• 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
  • Hiking in the Swiss Alps
  • Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany
    Neuschwanstein, Germany
  • Munich Beer Hall
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Hallstatt, Austria
  • Michaelerplatz and Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria
    Hofburg Palace in Vienna

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Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 Days Tour

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

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What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 20 group sightseeing events • Trier walking tour • Beilstein • Burg Eltz Castle • Baden-Baden casino • Black Forest Open-Air Museum • Trümmelbach Falls • Orientation for hiking in the Swiss Alps • Munich walking tour • Neuschwanstein Castle • Mountain luge ride (weather permitting) • Salzburg walking tour • Salzburg Cathedral • Lake Hallstatt boat cruise • Mauthausen concentration camp • Vienna transportation pass • St. Stephen's Cathedral • Historic Vienna walking tour • Vienna Opera House (when available) • Kunsthistorisches Museum • Third Man Museum…and more
  • All group transportation from Trier, Germany to Vienna, Austria
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2018
  • 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/interrupt your tour

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

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Welcome to Germany

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

Day 2: Burg Eltz Castle and Trier

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

Day 3: Baden-Baden Beckons

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

Day 4: Black Forest and Beyond

We'll start our day with a scenic drive to the Black Forest Open-Air Museum. Here we'll have a local guide walk us through the preserved farmhouses and mills, giving some free time to linger in the past and order up a bratwurst or light German snack. Then we'll drive up into Switzerland's snow-peaked Berner Oberland country. At the end of the deep Lauterbrunnen Valley, we'll take a thrilling gondola lift up to our hotel in clifftop Mürren, where we'll enjoy amazing views, have dinner together and sleep (3 nights). Bus: 6 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: Hike in the Swiss Alps

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

Day 6: More of the Berner Oberland

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

Day 7: Scenic Drive into Bavaria

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

Day 8: All Day to Explore Munich

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

Day 9: Neuschwanstein and Salzburg

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

Day 10: All Day to Soak Up Salzburg

Salzburg is a perfect town for a walking tour, and that's how we'll spend our morning: strolling under the wrought-iron signs of the Getreidegasse, going Baroque at the Salzburg Cathedral, and exploring an ancient cemetery. 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 sneak away to this evening. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Austria's Lovely Lake District

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

Day 12: Lessons of History

Today we'll drive toward Vienna, stopping en route to visit the thought-provoking Mauthausen concentration camp, 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 tour through historic Vienna, including a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral. Your guide will discuss your best bets for dinner on your own. Sleep in Vienna (2 nights). Bus: 5 hours. Walking: strenuous.

Day 13: All Day in Classy Vienna

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

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.

Reviews

Ken

Yakima, WA

Tour: 05/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps. Halstsatt Lake area. Salzburg area."

Sam

Draper, UT

Tour: 05/01/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time to Europe and it was amazing! I learned, saw, and experienced a lot. It was a trip full of firsts and lasts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps!"

Allan

Lacey, WA

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed all of it. The great cities, museums, the history was awesome. Getting out to see locals on your own we enjoyed, if at times a bit challenging. But it was a great way to feel the culture one on one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments everyday. The one that stands out for me was Mauthausen. To be standing where these innocent souls walked, worked and endured the suffering they did was emotional."

Daelene

Bend, OR

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although we've taken many types of tours over the years, this was our first Rick Steve's tour. We [INVALID]ed this one because of the itinerary and had good friends who did this one and couldn't stop talking about it! We loved this tour! Our guide - Andrea - was the best guide we've ever had anywhere. The tour was incredibly well organized and the places we visited were so interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out of hotel room in Murren Switzerland and seeing the Swiss Alps larger than life spread out before us."

Elizabeth

West Palm Beach, FL

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The best of Germany Austria and Switzerland tour I experienced was fantastic. The intenerary was a good mixture of excercise and relaxation. The destinations were beautiful. The tour guide was outstanding. Andrea was very knowledgeable of Europe's history and culture. She was very accommodating and accessible. The bus driver was delightful. The dinners and breakfast's that were provided were good. Overall I am very pleased with the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The castles were my favorite. I really enjoyed the hotel in Baden Baden. I would of liked to stay another day there."

William

Livermore, CA

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Baden-Baden Spra trip."

Catherine

Livermore, CA

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first R.S. tour. We thoroughly enjoyed our Guide, Andrea. Loved the walking headsets. My husband has hearing loss one ear and he always pushes to the front to hear the guides. But with the walking headsets everyone heard everything no matter where they stood. Loved our Bus driver. I really enjoyed all the little surprises along the way. Free time was more than expected. Love how we are taught how to take in the sights and our surroundings and navigate back to our hotel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Germany. I had never been. My ancestors are from Baden Wurttemberg but back in the 1600's. I was surprised how much I enjoyed Munich. Each stop had its WOW moments...listing a favorite is a challenge. Love learning about the history of each area we traveled to. The group of travelers we were with all got along great. Baden-Baden was a highlight and the spa day will always be a special experience. Husband and I took a free day and went on cog train to Jungfrau, this was our highlight."

Diane

Lacey, WA

Tour: 04/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall our tour was amazing. It was our first Rick Steves tour and we couldn't have been happier. Andrea was so knowledgeable about everywhere we went and really made the tour a fabulous learning experience. We enjoyed the amount of free time we had to explore on our own with or without the other tour members. Also liked the amount of exercise we got with all of the walking/hiking so we wouldn't feel guilty eating the amazing pastries, breads etc.!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite Wow moment was getting to see the Swiss Alps. My great grandparents emigrated from Switzerland, so it was extra special for me to see Switzerland. And we apparently got lucky on the weather. It was exceptional 2 of the 3 days we were there."

Roberta

Chippewa Falls, WI

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I was a bit disappointed, I have been watching your shows, purchased books and videos and was hoping to have a similar experience. I have traveled with other groups to Europe and I would say this trip actually came in 2nd to those, and they cost less.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Local guides, and the local people, taking in the local atmosphere. I enjoyed the 3rd Man Museum, would have loved to have more time there. Would have loved to have another day in Hallstadt. Only really got to see Salt Mine by the time we arrived all other things had closed. Hallstadt also had the nicest accommodations."

Jane

Lehighton, PA

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First, I want to thank you for your television program. Had it not been for the television show, I would have never have gone on this tour and had the time of my life. I'm sure the show seems like a pain sometimes, but I think it would have been the only way to reach me in my small town. There were also many bad work days when my highlight was watching you smiling on your show. Again, thank you. My overall experience on the tour was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I went on the tour with my husband and two boys, ages 9 and 11. My favorite "wow" moment was climbing up to Murren in the gondolas. I don't think I could have done it without the support of our absolutely fantastic guide, Reid. He was so confident on the alpine transportation that the boys just followed right along. We had an alpine glow that night and "wow" is insufficient, it was godly."

Karen

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved every minute of this incredible vacation.

Rob

Columbus, OH

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time on this trip. The balance of urban and outdoor activities was just right. The same goes for the levels of group activities vs. go-off-and-explore-on-your-own time. Amazing: Mürren, the Schilthorn, Hallstatt, Burg Eltz, Black Forest outdoor museum, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna. OK: Castle Neuschwanstein, Mauthausen concentration camp, Trier. Skippable: Baden Baden. We would add: Luxembourg (we went the day before the tour and LOVED it!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps was amazing. We did two long hikes, first above Mürren and then across the valley in Wengen. We had been worried about the weather not cooperating (we were on the final GAS tour of the year) - luckily, we were blessed with stunningly gorgeous weather almost every day. My wife was enchanted by the cows wandering around the hills wearing their bells. We had a great up-close encounter with them when we visited Gimmelwald."

Patrick

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Munich with Patric the guide's historical discussion."

Marvin

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent trip. RS guide was excellent. Local guides were wonderful. Overall experience was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick a favorite. We loved the local color and history by the RS guide Reid. Munich guide was off the chart."

Tom

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 10/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first bus tour. I plunged in with some reservations. I had not done a tour in the past as I suspected that I would not like bus time and one/two night stands. I didn't like those aspects of this trip. However, those aspects were far outweighed by the overall experience. I was taken to places I might not have seen on my own. We had an outstanding guide in Reid Coen. We had a wonderful group. I had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the activities surrounding Murren. The Alps and the activities there were outstanding. The day In Hallstatt was also very neat."

Carla

Berwyn, PA

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

If was very good. The hotels were very nice and even more than I expected. Loved the smaller towns the tour takes you to. Loved that we had time to do our own thing. It was during these times, that we had the opportunity to meet locals and talk with them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps. Beautiful weather for hiking."

Betty

Shelbyville, MI

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fabulous! I learned so much about each area we visited. Fortunately we had outstanding weather all but 2 days, & that truly enhanced the outdoor experiences in the Alps. There was a good mix of cultural & outdoor activities. I really enjoy how the longer bus rides include stops at points of interest & education by the guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many memorable moments, but my favorite was hiking in the Swiss Alps, followed by the tour of the Vienna Opera house."

Nancy

Bedford, NS

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was AMAZING! I loved every minute of it! Our guide Rolinka was terrific, the hotels were all exceptional and located in great areas, our bus driver was amazing and many of the people on the tour with us have become our good friends now! This was my first Rick Steves tour and won't be my last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole trip was a wow moment for me but I must say the Swiss Alps were spectacular! We had three days of warm, sunny weather and our view from our hotel balcony was amazing!"

Thomas

Shelyville, MI

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guide, very informative, educated us on History of places to be vivisted, prior to visit. This allowed us to enjoy the trip more fully without distraction. Also, she donated her free time, for groups that wanted to see exhibits, get tickets, and directions to these events without laboring on particulars in a foreign lands. Huge plus. Enjoyed every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow. Okay. We were in Austria, visited Hallstatt on a lake. The Alps surrounded the entire lake, fairytale Beautiful . We were fortunate to have a balcony with a view, so we had the privilege to thoroughly enjoy from our room as well as from the mountain we hiked up to. Last of all we had a great group, that's helps tremendously."

Sandra

Silver Spring, MD

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The scenary and sights were unforgettable...this was our first big trip to Europe. The tour allowed us to pack many more sights and experiences into our 14 days than if we had attempted to do it on our own. As each day's events unfolded the planning, connections to locals, and years of travel experience were apparent and I feel like they were the "intangibles" we profitted from.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps with perfect weather. Breathtaking. Literally."

Pam

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5th Rick Steves tour, and like the other tours, it was fantastic! We had a wonderful guide and a great group of traveling companion. Probably the best group yet.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the places we visited on this trip were new for me, but I have to say that the Swiss Alps had my favorite "wow" moments. Waterfalls, mountain hikes, and the breathtaking views. Sitting outside in the evening as the sun was setting, meditating with a small group of traveling companions, and hearing the cow bells just as our meditation ended. How magical!"

Richard

Berwyn, PA

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well organized. I enjoyed the group dynamic. The tour as advertised is what it ended up being....lots of walking and more walking....that was ok for me. Getting from Frankfurt to Trier was not easy with dealing with the train changes..... Overall, a very enjoyable experience and I would use Rick Steves again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment was being in the Alps and being able to hike in that glorious scenery."

Al

Laporte, IN

Tour: 09/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We could not have had a better bus driver and guide. Fantastic women.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren Switzerland was our favorite spot. Definitely made you feel transported somewhere we have never been!"

Karen

Mechanicsburg, PA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first guided tour and I really enjoyed it. We definitely kept moving and didn't waste a lot of time; on some of our own tours, I thought we spent too much time doing research, resting, etc. I enjoyed most of the sites, and the local tours were all very good. Even though I am not a beer drinker, I really enjoyed Oktoberfest; I was the sober one in our group of seven and it was a good thing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Schilthorn!! The view was magnificent! The whole experience in Murren was great; the town was lovely. Great place for photographs."

Janet

Goshen, IN

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the trip was quite enjoyable. Oktoberfest was not a whole lot of fun – rainy, muddy, loud, but I guess it was a good experience one time. Because it was rainy and stores were closed, there was not much else to do in Munich. We really loved the more rural, small town settings. Compared to Paris and the Heart of France tour our hotels were so much nicer. Appreciated that! Most of all, the group we traveled with and our guide Hans were just great to be with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our experiences in Murren were our favorite ones! The weather was lovely, which made it even more special. Waking to the cowbells in the morning outside our hotel and hearing them as we walked in the valley was amazing. Seeing the vineyards on the steep hillsides was also quite amazing."

Richard

Mechanicsburg, PA

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was a very nice tour. Accommodations were nice overall, although it seemed like we almost always ended up with the most remote location for our room, ie highest floor etc. It would be nice if this were rotated among the tour group. Transportation on the motor coach was nice it would be helpful if the guide cautioned about reclining seats since the taller one among us were occasionally severely restricted in room. Stops were frequent enough which was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren and the Schilthorn was my favorite wow moment. What a spectacular place!"

Jenny

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an incredible experience! It's almost unbelievable how many amazing places we saw on this tour. This was our first tour and I can unequivocally say it is well worth the money spent. Having every detail lined up and organized, combined with a fun and experienced guide and fellow tour members is priceless. If we'd tried to follow this itinerary on our own, we would never have been able to see and do as much as we did on this tour. Everything ran smoothly and efficiently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Difficult to choose with so many amazing places, but probably the Swiss Alps/Lauterbrunnen Valley. Words and photos can't describe the unbelievable beauty of this place. I was grateful we had 3 nights there, but could have easily stayed a week or more. Next favorite "wow" moment would be Hallstatt, Austria. More stunning beauty."

James

Cary, NC

Tour: 09/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Each day of the tour was better than the last - it was like opening a new present every day! I think the best part of a Rick Steve's tour was the smallness of our group and the leadership of our guide Hans. It was fun to experience the flavors, sounds and sights of Germany,Austria and Switzerland. We loved tasting chocolates, listening to AlpenHorns and watching a flea circus! And let's not forget about the beer!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We would have to say our "wow" moment was hiking in the Swiss Alps and walking around Schilthorn-beautiful! The weather was picture perfect and the hiking was awesome! We definitely see a Switzerland tour in our future!"

William

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fun tour that covered a lot of ground, so I feel like I definitely got my money's worth. Andrea was an excellent guide with plenty of knowledge to share and even shared some tasty snacks and treats with the group on the bus. Our driver, Wim, was friendly and kept us safe on the roads. Accomodations were comfortable and in good locations for sight-seeing and/or public transportation access.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Lauterbrunnen Valley was probably my favorite part of the tour. I have always admired the Swiss Alps in pictures and films, but being there is a whole other story. The views, the people, the animals, and the food and drink were outstanding."

Linda

Littleton, CO

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip was great! I'm from Colorado and was curious how the Alps compared with the Rocky Mountains. The Alps were indeed beautiful; the part of the trip when we stayed in the Swiss Alps was a highlight. We had great weather and it was thrilling to have such beautiful views of the Eiger, Munchen and Jungfrau, mountains I have heard so much about. Another highlight was attending Oktoberfest. It was not something on my bucket list, but the music, pretzels and beer were lots of fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably my favorite was staying in Murren, hiking on a beautiful, sunny, fall day and seeing the views of the Eiger, Munchen, and Jungfrau!"

Linda

Littleton, CO

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had such a good time. Our entire group was so friendly and absolutely kind to everyone. Andrea was our tour guide and so full of enthusiasm. It was clear that she loved Germany, Austria and Switzerland and had a good time showing us all of the sites.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me there were two. The trip up the Swiss Alps in the gondola to the Silterhorn was amazing and definitely the trip of a lifetime. The second was Vienna. I loved that city and everything in it."

Mary

Bronxville, NY

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I traveled with a few family members. By the end of the tour, our family grew to 25! The tour was outstanding. Each excursion was perfectly planned. Our tour guide Andrea was wonderful. Her knowledge of Germany, Austria and Switzerland was remarkable. We always felt safe and informed. Her ability to make the history of those regions so interesting is a gift. I have recommended your tour company to so many people. I keep looking at my photos so I can relive our tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was entering the Swiss Alps. So beautiful and majestic!"

Monique

Renton, WA

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an incredible time on this tour; this was my first RS tour, so I did not know what to expect. Andrea was a great tour guide; she was knowledgeable, witty and had a great attitude. I enjoyed the local tour guides provided in the majority of cities we visited. This allowed me to learn local history from a local person who lived in the city and expanded my knowledge by receiving an insider's perspective. I also appreciated the tips of what to see/do on my free time from Andrea and the guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The walks we took through the Alps in Murren and the Latterbrunnen Valley, were breathtaking and one of my favorite experiences. The musical entertainment provided on our last night in Murren was surreal. Watching the alpenhorn being played while the sound echoed off the alps was a once in a lifetime experience. I appreciated this touch and it really showed me the dedication RS Tours has to ensuring you get the most out of your trip and have unique experiences."

Gerry

Albany, OR

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

the tour was great ...Andrea was a fantastic tour guide and very informative Need an extra day in Halstatt

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow moment was on top of the Schilthorn in the Swiss Alps"

Peggy

Albany, OR

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had been on a RS Best of Europe in 21 Days tour before, and wanted to return to Germany, Austria and Switzerland as these were some of our favorite places. We were delighted with this tour! It met our expectations in every way. Andrea, our tour guide, was amazing! She is knowledgeable, engaging, caring....she's a natural teacher. I was so impressed with the depth of her knowledge about the history of the area. The places we visited were incredible, and I would highly recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from the top of the Schilthorn! WOW!! Also, the views from our hotel in Murren. We could actually see the mountains on this trip, which was one of our disappointments from the previous trip, where we had clouds and rainy weather in Switzerland. The Swiss Alps have always intrigued me, and we were presented with the most amazing views of the most beautiful mountains! We loved the cows with their melodic bells just below our hotel room in the mornings...charming!"

William

Brentwood, TN

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour stops were just great. I believe we were able to see and experience far more than if we were on our own. Our tour guide was exceptional which made our experience even more memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of Murren, Switzerland from the Schilthorn, along with the town of Hallstatt."

Andrew

Scarsdale, NY

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, we had a very good time on the tour. You are kept active, there are no stops that are targeted at shopping (although there is plenty of opportunity to do so on your own), meals were very good, hotels were certainly adequate, our bus transportation was great (we had about 25 people on a full size bus so there was never a feeling of being crowded).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Shildhorn in Murren, Switzerland. We were fortunate enough to get a clear day so the views were spectacular. I then hiked the North Face trail which provided very rewarding views. Murren itself was a very nice stop - nice hotel, good restaurants, great scenery, hiking, walking, etc."

Ellen

Scarsdale, NY

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The itinerary was extraordinary! Only one suggestion to offer... although Hallstatt was amazing it was quite a challenge to find a place to eat lunch upon our arrival. Perhaps rather than sharing dinner together at the hotel we could share lunch? During the day hours the town restaurants were overwhelmed by Japanese tours. Every restaurant was booked This challenge made it difficult to find a place to eat. Later in the day once the tours had left it appeared to be easy to find a dinner spot!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and Hallstatt were magnificent! Experiencing the Oktoberfest together was also an extraordinary experience !"

Shirley

Gresham, OR

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves tour was all we heard it would be! Andrea was very informative and also very welcoming and kind. I loved listening to her share all aspects of the regions; history, politics, people, faith, etc. The local tour guides were fabulous as well!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren! Hands down. I truly felt like we'd stepped back in time a bit. It was so relaxing up in the mountains. The views were incredible. The sound of the cow bells filled the air and were charming. The locals were friendly. The accommodations were good! LOVED this part of Switzerland!"

Helen

Bronx, NY

Tour: 09/23/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first RS Tour and I thought it was a great educational experience as well as wonderful vacation, The tour guide was extraordinary, the in-city guides were also so experienced and knowledgable, the cities included were wonderful historical sites and the accommodations well chosen. Over all, it was a great tour bus experience with the added advantage of meeting new friends and sharing experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to choose one, but I'm an Alpine lover so I did love staying in Murren and Halstatt. Salzburg is on the top of my city list."

Ric

Mission Viejo, CA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the Rick Steves standard that we've come to expect. Torbin was a great tour guide. The election was going on while we were in Germany and I thought Torbin did a terrific job of being objective and agnostic in all his descriptions. Super guy!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since I am a photographer, The Alps and the place we stayed in Murren along with the North Face Trail was the most photogenic of my lifetime. I took over 7000 pictures on this trip."

Sherry

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour! Busy, sometimes strenuous, but so worth the extra effort.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps!!!! The two gondola rides up to our hotel was a bit more exciting than I expected. Thankfully, our guide, Torben, assured us they had 100% safety record. Our room had breathtaking views of the Alps! It was quite, with only the occasional sound of the cow bells. It was a spiritual moment for me!"

Kevin

Portage, WI

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful time on this tour. It was worth every penny we spent. We had great weather and were able to do everything on the tour that we were looking forward to. I think one of the most important things we took away from the tour was the information and experience we needed to feel comfortable traveling in these areas and to maybe come back on a My Way tour on our own. We will definitely take another Rick Steves Tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had 2 favorite wow moments. Murren Switzerland was just breathtaking! The views and ambience of the place are unsurpassed for us. The second was Octoberfest in Munich. We went early when it wasn't super busy and we had a blast! Another experience crossed off our bucket list."

Kathleen

Portage, WI

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous! This was my first Rick Steves tour. Both the tour, and especially our guide Torben, exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend this tour, and I'm already considering another tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't pick one "wow" moment, but I can narrow it to two. Attending Oktoberfest and Mürren. Oktoberfest because it was full of life, active and fun. Mürren for the breathtaking beauty, peacefulness, smells and the cowbells."

Karen

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour. Nice mix of city and rural locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two: the Swiss alps and Lake Hallstatt. Both were beautiful and a nice relaxed stop in between the cities and museums."

Janice

Colville, WA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful trip from beginning to end. I liked that we did a variety of things - it wasn't all castles and cathedrals, but included the alpine slides, hiking, Oktoberfest etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the Alps. I loved having so much time there. Murren is definitely on our list of places we want to revisit."

Susan

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

1st Rick Steve's Tour and unsure as to what to expect. Overall, the tour and travel participants were awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Schilthorn's view of the world & Village of Hallstatt's friendliness & uniqueness."

Amy

Urbana, IL

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As my first time to Europe and first Rick Steve's tour, I had no idea what to expect. I honestly don't think I could have picked a better way to travel Europe. The guided tour is definitely worth it! I can't wait for my next.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out of the window of our hotel in Mürren for the first time."

Michael

Saint Charles, MO

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour - great scenery, a good blend of city and countryside, not too many churches or museums, friendly traveling companions, and we got lucky with bright sunny weather, especially in the Switzerland and in Hallstatt. I didn't appreciate the history of Trier until seeing the Roman sights, but I would trade the night in Baden Baden for some place on the Rhine if possible or an extra day in Munich. I also enjoyed the mountain luge and boat ride in Hallstatt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Easily the Swiss Alps. Just having the opportunity to soak in such amazing vistas restores your sense of wonder. I felt similar about Hallstatt, but the crowds there could really reduce its charm, so it's great that we could stay overnight. I also appreciated our opportunity to go to Oktoberfest, and also the effort that went into having reserved spots set up for us in the first tent, so people could feel comfortable about navigating the crowds."

Jonathan

Sacramento, CA

Tour: 09/19/17

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

First, this was our 4th Rick Steves tour, and as such we have come to expect a very high standard. Overall I would rate this tour much lower than any previous tour. By my count we visited more roadside rest stops than museums. Many of our afternoons were 'Free' to the point that I wondered whether we had taken a 'My Way' tour. It is evident that the 'through the back door' philosophy is pretty much out the window, instead we compete directly with other groups in crowded tourist traps.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps were lovely."

Brooke

Carrollton, TX

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

GAS was a great experience! I thought the pace was spot on; I felt like I got a good taste of what each area had to offer when we did our group activities, and I had the freedom on my own time to explore further. It was so nice to have the logistics of the trip handled by someone else, and I enjoyed getting to know and travel with other like-minded people. I would recommend no longer going to Hallstatt. It was very crowded when we were there, and I found it hard to enjoy the town.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment of the trip was walking along the Lauterbrunnen valley floor. It was an unexpected pleasure to peacefully stroll beside cows and waterfalls. Beautiful scenery at a leisurely pace."

Frank

Conway, AR

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour with a great tour guide and great tour mates.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Murren and the Shilthorn area. The weather was great and had great views and scenery."

Steven

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip of a lifetime! Maisie was an outstanding guide who provided a golden experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will never forget waking up each morning in Murren, Switzerland, opening the windows and seeing the Alps in all their glory!"

Barb

Tulsa, OK

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour had a very full itinerary which we could have never duplicated on our own. It was a combination of quaint villages, cities, mountains, an ornate casino and covered everything you could possibly want. Maisie made everything more fun and provided a lot of insight on culture, politics, history, etc. She is one of our most favorite guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many: Lake Hallstat, the Schilthorn, seeing Angela Merkle, the beauty of Vienna - I am unable to choose one moment because they were all spectacular and memorable!"

Randy

Prescott, AZ

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had visited both Switzerland and Germany on a previous Rick Steve's Best of Europe Tour - and wanted to go back - so we signed up for the Germany, Switzerland and Austria tour - we enjoyed it very much. Spending more time in all three countries provided more insights and a deeper appreciation of each - particularly the history, culture (e.g. food, lifestyle, and values) and politics (both past and current). We love the balance between having a guided tour and having time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It had to be our time in Switzerland - both the scenery and experiencing/seeing the Swiss lifestyle. We had two absolutely beautiful clear days in the Alps (on our previous visit, the weather was socked in)."

Nancy

Grand Rapids, MN

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all our guide, Maisie was absolutely terrific - she was super knowledgeable, caring, funny and fun. Plus, she was able to control the weather. :) This was our 4th tour with Rick Steves and once again we had a wonderful group of 28 people. Everyone was inclusive and curious - we've found that the group can really determine the success of the tour! The itinerary was perfect. It was our second time in Vienna on a tour and we saw a very different Vienna from the one we'd seen before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I dislike having to choose just one, but I'd have to go with visiting Shilthorn, above Murren. It was a clear, crisp day with not a cloud in the sky. The 3 big mountains were totally visible: the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau. It was awe inspiring. Second place: The Third Man Museum in Vienna. We wanted more time there!"

Paige

Nocona, TX

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves tour and we LOVED it! Germany, Austria and Switzerland were all simply beautiful and learning about each country was exceptionally interesting. I was dreading the bus rides throughout the trip, but I actually really enjoyed them! The bus was very comfortable and each person had a double seat to themselves if they chose. This tour offered a good mixture of large cities and small villages and provided a wide variety of experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "WOW" moments! Being at the "top of Europe" at the Schilthorn! The peaceful walk through the quiet Lauterbrunnen valley! Actually getting a table inside a tent at Oktoberfest! The "traditional" spa in Baden-Baden! Lake Hallstadt at sunrise! However, my ultimate "WOW" moment had to be watching my daughter Brooke as she paraglided from an Alpine mountain top...priceless!"

Bonnie

Oracle, AZ

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide could not have been better! She was awesome! She was very organized, attentive, very giving of her knowledge and very, very focused on providing the best experience of visiting Europe. Great weather. Wonderful fellow Travelers. Great education on the countries, population.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Octoberfest! Loved, loved Munich! Sitting with a huge group of Germans, eating the largest pretzel and drinking beer and toasting people who spoken German and smiled and made us feel apart of this celebration. Very endearing and warmed my heart."

K.C.

Hobart, WA

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Where to start??? First of all, Maisie is an AMAZING human being as well as guide. I could go on & on. Onto the adventure, the sights were spectacular, as well as the group of travelers. We all "clicked" as a team. The history and beauty is so hard to describe even though we have hundreds of photos. I was "wowed" each and every day. The food was very good. Loved the incredibly strong coffee. Loved most of the accommodations. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It has to be Schlitzhorn. We had a beautiful sunny clear day and the views are undescribable. No, wait a minute, it had to be the Trummelbach at Lauderbrunnen. The power and beauty of the falls has no verbal adjectives to describe them accurately. Now that I think of it, it had to be the amazing King Ludwig's castle Neuschwenstein. Absolutely fascinating."

Geoffrey

Kalamazoo, MI

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our tenth ETBD trip so we are very comfortable with the format. The itinerary attracted us as it allowed us to complete our 10 year quest to see all the paintings in the world by Johannes Vermeer. We pre-tripped to Braunschweig to see # 34 and finished with #35 in the Kuntz in Vienna. The time in Murren was the biggest surprise--we didn't have any anticipation or expectations. The mountains were awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our morning on the Schilthorn above Murren was more than "wow!" Maisie postponed our trip up there a day because of poor weather. The am we went up was clear, crisp & glorious!"

Thomas

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/16/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great tour and money well spent. My wife & I were looking for an active, informative, cultural based adventure/tour to Germany, Austria & Switzerland, and we found it. It was a post card type of tour with enough politics, history, culture, and religion included. Additionally we found all the members of our tour group to be wonderful and a pleasure to spend two weeks with !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps & generally the whole Switzerland experience was wonderful."

Wanda

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful scenery, great guide, lots of laughter with a cohesive group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss alps and going up to the Schilthorn and the quaint village of Murren Oktoberfest in Munich and flea circus produced laughs for days. The luge was fun."

Jim

Durham, NC

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fantastic, as was all the others. This tour has always been high on my list and now it's checked off. Hans was the best

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The quick lunch we had at the family farm/restaurant - salad, pumpkin soup and pear/apple streudel. All tasted fantastic. Reminded me how food is supposed to taste"

Phil

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Hans was a fantastic guide, and we had a group which bonded together wonderfully. That helped make an already great itinerary all the better. I especially enjoyed learning and experiencing so many aspects of European history, while at the same time just having fun, such as being at Oktoberfest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was wonderful, but what was unexpectedly great was the drive through the Black Forest and the farmhouse tour with Frau Schmidt."

Katherine

Auburn, WA

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Once again the ease of having the challenging parts of travelling taken care of by others (planning, finding your way, standing in line, hiring local guides) allowed me to enjoy the experiences more fully. And the common travel values held by the group of people and "no grumps" policy made even a wait for the bus to be repaired a positive experience. It was more active than the Portugal tour and I went to bed tired each night.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The baths in Baden Baden and the luge outside of Salzburg. In both cases these were experiences I would not have chosen to experience if they had not been made available in the tour. It's one of the things I like about the tours. I try things that stretch my comfort zone."

James

Kihei, HI

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Munich"

John

Naperville, IL

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fun group; great tour,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The luge run was a blast. The gondola up to Schilthorn and hiking north face trail were fun too."

Richard

Chester, IL

Tour: 09/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Started as strangers and ended acquainted with all fellow tour members. Saw many beautiful mountain and valley scenes. Learned much about the history of the countries with visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps was the highlight of my tour."

Cara

Sandy, UT

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful: thoughtfully and expertly planned itinerary which Daniela shared and created the historical and cultural framework for us all to make the most of the entire trip. We all wanted to learn and grow in our appreciation of the amazing history and culture of Bavaria/CH/AUS. She set up the "story" that she wanted to tell in a masterful way, by including her charm, wit and kindness. A trip to not be forgotten. The tour design built upon each venue. Superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The clouds blew off and the sun unveiled the majesty of the Swiss Alps with a new dusting of powder the evening we enjoyed the Alpenhorn and accordion performance by Burps and Christian. It seemed as if nature stopped to give its respects to the traditional music of the mountains. Although we were all freezing our bottoms, it was so special and surreal that we couldn't believe we were so lucky to experience this together. The whole thing was sweet and moving."

Reuben

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first travel experience with a group - it was wonderful. We met a great group of people, learned a lot, and had a lot of fun. I enjoyed seeing the countryside and cities with history lessons on the way. Walks and hikes were as described; easy to strenuous - good exercise!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out at the mountains in Murren."

Kaitlyn

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed this tour. The fact that the hotels and transportation was taken care of was a huge load off, and made prep for the trip much easier. Our tour guide Daniela was amazing and gave lots of historical and modern cultural context which made all of our experiences richer. There was still a lot of ample free time to explore on our own. I loved the mix of small towns and big cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss alps when the clouds broke in the afternoon - and then dancing with all of our tour member friends that evening as a Swiss accordion player lead a conga line!"

Carol

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip through Germany, Austria and Switzerland was literally everything we hoped for. Our group of fellow travelers was such a joy. As the days went by we got to know everyone - the personalities melded wonderfully. The sites, city center walking tours, side trips to various places, meals, all were wonderful. The hotels were each unique, and we always had a lift! Their central locations in the hearts of the cities were exactly right. It was a strenuous journey, but we were prepared.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without question, Murren was outstanding. It was perfect that that place was the one where we spent two full days. The weather kept flitting between cloudy/rainy and spectacular. When the weather was good, it was unbelievably gorgeous. Daniela arranged for an Alpine horn demonstration with the white-topped Alpine peaks for a backdrop. Most of us were ready to cry because it was so amazing."

Jerry

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time on this trip. The places we visited were beautiful and interesting. Our guides were very good, and our bus driver was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments. Seeing the beautiful Swiss Alps after the sun came out in the afternoon, while we were staying in Mürren. Learning to make Apfel Strudel in cooking class in Salzburg. After taking the boat ride around the lake, seeing the village of Hallstatt as we arrived at the shore. Listening to an organ recital in a beautiful Baroque church (St. Peter's) in Vienna."

Robert

Poway, CA

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour met my expectations to learn about the fascinating and complex history, cultures, royalty, architecture and foods of the three countries visited. I have a vastly better appreciation for Geman, Swiss and Austrian heritage and the distinctive differences in the various regions. Make no mistake, it is a busy, rigorous schedule and I'm glad to be in great mental and physical condition to take it all in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While in Murren in the early evening, a local Swiss gentleman demonstrated the Alpin horn. While playing the long notes, I marveled at the near 360 degree view of the rugged mountain slopes and peaks, partly shrouded in clouds. Quite a stunning place to pause and take in nature's beauty and Swiss engineering that got us that far up!"

Elaine

Green Cove Springs, FL

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps"

Jan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the organization and tone of the tour, how well the tour worked, the education we received, tours of each site and getting to know our our guides (as we had an assistant from the office) and fellow travelers. The mixture of choice of locations to visit, how well it was organized, the specific tours at sites,plus free time, the special surprises, all made for a balanced and enjoyable 2 weeks. Accommodations were great. Our bus driver was also helpful and a great driver, well appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing and learning about the over 7,000 year old salt mine in Hallstatt. (plus the wonderful Alps in Switzerland) there were so many; it's hard to pick just one."

William

Mililani, HI

Tour: 09/09/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was wonderful. Daniela and Mitch were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was when my wife met and hugged her German cousin in Heidleberg two days after your tour ended. The tour provided a very useful introduction to Germany which greatly enhanced the first meeting of these two family members - the family had not had any interaction in over 100 years and now they are bonded together again. Taking your tour first provided us great comfort in using the trains and buses, managing our money, knowing the foods, etc. Daniela delivered the info!!!"

Linda

Crivitz, WI

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great trip, my first group travel experience. Would definitely do it again and recommend it to others (all ready have).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved time in Murren and the alps."

Michael

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I was very impressed with everything I saw and experienced. I had not been to these parts of Europe, so it was all new - and now having been introduced to these places, I can see myself returning to them again. Though we had rain for a good part of the trip, the group did well. Rolinka, our guide, was great, sharing her knowledge and insight to all the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was very impressed with Munich, and seeing the Alps, - however, I would say 'The 3rd Man' tour in Vienna was a wow moment in that it really made me want to know more about Austria, - its history and culture. Beautiful city."

Dianne

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Phenomenally: wonderful exciting amazing fantastic educational and fun. And the best experience of my life!!! (so far). One of my dreams come true!!! AND>>> this includes the second tour of Eastern Europe I did in tandem with only a four day gap between Vienna (Wien) and Prague (Praha) LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF BOTH TOURS!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't pick one individual WOW moment, because too many times I was saying WOW OMG!!! But I loved Bavari, Murren, and Vienna.!"

Dave

Darnestown, MD

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Rolinka was a great guide, taking care of all details, answering questions and looking out for us. The tour spots and hotels were all good to excellent. All group members were interesting and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in the Swiss Alps was great. The weather was pretty bad, especially on our full day there, but we made the most of it."

Carol Ann

Albany, OR

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour leader Rolinka was outstanding and made the tour fun, well organized and a complete pleasure. I enjoyed the variety of activities, the food, the company and the gorgeous scenery! The accomadations were all acceptable, comfortable and well appointed. A couple of the hotels were outstanding but all were totally adequate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my favorite place was Hallstatt. It was picture perfect with lovely lake, scenic mountains and alpine hillside homes. I loved the little village plaza by our hotel."

Merle

Albany, OR

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed this tour immensely. It was our first Rick Steves tour, but not our first tour. We have toured with other high-end tours and this was every bit as good as the others. The one defining factor was our tour guide, Rolinka, who made the trip better than we had thought possible. We felt the food, the bus driver and the hotels to be excellent. We will always consider using Rick Steves Tours again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The city of Hallstatt was our favorite stop of the tour and we were "blown away" by this beautiful area. The other "wow" factor was our tour guide, Rolinka."

Richard

Richland, WA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great tour. Particularly enjoyed Murren, Switzerland, for its beauty and accommodations. Trier, Germany, was also a highlight for its Roman ruins. The "old folks home" where we stayed was also unique, and the room was by far the largest. Salzburg was also fun, as we enjoyed our time exploring the city and checking out the beer hall rug by the monastery. We stayed an extra day in Vienna and were able to get out and spend much of the day exploring the Hapsburgs' castle. Overall great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps around Murren, followed by our on our own tour of the Schoenbrun castle in Vienna."

Delmas

Rome, GA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a good time. Loved Rolinka, she was a great tour guide. Also liked the bus driver. Enjoyed all the free time we had in the cities. Really enjoyed Munich. The hotels were great and we enjoyed all the people on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even though was rainy and foggy I loved the Swiss mountains. Wish we could have arrived in Switzerland earlier in he day because that day the weather was great."

Dana

Richland, WA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary, well placed free time, excellent hotel locations and a wonderful Guide. Awesome experience, even in unusual constant rain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"High Swiss mountainside hiking. High pastures with amazing views and the tinkle of cow bells."

Marie

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves Tour or any tour of this type. We have done lots of travel on our own, but decided to try the tour and let someone else book the rooms, transport and guides. A good choice!! Our guide, Rolinka, was great along with all the fun people we met. Saw, drank and tasted lots of things that we never would have experienced on our own. Loved the bus and all the fabulous scenery. We're already looking forward to booking another RS tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to name just one . . . The drive and gondola ride into Murren, Switzerland was breathtaking, along with the lake boat ride into Hallstatt, Austria. Our last dinner together in Vienna was better than Thanksgiving and a emotional/joyful celebration with our guide Rolinka and all our RS friends."

Jim

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was informative, and as an educator myself, I especially appreciated that quality of information provided by our guide, Rolinka and all the other local guides. They were all very well informed and answered group and individual questions. Everything went smoothly regardless of a few rainy days. The people in our group were fun and thoughtful. I have lots of experiences that would be hard to come by traveling on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the Mosel Valley views from the bus and rolling by all those beautiful villages, forests, logging operations, and farms. It gave my a glimpse into the lives of the German people. I have a new respect for their love of environment and pride of place."

John

Grass Valley, CA

Tour: 09/05/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The only shortcoming on this trip was the wet, windy weather. Both days in Murren were so fogged-in that we could not see the mountains at all. The part RST was responsible for was excellent - from our tour guide to the local guides and even the bus driver. It was also a great itinerary but the bad weather did inhibit the overall experience. The other members of the tour group were also a pleasure and we all enjoyed spending time eating and exploring together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite indoor experience was the Residenz Museum in Munich. Greatest outdoor moment was looking across the lake at Hallstatt from the platform above the top of the funicular."

Joan

Bar Harbor, ME

Tour: 09/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went very well and smoothly. There were a lot of introverts on this trip so people weren't in each other's faces a lot and yet, people were pleasant and always willing to share table space and conversation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two. 1. Roman baths in Baden Baden Germany. 2. Before we went out for our final dinner and Torben had a small memento gift for each person and had a little story about individuals and couples. He said that one day he went to the back of the bus and Andy was lying down in a T-shirt and shorts and I was in a jacket with a hat and mittens on. We giggled. It was true!"

James

Los Alamos, NM

Tour: 09/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish it was wonderful. This was our 6th trip and it ranks at or near the top.One thing about Rick Steve's tours they are consistent which is what we like about them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being on top of the world on the Shilthorn and mother nature and a little luck made the spectacular views possible."

Don

Newberg, OR

Tour: 09/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having a great guide like Torben gets the tour off to a great start. We had a great bunch of fellow travelers and everyone got along with each other during the tour and on our free time. Jos the bus driver was excellent and went out of his way for the group. The country's we visited are beautiful and the hotels we stayed at very very nice. You might consider adding the Eagles Nest as part of the tour, it's not that far out of the way. Eight people on the tour went there on their own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Schilthorn !"

Vonda

Annandale, VA

Tour: 09/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time, learned a lot, made some new friends, and saw beautiful places. The tour members, the guide and the coach driver were wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would have to be seeing the magnificent mountain peaks in Switzerland. Pictures and words cannot convey their grandeur."

Andrew

Bar Harbor, ME

Tour: 09/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well run and the guide was outstanding. The only problem was we went early and found we could no longer buy phone cards so getting around was harder. My wife had contacted Rick Steves Tous with phone card questions several days before we left and they apparently did not know this. When we met up with our guide he also had no idea of this. If we knew we would have sought another solution. It will be good to let future travelers know.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views from the mountains in Switzerland."

Doreen

Newberg, OR

Tour: 09/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had one of our best travel groups ever. It was a great mix of people that got along extremely well and interacted a lot. Our guide Torben was exceptional and he made the trip both fun and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This was our second time to the Schilthorn and this time it was clear at the top so we were able to see all the magnificent mountains. Switzerland checked all the boxes for me!"

Tom

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This being my 3rd tour with Rick Steves I can honestly say it was the best of all three. The group of 28 was an outstanding [INVALID]ion of people who were fun to travel with and without a doubt a great group of travelers. We all got along fantastically, sharing pictures, having a great fun time. It was a pleasure each morning to meet with our fellow travelers and look forward to the excitement of the upcoming day. Our tour guide Torben was without a doubt fantastic in his duties.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every stop in the three countries had its moment. Switzerland and the Alps which are majestic, the gondola lifts up to the Schilthorn, Austria and Salzburg, the castle at Neuschwanstein, Bavaria with its pristine mountains and sparkling lakes. Every place had its "Wow" moment, how does one select other than the whole 14 days filled with "Wow's"!"

Angie

Palatine, IL

Tour: 09/02/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We started at low-key Trier and ended in grand Vienna. In between were small and large cities and the natural beauty of Murren and Halstatt. It was a varied itinerary that keep us interested and looking forward to the next destination. Our tour guide Torben was very knowledgeable, fun, patient and thoughtful. We couldn't ask for more. Our merry band of travelers were of different ages and backgrounds but we were of one mind in wanting to have an enjoyable adventure. And we did!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Halstatt and the driving thru Austria's Lake District. The water was pristine, the towns picturesque and the mountains a majestic backdrop. Just like a post card."

Robert

Northport, NY

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

very good. enjoyed almost all cities. I don't think anyone gambled or went into the hot pools in Baden-Baden so you may want to re-think that city. tHE SMALLER CITIES WERE MORE FUN / MANAGEABLE. Could use an extra day in the cities we liked.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the hiking in Murren. Great views."

Debra

Salem, OR

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our tour with Carlos and Matti very much. We learned so much about the culture and history of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in an interesting and fun way. Carlos was so thoughtful of the group members, he always told us ahead of time what the plan was for the day and asked if there were questions. He learned our names quickly and remembered facts about us that we told in the introductory meeting. His sense of humor really made our time with him fun and we have missed him!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to pick one, there were so many great experiences. I loved the beauty and peacefulness of Murren and will always remember the lush green hillside behind our hotel and the gorgeous green valley with the massive Alps on the sides. I enjoyed the cow bells that we heard throughout our stay! We hiked in this beautiful setting and have wonderful photos to relive the experience."

Michelle

Wexford, PA

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful. I would go on another Rick Steves tour. I like that our hotels were in the center of the towns, close to what we were touring. Bus was comfortable. Driver great, liked that he stocked soda for us on the bus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Top of the Swiss Alps where 007 was filmed. 1600's farm was a close second."

Debbie

Bluffton, SC

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and we were amazed how once again the tour exceeded our expectations. Carlos and Matti were both excellent! They had a great chemistry together and also made the history come alive with everything we learned on the bus, both historically and personal. I can't say enough good things about them. The whole group gelled immediately. We were complete strangers on Day 1 and had become good friends by Day 14. We're already planning our next trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure I can name one "Wow" moment. The Swiss Alps were definitely at the top. I loved hearing the cow bells and seeing all the cows on the North Face hike in Murren was an added bonus. Eating lunch in Murren right at the edge of a cliff and watching paragliders was unbelievable. Also, the sleepy village of Gimmelwald was like out of a fairy tale. I totally agree with Rick's statement "If Heaven isn't what it's cracked up to be, send me back to Gimmelwald.""

Florence

Centerville, UT

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I appreciate the beautiful places we visited, the wonderful people I met and traveled with, the excellent food I ate, and the interesting things I learned. Every day had numerous highlights or wows. It was a memorable, enjoyable trip. Thank you very much.

Linda

Pittsburgh, PA

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed being immersed in the local culture of each city we visited. Our tour guides provided an excellent orientation so I felt comfortable strolling on my own through the neighborhoods without fear of not finding my way back to the hotel. I also enjoyed interacting with other members of our tour group. Even the bus rides from city to city were pleasant and relaxing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two: the breathtaking view of the Alps while in Murrain and the serenity experienced while relaxing on the boat as we ferried into Halstead, Austria."

Jody

Gilbert, AZ

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we found the overall experience to be exceptional. Our fun-filled guides (Carlos & Matti) were fantastic educators and took the time to share historical, cultural, and social information that we could never have gleaned from a guide book on our own. All this, while ensuring we were ready for our next adventure. Our entire group of friendly travelers quickly bonded together and we would travel with the whole group again in a heartbeat!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many special experiences to identify one "Wow" moment. The beauty of hiking the alps above Murren and the serenity of boating on the lake in Hallstatt will always be exceptional memories. However, special memories also included interacting with the friendly locals at the beautiful Unspunnen festival in Interlaken (Thanks Carlos for organizing) and spending a few fun hours celebrating life at the Munich Hofbrauhaus, with a table-full of our Rick Steves companions."

Donald

Charlestown, RI

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth RS tour and it was as good as any of the others. A good mix of great urban and rural areas along with an outstanding group of tour members and two exceptional guides. A tremendous time all around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every place we went had something nice about it. I don't get the same wow feeling as when I first went to Europe but I do find that every place has something enjoyable about it that I do appreciate."

Lori

Charlestown, RI

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour! It was a nice mix of small towns, bigger cities, rural Switzerland, high-class resort towns, Black Forest, the Alps and much more! As always, we learned a lot of history and architecture which brings a lot of meaning to the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is never just one! Each new place we visited had a wow moment. Switzerland was a highlight. I loved Hallstatt. Riding the luge in the Alps was tons of fun! I enjoyed Munich, Salzburg and Vienna equally as well."

Thomas

Hoquiam, WA

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very happy with all aspects of the trip. The guides were excellent and we never felt shortchanged with our accommodations, meals, or activities.

Nancy

Hoquiam, WA

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great and knowledgeable guides.....good people skills.Just

Nancy

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I expected it to be and more. We had fabulous guides and a very pleasant, congenial group of fellow travelers. The cost of the tour was a big chunk of money for us, but the value in return was well worth the cost, or perhaps I should say investment. We were first timers to Europe and RS Tours, and we had a very rich, worthwhile experience. The tour was an opportunity to learn about as well as experience and see many incredible places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Because this was my first time to travel to Europe, the entire tour was pretty much a wow moment for me, though visiting Switzerland was probably my favorite part of the tour. It was a privilege to be a part of this amazing tour."

John

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never visited Europe, and thus did not know exactly what to expect on a Rick Steves tour. Put simply, my overall tour experience was wonderful. Both Carlos and Matty added much to my two weeks by their friendly guidance and informative explanations of the cities we visited. A delightful chemistry developed among the 26 members of the tour, and this gave us instant friends with whom to explore the cities, both as a large group and in smaller, informal settings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time at Murren was wonderful, as our hotel was charming, and the villages and scenery remarkable. Exploring Murren and surrounding villages was a delight, and the visit to the large waterfall (a UN World Heritage site) was breathtaking. Bad weather that day sent us to Interlaken as well, and viewing the festival there (held at 11 year intervals)was tremendous, despite the weather. Great plan B, for sure!"

Barbara

Oakland, CA

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Could not have been better! This was our first tour with any group and now we're widely prosletyzing RS tour converts! We planned previous European, Hawaiian and Central American trips on our own. We had wonderful memories later,but travel at the time was sometimes stressful, especially in non-English speaking countries. With this trip I realized early on that I was relaxed, having fun, and not worrying about best use of time,seeing all that we should,wondering how to use local transport, ETC.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"More than one:being in the beautiful Alps in Murren, the amazing pinch me I'm really here views. Guided by RS book for walking tours of charming Gimmelwald and the North Face trail with compatible tour members. The beauty of Hallstatt, enhanced by a boat ride for just our group on a perfect weather day. The beauty of the Mozart dinner music and setting. Taking new risks- summer luge rides and sliding down the banisters in the Hallstatt salt mine."

Kelly

Germantown, MD

Tour: 08/29/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The entire trip was awesome from day 1 until the good bye dinner, and for my extra day after. It really felt like each place we went was even better than the last. Except maybe for Murren! That was hard to beat and one of my main reasons for choosing this trip. Carlos and Matti were awesome with their knowledge, and stories and guidance throughout the trip. I am directionally challenged and Carlos was very patient with reiterating for me, things that he already had told the group :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up in Murren with the Swiss Alps out my window! Those 3 days were just amazing."

Victor

Northridge, CA

Tour: 08/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An amazing tour, thank you! Wish I had more time in Salzburg and Vienna, could've done a shorter time in Hallstatt.

Nathan

Elkmont, AL

Tour: 08/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having participated in several "big city" tours, I was interest in something a little more "rural". This trip hit the mark. An excellent mix of larger cities, smaller cities, and the countryside.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but it's hard to choose because of the diversity of the activities - doing the spa, hiking in the Alps, visiting the salt mine, attending the opera. All "wow" moments but hard to compare them as they are so different."

Eric

Northridge, CA

Tour: 08/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable and wonderful experience Europe trip. A lot of to see, and many options, timing schedule are very good (including hotel arrangement and preparations); also under a very safety and smooth bus driving sightseeing tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A lot of "options" even in minor raining days, see some of music festival and excellent concert."

Paul

Whitewater, WI

Tour: 08/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was an excellent intro to Germanic Europe and I feel fortunate to have participated. All details/logistics were well planned and done. The tour itself was fascinating and filled with interesting sights, sites and information. In our experience, however, we believe the RS tours have become larger over the years. In this case and given the dynamics of our tour guide, the group size was too large and detracted from the overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As always, there were many wow moments. Here are some: 1. The bells in Trier - almost deafeningly beautiful. 2. The views of the Jungfrau peaks from our hotel balcony. 3. Mauthausen. Nothing could ever describe the horror, repulsion and sadness I felt. 4. Vienna - the entire city experience and seeing great works of art displayed without protection or guard. The city itself is a museum."

Debra

Seattle, WA

Tour: 08/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall fantastic tour - I loved Donald's expertise and wonderful guidance, and appreciated Aine's support throughout the entire trip. I thought the balance of the schedule was just right: always active in the morning, followed by many free afternoons and evenings. Each day was a wonderful experience, and as I reflect back on the day-to-day activities, it's amazing how much we packed into each site. Left wanting more, which is always a good sign.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nothing more incredible than waking up to a piercingly beautiful sunrise in Murren, seeing the entire range outside the window. Then taking the gondola up to the Stilthorn - that scenery, landscape and views upon views were truly outstanding. There were lovely, softer "wow" moments along the bus ride - through the black forest; along the Mosel valley; in and out of the Austrian Alps; and the valley leading into Salzburg."

Cordell

Traverse City, MI

Tour: 08/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour guide and assistant. Their knowledge and experience was really a bonus. The food and restaurants that were chosen hit the spot. Accommodations were close to our activities and were unique in their own way. Bus driver did a great job in getting us to and from our destinations. Very comfortable ride. As our first Rick Steves tour I would definitely say we enjoyed the overall tour and would do another as well as recommend to friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had the chance to go paragliding in Muren Switzerland . That was a first for me as well as a thrill."

Linda

Traverse City, MI

Tour: 08/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

For being a first timer to Rick Steves I was happy with the whole tour. The other travelers were very easy to get to know and all so us seemed to get along very well. Our bus driver, Josja, was very competent and a pleasure to meet. Both Donald and Aina were helpful with any questions asked of them.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"WOW Murren and Interloken area was the best. Schilthorn and the cliff walk were outstanding. Just one more day would have been great! Salzburg was the next favorite and again wish we would have arrived earlier and not stopped at Neuschwanstein Castle. Additional comment about castle under last section of more comments"

Kent

Williamsburg, MI

Tour: 08/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time traveling with all other tour members. The size of the group was perfect. Saw other groups that were too big. Enjoyed having all logistics taken care of and had just the right amount of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We took this tour because it spent so much time in the mountain areas. To combine that with the history of the places we saw was awesome. My favorite "moment" was getting off the cable car in Murren and looking across the Lauterbrunnen valley at the mountains. Though not promoted by our guide, we went paragliding here and it was incredible to do at this location. The weather was perfect that day."

Margaret

Whitewater, WI

Tour: 08/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well-organized and efficiently run. The group was larger than we have experienced before, and we definitely prefer the smaller group size. I would prefer more time in Salzburg or the Alps to Baden-Baden or Neuschwanstein which were both pretty long bus rides at the expense of other places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Vienna was even more lovely than I was hoping!"

Kathleen

Denver, CO

Tour: 08/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first time to Europe so everything was new. It was a great experience, I felt comfortable, safe, and informed of what we were doing and where we were going. I have recommended Rick Steves to anyone who is looking for a european tour, even passing along my 2018 tour book. I feel like we got a good view of the smaller towns which was fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arroving in Murren and being surrounded by the Alps. I live in Colorado but these mountains were unreal. Our hotel was perfectly situated and the view was just unreal. The gondola trip was great, and being able to take some time for myself and hike the alps (with Donald's suggestions) and it was incredible."

Lisa

Newberg, OR

Tour: 08/26/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 6th RS tour and was although was not my favorite, it was still very enjoyable. Least favorite tour stop was Munich (big city plus it rained), favorites were Trier, Murren, Salzburg and Hallstatt. Enjoyed a wonderful concert in the Salzburg. Really liked the summer luge in Austria! Was probably most disappointed in Neuschwanstein - short tour, too many people in the group. Burg Eltz Castle on the Mosel River was much better. For a big city, Vienna was lovely and easy to navigate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up on the Schlithorn - the weather was great the first full day in the Alps. The lunch (carrot-butternut squash soup) was great at the hostel in Gimmelvald. The second day it rained, but Donald took us to Trummelbach Falls and then to Interlaken where there was a festival - heard Alphorns played - wonderful! Maulthausen Concentration Camp was so overwhelming - I thought I would cry a lot but mostly just felt sick about what happened. Thank you so much for having us go there."

Bruce

Middletown, NJ

Tour: 08/26/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a very nice time. liked the idea of tour guide explaining and showing highlights of the towns, then having free time to explore on our own. Made most of the day by leaving for tours early to avoid the crowds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed the views and scenery of Switzerland and the markets of Munich the most."

Steve

Washington, UT

Tour: 08/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The scenery and hikes in Switzerland were the highlight for me. There was a nice blend of group activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were jaw dropping gorgeous! Staying up in the Alps where getting to the hotel required riding up two cable cars was really special. I could have spent another day there."

Robert

North Hollywood, CA

Tour: 08/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I found the whole experience to be every enlightening. However some little things add up, improvements like Wi-Fi on the bus for long travel days, avoiding hotels that only offer 'hot spots' vs. Wi-Fi, tourist traps like Lindau - nice but other stops are available in the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to get a 'wow' out of me. All in all the individual city tour guide's really made the experience come alive for me. Getting to know the local history and culture made me feel like I was part of those communities."

Glenn

St Albert, AB

Tour: 08/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Really enjoyed the tour and as always it was too short. This gives a person a reason to do a return visit.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps and Murren"

Margaret

Locust Grove, GA

Tour: 08/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was a good trip but not quite up to the level we experienced on our previous two trips, Greece and Portugal. I probably should have realized there would be some significant bus time but...also in the future I will try to avoid summer and the increased crowds. This trip lacked the special extras of our first two, we didn't experience things we couldn't/or wouldn't have done if we'd been on our own. The food experiences weren't as special or unique either.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The alps were amazing, just something you have to see and experience to truly appreciate. We had great weather and the hike and views were magnificent."

Mary

Mount Vernon, WA

Tour: 08/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and the Swiss Alps"

Robert

Canandaigua, NY

Tour: 08/12/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It still seems like a dream even after being home for two weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The bus ride as we drove into Switzerland."

Wendy

Edgewood, WA

Tour: 08/12/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall experience was very good. Definitely get a nice taste of all three countries. Beautiful scenery and loved learning about the history and culture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was absolutely a highlight. I loved the hike we took with the Swiss cows and listening to their bells."

Elane

Golden, CO

Tour: 07/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fantastic! Our tour guides were amazing. There was a wonderful balance of individual time and group time. I would highly recommend this to her to anyone interested in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. We will definitely be taking future Rick Steve's Tours.

Bonnie

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 07/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 5th RS tour and we thoroughly loved it. It was a great mix of small towns, big cities, gorgeous scenery, cultural experiences and fascinating and important historical perspectives. From Roman to Medieval to Modern Times, we learned about it all! Our guides were amazing! It was especially wonderful to travel with such a great group of people. The pace of the tour was very active, which I loved.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps, surrounded by amazing vistas, fields of wildflowers, and cows with tinkling bells could not be beat. Coming off a mountain train, looking up and viewing the tops of the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau was certainly a "Wow" moment."

Eric

Whitman, MA

Tour: 07/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tara was extremely organized and kept the ship on schedule the whole time - which is very important with a diverse group. Caroline was exceptional in her talks on history throughout the trip. She will be a great guide! I also want to comment on Dwight and his excellent insights into travel. He fit right in with us, seemed like an old friend and totally understands the Rick Steves travel philosophy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We went to the Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe) as a side trip with another couple. That was amazing! A little expensive, but something to consider as part of the tour. Also went paragliding as a side excursion - great fun!"

Jeanne

Louisville, CO

Tour: 07/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the tour overall and there were so many great moments. We traveled with our 2 young adult kids who are 20 and 22. There were 4 other young adults or teens on our trip so the demographic and energy was just what we were hoping for. The tour has a great balance of city and countryside - museums and more active pursuits. There a couple long bus days but they were balanced out by the rest of the days being in one place or with shorter travel distances.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without a doubt my favorite wow moment was driving into the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland and the cable car trip up above the Valley to Murren. OMG! I live in Colorado and have traveled all over the US mountain states but this landscape left me awed more than I could have imagined. The mountains aren't as high as those at home but wow are they dramatic and gorgeous! A close second highlight was getting to tap the keg at our dinner in Munich. So much fun and a great honor!!!!"

Dorene

Klamath Falls, OR

Tour: 07/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful. Can't think of anything you can do to make it a better experience. Sorry!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Hallstatt boat tour...of course, we had the most perfect weather possible."

Jeff

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 07/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was great. We had a wonderful group of people, generally decent weather, two terrific guides and a great driver. An effort was clearly made to take us to interesting destinations that would give us a good feel for each area. The scenery and company were great and the rides were broken up with well-spaced and sometimes quite interesting stops. The times we were on our own at each location were quite enjoyable - each destination was great for exploring.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'll bet some others in our group will say the same thing, but hiking in the Swiss Alps with a clear view of the glacier-covered Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau was pretty spectacular. There was not only a "wow" moment but also a "cow" moment. Others in our group will appreciate that. Cooling down while sitting under big chestnut trees in Munich and Salzburg beer gardens - that was also outstanding. I guess those would each be a "Bräu" moment."

Chase

Lafayette, CO

Tour: 07/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it.I thought I really learned a lot about German history, and about ww2. Historical meaning is very important to me so I was glad to have it explained on the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honestly seeing the concentration camp. It was scary to get just the smalest taste of what life wouldve been like for those people."

Beatrice

Greentop, MO

Tour: 07/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome tour guides. Andrea and Brendan made history come alive. Their knowledge of the places made me feel very much at ease. I appreciated 'hints' of great places to frequent as well as advice on places for cost conscious members. I was disappointed in some of the maps offered by the local hotels. Often only significant streets were labeled and it did not assist me when traveling by foot as much as I hoped.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was by far the most amazing place. The crisp clean cool air is my dream weather. This is also where we introduced our buddy for the trip. It was a lot of fun learning about one another."

Dallas

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 07/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour! Outstanding balance of scheduled and free time. Great guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views in Murren were breath taking."

Karen

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 07/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, we were absolutely thrilled with our tour experience. We could not have picked a better guide if we tried. Andrea was outstanding and we highly recommend this Rick Steve's tour and Andrea as a tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think my WOW moment was Switzerland and the Schlithorn. We love Switzerland, but being in Murren in the Alps and having beautiful weather was amazing."

Lynda

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 07/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our Germany, Austria, Switzerland tour immensely. The guides were a couple of the best we have had on a tour. A perfect blend of informational and hands off. I particularly enjoyed the Swiss Alps where we enjoyed a few days of stunning natural scenes and relaxation. The guides were always happy for us to tag along or make our own adventure.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course the Swiss Alps. Absolutely stunning."

Mei

Mountain View, CA

Tour: 07/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt like having taken a course with real, enjoyable and live experiences which will always stay with me! I felt like a pilgrim after the tour with a sense of reverence to the places we have visited, both civilizations, human engineering achievements and natural wonders! I am so glad that we had the chance to visit Mauthausen concentration camp. I was impressed to learn that police training in Germany includes visiting the concentration camp.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Shilthorn at Swiss Alps and the night the local musicians played the music for us, and everyone danced around the deck and through the dining area. It's such a wonderful and memorable moment!"

Nancy

Millstone Township, NJ

Tour: 07/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is an intense, very active tour that gave me a true sense and appreciation for the places we visited. Andrea and Brendan are fantastic guides. Time stood still in Murren, surrounded by the Alps and beautiful countryside. Hallstatt was a perfect break in the Austrian lake country. Beautiful. I love Vienna. So much to see and do, thanks to generations of Hapsburgs. Mauthausen was bleak and very sad, but I can't imagine touring this region without reflecting on all its history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I sat alone amid wildflowers in Allmendhubel below the Shilthorn, listening to music as clouds drifted across the Alps."

Kimberly

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 07/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the trip was wonderful. My one complaint is that I thought we had too many people, although all of them were lovely!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Murren, up the Shilthorn, with the most amazing weather. :)"

Mark

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 07/08/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Andrea and Brendan were great guides. The tour participants were very fun. It was fascinating to see each of the destinations. On the down side, the tour had 28 participants and 2 guides. 30 people pulling wheelie bags to the bus basically looks like an impending invasion. In fact, every place we went with all 30 people seemed like some sort of invasion. I really disliked being in such a large group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Acting like the Viennese -- sitting at a cafe, drinking a Grosse Brauner, and not caring about deadlines or anything else."

Ellen

Lloydminster, SK

Tour: 07/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves tour and we were, once again, highly impressed with the tour! We had such a wonderful time! The hotels, the activities and the food were amazing but, of course, it is the people that make Rick Steves' tours so exceptional. Our guides and our follow travellers were the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two experiences come to mind: hiking in the beautiful Swiss Alps in Murren and the 'textile-free' baths in Baden-Baden. The first experience because we are outdoorsy people and loved the beautiful of the Alps! The second, because it was an adventure outside of our comfort zone - and it was a beautiful, relaxing experience."

Robin

Beaverton, OR

Tour: 07/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great! We had a great time getting to know our fellow travelers and felt like we made a bunch of new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite parts of the trip were Murren Switzerland and Hallstatt. I loved seeing the alps so close up and the hikes in Murren. I loved the lakeside village and being out on the water in Hallstatt."

David

Portland, OR

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Europe and it turned out to be perfect for us. We thoroughly enjoyed our time, and a lot of that enjoyment can be attributed to our guide (Donald); our tour bus driver (Yosha, sp?); our tour group (being a friendly group); and having the logistics related to hotels, tours, breakfasts, and some dinners and lunches being planned for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough question - there were so many "wow" moments. But if I had to pick one I would probably say standing on the "road" between Murren and Gimmelwald and looking across the valley in awe of the beauty and scale of the mountains. It was truly stunning."

Michael

Lacey, WA

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Rick Steve's tour and our expectations that this would be as great as the first came true. Every thing went off without a hiccup, speedbump, or an "Ah Shoot!" We had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking up above the town of Hallstatt and looking down on the town and lake. Wow!"

Larry

Brandon, SD

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our third tour with Rick Steves and they continue to get better. The lodging, the meals, and particularly the tour leaders. Donald White led this tour and his expertise and care was terrific!! Not sure how this was possible since the leaders of our two previous Steves' experiences were terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Overlooking the castles in Germany."

Jill

Brandon, SD

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had the best best time on the tour! I can't say enough about it! I loved having everything planned out but still given time to do our own thing. We were blessed with the greatest tour guide, Donald. Loved him, his humor, his knowledge and his desire to give us the best tour possible. The food, hotels, the bus~LOVED it all. The balance of providing meals and letting us pick our own places was great. A nice balance of visiting bigger cities and small towns. Loved the small towns best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My first "wow" moment was just landing in Europe!! I am not a very good traveler and truthfully~never thought I would fly to Europe so just landing there and realizing that I was going to start an amazing adventure ..was pretty "HOLY WOW" to me. During the tour, my WOW moment was seeing the Swiss Alps for the first time. Even thou, it wasn't a completely clear day, we could see them every once and awhile ...took my breath away."

Gail

Brandon, SD

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another fabulous experience with Ricksteves Tours! This is our third tour with RS, and it exceeded our expectations again! The best part of the trip was sharing the beauty and history of Europe with our children. The next best was meeting and getting to know our fellow tour members, tour guide, Donald, and bus driver, Josja. As always, there was a good mix of city and country, museums and castles, and outdoor and indoor experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is impossible to choose a "wow" moment. However, the beautiful scenery of all three countries generated multiple "wows" from me! I was also wowed by the helpfulness and generosity of the people we met in all three countries, especially when we looked bemused with the flight and train schedules!"

Janie

Johns Creek, GA

Tour: 06/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guides, travel companions, travel, lodging, and experiences!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland alps and Hallstatt and the boat ride there!!! Views were wonderful!!!!! Enjoyed hiking in the alps Even though it rained most of the time!"

Robert

Canton, GA

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We completely enjoyed the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery around Murren, Switzerland was breathtaking."

Mary

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

About 3/4 of the way through the trip, I told our guide that I was loving every moment. It was a rare stretch of being "in the moment" for two weeks. Yes, I had a favorite stop. But I had loved it all [INVALID] even the bonding experience of 90+-degree heat in Germany. It toughened us up as travelers, rallied our senses of humor, tested our ability to stretch one pair of shorts! We had signed up for this trip after hearing from other Rick Steves multi-trip travelers that it was "the best." Yes!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We are Colorado residents who love hiking in the mountains. Switzerland was most certainly our WOW stop. I suppose I should pick between taking the gondola to the glorious 360-degree view of the Eiger, Munch, and Jungfrau mountains [INVALID] and hiking the alpine countryside on our own. Both took my breath away. But the greatest WOW was the afternoon we made our way on the North Face trail, climbing through gates, saying hello to cows ringing their bells, watching the clouds play with the mountaintops."

Robert

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great and looking forward to our next Rick Steves adventure

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren!!!!"

Don

Olympia, WA

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife Lynn and I usually travel independently when visiting Europe. We chose the Rick's Best of Germany, Austria and Switzerland because we felt we would see more on this tour than trying to do 3 countries on our own. We also liked the structure of Rick's tours - small groups, professional guides employed by him, active tours, hotels located in or very near the historic town and village centers and outstanding itineraries. The tour was fantastic and exceeded all our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the unbelievable beauty of the Swiss Alps and Murren, the village we stayed in. Lynn's wow moment was seeing Austria - the charms of Hallstatt and Vienna."

Cara

Austin, TX

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was realizing that we had to take a gondola ride to our hotel in Mürren. Wow! What an experience!"

Brenda

Casey, IL

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual, the tour was exceptional. This was our 5th Rick Steves' Tour and we were not disappointed. Andrea, our guide, was the 'best of the best'. We have always had great guides but she was outstanding! Always cheerful, willing to help and seemed to love her job!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course, Switzerland is a WOW moment! The Alps are spectacular so every turn of the hiking path or cloud that moves in gives a new perspective to the beauty! An unexpected WOW moment for me was when Andrea played Hubert von Goisern's "Heast as Net" as we were driving through the Alps. His unique style of music with yodeling was a wonderful awe-inspiring, "pinch me am I really here" type of experience for me. I loved it!"

Gerald

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 06/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Two years ago when we did the best of Ireland Tour we asked other tour members to share their favorite Rick Steves tour. Several members mentioned the Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 Days. After completing this tour I totally agree with this recommendation. The tour was wonderful. The only downer was the train ride from Frankfurt to Trier--it was way too hot. No fault of Rick Steves :)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I have been asked what I enjoyed most about the tour, my response if simple. There was no one "wow" moment, because every day was a "WOW"!!"

Stan

Bend, OR

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a great tour with guide Rolinka Bloeming. The weather was warm and muggy and a couple of hotels could have used air conditioning, but overall the tour was really great. I enjoyed the smaller towns on the tour more than the big cities. However, the big cities were very interesting and the history in all our travel locations was great to learn about. Each stop on the tour was very worth while and I can understand why they are included on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and Hallstatt views were so beautiful and hiking was amazing. I would have loved to have had additional days in both of these locations. The Motzart dinner concert in Salzburg was great. Mauthausen Concentration Camp visit, though tough to get through, is something I think everyone should see so that mankind will never repeat something like this again. The memorial Holocaust "Stepping Stones" on the streets throughout Europe are a true reminder of this awful era of history."

Linda

Bend, OR

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great tour guide (Rolinka) and a fun group. I especially enjoyed the variety of places we visited and all the special local experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps with all the wildflowers in bloom."

Angela

Columbia, MD

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed our tour. I like that Rick Steves' tours go to "out of the way" places and we get to experience more of the local flavor. This is my second Rick Steves tour (two years ago, we did a "My Way" tour of Italy. Now that I've had the opportunity to do both kinds of tours, I think I really like the My Way tours a little better. I loved having a guide with us and giving us the history of each place we visited, but I think I would rather have had a little more time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was definitely Murren in Switzerland and going to the top of the Schilthorn and then being able to hike the North Face Trail that afternoon. It was something that seemed to be part of a movie! I still can't believe that I was there and got to experience it first-hand."

Kristi

Cool, CA

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

One of the best trips we've had. The sites were fascinating, the guide was perfect, and the group was fantastic-like traveling with good friends. The only draw back was not predicting that we would be traveling during a unseasonable weather-80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity. On the upside, this really bonded the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most beautiful day started on top of the Schilthorn on a clear day where you could see forever- followed by a hike down through the Swiss meadows with the wildflowers in full bloom while listening to the cow's bells as they grazed."

Michael

Cool, CA

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

During the tour member introductions, you could feel the energy in the room and the excitement that everyone had about being there and looking forward to having a great time. The enthusiasm lasted during the whole trip as we traveled from Trier to Vienna. That definitely contributed to make this trip awesome.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the day and night we spent in Hallstatt. This quaint little town in the Austrian Alps was the greatest surprise for me. The Catholic church despite it's size was really impressive as well as it's adjoining graveyard. The tour of the salt mine was also great, especially the slides in the mine! The lake was gorgeous and I wished I had my kayak."

Brian

Redmond, WA

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic guide in Rolinka. Trip highlights: Baths of Caracolla, hiking in the Swiss Alps and enjoying the beautiful views of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau, tram to Schilthorn, viewing Trummelbach Falls, Hafbrauhaus, Mozart dinner theater, and Mauthausen concentration camp. Rolinka and the great group of people made it lots of fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren Switzerland. Walking up to our third floor hotel room in the evening and opening the window to a balcony to view the beauty of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps. Also enjoyed Schilthorn at 9700 feet for a 360 degree view."

Bill

Castle Pines, CO

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time and enjoyed the other tour members. They contributed significantly to our over all experience with their fun loving attitude and friendliness. We also must compliment Rolinka as being a superb tour director. She was so on top of everything. We were very impressed with the hotels, the food, and our driver. Also the very informative people who gave excellent presentations at the many sites we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Certainly there were many "wow" moments but it is hard to beat Switzerland, Salzburg, and the magnificent Hallstatt. We live in Colorado and still were moved by the incredible beauty in these three locations."

Fausto

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing trip. We loved the itinerary, the mix of group and free activities, and the people who were with us on the tour. Our guide Rolinka was incredible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the North Face trail in Murren"

Erika

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

To be honest, the tour was much better that I was anticipating.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps were just amazing!!!!"

Craig

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was absolutely amazing seeing all the wonderful and historic sites in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Every city we stayed in had it's own unique charm. We weren't sure what to expect on the tour before leaving, but it blew our expectations out of the water.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were numerous Wow moments on the trip. I would have to say first seeing the Alps was amazing. Such incredible beauty and landscapes to see and stay in the charming Hotel Jungfrau - Murren was incredible with my balcony view of the Alps. The different and opposite Wow moment was touring Mauthausen concentration camp. It brought clarity and emotions out that made all of the beauty we had seen on the trip, and put it all into perspective."

Amy

Windsor, CO

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing opportunity to share a once in a lifetime trip with my son who graduated high school and his grandmother. We were able to experience and learn together as we traveled through Europe together. The format was a good balance of group activity and flexibility to customize our experience based on personal preferences.

Sandra

Windsor, CO

Tour: 06/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful trip and Rolinka was very accomodating and flexible. It was hotter than I expected and didn't have light enough clothing, but that was my fault. Would suggest not booking our hotels that do not have air conditioning. It was difficult sleeping in Munich because of the heat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite spot was Baden Baden. Loved the guide at the casino."

Larry

Princeton, NJ

Tour: 06/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife and I have been on 7 Rick Steves tours. Everyone of them has reflected what I've read in "Travel as a Political Act" and therefore the Rick Steves philosophy. Everyone one of them has reenforced replacing "judgement with curiosity"; everyone one of them has made us more comfortable exploring and relaxing into a new culture... or at least being aware it. That said, the overall experience is often tempered by the guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"What was important to me was seeing of the nuances of the German culture. Wendy and I had at least 3 experiences that showed us how inclusive the Germans try to be with their society. We experienced service from people who were limited by physical and intellectual capabilities... At one restaurant, M10 in Baden Baden we learned how to sign "thank you" so we could thank the cook. Also, our guide, Reid arranged us to have a "Luge" experience in Bavaria which was fantastic!"

Candida

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 06/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeds my expectations. Reid and Brendan are very knowledgeable guides. It is like having a teacher giving us a lot of information before reaching each destination. This is my first time with Rick Steves Tour and was worried about being in a fast paced walking tour. The orientation tour is a big help for beginners. I do not have to worry at all and enjoyed the whole trip. We are like a big family and there is so much room in the bus to mingle and chat with other members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Efficiency in handling the hotel check in and the daily tour activities. No time is wasted as every member adheres to the daily schedule. And the buddy system makes each one an accountable part of the group."

Meg

Elon, NC

Tour: 06/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an extremely well-run, well thought out tour. It was our first Rick Steve's as well as our first tour. I doubt we will ever tour with anyone but Rick Steves! The hotels were very nice, the planned meals excellent and choice of cities, events, and sites fun and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and the Swiss Alps absolutely took our breath away. The small quaint town of Murren was perfect and everywhere you looked there was more beauty. I told Brendan that every time I thought it could not get more beautiful, it did!"

Roscoe

Elizabethtown, PA

Tour: 06/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A very enjoyable tour with an exceptionally comparable group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alps"

Susan

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 06/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first vacation out of the country (other than Mexico). We have dreamed of this trip for over 35+ years and it could not have been better. In fact, it was so good I wonder if another trip could live up to the high expectations now set by this wonderful trip. The guides, the group, the bus driver, the hotels, the locations and even the weather (although a bit hotter than we packed for) were awesome!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To wake up and be able to look out our 2 hotel windows and balcony door in Murren and being surrounded by the majestic mountains was pretty WOW! We are surrounded by mountains living in a valley every day....but these mountains were something else. Hiking/walking through the trails was so relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. Of course having three perfect days of sunshine, blue skies and snow capped mountains was incredible just by itself."

Steven

Elon, NC

Tour: 06/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. I'm not much of a world traveler, so this was a new experience for me and it was very rewarding. Both Reid and Brendan were excellent guides and took time to work with me and my fellow tour members. I enjoyed everyone on the tour and felt we meshed well as a group. I highly recommend Rick Steves' Tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a number. Seeing the Alps was probably my highlight, but just about everything involving the tour was memorable. I enjoyed Trier and Munich both a great deal. And Austria was wonderful. Sorry to be so wishy-washy, but I enjoyed all of it."

Gigi

Elizabethtown, PA

Tour: 06/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

One of the best tours I've been on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alps"

Denise

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic. something for everyone. close knit group made it lots of fun. Scenery was extraordinary and the history was beyond my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't choose one!! Chamber music concert in Salzburg, waking up each morning outside my balcony were the Alps, Mauthusien camp, Munich beer garden, Vienna."

Jim

Mesa, AZ

Tour: 06/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

With this being my first trip to Europe and my first experience with a guided tour, I didn't know what to expect, nor anything to compare it to. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour in all aspects-preparation for the trip, the organization of the tour, opportunities presented, activities offered, freedom to explore, information provided- just outstanding! I would not hesitate to take another tour with Rick Steves!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking through the Swiss alps-just awesome in the beauty and serenity I found there."

John

Colorado Springs, CO

Tour: 06/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. The guides were professional, knowledgeable and very helpful in whatever matters arose along the way. The group bonded pretty quickly which made the trip that much better. We had excellent guided experiences as well as plenty of time to go off exploring on our own. The accommodations and restaurant choices were excellent. We saw and learned so much on this tour that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few. Arriving at our stay at Murren was definitely at the top of the list. We were looking forward to seeing the alps and were most fortunate that the weather stayed on our side throughout our stay. Coming from Colorado, we were greatly impressed. I enjoyed our travel along the Mosel Valley, the lunch stop at Beilstein and our visit to Burg-Eltz castle. Then there was our morning talk and walk through Munich."

Ron

Novato, CA

Tour: 05/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was great, filled with wonder, spectacular sights, exciting things to do, abundance of historical information, top notch tour guide, and friendly tour co-members. This tour is well designed and like other RS tours, took us to places we would not have found on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many wow moments to [INVALID] from but I'll choose Trümmelbach Falls in Stechelberg, Switzerland."

Frank

Oceanport, NJ

Tour: 05/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour provided a consistently outstanding visual experience. The cities have incredible architecture and the foothills of the alps with the lakeside towns cannot be beat. German food and Viennese pastry makes eating a delight. This tour provides a wide ranging experience that's hard to match starting with Roman ruins, exotic spas, the Alps, and a few of the world's great cities in Munich and Vienna.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the Alpine foothills in the Hallstatt area was my wow moment. Both riding the boat at Hallstatt and the views from the bus were very special"

Luke

Arlington, TX

Tour: 05/30/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife and I really enjoyed our Rick Steves tour experience (our honeymoon, in fact!). We enjoyed every location that we visited as well as the local guides that our guide (Holger) arranged for us. In particular, we appreciated how the tour was able to give us a feel for the local culture of the places that we visited, the organization of the tour, as well as the free time to explore that the tour afforded us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say that the experience in Switzerland was unlike anything I've ever experienced. The hiking trails were phenomenal, the view on the day we went to Schilthorn was clear, and (for me) the highlight was hiking through and feeling the power of the Trummelbach Falls. I also enjoyed our experience in Vienna, which was the most grand city that I've ever seen."

James

Tifton, GA

Tour: 05/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From its start in Trier to its end in Vienna, this tour was filled with friendly people, a good mix of activities, a few real surprises, and adequate quiet days to regroup and explore on our own. The balance of small towns like Murren and Hallstatt, medium sized cities like Trier and Baden-Baden, and the bustling cities of Munich and Vienna was about perfect for us. The orientation tours gave us enough of a bearing to take on the cities and explore on our own. I loved the local tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren,and the valley below Murren, with all its waterfalls and cliffs created the strongest impression of many wonderful places. I could never have guessed such a fairy-tale world existed."

Robyn

Salinas, CA

Tour: 05/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 1st Rick Steven' tour. Our group was a bit bigger than the normal RS's travel groups. I enjoyed each & every person there which is saying a lot since I am a shy person. Holger made us feel at ease immediately. The bus was much more comfortable than I thought it would be. Henri, our very competent bus driver, also added so much to our group. It was nice to have individual time as well as group time at all the locations we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is easy-it is a tie between our boat ride at Hallstatt and our early morning at The Schilthorn. I will NEVER forget the beauty"

Russell

Dallas, GA

Tour: 05/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip was amazing and had a great balance of planned activities and down time to simply enjoy the towns we were in at our own pace. I love the choice of local hotels with convenient access.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mürren and Hallstadt. Personally, I prefer the smaller, cozier settings versus the larger cities (but Munich and Vienna were nice, too)."

Katy

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first time to travel Europe, first tour of this sort and first Rick Steves experience. WOW! It definitely won't be my last. I can't say enough about how incredible my experience was. I traveled with two girlfriends and we had so much fun and made so many memories together. It was so nice to sit back and know that my job was to learn,relax, enjoy and take it in. Our tour guide, Holger, set the bar so high for any future tours. He is so good at his job and his passion for it showed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Paragliding in the Swiss Alps is by far my biggest "wow" moment [INVALID]not just of the trip but I think of my life thus far (kids and marriage aside!). Not sure what got into me, as this was so out of character for me, but the opportunity presented itself and I seized it. Murren is just intoxicating with beauty and inspiration to be present and be alive. Our guide Holger must be thanked as he helped make the calls and got us the reservation at the last minute. I still can't believe it happened!"

Mark

Salinas, CA

Tour: 05/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wasn't sure about participating in a group tour experience. RS Tour was the right balance of group and personal time.

Kristina

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 05/30/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second Rick Steves Tour and it didn't disappoint. I came in with high expectations, and they were met, if not exceeded. Holger, our guide, was top notch. Henri the bus driver, a gem. The variety of activities and sites from big bustling Vienna to teeny tiny Halstatt were nicely balanced. We had a marvelous time, and came home with much to ponder and memories to lovingly tend. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Very, very difficult to pick just one. But, really? How can you compete with the ALPS! In Murren!!! And the glorious Schilthorn and Piz Gloria in sparkling blue skies? Truly, no superlatives can do it justice."

Allen

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The right length, the right exposure, and the right places for what we wanted to see on a quick trip through the area. Great guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Alps. The cities were cities, so I'm glad that we saw some smaller towns."

Brian

Washington, DC

Tour: 05/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide was fantastic and we had an excellent mix of touristy and non-touristy things we did. The hotels we stayed in were just about all fantastic and the local guides we had were all great! Fantastic experience overall and we look forward to being repeat customers!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every morning we woke up in Switzerland was amazing. It was very hard for us to leave since the area we stayed was so beautiful! Definitely worth the extra it might cost to stay in Murren."

Grace

La Mesa, CA

Tour: 05/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing experience! Traveling w/ like minded people makes all the difference. We had such a great group! I was a solo traveler & wondered if the group would be inclusive & they were; always inviting me to dinner or going to the various sites. The tour was well planned & the amount of free time was just right. The tour to Mauthausen was very somber, but important to tour & remind us to never forget. Overall the tour was outstanding & I cannot wait to take another Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up the first morning in the Swiss Alps, pulling back the curtains, looking out the window and it was crystal clear! It was so beautiful and I kept asking myself, "Is this real? Somebody pinch me!" Hiking various trails, going into the valley to visit Trummelbach Falls and Lauterbrunnen. Then going to the top of the Schilthorn. Murren and the surrounding area is the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen in my life and would go back in a minute."

David

Richmond, TX

Tour: 05/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned more about history on this trip than I thought possible. Our tour guide was able to bring history alive. I had so many questions & she was able to answer the questions because she knew the history 1st hand. I loved the way she was able to describe the meaning of buildings & the sculpture's meanings. This trip influenced me to read even more about the history of Europe. I also loved the way our guide helped us to understand the culture of Europe & it's people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but I would say the incredible mountain landscape of Murren, the unbelievable fairy book town of of Hallstatt, the beauty & the inspiration that led Walt Disney's to build Disneyland, neuschwanstein castle, and the magnificent beauty of the Habsburg's Vienna."

Joanne

Charlotte, NC

Tour: 05/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing experience! This Germany, Austria & Switzerland tour exceeded my expectations! Every day was a joy to me! The tour members were so interesting and all like-minded. We shared a lot of laughs! Our guide Andrea - the Best!! Organized, great sense of humor, & extremely knowledgeable about the history/culture of each new place we visited! The hotels were all in great locations; very comfortable w/a nice breakfast. This was my 2nd RS tour and I look forward to the next one!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everyday was a WOW for me - so many special moments, but Switzerland was the Biggest! The gondola ride up to our hotel in Murren, was a "pinch me moment". Am I really here - in the Swiss Alps surrounded by all this beauty?! Going up to the Schilthorn (James Bond fans!). Walking on the trails & admiring the views! Walking down from Murren to the small village of Grimmelwald & seeing the cows with their big bells. Taking a moment to listen to the sound of those bells! A few of my favorite things!"

Jill

Renton, WA

Tour: 05/27/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was fantastic. I'm amazed that we saw all that we did in 14 days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment was definitely Murren. There is no photograph, no description, written nor verbal, that can capture the emotion of the Alps. We were fortunate to have three days of beautiful weather and nothing more to do than explore."

Valerie

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 05/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I don't know about other tours but the mix of people we had couldn't have been better! Everyone seemed to enjoy each others company and we were always very "punktlich"!A word (punctual) that our guide Andrea taught us well!! Prior to the trip I noticed that we had a lot of "free time". I wasn't sure if that was a bit too much but soon realized it was a very nice inclusion! We never found ourselves wondering what we should do! And often several of us explored together! "Overall" gets an "A+++"!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'll never forget nearing Murren. As I could see ahead what we were driving toward I literally became overwhelmed by my surroundings. Good for me that I had a window seat on the bus so I was able to have tears of awe running down my face and I could just look out the window and nobody knew! The way our hotel room was situated, and with the curtains open on our balcony door, I could open my eyes in the morning and the mountains were all but within reach! Breathtaking in every way!"

Gregory

Lynnwood, WA

Tour: 05/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was all I expected it to be and more, this was my Wifes dream trip and we went not knowing exactly how the tour would be set up. Needless to say, it was great and we had the best time with our tour group and our guide. Everything was well set up and the sites were incredible. Look forward to our next trip with Rick Steves

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Well, they all were, but the Swiss Alps, Murren was amazing, Hiking and the tram to the top of Schilthorn was unbelievable. The entire trip was full of those moments though"

Martha

Portland, OR

Tour: 05/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Of course, wonderful weather makes any tour even better than anticipated! Our tour and our weather were wonderful. We liked the choice of small towns and mid-size cities. Directions to the start of the tour were very good. The meals and tours that were included were fun and helpful. Our guide gave us good suggestions for using our free time and enjoying each area even more. Our bus driver and guide had a great relationship and that made it fun to be on the bus even on a long day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were fantastic. We enjoyed the surrounding towns and variety of ways to travel between them. I also thoroughly enjoyed Salzburg. Easy to find our way around and interesting things to see."

Edward

Saint Augustine, FL

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group with a few eccentrics to keep things interesting. Enjoyed every minute.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps. Wow! The luge was fun. Imagine a group of adults zipping down a mountain with hair flying wanting more. You would have thought we were a grade school class."

Mary

Saint Augustine, FL

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding! The mix of group activities and independent time was perfect. I especially liked the diversity of the people in our group as well as the activities. I enjoyed having someone else responsible for the hotels and transportation. So overall two thumbs up!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment for me was hiking in the Swiss Alps. The weather was fantastic so the views were incredible. The wildflowers were covering the meadows, the cowbells could be heard in the distance, and the sun was shining perfectly on the mountains. Good times!"

Vivian

Hinsdale, IL

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful experience. It was our first time on a tour as we usually travel on our own. Rolinka, our tour guide directed our schedule and itinerary to include intense and in-depth experiences in each of the countries as well as many surprise options such as hang gliding and mountain biking in the Alps and a picnic in the Black forest. We loved every minute of this tour. Multiple transfers were tiring but we could not have seen and done this much on our own in the time frame

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out our hotel window at the Alps in Murren and spending time in Schilltorn in the mountain air on a beautiful day where we felt we could almost touch the Alps, we were so close. Later hiking in the valley, talking to cows and locals and base-jumpers and then having fondue and beer! Munich Marketplace and the Hofbrau were lots of fun eating and drinking with tourists and locals. The Mauthausen concentration camp was an especially powerful and moving experience that I will never forget."

Chad

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a very well run tour with many spectacular places and experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Downhill Mountain biking in the Swiss Alps"

Michael

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had outstanding weather which contributed of course, to the outstanding wcaluation of the overall experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Parasailing in Murren, Switzerland on a beautiful day was the single most memorable highlight of the trip."

Valiant

Richland, WA

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First time with the Rick Steves' tour. I like it! Outstanding tour guide. Very pleasant, punctual, organized, and friendly. The driver was very good too. Our destinations were excellent selections. I enjoyed those local guides that were chosen by Rolinka. They were all very knowledgeable in their respective fields. I also think that all timings of hiking, walking, dining, and transportations by the coach were just well planned. Meals were balanced, with liberty to be on our own at times.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our farewell dinner. The ride to slide down from the top of a hill. The tram to the Piz Gloria at the Alps."

Robert

Dallas, TX

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our third Rick Steves tour and it met our expectations. Good food, good hotels in great locations, excellent guides, and many special moments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Emerging through the clouds on our cable car to the top of Schilthorn in the Swiss Alps."

George

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. I have never seen (and don't expect to see again)such beautiful scenery. The group we had was wonderful. We all got along well. Rolinka, our tour guide did a great job. Excellent hotels were the order of the day. Local guides gave us lots of insight we might not have gotten otherwise. All in all, I could not be more pleased.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The trip to the top of the Shilthorn (I hope I spelled that right) in Switzerland."

Laura

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Tour: 05/20/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Loved the itinerary and most of the hotels except for the hotel in Trier, Germany where we spent two nights in an old folks home. The Hotel smelled of urine and it was odd sharing a night with elderly who live there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite wow moment of the tour would have to be the two nights we spent in Murren, Switzerland! Loved the scenery and hotel."

Troy

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thi was my 3rd tour and overall a fantastic tour. We added Prague (Parha) onto our trip & the tools gained on the RS tour really help us feel comfortable traveling on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had such beautiful weather allowed us to explore every city in depth. I had some many wow factors during the tour that made me want to go back to each city for an extended stay."

Marianne

Lake Stevens, WA

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the time we started looking at the 2017 Rick Steves' EUROPE tour catalog, attending classes in Edmonds,booking our tour. The friendly and very knowledgeable and helpful staff at the RS store sharing their expertise and helping us.The tour has exceeded our expectations, our guide was very knowledgeable, all the accommodations from hotels, meals, motor coach , walking tours well organized. Experienced the discovery and wonder of our individual city's and designations along tour route.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the Swiss Alps, majestic views, Also very much enjoyed the Lake Hallstatt experience " Europe through the back door" seems Hallstatt has been discovered."

Stephanie

Incline Village, NV

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5 th RS tour and one of the best. The tour guide, Daniella, was fantastic. She was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the places we went that we were inspired to not miss a thing. I came away with a deeper and more thorough understanding of the history of the area and the current political climate. It was a nice mix of big cities and lovely villages, castles and lakes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Had to be when we arrived at the inn in murren - I opened the window and stepped out onto the balcony to see the jungfrau in all its glory. I was truly moved to tears at the astounding beauty and serenity of the place. The wildflowers we saw while hiking were amazing. The entertainment/Alpenhorn was very special - the sound of the music, the wind, the sight of the alps - it was breathtaking. I truly did not want to leave the place, and I will never forget the experience."

Gail

Austin, TX

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the best tour I have been on yet. Daniela was such a treat. She was very knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved Switzerland!!"

Robin

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Beyond my expectations! Excellent tour guide, Daniela; local tour guides; great group to travel with and share the adventures. Great balance between the beautiful countries and the cities. Even our bus driver was fun. We smoothly transitioned from one location to the next. Activities were so much better than I had even hoped. Everything was ready for easy access. I was able to just enjoy the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to tell them all. However, we had a special "Wow" unique to our group. The group that took the Thrill walk on Shilthorn enjoyed sparkling clear skies to enjoy the views. Near the farthest point of the Thrill Walk, the lift ticket of one or our group floated up out of hand into the draft. Those nearby began reaching in the air to retrieve the ticket. Someone finally grabbed it and we all cheered, including our tour guide, Daniela!"

Arthur

Camas, WA

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

SO much history and information from this portion of Europe that has influenced the USA and indeed the entire world. It was so beneficial to have a true European Historian as our guide and the information she relayed to us was priceless

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The majority of the trip was a WOW moment, it's easier to say the two less than WOW moments to me were Vienna and Munich"

Susan

Tacoma, WA

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful from start to finish! This is our 3rd RS tour, having done Ireland in 2006, Best of Italy in 2008; 2017 GAS met our expectations 100%.

Margaret

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour is very organized, you always know what's coming up, and yet there are fun and thoughtful surprises, too. I liked the variety of places and events: small towns and villages like Trier and Murren to Munich and Vienna; climbing castle stairs and riding the luge to quiet time at Munthausen and churches and museums. I liked the freedom to choose to participate, at times, and most of the time I did. I didn't feel pushed, although I pushed myself because I didn't want to miss anything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spa at Baden Baden was invigorating and relaxing, and came at just the right time when we were still adjusting from jet lag. I enjoyed the many different pool temperatures and the jet sprays that worked on tired joints."

Cindy

Camas, WA

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Unfortunately, I base this tour experience on our trip to Italy two years ago with Rick Steves, which was fabulous. Timing was not our friend. Museums/points of interest were closed for holidays. Munich overtaken by soccer fans. I would have rather stayed in smaller towns outside Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Munich and Vienna to experience a more rural feel. Exposed to too much high end shopping. Would have been fun to stay on a farm in Bavaria.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Beautiful forest and Neuschwanstein."

Amy

Incline Village, NV

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

What an amazing experience! We were thrilled that we had so many wonderful people with us, got to see an incredible part of the world, and that the weather cooperated! Daniela was a highlight for us. She worked so hard to help everyone feel comfortable and get the very most out of their experiences. Our hotels were perfect; comfortable (the beds were terrific) and centrally located. This was our very first tour - the pace was a little bit fast even though we prefer to be busy and active!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps! Couldn't believe the view from our room and also loved the long hike we took. We live in the mountains (Lake Tahoe) but felt that the Alps were so different. Loved everything we did in that area, including the tram rides up the mountain, the valley walk (the cow bells!), the waterfall, and the Alpenhorn and chocolate demonstrations."

Rebecca

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was better than I expected. we enjoyed all the stops made on the tour. The added free time is always nice, allowing everyone to go back and see what interested them most. All the tour guides were all excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the gondola ride up the murren. it's amazing they have towns up that high in the mountains."

Frank

Carlsbad, CA

Tour: 05/13/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Daniela was great in leading us ... good driver Yoshi (sp?) ... great group of fellow tour members. Really well done + blessed with good weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstadt ... the beauty of the town from the boat ride."

Rebecca

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful experience! We found the tour members to be compatible and fun-loving, the activities varied and enriching, and the hotels above our expectations. We liked diving into the local cuisine at each stop. We didn't have the best weather, but we did have the best time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our wow moment was the hour-long boat ride on Lake Hallstatt. It snowed 13 inches while we were in Murren, and although that provided its own kind of beauty and fun, it was disappointing to, literally, not see the Alps! Lake Hallstatt made up for that. The weather was perfect and the view was breathtaking. Every picture we took looks like a postcard!"

Paul

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time. I did not realize how beautiful is this part of Europe. Thought the bus rides would be boring and uneventful but discovered that I really enjoyed traveling the back roads without having to concerntrate on the driving. In addition the narrative provided by Andrea along the way was interesting and informative. The architecture and scenery throughout the trip was wunderbar.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view from the waterfall tour and walk to Lauterbrunnen thru the valley (Jungfrau Region, Stechelberg, Switzerland) near Murren was right up there as the one of the most beautiful places I have ever been...even with the drizzle. The natural beauty was breathtaking."

Sheila

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour, and we were not disappointed. Our guide, Andrea was wonderful, as was our bus driver, Peter. Andrea's knowledge of the countries we visited, their political climates, history, and interesting information made each city we visited come alive for us. She really helped us learn and enjoy. The tour was extremely well organized, and the sites we visited all amazing in their own way. All of the members of our tour group were friendly and fun as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How do I pick one "wow" moment, when there were so many. Arriving in Hallstatt on a beautiful sunny day was certainly one. Riding the funicular to the top, sitting in the sun, and enjoying the amazing views while sitting with friends and having a glass of wine, will never be forgotten. The visit to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, while not easy, was certainly memorable, and an experience I think everyone should have."

Bradley

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing trip and we had a great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had a beautiful sunny day at Hallstatt. The boat ride around the lake provided incredible views of the mountains and surrounding area. The hotel there was fantastic and the town was fun to walk through. We rode the funicular up to the salt mine area and sat outside for drinks and took in the amazing views. Incredible!!!"

Nadine

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Andrea really made our trip exceptional. Everything was organized and so much fun. We saw many interesting sights, learned the history and the culture of these areas. The scenery was amazingly beautiful. The hotels were clean, comfortable and many had outstanding food. The local guides were passionate about their cities. Each local guide had a wonderful sense of humor and engaged us in the beauty and history of their home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spectacular beauty of Hallstatt blew me away! The boat trip on the lake, the funicular to the salt mines and wandering around this quaint and picturesque village were like stepping into a fairy tale. Our room had a balcony that looked out over the lake on to the mountains. It was breathtaking!"

Michael

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have been to Europe many times and was a little hesitant to take a "tour" but was more than pleasantly surprised. It was a magnificent experience. Our guide was amazing, all the local guides were wonderful and it was so fun and comfortable on the bus. I learned so much history, politics, and customs. Our group was fun and everyone had a great attitude. A really wonderful experience from beginning to end. You know how to do it right!

Deborah

El Sobrante, CA

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and all I can say is, why did it take me so long to participate?I have watched the television programs for years, but had always been reluctant to join a tour group. I was afraid it was going to be too structured. The balance between the time spent with the group and the free time was perfect. We were very lucky as our travel companions were outstanding people and we hit the lottery having Andrea for our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This is an impossible question as I was "wowed" everyday!"

Kelley

Shawnee, KS

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed our tour guide, Andrea, who provided cultural, language and historical elements through our trip. Very personal and joyful. Bus trips were very comfortable since we had two seats per person. Germany, Switzerland and Austria were breathtaking in so many ways... From pure pristine beauty to lovely hotel rooms, from scenic hikes to somber historical sites as Mauthausen concentration camp. The free times were fabulous as well, to explore on your own whatever you were most interested in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Favorite moment: so many to choose from but I will say the cruise in Hallstatt. Unreal beauty and peacefulness."

Sheryl

Moses Lake, WA

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous! Saw so many beautiful sights. Germany was a pleasant surprise. So picturesque. Switzerland and Austria were simply gorgeous. Learned so much, met so many wonderful people, traveled easily, accommodations were exceptional. Better than I could have imagined.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt. Wow, what a beautiful little city. Everything was so pristine with amazing history. Accommodations were wonderful. Hotel beautiful and food fabulous. The boat ride was really a treat. And Baden Baden.......oh my what a gorgeous little city."

Lynn

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great first tour experience for me. Andrea, our tour guide, and Peter, our bus driver were phenomenal! The history they opened up before we got to each stop set a great background for the local tour guides to build on. The local tour guides in each stop were Very informative and personable. We also had a great group of people to tour with. This early in the season, having an additional day in Baden-Baden, and one less in the fog surrounding Muren is something to be considered.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The lake and salt mines at Hallstadt, and the continuous good time experienced by everyone at the Hofbrauhaus in Munchen. Also seeing the extreme wealth emassed by the Hopsburg family during their 640 year rule of Austria-Hungary was overwhelming."

Kelly

Bend, OR

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Andrea was an outstanding tour guide! I learned so much history from her little talks on the bus. The food was amazing and our accommodations were excellent. The local tour guides were amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each of the towns we visited were wow moments for me!"

Sara

El Sobrante, CA

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first trip to Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The scenery was fabulous, locals were friendly and the beer was delicious. We had a great group. "No Grumps." Everyone was prompt and meshed beautifully. Our guide, Andrea, was fabulous, well educated and very well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of Hallstatt was breath-taking. The lake with the swans, snow-capped mountains and pristine town, all viewed from the boat was so special. Hotel was great! Big towels and balcony!"

Kelly

Portland, OR

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an extraordinary group of travelers! Seemed to go remarkably smoothly, with Andrea at the helm, and Peter as our trusty bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having fondue dinner in Murren- the alphorn and accordion playing, dipping into our yummy fondue, and watching the snow fall out the window- amazing!"

Mary

Kennewick, WA

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guide was fantastic-so were the local guides. The accommodations were all very nice and the locations in relationship to sites to see was great. The weather actually made for a great memory - 10" of snow in Murren. There were also some wonderful 'surprise' activities that we had - the Alps horn music at dinner in Murren and the toboggan ride at the castle. Very Fun! Never having been on a RS tour but hearing great things, we were not disappointed in any aspect of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Actually had a couple - having never been to Europe. 1-looking out my window in the shower and seeing the Alps! 2-The beautiful boat ride on the lake at Hallstatt. Sun was out and the views were fantastic!"

Sue

Hillsboro, OR

Tour: 04/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great trip - our first Rick Steve's!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat tour at Hallstatt and the salt mines."

Bevan

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 10/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour and Andrea was a fantastic guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moments were the beauty of the Swiss Alps and Murren. We were very fortunate to to get up to the Shilthorn on the first morning with excellent weather and then the clouds came in for our afternoon hike which really made us appreciate the views of the morning and the fantastic views the next day"

Paula

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 10/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned, and the cities, museums, and experiences were all worthwhile. I would have liked to stay longer in a couple of places, but there is no place I'd want to bypass.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's impossible to describe the Swiss Alps, and photos and films don't do it justice. You have to be there to experience the rugged mountains and how close they seem, the deep valleys, green meadows, the sun, wind, clouds, gondola lifts, cows with cow bells. What have I left out? Wow."

Jennifer

Canton, MI

Tour: 10/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were very happy with our experience on the Rick Steves tour. All tour literature gave us very accurate expectations and nothing surprised us. The itinerary of the tour was very well planned. We enjoyed our planned activities. We greatly appreciated the amount of free time on the tour as it helped us enjoy each stop along the way greatly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our time in Mürren, Switzerland was our absolute favorite of the entire tour. The sights in the Jungfrau area were the best we have seen in our lives. We hiked the Mountain View Trail. The views were stunning and made for a wonderful trip."

Stephen

Kingwood, TX

Tour: 10/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized tour. Awesome group and guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland (Murren). Hit the weather just right. Awesome scenery and hiking."

Noreen

Kingwood, TX

Tour: 10/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Switzerland, having the entire day free to enjoy the glorious weather and scenery."

Betsy

Sugar Land, TX

Tour: 10/01/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a great trip! As usual, Rick Steves has found a great balance of urban and rural, busy time and unstructured, group activities and independent time. And as usual, we had a great group -- I think these tours attract members who are good sports and eager to be engaged with the activities, learn about the culture, and be respectful of each others' time and space. I had a great time and look forward to my next Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps while in Murren. I love the cities, but this was magnificent scenery. Getting a chance to spend a couple of days there (instead of just overnight) allowed us all to really soak in the experience. While we were very, very lucky with the weather, even our cloudy afternoon didn't prevent us all from enjoying a great walk. And the sunny days -- spectacular!"

Erin

Owens Cross Roads, AL

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I are in our early forties and this was our first Rick Steves tour - but certainly not our last. To be honest, we were concerned that we may be the only "young" people in our group. Not only were we wrong about that, we were SO wrong to assume that the older people would somehow slow us down, or not have enough in common with us to keep conversation and the time on the bus interesting. We had a great time with our fellow travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of all the "wow" moments I would have to say the ride up to Murren from the Lauterbrunnen valley was a breathtaking #1. BEAUTIFUL Halstatt was the other stop that I would have to rank right up there with Murren. I had some alone time up in the hills of Murren with the cows - cowbells and rain the only sounds - magical in a "wow" kind of way as well."

Walter

Maple Grove, MN

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we hoped for. A nice mix of City and country life. Our hotels were above average and the staffs were friendly and helpful. Local guides added immeasurably to the experience. Our guide provided plenty of options for our free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying on the mountain in Murren."

Kirsten

Arlington, MA

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again, I had a wonderful time on a Rick Steves' Tour! The group and our guide, Fabian, were simply the best. It was wonderful to experience Friedrichsbad - so very far outside of my comfort zone, but I took Rick's advice and went for it, and am so glad I did. Spending a few days at 5,000 ft in Murren was just heavenly. And experiencing the world-famous Oktoberfest makes for the best stories! I learned so much and am still editing my photos. Thanks again to everyone at Rick Steves!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have had Oktoberfest as a bucket list item for a long time. Our group arrived in Munich for the very last night, and I was pleased that Fabian not only switched the schedule so we could all go, but he took those of us who wanted to go to Oktoberfest, gave us a quick orientation, and then sent us on our way. Nine of us stuck together and drank and sang our way until the bitter end, then managed to find our way back to the hotel. It was everything I had hoped for an more!"

Victoria

Greencastle, IN

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience on this tour far exceeded our expectations! From our tour guide, Fabian, whose wealth of knowledge brought everything to life, to the special treats on the bus, we couldn't ask for more! The accomadations were fantastic and as we like to say, we felt like we ate our way through Germany, Austria and Switzerland!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can you possibly pick just one favorite moment? Murren was beautiful and the view from Schilthorn was breathtaking! Then there was Hallstatt - from the boat ride to our hotel, to the views of the lake and the mountains, to the quaint town itself words cannot express the tranquility and beauty of this place! I wanted to stay there forever!"

Gregg

Prior Lake, MN

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I loved our tour. It fully met our expectations. There were many pleasant surprises and no negative ones. We will definitely take another Rick Steves in the future and will recommend them to our friends. Keep up the greay work!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many that it's difficult to single one out. Every day had a wow moment for us."

Margaret

New Gloucester, ME

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Our tour leader's in depth understanding of history and his ability to impart that to the group was enriching for all of us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"HALLSTATT was lovely, and very nice being introduced by the boat ride around the lake."

Karen

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 09/27/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a blast! From Trier to Vienna, it was all so much fun! Loved the luge, it was great fun. Murren was our favorite, beautiful, majestic mountains, thrilling gondola ride. We had a really fun hike to Winter Egg and nice afternoon outside with most of our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think riding up the tram to the Schilthorn was the biggest WOW for me. The views from up there were breathtaking!"

Weather

Germany / Munich

Munich Weather


Switzerland / Bern

Bern Weather


Austria / Vienna

Vienna Weather

Pre-Tour Planning

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Trip Resources

Learn more about Germany, Austria, and Switzerland: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews, and articles, plus recommended books and movies.

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. About one month prior to the tour departure, we'll email you directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as the complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour.

Transportation

Many tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. Most tour members arrange to fly into either Frankfurt or Luxembourg and out of Vienna ("multicity" on flight-booking websites). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay.

Frankfurt International Airport (Frankfurt am Main) is the main airport in Germany — 110 miles from Trier. If you fly into Frankfurt am Main, you will need to take a train from the airport to Trier Hauptbahnhof, a 3–4 hour journey. Frankfurt Hahn airport is a smaller airport located just 40 miles from Trier, but it is only serviced by low-cost airlines, including Ryanair and Wizz Air. It takes an hour to go by bus from this airport to Trier. See www.flibco.com/hahn/morbach.htm for more information.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines.

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing on Your Own

If you arrive in Trier before your tour begins, use the Rick Steves Germany guidebook to get oriented, try out a few words of German, and get over your jet lag with lots of fresh air and exercise (consider renting a bike and pedaling along the river; details in the guidebook or from any tourist office).

Here are some suggestions for sightseeing in Trier that we will not be doing as a group (see the guidebook for details): Archaeological Museum, Mosel boat cruise, Bishop's Museum, Amphitheater. Remember, we will tour nearby Burg Eltz Castle as a group.

Packing

While it is important to pack light, there are a few key items we'd like you to consider including when packing for this tour. The tour includes some great hiking opportunities (weather permitting); while hiking boots are not necessary, we recommend you bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes with soles offering good traction. You may wish to pack a swimsuit, especially for the baths in Baden-Baden, and perhaps a lightweight microfiber towel.

For more advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick's packing tips.

Special packing note: We use an audioguide system for many of our sightseeing and museum tours. If you wear a hearing aid, we strongly recommend bringing headphones that go over your ears to allow you to fully enjoy these tours.