The hotels were perfect we wanted the feel of the region and a good location and they were both. The apple strudel cooking class in Salzburg was such a treat. We had so much fun with an unexpected concert from our helper she was nothing short of amazing. The amount of nights in each city was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was Murren. It was what I expected Switzerland to be the gondola ride to our hotel was outstanding. The hikes and the towns were quaint an friendly and so picturesque. The cows with their cow bells were so adorable."

Cathy

Moultrie, GA

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first time in a tour group and we had the most amazing experience. The itinerary, tour guide, and history lessons were fabulous. The group got along so well. We absolutely loved John, our bus driver and his very nice bus! The was the best trip we've ever had. It was interesting, fun, and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland! The village of Murren was such a beautiful place to stay. We loved the hikes on the valley floor and the Mountain View Trail from Allmendhubel to Gimmelwald (though the last little bit was pretty tough). The sights of the Alps all along these trails was "wow!" We took the gondola up to Schilthorn and back down to Birg. It was all so very beautiful! Have to add the Apple Strudel cooking class - the Sound of Music sights - and Mauthausen as other high points of this trip."

Joel

Pelham, NH

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 2nd Rick Steves tour and, once again, it did not disappoint. We enjoyed all of the destinations, our tour guide Andrea enhanced the experience with her knowledge of the local culture and history and our bus driver was personable and friendly and did a great job. Our group was wonderful; made so many new friends. The hotels were fine; the quality of the meals was variable - form mediocre to superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Murren, Switzerland area was spectacular. The views from the top of Mt. Schilthorn on a clear day were amazing. Attended a Mozart opera/dinner in Salzburg. Jaw-dropping experience - being serenaded with "O Solo Mio" by an aspiring opera tenor (who I was sitting across from at a Mozart opera/dinner in Salzburg) in the washroom between acts. The star baritone heard and walked in and couldn't believe his eyes or ears. Later he invited the young tenor onstage to sing - got a standing O."

Karen

Canton, OH

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we loved it. I was a little hesitant as I usually do not enjoy group tours. We have used the RS guidebooks and really enjoy the travel philosophy. We were considering this tour because it was supposed to be active. Then my brother and his wife took a RS tour to Italy last year and loved it so much they signed up for the Germany tour this year. That convinced me. We were not disappointed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is a tough decision. I think it was sitting on the balcony of our hotel in Murren sipping wine, surrounded by the alps and listening to cow bells."

John

Canton, OH

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience. This tour surpassed my expectations. The tour was well organized with interesting stops, informative tours, delicious food/drink, and memorable experiences. Andrea was a fantastic guide who made the tour experience exceptionally good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to top of Mt Shelthorn was a highlight of the trip. We were luck weather cleared. I also have to say that Strudel making class with amateur opera singer was a "Wow" moment."

Rebecca

Winter Springs, FL

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour but won't be our last. We've traveled many times on our own and decided to take the tour to eliminate all the upfront planning work. The tour certainly delivered on that plus so much more. We wouldn't have been able to cover so much ground or have such rich cultural experiences on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Views from the top of the Schilthorn were breathtaking & Murren was my favorite destination. Close second was in Salzburg at the apple strudel interactive demonstration. When we were done, the assistant/waitress Alina sang 'Queen of the Night'. I never 'got' opera until she performed - I still get goosebumps thinking about it. Traditional spa in Baden-Baden was also a highlight."

Therese

Long Beach, CA

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Andrea, is so full of enthusiasm, energy and knowledge. She was able to make adjustments as needed in our schedule due to weather...made everything seem effortless. The whole tour group got along so well and were so friendly. Having previously toured with another company, I really enjoyed the smaller number of people on the tour. Each hotel we stayed at was in a central location of the old part of the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a great time in Salzburg at a cooking school inside a cave where we were taught how to make apple strudel. While our creations were baking, we had lunch and then were treated to an opera performance by the young woman who was assisting the chef. You never would have guessed that she's an opera student! It was amazing! Okay, there is another as well (actually, it's hard to pick!)...being in the Alps was wonderful! Murren is beautiful. LOVED taking the gondola to the top of Schilthorn."

Bob

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our Germany, Austria, and Switzerland tour was simply wonderful. Our guide Andrea weaved the culture, history, and sights of this area into very meaningful narratives. The scenery was storybook and the residents were ready to engage in relevant conversations about their countries. We thoroughly enjoyed the journey.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but perhaps the gondola lift up to the Schilthorn early on a Saturday morning. We were the first group up to the top. It was quiet, peaceful, and clear. The view was like none we'd ever seen before. It actually brought tears to our eyes to view such beauty."

Joan

Puyallup, WA

Tour: 10/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour of Germany/Austria/ Switzerland far and away exceeded our expectations! Along with our group of enthusiastic travelers, we joined our exceptional guide, Andrea on a tour that encompassed gorgeous scenery, historical places, great food and art. From the peaceful green valleys scattered with bell-laden cattle to the high snow-covered peaks of the Swiss Alps to the musical center of Saltsburg and then Munich where the events of Nazi Germany were brought to our attention, we felt blessed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The ride up the gondola to the Schilthorn and the stunning views all around on a freezing, sunny morning had to be among many wow moments. Our boat ride at Lake Hallstatt held more beautiful scenery. Another very worthwhile tour, was the visit to the Third Man Museum in Vienna. This passionate collector has put together an amazing museum with first-hand accounts from people he has interviewed."

Jill

Napa, CA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. Hans was very knowledgeable and experienced. He handled some challenging situations and personalities with grace and charm. Part of the reason for selecting the tour was the opportunity to travel with my friends. That was an important and enjoyable aspect of the tour for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was incredibly beautiful and I've been to Switzerland many times.We were extremely lucky to have beautiful weather. The one negative was that we took the wrong route on the "short" hike down the mountain. I wish I would have had a map or more instruction on which trail to take. The hike down the road was dangerous and more difficult than it should have been."

Charles

San Angelo, TX

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As much fun as you can have. Great sites, history and fun. Wonderful fellow travelers. Hans was a great guide. He knew where to go and how to get there. I would do it all again tomorrow.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most important: Mauthausen and 3rd man museum. We cannot forget! My favorites: 1. Hiking the North Face in Murren. 2. Taking on and loving Octoberfest in Munich 3. Sitting and enjoying a beer in an outdoor lakeside cafe in Lake Hallstatt 4.Beautiful and elegant Austria 5. Burg-Eltz 6. Relaxing in Baden-Baden 7. Our guide Hans- so much fun!! Least favorite: Newschwanstein Castle Mozart concert Train ride from Frankfurt - Ugh"

Janice

Battle Ground, WA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed the group of people whom which I traveled. Liked the fact that Hans worked hard to make our experience meaningful and filled up extra time with interesting experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in in Alps around Murren."

Deborah

Fallbrook, CA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first tour I have taken. Having a special tour guide makes all the difference in the world. The tour was a dream like fast pace event with great locations and special touches that we would not have seen and on our typical trips which is air B and B's, trains, buses and selected tours. It was nice to take a break and let someone else figure out the details.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment from the tour was Switzerland and the sheer beauty of the Alps. Staying in the charming town of Mürren and hiking the alps on a PICTURE PERFECT day! I loved the cows with the bells and the locals were friendly."

Rhonda

Melbourne, FL

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a wonderful time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Baden, Baden Germany!"

Steve

Fallbrook, CA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery in Switzerland."

Judee

Marysville, WA

Tour: 09/28/19

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

My first tour was a 10, second tour 7.5, this tour 5. There were things that we had to pay for that I felt should have been included. The tour guide said we can take our time but then it was rush rush rush. There were 3 people who fell on this trip. He was checked out and not very engaged with us as a group. Didn't speak loud enough and then would mumble. It so happened that a couple both fell at different times, Hans commented that it must run in the family when the second one tripped and fell.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps breath taking"

Suzanne

North Bend, OR

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed our tour with Maisie as our fearless leader. The tour was pretty fast paced and felt rushed at times. We sometimes felt like we could have used more time in a location. There was plenty of free time though and I felt the flow of the trip was good and the group chemistry was pretty congenial.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the North Face Trail above Murren in Switzerland on a beautiful, sunny day. Looking back and seeing the Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch peeking out above white clouds and looking down to see happy Swiss cows peacefully grazing green pastures. This is as close to heaven as it gets!"

Matthew

Bainbridge Island, WA

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being that this was our honeymoon, we wanted to do something special that we'd look back upon and cherish. Neither of us had ever traveled to Europe, so this trip was meant to be an adventure into the unknown. Mission accomplished! Seeing as much as we did in the two weeks we had was the perfect balance of organization and independence. The weather was even better than forecasted too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many moments to choose from, but I'd have to say anytime I realized I was doing something special that people had done for hundred (if not thousands) of years before me. Whether drinking a beer at Hofbräuhaus in München or Stegl in Salzburg or listening to the cow bells ringing in the distance from Mürren or doing a spa in Baden-Baden or climbing through the salt mines of Hallstatt... one has to appreciate the tradition of these places. So much to experience!"

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."

Lori

North Bend, OR

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My mother, sister and I were looking for an experience to get a closer look at Germany, Austria and Switzerland. I felt like this was a wonderful tour to get to see some new destinations and to get a feeling for the culture of these three nations, even if it felt rushed at times. Maisie was a crucial part of this exploration. She provided excellent commentary and descriptions for the places we were visiting as well as talking about the people of these nations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have a couple amazing "wow" moments, one was the discovery of Berg Eltz. You walk along this wooded path for a good few minutes, then before you is this huge castle that seems to take up the whole valley. The second was our days in Murren. We had beautiful sunshine for our days in Switzerland, which opened up to let us discover the Swiss alps. There is magic in those mountains, and I am so grateful we got to experience that magic!"

Emily

North Bend, OR

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved the tour overall but couldn't help but feel that reality is being ignored in the designing of some aspects of our experience. Some hotels didn't have room for Rick's idea of a "small group" in the lobby or breakfast areas, and tours in places like the Black Forest Open Air Museum and the rooms of the Vienna Treasury were crowded enough (with us) that it was difficult to see and I felt bad for other visitors we crowded out. Baden Baden was 'eh' and Halsatt is no longer nice to visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had exceptional weather in the Swiss Alps and I can't imagine more scenic views than we saw on the North Face Trail!"

Michael

Toledo, OH

Tour: 09/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. A pleasant mix of cities and countryside. Maisie was a knowledgeable and personable guide who brought the history of the area to life. The local guides were equally knowledgeable and had a very good sense of humor as well.. The opportunity to be in Munich during Octoberfest was an added bonus. It's impossible to overstate the beauty of the Swiss Alps. We were so fortunate to have great weather there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss Alps for the first time as we drove to Mürren and then spending time in the midst of them."

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!"

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."

Weldon

Childress, TX

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland"

Robert

Encinitas, CA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour with Iris exceeded our expectations.The places we went would have been difficult at best to visit. Lake Hallstatt is just one example. We like to train (as opposed to driving) and for that reason, the wonderful, comfortable bus ride took us were we probably never would have ventured (castles, dairy farms, bobsled runs, etc.) In addition, we would have travelled alone but with this group we had great companionship with joyful meals and walk-I could go on and on....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it is hard to limit; however, the climb up the Trummelback Falls had to be on the top of my list. As I approached the ceiling and saw the sky peeking out from the mountaintop, I was in awe. To think that labors built this pathway to the heavens just boggles the mind."

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."

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."

Matt

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great trip. Our group was enjoyable, with a good mix of age, travel experience and from across the US. We loved our guide, Iris, and our driver, Wim. We also appreciated the local guides that were able to bring a greater understanding of the local history and current perspectives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swill Alps blew us away. The beauty and peacefulness of the area."

Sheila

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 09/21/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Accommodations were great and bus travel very comfortable. I enjoyed and looked forward to the historical information the guides provided. Information about historical and present day politics/policies/current events was interesting. I look forward to another trip with Rick Steves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting on the deck at Hotel Jungfrau, listening to the musicians arranged by Iris; marveling at the view of the stark cold mountains in front of me, then turning around to see the lush green hillside meadow rising behind me. The contrast, the solumness,the horn and accordian music, the briskness of the cool clean air, sitting amoung new friends---a great Wow memory."

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."

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."

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."

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?"

Sandy

Lake Forest Park, WA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 4 Rick Steves tour. Andrea was a fantastic guide. Her energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge/ passion for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland made the trip even better. We really enjoyed this tour from numerous hikes in Murren with the local cows, Octoberfest was an experience, the spa in Baden-Baden, Lake Hattstatt, and not to be forgotten Maunthausen. We did do the Sound Music Tour in Salzberg. This was extremely cheesy and I would not recommend for other tour members to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was hiking in Murren. We had beautiful weather - the scenery was breathe taking!"

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."

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!"

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!"

Sara

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's hard to believe how many amazing sites and fun experiences were packed into this tour. My husband and I now have some memories that will last a lifetime and we also learned so much throughout the trip, thanks to our guide as well as local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oktoberfest was a highlight. The local guide showed us around town and our tour guide even joined us in the festivities. She recommended a great tent that felt more traditional and authentic. It was such a fun experience to see the tents, watch the dancers, enjoy the music as well as of course the beer and food. We may have to return again with some friends!"

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"

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."

Mark

Hermiston, OR

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

All very interesting and enjoyable. All details were covered. Accommodations and transportation were top notch. Enjoyed the many opportunities to do your own thing outside of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were by far my most memorable thing."

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."

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."

Mary

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 09/17/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. We really enjoyed Andrea and the mix of people in our group. Andrea did a good job mixing us up so that we got to know everyone. She kept the chocolate flowing and made good recommendations for ways to spend our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For sure, we loved Murren and Munich the best."

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."

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."

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."

Kortney

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/14/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was absolutely incredible! This was my first trip to Europe and I would go on this trip again hands down. The tour group was amazing. We became a family by the end of the first week. I enjoyed every minute and can't wait to start planning my next trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the Swiss Alps. That was absolutely breathtaking. Pictures do not do this place justice. I will definitely go back."

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!"

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)."

M Kevin

Suffolk, VA

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking Switzerland"

James

Rapid City, SD

Tour: 09/10/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Daniela and our driver, gave us the cultural and scenic tour of Alps promised by Rick Steve's Travel. By the end of the tour we were immersed the beauty of three countries and their way of life. Without the Rick Steves Travel organization we could have had the variety of experiences that our tour gave us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The biggest surprise and most fun for me was the luge ride. I would like to have taken a second, even a third ride down the mountain."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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!"

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."

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."

Beverley

Pittsburg, TX

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I am very impressed with all Rick Steve's tours. This one was so wonderful because of the bonding with the group and the tour guide was terrific. I picked this tour for the extra day in Switzerland and I'm so glad we did because we had perfect weather and was able to do all the outdoor hiking and go up to top of Schlitrhorn which was a WOW experience. Every hotel wonderful, food great. Itinerary perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is impossible to have a favorite for there were "wow"s" daily, From the Alps in Switzerland up the Schlitrhorn, Breathtaking churches, castles. Being inside the Frauline Maria's convent and the nuns were singing on The Sound of Music bicycle tour. Th bike riding in Munich through the park and picnic in the bergarten. The beauty of Lake Hallstatt and the resort we stayed at. The city walking tours were all excellent. Our final meal that was a part of The Melk cellars was just terrific."

Richard

Pittsburg, TX

Tour: 09/07/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is my first Rick Steve's tour and I have been on quite a few with other tour groups and on our own. I really appreciated the professionalism of all involved. The itinerary was perfect and we had super great tour members and tour director. Everyone got along and not a grump in the bunch!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trummelback Falls was spectacular as well as the hiking we did in the Alps. In Munich the bicycle trip through Munich and the bicycle "Sound of Music tour" in Salzburg."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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......"

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"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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"

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."

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!"

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."

Caroline

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was far more than I expected w/ the level of detail, beautiful sites, excellent local tour guides & fabulous local entertainers on our last nights. Rolinka is such a good leader & kept everyone on time & brought out the best in the sites. I am a single woman joining mostly couples but never felt out of place. I am so thrilled to have been in these beautiful countries w/ friendly, courteous locals & to have finally visited my maternal ancestors' countries, Austria and Germany.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Taking the train from Frankfurt to Trier w/ 3 generations of bike riders from Israel & viewing the beautiful Moselle River w/ its winding path past quaint villages. The Disney castle & walking back down to have a "special" lunch Rolinka purchased for us, sandwiches & pastries, to eat by the serene lake. Being in Salzburg & having the apple strudel and coffee where Mozart ate w/ his father, & attending the opera performance in the beautiful room w/ chandeliers & chatting w/ group members."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

TJ

Fredericton, NB

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really couldn't have been much better. Tara was great, 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."

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."

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"."

Ann

Greentown, PA

Tour: 08/03/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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 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."

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"

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!"

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."

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!"

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 :)"

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!!"

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."

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"

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."

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!"

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,"

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."

Dennis

Shawnee, KS

Tour: 06/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

excellent experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salzburg"

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."

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!)"

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!"

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."

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!"

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"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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)."

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."

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."

When To Go & Weather

Any time between May and October is a good time to take a Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland tour. However, the months of May, June, September, and October are best for combining the convenience of peak season with generally good weather and lighter crowds. Summer, while the most crowded, has the best weather.

Germany / Munich

Munich Weather


Switzerland / Bern

Bern Weather


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 tour account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying in the Documents section of your tour account.

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into the Cologne-Bonn airport (CGN) and out of Vienna (VIE) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. Alternatively, you can fly into Frankfurt am Main (FRA) as this airport will have the most direct flights. A direct train from the Frankfurt airport to Cologne's central train station is about an 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.