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

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Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 Days Tour

from $4,695 per person + air

Single Supplement $925

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On this two-week tour, mountains, Mozart, and mugs of beer all clink together to create a totally yodel-y adventure. Starting in Koblenz, at the confluence of Germany's mighty Rhine River and the misty Mosel, 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 the beautiful blue Danube — with plenty of breathtaking scenery along the way. Join us for the Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 Days!

Dates & Prices

2024

2025

What's Included

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

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

  • Koblenz orientation walk
  • Deutsches Eck
  • Beilstein
  • Burg Eltz castle
  • Black Forest Open-Air Museum
  • Schilthorn mountain excursion
  • Orientation for hiking in the Swiss Alps
  • Munich walking tour
  • Neuschwanstein Castle (when available)
  • Mountain luge ride (weather permitting)
  • Salzburg walking tour
  • Salzburg Cathedral
  • Mauthausen concentration camp memorial
  • Melk Abbey
  • Danube River cruise
  • Vienna transportation pass
  • Historic Vienna walking tour
  • Kunsthistoriches Museum
  • Third Man Museum

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Koblenz, Germany, to Vienna, Austria
  • 13 nights' accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and 7 other meals
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

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

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Germany

We'll meet at our hotel at 4 p.m. this afternoon. After a short "Welcome to Germany" meeting, we'll take an orientation walking tour of Koblenz, learning about its historical importance as a strategic base from Roman times through WWII. After visiting the Deutches Eck, the symbolic heart of Germany where the Mosel and Rhine rivers meet, we'll get acquainted over dinner together.

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

Day 2: Burg Eltz and the Mosel River

We'll begin our day with a morning drive along the peaceful Mosel River to the mighty Burg Eltz — Europe's oldest castle still in use as a residence — where we'll tour the complex and experience firsthand how lords and ladies lived 500 years ago. Afterward, we'll stop in the über-quaint village of Beilstein for lunch together along the river and time to explore before returning to Koblenz. The rest of your day is free to take a walk along the river promenade and enjoy some classic German cuisine at one of the town's many restaurants.

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

Day 3: Elegant Baden-Baden

This morning, we'll hop aboard our big, comfy bus and head toward the Black Forest and the old resort town of Baden-Baden, famous for its mineral baths and games of chance. Upon arrival, we'll take an orientation stroll through town showcasing the stylish streets, grand casino, and famous baths. Then you'll have the rest of the day free to wander along the shaded riverside promenade, put on your fanciest duds and visit the casino, or relax with a long soak before you enjoy dinner on your own.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in Baden-Baden.

Day 4: Black Forest and Beyond

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

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

Day 5: The Schilthorn and Hiking in the Swiss Alps

Let's begin the day with a thrilling ride up the gondola lift to the top of the 10,000-foot Schilthorn with a view of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks. The rest of the day is all yours to loiter in the thin air, find your way back down to Mürren, and explore more of the magnificent mountains on your own.

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

Day 6: More of the Berner Oberland

Today you're free to explore more of Europe's most dramatic scenery. You may consider a mountain excursion that combines a narrow-gauge railway, a gondola lift, and a spectacular alpine walk above the tree line, surrounded by a panorama of cut-glass peaks…or wander through the valley and walk to the thundering Trümmelbach Falls, a unique set of waterfalls encased behind the valley walls. This evening, we'll regroup for dinner together at our mountain chalet.

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

Day 7: Scenic Drive into Bavaria

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

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

Day 8: All Day to Explore Munich

We'll spend our morning getting a behind-the-scenes look at Munich with a walking tour through its historic Old Town, learning about the "checkered" history and traditions of Bavaria. The rest of the day is yours to stroll around Germany's most livable city, soak up some culture at its world-class museums, or rent a bike to pedal the car-free paths of the English Garden and Isar River.

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

Day 9: Neuschwanstein and Salzburg

This morning we'll drive through farming country, then take an uphill hike to tour the fairy-tale fantasy of "Mad" King Ludwig: Neuschwanstein Castle (when available). After hiking back down, you'll have free time for lunch before leaving Germany behind. Later this afternoon we'll arrive in Salzburg and settle into our quaint hotel. We'll end our day with an orientation walk through the historic center and share a "Welcome to Austria" dinner together.

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

Day 10: All Day to Soak Up Salzburg

Salzburg is a perfect town for a walking tour, and that's how we'll spend our morning: strolling under the wrought-iron signs of the Getreidegasse, going Baroque at the Salzburg Cathedral, and exploring the Mirabell Gardens. The rest of your day is free for wandering through Salzburg's magnificent gardens, hiking up the fortress hill for a panoramic view, or pedaling a rented bike into the countryside, singing "do, re, mi." Your guide will give you a rundown of local concerts you could enjoy this evening.

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

Day 11: Lessons of History

Today we'll drive towards the Danube River Valley, stopping en route to visit the thought-provoking Mauthausen concentration camp memorial, where we'll learn about the Holocaust and lessons of 1933–1945. Following the Danube downstream, we'll make our way to one of the most scenic sections of the river, the Wachau Valley. You'll have free time to commune with nature and soak in the scenery before enjoying dinner together.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 3 hours. Sleep in the Wachau Valley.

Day 12: Austria's Wachau Valley

This morning, we'll tour the artistic treasures and Baroque wonders of the Benedictine abbey at Melk. Then we'll cruise Austria's prettiest stretch of the Danube River, passing by quaint villages and lush hillsides blanketed in vineyards, before stopping for free time and lunch in one of the charming riverside towns. Then we'll continue on to the grand finale of our tour — Vienna, once the capital of Europe's wealthiest empire. We'll cap our day with an evening walking tour through historic Vienna before setting you free for dinner on your own.

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

Day 13: All Day in Classy Vienna

We'll begin our day in sophisticated Vienna with a trip to the Third Man Museum for a fascinating look at the city's post-WWII history. Then we'll explore the city's rich Habsburg heritage by marveling at the massive art collection at the Kunsthistoriches Museum. Your afternoon is free to explore another world-class museum or two, or to slow down and enjoy sipping a coffee in the city where Europe's café scene was born. Tonight we'll meet for our last dinner together, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Prost!

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

Day 14: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

Our tours are physically active! It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Germany, Austria & Switzerland in 14 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (possibly several blocks) and up stairways to reach your hotel, then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.
  5. Adjust to constant Alpine weather changes that can interfere with sightseeing.
  6. Handle steep walks and long castle stair climbs at Burg Eltz, Neuschwanstein, and Trümmelbach Falls.

Reviews

Kelly

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An Excellent experience overall, starting with our awesome tour guide Bryan Fellbusch. The hotels, restaurants, local guides and fellow travelers made my travel to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria even better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow moment: Murren, Switzerland 🇨🇭 being surrounded by God's beauty in the Mountains, thr cows serenading us awake....spectacular views at the Trummelbach Falls..."

Janet

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first group tour and I was very skeptical about group traveling. It turned out to be great; far exceeding my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 10 waterfalls inside the mountain in the valley near Murren."

Barbara

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour, but definitely not my last! We saw breathtaking scenery, fun and vibrant cities, and historical sites that I've read about for years. I liked the way the tour was arranged with stays in cities alternated with visits to rural/rustic areas. I also liked the mix of time spent with tour guides and free time to explore on our own. Our main tour guide, Bryan, was wonderful - welcoming, fun and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was our day at Lake Hallstatt. It was a beautiful day spent at one of the most beautiful locations I have ever seen. The lake was sparkling clear, nestled in a mountain backdrop. "

Paul

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first time I ever left North America and at age 69 it was about time. This was our first Rick Steves tour and it definitely won’t be our last. The cities we visited were great. When we weren’t on the RS walking tours or on the bus we walked everywhere and got to know the cities we visited. Our tour guide Bryan Fellbusch was absolutely fantastic. He had a wealth of knowledge, shared a wealth of information with us and was very fun to be around. I may stalk him for our next tour.😊

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many it is hard to pick. Bryan, our tour guide, did take us to an organic family farm and since that impacts my everyday life it was fun and informative to see one up close and personal. The owners gave us a tour, did a cheese tasting and I got to pet cows.🐮 To experience this unexpectedly in a foreign country was a delightful event. "

Terry

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Bryan shared interesting information on all of the places that we visited...he is very knowledgeable. He embellished the trip with several add on surprises and the potty stops every 2 hours were perfect. He was an excellent guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Luge Ride in the Black Forest Area was a big wow along with the whole pig that was prepared for our dinner at a restaurant in Salsburg. "

Paula

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the tour. Our guide was excellent and the people on our tour were wonderful. The hotel accommodations were great and the bus and driver were top notch. We were very lucky to have unseasonably warm and sunny weather the whole trip. There was a wide variety of destinations and activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in Halstatt Austria. The weather was perfect, the hotel lovely. It was so beautiful, quaint and relaxing."

Gail

Tour: 10/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Bryan, with his thorough knowledge of history, his sense of humor and kind manner, made the tour outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing in the middle of Munich one night on our way to dinner and 4 different protests were taking place. Police were everywhere. It was uncomfortable but I understand that we were experiencing history. "

Gregory

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guide Hans and all of the fellow travelers made this trip the best. Hans was always the last to eat, making sure all were taken care of first. The hotels were comfortable and in great locations, the bus driver Eric was amazing, especially in small towns and in Switzerland, and the restaurants were perfect! We stayed well fed. We were also blessed with fantastic weather the whole trip. The itinerary left plenty of open time for extra experiences or rest, and all the included sights were lovely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Almost every stop had a wow moment. Colognes cathedral and art museum, Berg eltz, Beilstein, black forest cake in the black forest, Neuschwanstein, beer and art in Munich, walking Salzburg at night, lake Hallstatt boat ride, art and palaces in Vienna. But the best wow moment was Switzerland. Everything was beautiful and serene. The lifts were fun to explore, the trails were well marked. The landscape and animals were relaxing, and the rivers and waterfalls are picturesque. Ready to go again."

Don

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

saw a lot, learned a lot and did a lot. lots of walking....but i was disappointed when when i got less than 20k steps a day.... :) the whole trip was enlightening and very educational. loved all of our guides. Not to mention meeting some very fun folks in our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The level of quality of our guides. A wealth of information and, very patient with questions."

Mary

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was long. I probably should have opted for seeing less, but then when planning, I'm always excited! I want to see it all! The tour was very good. People were wonderful. Tour guide, Hans was great. He took good care of all of us. Our bus driver, Eric was wonderful. No complaints other than on my part just not getting the amount of time on the bus and what we'd see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Switzerland. The best part of the trip!"

Robert

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour and would not change a thing..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the cities of Salzburg and Murren... "

Elizabeth

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour offered an exciting mix of both urban and rural environments, with culture, history, and adventure a daily experience. Our tour guide, Hans, was superb. I think he spoiled us a bit, and provided quirky bits of local experiences, like fresh Swiss cheese from a roadside vending machine, that we would not have uncovered on our own. Our group of fellow travelers was very compatible, offering opportunities for new friendships in addition to the European experience. Nice hotels, good food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While I love learning about culture and history, and experiencing the charm and vibe of different cities, the spectacular, natural beauty of the Alps made my heart sing. From the thrilling peak of the Schilthorn Piz Gloria, to the hike through the picturesque countryside, to the cows in the street, Murren, an exceedingly quaint Swiss village, was my favorite place. That said, I loved the whole tour!"

Janet

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything ran smoothly and was well organized. Hans, our guide, and Eric, the driver, worked well together. We always knew what the next stop entailed and what to expect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Alps from our hotel balcony in Murren. Also, the underground waterfall was astounding. "

Boyd

Tour: 09/30/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The experience was informative, well planned, and most of all fun. Our travel buddies were all great people and enjoyable to be around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mirren and Piz Gloria. Not many places in the world as beautiful."

Elizabeth

Tour: 09/26/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was enjoyable to visit three countries with a mix of cities and rural although it was a lot to see at one time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was wonderful. The hiking and nice town with the views. The view from shiltzhorn. "

Marsha

Tour: 09/26/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had free time to relax between the fast paced, "must see" events. Comfortable walking shoes made the difference! The guide book, with maps, gave a variety of options to plan out our city stops.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "pinch me, is this real" stop was in Murren. One day I took 19 photos and videos, just of of cows and church bells, with the Alps as a backdrop."

Polly

Tour: 09/26/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed the tour, our energetic and fun guide Ruby, and our merry band of fellow tour members. We were so fortunate to have beautiful weather for our entire tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was the gondola ride to the top of the Shilthorn as we rose above the clouds and into the clear air above! We had magnificent views of the other three nearby peaks! "

Susan

Tour: 09/26/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The entire trip was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Ruby, was fantastic and felt like a friend from day one. Octoberfest was quite the experience and fun even for this non-beer drinker! I've finally figured out that I tend to enjoy locations with natural beauty more than busy cities, so the Alps and Hallstatt were standouts. Nothing will ever compare to paragliding over the Lauterbrunnen Valley and experiencing a quiet, peaceful, bird's eye view of one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland, and specifically, the Alps. It's my third time in the Lauterbrunnen Valley and I'm still just as awestruck as the first time. Hallstatt was a very close second. The area is absolutely beautiful and the town is charming and feels welcoming. "

Robert

Tour: 09/26/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour had a nice mix of urban and rural. Felt a bit rushed at times for instance would have liked more time in Baden Baden. I really like the Rick Steves format.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Muren "

Patricia

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was everything I expected from a RS tour! Our tour guide, Thomas, was so friendly & knowledgeable! He treated us so well, i.e., we'd talk about a local candy or type of liquor & then he'd treat us to it! The local guides were also very friendly & knowledgeable! I had actually traveled to all 3 countries previously but still learned quite a new things this time, too! I appreciated the printed maps that he provided us as he'd highlight certain things of interest. I found them helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband & I attended a Mozart concert in the fortress in Salzburg. It was a beautiful night, they had the windows open, & we were able to view the city lights from where we sat! AND the music was wonderful! & the musicians excellent!"

Connie

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour combining history and cultural experiences. My guide, Thomas was fabulous! He was very knowledgeable and did a great job giving insights to the countries we visited and explaining what to expect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole country of Switzerland! I didn't want to leave! Second wow was the Mozart string quartet at the Salzburg fortress. "

Michael

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Can’t say enough our guide Thomas and bus driver henery were very well prepared it was a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and ocktoberfest could have stayed longer "

Susan

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well managed, on time, excellent tour guides. Thomas was awesome and the individual guides along the way were also great! Henry drove us safely throughout our tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Junfrau and Salzburg shared my “wow” moments. The dairy cows behind our hotel and gondolas as a mode of transportation were the best. Salzburg was easy to navigate, the hotel and staff were the best, and Mozart concert was memorable. "

Ann

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations! We did everything described in the itinerary and more! Our guide, Thomas K., incorporated local surprises into scheduled events: special desserts, schnapps, traditional musicians, special meals, chocolate treats, etc.! Our bus was spacious and our driver, Henry, very skilled and thoughtful. Our hotels were all top rate and centrally located. Our group dinners were fun and allowed us the opportunity to get to know our fellow tour members better.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss alps were definitely awe-inspiring! We had beautiful, clear days to enjoy the rugged mountains, the green hillsides and valleys, and the spectacular gardens and flower boxes! Other wows include the castles and open-air museum, the cathedrals, the art museums, Lake Hallstatt, and Vienna."

Lee

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My tour exceeded all pre-tour expectations. Our tour guide Thomas K was excellent! His careful planning, smooth execution, and high level of personal commitment to each member of our group was exceptional and appreciated by all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps."

Kim

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great guide, 'Thomas' that made our tour exceptional. Meals were great, choice of local guides was excellent also. The group we were in were all friendly and helped each other whenever necessary. We really became a close-knit group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two 'wow' moments. The first day coming out of the train station at Cologne Germany and seeing the Cathedral or Dom. The second was the three days we enjoyed in Murren, Switzerland. We had absolutely clear skies (which no one can predict or control, so it was just luck) Our accommodations in both of these places were terrific also."

Myra

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

On day one I knew the tour would be great. Thomas was a thoughtful guy and a great guide. All accommodations were good with excellent breakfast options. The included meals were all special. Our last meal in Vienna was spectacular!! Thomas had special surprises throughout the tour, never disappointing. The extra guides were all great and knowledgeable about their cities. Our tour group was full of fun and interesting people. Thanks for a great trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"“Wow” is hard to define. I could pick “wow” moments every day. The music we heard in Salzburg and Vienna was special. Baden-Baden and seeing Burg Eltz in the fog was nice. The scenery in Murren was beautiful and the sound of cow bells relaxing. Special music - accordion and Alp horn on the patio capped off our Murren stay. Architecture of buildings and artwork in museums amazed. Lake Hallstatt was serene. Wow” I enjoyed it all!!"

Lynn

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized. The group time vs free time was perfect for us as we enjoy exploring on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views of the Swiss alps in Murren and the surrounding areas."

Sean

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the most amazing tour guide, bus driver and local guides. They were all extremely knowledgeable and provided relevant histories and insights into all the areas we visited. I can't imagine travelling to these areas and not getting the education we received along the way. What a great way to experience Europe!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stunning sights from everywhere we travelled in the Murren area were absolutely breathtaking! What a phenomenal place to stay and explore!"

Cheryl

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We really didn’t know what to expect….our first trip to Europe but we have followed Rick for years. This tour far surpassed our expectations. Everything was so well planned and we loved the free time built into our schedules. We learned so much about Europe and met incredible people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the beautiful breathtaking scenery of the Swiss alps from our hotel was certainly a wow moment. It was emotional ."

Michael

Tour: 09/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was all it was cracked up to be - from start to finish! We had taken the Best of Europe tour a few years back and couldn't wait to get back to some of the places we only touched upon during that tour. Switzerland is especially beautiful. Oktoberfest in Munich and Vienna was so much fun. Overall, the food, drink and scenic wonders were well worth the cost of the trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, it was something not on the formal itinerary. It was listening to the Mozart Chamber Music concert up on the top floor of the Fortress Salzburg. From the opening to the final notes, the music was amazing. The setting also contributed to the grandeur of the evening."

Sonya

Tour: 09/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour to Germany, Austria and Switzerland was fabulous! The tour guide Matti was amazing. He was very knowledgeable, had a great sense of humor, and was flexible which is greatly appreciated. I loved those “surprises” we often had, only adding to the already amazing trip. Loved every where we went. It was a beautiful day in the Alps and Oktoberfest did not disappoint. Mary who was in training added to the trip. She will be a great addition to the “Rick Steve’s”family.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can’t pick one “wow” moment. My wow moments were the Alps, Oktoberfest, Lake Hallstatt, the castle - Neuschwanstein and I am sure I am missing some. Matti our tour guide was outstanding being knowledgeable and giving that knowledge at the right time, having a sense of humor, and being flexible. Also Mary who was in training added to the trip. The trip was priceless. "

Dave

Tour: 09/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was top notch; people, meals, transportation, hotels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably traveling up to the Schilthorn summit."

James

Tour: 09/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Thrill walk"

Edward

Tour: 09/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

MATTEUS AND MARY WERE OUTSTANDING GUIDES WOULD LOVE TO TOUR WITH BOTH AGAIN ANYTIME

Favorite "WOW" moment

"MURREN MT SHILTHORN"

Paul

Tour: 09/19/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a magnificent tour with terrific people and two wonderful guides; Matti and Mary were both outstanding! I can’t tell you what I enjoyed the most—Matti’s depth of knowledge and sense of humor or Mary’s kindness & ability to make our visits relevant and personal. I regret losing so many folks to Covid (10), but the overall demeanor and carriage of the group was positive and fun; they were a great group of folks to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can’t pick one; there were just too many: Mürren & the Schilthorn, Lake Hallstatt (sp), Neuschwanstein, Oktoberfest in Munich; they were all magnificent and just a few that stood out. Munich was a wonderful town that I thoroughly enjoyed, and Salzburg was great as well. I may be one of the few, but I also thoroughly enjoyed our time in Köln as well!"

Sonia

Tour: 09/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour. Great guide. I felt the tour was a little rushed towards the end. I would've liked more time in Munich, Salzburg and Vienna and less in some of the earlier cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Neuschwanstein Castle"

Susan

Tour: 09/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved it. Exactly as advertised. Had a great balance of guided tours and free time. I felt safe, and welcomed as a solo traveler.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Doing the Thrill Walk at the Birg stop on the Schilthorn! I promised my granddaughter I'd be brave. And I was!"

Kevin

Tour: 09/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A well packed tour which allowed us to get the most for our buck. Our tour guide Donald White was fantastic and funny. Couldn’t have asked for anything better. I never thought I would make as many wonderful friends. Definitely a bit physical but worth every step,even though they seem to have all been up steps lol

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren by far, especially when we got to see the cows parading through the middle of the town for the annual march down from the hills, perfect timing. Didn’t expect that!"

Scott

Tour: 09/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was spectacular"

Paige

Tour: 09/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Magnificent. This is a rigorous, demanding tour, both in number of days and miles covered. However, it is exactly as advertised on the RS website. A few long bus days, but they provided welcome interludes with wonderful scenery. Lots of walking and exercise in clean mountain air. This tour has some great mid-day stops: Burg Eltz Castle, Mauthausen concentration camp, Franz Joseph’s summer villa. We had a wonderful, collegial group, led by Donald White.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Big surprise—Murren. We enjoyed running into people from Best of Europe 14 Days and My Way Alpine Europe at the top of Schilthorn. However, the GAS tour is the only one of the three that actually stays in beautiful Murren. This rare three-night stay allows lots of free time for hiking. We were fortunate to see the annual parade of cows wearing floral headdresses celebrating their coming down from the high pastures. Also saw a cow helicoptered down to the valley. Big double take on that!"

Shari

Tour: 09/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an amazing adventure!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but my favorite was hiking from Murren to Gimmewald and visiting the hostel that I stayed at in 1989 when I was in my 20's!! Of course in '89 I learned about the Youth Hostel and Gimmewald in Rick Steve's early "Europe through the Back Door" Switzerland was and is the most beautiful place I've ever been!"

Kristin

Tour: 09/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous itinerary, great group, great guide. Perfect time of year to go with Oktoberfest and other festivals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was more than one! Munich during Oktoberfest with the local residents in their traditional dress, the stunning beauty of the Swiss Alps, and Lake Hallstatt - so pristine and picturesque. "

David

Tour: 09/12/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I found many things/locations to exceed my expectations and a few that fell short. I believe that part of my perception in this matter were the length of bus travel vs. number of days stay in a couple of places. As an example, because of the late hour arrival of the bus in Baden Baden we were left with little time to use the spa and/or visit the casino.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely the Swiss alps. Such beauty and the small farms splayed into the tilted fields up the mountain made for a match to the vision in my head prior to arrival. "

Christianne

Tour: 09/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second tour but my first bus tour with Rick Steve’s. Since I had been to all three countries-Germany, Austria, and Switzerland before, the itinerary was different enough that I was optimistic I would get a different perspective on this trip. I was not disappointed. The comfortable bus, expert driver, tour guide Andrea and my other tour mates made this an unforgettable trip. The educational component from our bus talks, to the guides, plus the Rick Steve’s guide book-outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many impromptu “wow” moments- organized and not. I really enjoyed visiting the organic Jersey dairy family farm where a husband , wife and family members make cheese and cosmetics from the milk of their herd. Learning about the sustainable practices of raising their herd, and the cheese making process with free samples was a highlight of the trip. Cheese, soaps, and cosmetics were for sale right from the source. It was so random before a castle visit -that is why the ‘wow” factor for me."

Lori

Tour: 09/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our capable tourguide, Andrea, and driver, Will were excellent leaders on our trip. Andrea was a font of knowledge on everything from history to politics, to cultural norms. She was always upbeat and positive and enjoyed plying us with delicious treats. We experienced 3 festivals along the way, which was a bonus. Our hotels ranged from clean and comfortable to quite upscale. Our group of travelers got along well and enjoyed each other’s company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Lauterbrunnen Valley and Swiss Alps were stunning! I couldn’t get enough of the views of the alps, whether from the valley looking up, or from the alps across to the other side of the valley. Riding the gondola to the Schilthorn, hiking the trails and walking through the quaint towns of Murren and Gimmelwald, watching the paragliders, and listening to the cowbells all were part of the magic."

Rima

Tour: 09/12/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a good balance of urban environments and small towns. We had some long driving days, but they were broken up pretty well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When we arrived in our hotel room in Mürren, we couldn't stop looking out at the view of the mountains. "

Robert

Tour: 09/12/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Loved it .....

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps"

Heather

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Overall we had a great time! The locations and experiences were incredible for for the most part, though there are some opportunities for improvement on a few logistics.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Coming up through the fog on the gondola from Mürren up to Schilthorn and seeing the vast display of the Swiss Alps in all their glory! It felt like we were living in a postcard for the three glorious days we stayed in Switzerland. We cannot wait to go back! "

Wayne

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide, great travel companions, great venues, really enjoyed the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"October fest in Munich. Really a great experience "

Tanya

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was great! We saw so much visually, and learned so much from our guide, the local guides and the sites we visited and our own excursions. There is a lot to take in. We went to bed very tired each night.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Wow" barely describes the beauty of Switzerland. I enjoyed that we didn't stay in a big, busy city. The mountains are amazing-Jungfrau was right across the valley from our hotel-what a sight!"

Joseph

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great sites, great tour companions, great guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The villages we visited, the views on the North Face Trail."

Jennifer

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

An enjoyable trip for sure. Great "Rick Steves" insights to the places to go to, and the fellow tour members were excellent. There were moments that felt hurried, and there was always more to do than time allotted for it. Food was okay, hotels were acceptable. Bus service was comfortable, but seems like the route was not always optimized. Our guide was nice but not the "Outstanding" level I'm used to with Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and Lauterbrunnen Valley of Switzerland. I loved the beautiful alps, and hiking and the "just right" size villages. Octoberfest and Munich was also very memorable, but too short of time in Munich. Lake Hallstatt and Salzburg were amazing!"

Michael

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip. Well organized and gave us plenty of time to do our own exploring. We learned a lot of history about the countries we visited from our guide and local guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Never thought we would come home with so many friends from our group. That was the biggest bonus to our trip. I know many of us are already planning future Rick Steves' trips already."

Karyn

Tour: 09/09/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Beautiful countries,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland arriving in Murren by Gondola!"

Christina

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and first time to Europe. We felt prepared, prior to departure, due to the guidance provided and the tour itself exceeded our expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many hidden gems and surprises along the way however our stay in Murren with hiking opportunities overlooking the Lauterbrunnen Valley stands out as the most spectacular."

Gerald

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was thoughtfully planned and exceptionally well executed. I was especially impressed by the quality of local guides and grateful for the outstanding guide who led the adventure providing essential context for what we were encountering.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty and balance of human footprint with the natural landscape found in the Swiss Alps."

Mary Dee

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my 3rd RS tour so expectations were very high; unfortunately, this tour fell a bit short due to the itinerary (suggest Cologne and Baden-Baden be replaced ), group dinners (improve quality of food), and the guide in Vienna that we had twice (hard to understand). Our RS guide (Matthias), the lodgings, and the group activities were all of the quality that I expected them to be. The brand new bus with a bathroom for emergencies and USB power was over the top wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Switzerland was a wow! Riding the gondola lift to the top of the Schilthorn and hiking the North Face trail were both amazing! We lucked out with the weather and it could not have been more beautiful!"

Sharon

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I'm so thankful for this opportunity! Germany, Switzerland and Austria was a wonderful tour. Everyting was so well planned and executed perfectly. Plus, we were totally blessed with great weather!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the town of Murren was the best! Just getting up there was exciting! But it was so very charming and like a dream! We were entertained by an accordion and Alp Horn, which I had never heard in person, so that was special. A close second would be Lake Haltstat - what a charming place! And a beautiful lake. "

Roland

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything we had expected and more. Our guide, Mattias was great and had a great group with us that made the trip even more fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out balcony in Murren!!"

Chris

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our GAS tour was amazing. Our guide Matthias was outstanding from day one; he had much knowledge and enthusiasm regarding each city visited and Europe in general. We loved his stories, his singing and surprises at each turn! The views were spectacular as well as the food! Our bus driver Jan was funny and kept us safe. WE LOVED OUR TOUR!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely Austria with its unique charm, beautiful views, culture and history."

Joel

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having never been to Europe or on any tour, I was amazed at the ease of travel, the seamless flow of the trip, the convenience of not needing to book hotels, the fantastic sites, the fine food, the quality of my fellow travelers, and above all my tour guide Matthias Unger. Matthias brought every destination, the history and humanity behind it, and are whole group together to provide an experience that I could never have imagined without being with him or his fellow tour guides. Bravo.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Wow" is the view at the top of the alps at the Schilthorn (Murren), Switzerland on a bright sunny morning after a cable car lifting up through the clouds assending to the the summit. "Wow" is also the perfect reflection of the mountains as the fog clears off of Lake Halstead, Austria in the early morning and the sun begins to rise. "Wow" is lifting a mug of beer and singing drinking songs under a majestic chestnut tree with all of your new friends in an outdoor Munich beer garden. Prost ! "

Richard

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was are second RS's tour and we loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Switzerland and the surrounding mountains. The Village of Murren rests 2700' above the Lauterbrunnen Valley and is accessed only by cable cars. I could have stayed here for a week. I have been almost everywhere in the mountains of the US west but have never seen anything like this. We took a lift to the top of Schilthorn Peak, just under 10,000' above sea level. We took hikes"

David

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. The modest group size made for a very comfortable trip. Hotel locations were fabulous and our tour guide Mattias was inspiring, educational and incredubly fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Murren via cable car and being surrounded by the swiss alps will always be one of my favortie memories."

Kelley

Tour: 09/05/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour and we loved it. We learned so much about each country and culture. It was wonderful having the transportation & logistics of each spot provided. We had an incredible, knowledgeable guide (Matthias Unger), with a great sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had many, but I would say seeing the Swiss Alps up close. "

Carol

Tour: 09/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was educational, we saw many places we could have never managed on our own. I did not enjoy it as much as out small village Italy tour for several reasons, but I did enjoy the trip. The amount of people on the trip should have been less, even starting with 22-24 instead. The food was bad, really bad. I am a foodie and I was so disappointed in the group meals. The meals should have been outside as much as possible due to Covid. Our tour guide did a wonderful job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was Murren, I plan to go back to Switzerland. I had never been on a gondola and was scared but they were fantastic. "

Chris

Tour: 09/02/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Saw an awful lot of territory

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps…definitely seeing the peaks and grassy mountains"

Sally

Tour: 08/29/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We did like the places that we stopped at in Germany, Austria and Switzerland - although I think we liked the smaller cities the best. We did like the size of the tour group and the relationships that developed. It helped with our enjoyment of the trip. However, I don't think we appreciated having to wash clothes along the way and that one of the hotels was noted as being "threadbare". However, the hotels were well-located near the center of places of interest..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Of course, the Alps were gorgeous and we had perfect weather - sunny and clear (although rather warm) for enjoying them, but also seeing Lake Hallstatt - it was picture-perfect and the lake cruise was beautiful."

Gery

Tour: 08/29/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a fantastic tour. Our guide, Andrea, was fantastic. She did a great job giving us an insight into the regions, culture, and history of the areas that we were visiting. We had so many different and memorable experiences: riding a Luge, the Open air Museum, lunch at the beautiful town of Beilstein, exploring castles, visiting a Nazi concentration camp, exploring Salzburg and Vienna, and of course, beautiful Lake Halstatt. Our wonderful group of tourmates were a joy to travel with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole time in Switzerland! Gondolas, hiking, entertainment, the incredible views, and the perfect weather. Sitting on a bench on the North face trail having our picnic lunch while taking in the majestic views of the Alps will forever be etched in our memories. "

Veida

Tour: 08/22/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful in general

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The small villages especially a slow walk in Murren"

Craig

Tour: 08/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exhausting but that's what we signed up for! Our tour guides went above and beyond to give us the best experience given the weather, and the local guides were informative and entertaining. Our feet did get tired from all the walking and standing on cobblestones. Delighted to find everyone in tour group friendly, considerate, and earn to help one another. Pleased to find that most locals were fluent in English and that museums provided descriptive text in English.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every time we stepped into a cathedral, and the scenery in the Berner Oberland was breathtaking. But more than that, being there with such a compatible group made every day special."

James

Tour: 08/22/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Occasionally felt rushed but otherwise a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First time views of the Swiss Alps. Trummelbach Falls. Neuschwanstein Castle. Salt Mine."

Sharon

Tour: 08/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall tour experience of Germany, Switzerland and Austria was completely life changing! From start to finish, everything was perfect! From day 1 to day 14, our tour went exceptionally. From the cities, hotel venues, restaurants, bus rides, tour guides, the people we met; all of it was way beyond our expectations!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My “Wow” moment is really the entire trip; from the moment I walked out of Cologne’s train station and saw the mighty Cologne Cathedral. Then the next day climbing to the top of the Cathedral’s tower and seeing the beautiful city below at the banks of the Rhine River."

Linda

Tour: 08/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Selected places to visit were outstanding. The pace of the tour worked out to be great. Hotels were very nice and the tour guide made sure everyone had a great view. The local guides did an outstanding job sharing interesting facts about their city. Meals that were included were representative of the local cuisine and tasted great. Time spent on bus was informative about the history of the area and what we were going to see. Bus driver excellent. Iris our guide couldn’t have been better. Wow!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Really enjoyed Cologne and Salzburg. City sites outstanding. Our visit to Murren was good but rainy. Vienna was wonderful. Overall we enjoyed the other tour members and our time eating local dishes and seeing this part of Europe. Iris provided so much history as did Michael, our tour guide in training. He even sang to us in Germany. Hotels always being located within the city center makes all the difference when on a tour with limited time in each city. "

Sherri

Tour: 08/22/23

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

Cologne was uninteresting. Third Man museum did not deserve the amount of time allocated. Really dislike 1-night stays. Guide said "Not a vacation, but a tour", however, it seemed like a marathon with no time for photos or questions. Did not expect 14 days of ancient Roman and WWII history with no information at all about current industry and farms viewed from highway unless members interrupted guide to ask.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren"

Terry

Tour: 08/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Extremely informative tour. It allowed us to really become immersed in the culture ,with the orientations at each location providing a history so that you were informed as to how it had evolved into the city or village it is today.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but I would have to say the Alps in both Murren and beautiful Lake Hallstatt."

Cherie

Tour: 08/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about this trip was amazing. Our guide, Matthias, was outstanding! He kept the group alive and energized. Always with a surprise around every corner. This was a very well organized tour and everything that was included was beyond my expectations! We were given so much history along with so much fun. I know I would not have been able to see and do all the things we did on my own. I would definitely do another trip with Rick Steves. Thank you to Matthias and Jon our bus driver!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps was awe inspiring and with the view of the Alps from our bed was amazing to wake up to in Murren. Hallstatt was as quaint as I was hoping it to be. It was great to spend the night here and have the bout tour before we went to our hotel. It would have been nice to spend more time in Beilstein, as this was another unexpected pleasure! Seeing the castles was also another wow factor!"

Carley

Tour: 08/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group and a great guide (Matti). Matti made every day special. His surprises (Black Forest Cake, schnapps, spritzers, etc. we’re right on target every time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Mürren."

Erica

Tour: 08/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations! Everything was wonderful, our tour guide Matti was exceptional, our bus driver was the best. The itinerary was as described with many fun surprises added.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was amazing! Staying in Murren, hiking nearby and going up to Schlithorn. "

Laurie

Tour: 08/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized and there were no glitches. I enjoyed meeting and interacting with all the other tour participants. No shortage of fun and good laughs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both the Swiss and Austrian alps. However the countryside in general was beautiful"

Daniel

Tour: 08/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps"

Yvette

Tour: 08/01/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Provided a learning experience about the history of Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cologne Cathedral"

Laurie

Tour: 08/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a beautifully executed tour. Everything went smoothly and the history and context from local guides and our tour leader added richness to the experience. I really appreciated having a lot of time to explore independently after being oriented to a location. It is a smart way to run a tour as evidenced by how the group members headed off in multiple directions to use our free time - so much nicer than being tied to someone else's idea of a good trip. It was such fun to hear what others did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lots of great moments. In Salzburg our tour leader arranged tickets for an optional dinner and chamber concert in the 11th century fortress which most of our group chose to do. It was a venue as unlike any at home as I could imagine."

Jeremy

Tour: 08/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was a fantastic adventure through Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. We saw wonders of nature, learned about ancient and recent history, and experienced the culture of Bavaria, the Alps, and Austria.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The stunning Swiss Alps! "

Pragati

Tour: 08/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves’ organized trip. I have used (I mean sincerely followed) Rick Steves books for six other trips. This was a treat. I did not have to worry about details and I believe that at the end of trip I earned some education credits. This was a trip where guides were historians. They were passionate and knowledgeable. Additionally, in my spare time, I was still able to travel like a local. I enjoyed the company of other members of the tour. We had an amazing group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I will have to say that my “wow” moment was the education I got from all the guides used in the tour."

Jane

Tour: 08/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of our tour, the sites, the guides, the food and the hotels. We were fortunate to have had much cooler weather than much of Europe including the tour that preceded us. Although there was some rain it did not deter us from our enjoyment. We also really enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers and tour guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Trummelbach Falls was amazing and we give our guide Bryan all the credit for arranging a 'non-group' group visit of the Falls! It was loud, wet, beautiful and a 'awe'-some. Our whole visit to Interlaken and Switzerland was more majestic than we could have expected. We also got to vicariously enjoy the experience of parasailing in the Alps from our more adventurous travelmates."

Brenda

Tour: 08/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very educational and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Switzerland Alps for the first time was exhilarating! Our tour guide was extremely helpful, but also gave us so much information about the area."

Beverly

Tour: 08/01/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour guides were great. Everything was well planned and organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Omg there were many on this trip. There was not just one. From the landscape to the food and drinks all where wow."

Barbara

Tour: 07/25/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great! The tour guides we had 2 were wonderful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland…loved we stayed on the mountain could have stayed for longer! Lovely! "

Darlene

Tour: 07/25/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful people, tour guides and experiences. Food choices not to my liking. I don’t eat certain things and apparently did not express properly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland location and activities were favorites. Hiking there was wonderful. Also Lake Hallstatt location was fantastic. "

Dan

Tour: 07/25/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We loved the beautiful and breathtaking scenery, fellowship with our cohorts, the pace of travel, and the amazing guides. Switzerland was a highlight. The food was least enjoyable part of the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren Switzerland and all the breathtaking views and wonderful hiking!"

Joseph

Tour: 07/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved the knowledge and helpfulness of the tour guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the alps. One view was more beautiful than the next. I have hiked a lot in US National Parks, but there was no comparison to hiking in the alps."

Lori

Tour: 07/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable, wonderful tour guides, nice sized tour group, nice mix of small towns and large cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stepping out onto our deck in Murren and seeing the Alps, right there! "

Elaine

Tour: 07/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5th RS trip and it NEVER disappoints. I know I'm signing up for something fun, educational, and meaningful when I register for a RS trip. It never really feels "touristy" since the groups are small and because the quality of the tour guides are always top notch. I especially love the free time to do what I want to after participating in the group tour in the morning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the North Face Trail in Murren and taking in an exquisite view. It felt like I was in a virtual 350 post card view of sheer beauty. Hallstatt was another "wow" moment! "

Barbara

Tour: 07/25/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such an amazing journey that combined breathtaking beauty, culture, history and a TON of family. The people on our tour quickly became our friends and it felt like we knew them forever. Our tour guide and especially the apprentice. We’re also so good and extremely knowledgeable, interesting and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Definitely Murren! It’s beauty took my breath away. I loved listening to the “music” of the cowbells as we hiked many of the trails. Trummelbach falls was amazing. Also, the “Big Thrill” walk was a personal accomplishment for me as I have an extreme fear of heights! Also enjoyed the tine we spent in Munich at Biergartens and Haufbrauer house and our group dinner with cheering as the bartender “tapped a new keg”. Really loved it all! "

Ruth

Tour: 07/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The GAS tour is great, lots of territory--3 countries!-- and experiences. Castles, Alps, luges, and salt mines! It also involves substantial travel time on the bus to cover all of that territory. You do get a "taste" of various places, but not much time anywhere. For example, we did not arrive in BadenBaden until 5 pm, and we left early the next morning. Munich was only 1 cold, rainy day. The RS guide and the local guides were superb.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My granddaughter and I decided to go up the Jungfrau in Switzerland. It was a glorious day and experience."

Jean

Tour: 07/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful trip I enjoyed meeting everyone on the tour. When you take a 14 day trip and see three countries you know going in you will see just a taste. I'm fine with that and loved all we did.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think staying in Murren in the Alps was my favorite. It's so beautiful and majestic that you have to see it to describe it fully. We had enough free time to explore that I feel we all got to do what we wanted. "

Catherine

Tour: 07/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Every aspect of our trip was absolutely remarkable! The itinerary provided an excellent sampling of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, including various cities and sites to visit. I especially enjoyed WW1 and WWII history that was shared by our fabulous guide, Carlos. Each bus ride went quickly as we enjoyed the beautiful scenery, stops, and history lessons. Our group included many wonderful people who quicky became friends and well as travel buddies.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The awe-inspiring beauty of the scenery in Murren as we rode in gondolas, on the train, during hikes, at view points, and outside our hotel room window. "

Scott

Tour: 07/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, it was a nice tour. Carlos gave a lot of great insight about where we were and what we would be doing. The sights we saw were typically very good. Sometimes the travel time between destinations was a bit long, and sometimes the dinner food choices were limited. The hotel rooms were fine. Since we don't spend a lot of time there, they served their purpose. But overall everything was very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had 2. Being at the top of the Shilthorn in Murren, and the view from our hotel room in Hallstatt. "

Darla

Tour: 07/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We can’t say enough good things about this tour. It was our first time traveling with a group and we knew it had to be a RS tour. We definitely made the right choice. The small group, lodging locations, best tour guide ever, and all the little extras not listed in the itinerary all combined to make this a dream trip. Bryan Fellbusch was fun, knowledgeable, accessible, and had a great sense of humor. The itinerary was a perfect mix of structured group activities and time spent exploring alone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Murren, taking the beautiful walk to Hotel Jungfrau, stepping out on our balcony and just gasping at the view. It seemed we could reach out and touch the snow capped Alps. Murren was our favorite stop. The picturesque village with all the gorgeous flowers and lush gardens made every view seem like a postcard. Massive mountains on one side and a rolling meadow on the other. The air was so pure and we loved the backdrop sound of the distant cow-bells. "

Kaitlyn

Tour: 07/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second RS tour and I am already looking into which Rick Steve's will be next summer's vacation. They are a fabulous option for people who like information, like structure to their day, and can't really plan it all out themselves (or don't have the time too!) Rick's tours are well curated, the hotels are great, the included meals are great, and our guide BRYAN was dedicated, organized, smart and funny.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The visit to Mauthausen, a concentration camp in Austria, balanced out all the history, art and culture we were getting. It is important to get as well rounded and full a picture of a place as possible, not just the good food and art museums (which we did in plenty). I appreciate Rick's passion for giving travelers a well balanced picture of a place, through the itineraries he builds and the local guides he chooses. "

Alexandra

Tour: 07/11/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After our first, totally amazing, Rick Steves tour last year, our high expectations were most definitely met! The itinerary and activities were all very thoughtfully curated and extraordinarily well-planned. The 14 days were maximized to the fullest - I feel like we saw and did SO much, without it ever being too much or too tiring. Loved that it was a group of 20 - this size made things very manageable, and the group felt tighter / closer than on our previous, slightly larger Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up to the Schilthorn in Switzerland on a beautifully sunny, perfectly clear day - it was spectacular! Also, really loved the Swiss cows on the mountainsides with their bells!"

Renee

Tour: 07/04/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking across the Lauterbrunnen Valley at the Alps from my quaint outside cafe table in Murren: Eye-to-eye with the mighty Jungfrau! So palpable I felt I could reach out and touch them!"

Wren

Tour: 07/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS guided tour and we had a blast. Everything was well organized and our guide, Mattias, was very helpful and patient with our questions! He was a good history teacher and gave us details on all locations as well as a guided tour. The local guides were also very thorough and passionate about what they do. The hotels were all charming and cute. The group meals were well planned to enjoy local specialties. We had a fun group, from teenagers to retirees. Now friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in Switzerland was a dream come true. The rolling hills and huge mountains, flowery meadows and grazing cows with ringing bells."

Barbara

Tour: 07/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my first Rick Steve's Tour. Our tour guide Matthias was wonderful. It was a great group of fellow travelers and Will, our bus driver was a wonderful driver. Loved the quaint hotels and tour itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking out our window at Hotel Jungfrau and staring at the amazing view of the mountains. Everything about Murren was outstanding!"

Jeffrey

Tour: 06/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was excellent, knowledgeable, helpful, thoughtful. Out driver was skillful. The itinerary was just right.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gondola rides"

Marie

Tour: 06/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first group tour and we were very happy with the experience, especially our guide Thomas K.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and the Alps were the highlight, we understand why it rated the most days/nights and plan to return for a longer stay in the future. "

Julie

Tour: 06/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Thomas was outstanding! We enjoyed our group of fellow travelers very much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I woke up in Switzerland looking at mountains "

David

Tour: 06/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was amazed at the sheer number of importantt sites we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Pretty much all of Mürren nestled in the alps."

Karen

Tour: 06/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Thomas was very attentive, informative, and provided a lot of history on the different regions we visited. We learned so much on this trip which we really appreciated from a historical sense. There were many unexpected “personal touches” added to daily tours that we loved. This was our first and certainly not our last Rick Steves tour! We really enjoyed the chance to explore on our own, and Thomas always had tips and suggestions to any questions we had.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt was truly remarkable tucked away in the Austrian Alps. We rented a boat and toured the lake which provided pure enjoyment of the beauty of this town. Another fantastic part was staying in Murren and enjoying a few days of the beautiful Alps. There was a perfect mix of city and countryside in this tour."

Mark

Tour: 06/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! My wife and I enjoyed the Germany/Switzerland/Austria trip and our guide Iris led a great tour. We had previously done the Medieval Villages tour in Italy and they were both excellent in very different ways.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but I would have to say hiking in the Swiss Alps on a beautiful sunny afternoon. The mountains were stunning, the air crystal clear, and the cows and cowbells were music to our ears! "

James

Tour: 06/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour was amazing. Our guide, Iris, was phenomenal. I always felt like I was getting the full experience of any location we were taken (including our rest stops!). Having taken trips to parts of Europe without a guide, I don't know that I will go again without doing a Rick Steves tour (or, at the very least, a Rick Steves book). This tour was the perfect combination of city and countryside, history and current culture, guidance and freedom.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's hard to choose just one, but I think opening the door to the balcony in our hotel room in Murren is the image that I'll always remember and will constantly retell to anyone asking about this tour. I got turned around going up to the room, so I didn't realize we would be facing the beautiful mountains. When we set our bags down, I saw the door to the balcony and thought "Oh, neat!" and when I opened the doors, I gasped. We'd fall asleep looking out at the mountains each night."

Danielle

Tour: 06/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it exceeded all expectations. Our fellow travelers were amazing people, our tour guide was stellar, our driver made difficult drives look easy, and the tour was the perfect mix of cities and nature, as we hoped it'd be from the itinerary. Iris, our guide, was the heart of our tour and filled our days with humor, kept us on German time, shared her vast knowledge, and took care of us every step of the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was unbelievably gorgeous. The view from our hotel room alone, the view from our climb up the Schilthorn, the view hiking up in Murren and walking the valley, the Swiss Alps are surreal."

Joyce

Tour: 06/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a wonderful trip. Rick Steves Tours took excellent care of everyone at all times, the tour bus was beautiful and very clean, our tour guide was so wonderful and informative. I have never learned so much before on a trip. We thoroughly enjoyed each place we visited in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The whole tour was very well planned and organized. You just didn’t have to worry about a thing. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cathedrals are absolutely awe inspiring. Also hiking the beautiful trails in Switzerland. These were absolutely “wow” moments."

Norean

Tour: 06/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's Tour. It met and exceeded our expectations. So much that we look forward to taking more Rick Steve's Tours in the near future. Everything went smoothly as it was well organized. The sites, countries and cities we toured were almost magical as they are very historical and famous. I wasn't expecting our tour guide to give us such interesting and informative information as much as she did. That was one of the best parts of this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are so many wow moments but some of my favorite was Murren, Switzerland - the scenery and the hikes. We also loved Munich, and all that city had yo offer. Another favorite was Salzburg. We attended a concert at the Fortress. Before the concert was a meal up on the top of the Fortress which offered beautiful mountain views. The weather was perfect which added to a glorious evening. We really enjoyed the open air museum in the Black Forest. Seeing the two castles were both "wow" moments."

Kathleen

Tour: 06/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour was great. The guide was knowledge and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding the luge and the Swiss Alps"

Gary

Tour: 06/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was everything I expected and more. Andris was such a great tour guide, providing us with great information as we traveled and with a great sense of humor! This was our first Rick Steves tour to see three countries we'd never visited and we were very happy with the choice. A wonderful group to travel with!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the Mauthausen Concentration camp was a sobering and eye opening moment. We also loved the hiking and scenery in Murren Switzerland. So beautiful!"

Patrick

Tour: 06/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the variety of sites visited and the diversity of ages in our group. The food was also very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and the Alps. Our hotel room in Murren faced the Alps adding to our "wow" moments. "

Dennis

Tour: 06/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cathedrals"

Christopher

Tour: 06/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was even better than I had imagined. It was nice to have a mix of organized tours and events as well as free time to do things on our own

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking into the Hotel Jungfrau in Mürren and seeing the amazing view of the alps"

Conrad

Tour: 06/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great group of travelers and visited some amazing locations. The weather was for the most part sunny and everyone was in good spirits. Hotel locations were great - walk for a few minutes to the scenic city center. Lots of climbing in the Swiss alps - be sure you and your luggage can handle a couple of flights of stairs. Our tour leader Mathias was truly wonderful - learned a lot from him about the psychology and history of Germany through the eyes of someone who has lived it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting up in the morning and seeing the Swiss alps outside - to someone from the Midwest, this is another world. I felt we had really traveled to somewhere new. Would like to acknowledge the food and drink as well. Many different kinds of quality beer, tasty fresh trout, authentic Austrian goulash, German sausages and sauerkraut, excellent chocolate, pastry and daily bread."

Terry

Tour: 06/13/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Too much time in Cologne. Not enough time in Switzerland.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren"

James

Tour: 06/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Kathleen

Tour: 06/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great tour experience. Matty was an excellent guide - very organized, informative and upbeat! Our fellow travellers were friendly and very good company. Hotels were nice and centrally located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and the surrounding area was beautiful! I also enjoyed touring the old farmhouse in the Black Forest. and the town on Lake Hallstatt,"

James

Tour: 06/13/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a thrilling, bucket list type active tour with an excellent tour guide. The tour covered the gamut of historically significant cities with amazing culture, remote castles, awe-inspiring mountains, and charming hamlets. I thought the itinerary was well designed for the most part as we were able to experience all these different locations. The tour guide, Matthias, was exceptional. He was very professional, outgoing, and had a great sense of humor.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was Murren in the Swiss Alps. Every moment during these three days, I couldn't believe where I was; so much mountain beauty. The trip up to the Shilthorn on the gondola and seeing a wonderful panoramic view of all the snow capped peaks was something I'll always remember."

Thomas

Tour: 06/13/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My wife and I had a great time, and - as expected - the trip went smoothly and was very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every location was so different from the others so it's hard to select a single magic moment. I was in awe of the Alps up close and at the top of the cable car."

Marianne

Tour: 06/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned, covered a lot of great places, and had excellent guides in both Matthias Unger and the local guides. Was great to visit major cities and their main attractions. Was glad the tour included smaller towns and important sites. The orientation walks were very informative and it was great to have time to see stuff on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Mürren, Switzerland. It was nice to be in a small town after being in the city and the landscape is breathtaking. It was great to do a little hiking and go up the Schilthorn. The power of the Trümmelbach Falls are amazing."

Kathryn

Tour: 06/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Matty Unger was great. So glad he is one of your guides!!! Made the trip!!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mozart concert in Salzburg at the Schloss Konzerte Mirabell. It was, wow- we're sitting in this beautiful building in Salzburg & listening to wonderful musicians play Mozart. Also LOVED our stay at Lake Hallstadt, our hotel view & the town were amazing."

Mary Patricia

Tour: 06/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. Guides were very informative and helpful, willing to answer any questions. We were given the opportunity to explore on our own everywhere we went. The bus was always clean and the driver was friendly and kind. The history of each area was very informative and greatly appreciated. I learned so much from our guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cathedral in Cologne, the Schilthorn in Murren, salt mine in Hallstatt and all of Salzburg. "

Tina

Tour: 06/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very interesting, I seen so many different sites and learned so much! The tour guide was excellent. He combined the Germany, Switzerland and Austria experience with history while making sure everyone had a enjoyable time. I will definitely return to Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Swiss Alps"

Lisa

Tour: 06/13/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Matheus (Mattie) was awesome. So much fun. Very helpful and what a great singer!!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mitten! By far the best part of the tour!"

Jay

Tour: 06/10/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was good. The activities were fun and meaningful. It was a good balance between city culture and nature.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Nothing says wow like hiking through the Swiss alps and seeing cows. "

Laura

Tour: 06/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went perfectly smoothly and as planned. Hans was great and very helpful and the itinerary was wonderful, even though I have been to several of those cities it was a great experience and trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and the Swiss Alps. Staying for 3 nights lets us enjoy the Alps at our own pace. Hans our tour guide was great (also our bus driver) and the hotel locations at every stop were excellent! This tour has the perfect balance between cities, nature, and castles/churches. "

Ann

Tour: 06/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the other tour members and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour director, Hans.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "Wow" moment was hiking in the Alps outside of Murren! We had perfect weather and with the blue skies and gorgeous mountains, it made for a perfect moment of beauty!"

Justine

Tour: 06/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, had a wonderful time. Guide was enthusiastic and fun, liked the mix of group activities and 'unscheduled' time to explore on our own. Group was wonderful and I feel that the clear expectations set attract a 'type' of person who is more easy going and active. Also liked the physical activity involved (lots of walking)!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying right in the Swiss Alps (Mürren): hiking, gondolas, waterfalls, drinking cold delicious water right out of the bathroom sink (and water spouts around town)!"

Carolyn

Tour: 06/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. A combination of the history of a big city and quaint villages with amazing vistas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The breathtaking views of the Switzerland landscapes. Pictures cannot capture the grandeur of the Alps and the beauty of the Villages."

Susan

Tour: 06/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything that I hoped to experience happened and so much more. I learned so much about European history!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland knocked my socks off!! I’m from Colorado so do know mountains but these mountains are a whole new category!!!"

Christopher

Tour: 06/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

In two weeks, we had more new experiences and things learned than we can count concerning food, culture, economics, human society and structures (e.g. monoarchies and autocracies), beauty in nature and art. There was about the right amount of free vs structured time, and we generally did not feel rushed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For Christine, in Gimelwald watching a young farm family with their tiny daughter walking into a pasture where their cows were in order to attach bells, and seeing the cows get really excited and mooing when they arrived. For Christopher, it was seeing how a lot of the pieces of European history over the last 400 years coordinated with each other, and being awed by the magnitude of the resources of the Hapsburg dynasty, and how quickly it fell apart at World War I, resulting in establishment of "

Kevin

Tour: 06/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time on the tour. After doing a multi city Europe trip in the past that was all self-organized, it was nice to have all the logistics from city to city handled as part of the tour. This enabled us to focus on really enjoying the sites and focusing on which sites we wanted to visit at each city. Our guide Ruby was incredible. She had a never-ending positive attitude throughout the trip and really helped make the tour experience fun for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying up in the alps in a small town with incredible views right out our windows. "

Bruce

Tour: 06/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great trip! Our guide Ruby was wonderful, we were blessed with excellent traveling companions, and really lucked out with perfect weather.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Swiss Alps from our hotel room was stunning!"

Timothy

Tour: 06/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was a very structured agenda that took a little getting used to. Our guide, Ruby was wonderful

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Swiss Alps and Jungfrau hotel"

Katie

Tour: 06/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed our trip immensely. Ruby was a wonderful guide and we enjoyed all of the scheduled activities, as well as having time to create our own agenda in the afternoons.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were breathtaking! "

Elizabeth

Tour: 06/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent mix of city adventures and small town/ rural experiences. Ruby is an excellent tour guide, funny and encouraging. Enjoyed our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trummelbach Falls in Switzerland was a “wow”!"

Christine

Tour: 06/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Pretty much what we expected after being on a previous RS tour: a great guide, skilled bus driver, pleasant accommodations, interesting experiences and meeting nice people in our tour group

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cows my husband and I encountered on our walk from Gimmelwald back to Murren, watching a young couple with an armful of bells, along with their tiny little blond daughter proudly carrying one of her own, as they cut through a field and disappeared. About 10 minutes later down the path, we saw them far down a hillside putting the bells on more cattle down there. Of course, the Alps themselves are quite amazing!!! Just saying."

Maria

Tour: 06/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Ruby, our guide, made the tour for me. She was so positive, fun and knowledgeable. I had never been on a long tour like this and was very nervous I would have an "odd" guide. She was incredible!! I immdeitaly felt like she was family. I enjoyed the combination of planned activities and free time. It was a great balance. I would have preferred a little later starts in the morning but I understand that is just my personal preference. Overall, the tour was wonderful and well worth the money!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hallstatt. It was as beautiful as I imagined. I would have loved to stay another day there and in Hallstatt itself."

Maureen

Tour: 06/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The structure of the tour was very new for us. We are usually very casual in our travel plans so this was completely out of the ordinary

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Switzerland was by far our favorite stop. We had plenty of time to explore and hike and ride the gondolas and the trains. The scenery was beyond belief. The hotel we stayed in, Hotel Jungfrau, had amazing views from our rooms and the front desk and restaurant/bar staff were wonderful."

Lindsey

Tour: 06/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall, the tour was good. Our tour guide, Ruby, was a blast and really made everyone feel welcome. Most of the Hotels were much nicer than anticipated, which was a welcomed surprise. The only downside to the tour was that the tour itself felt poorly planned. Most days were spent busing through the countries and when we arrived at our destinations everything was closed, allowing no exploration. We would then wake up early the next morning and leave for a different city/ country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Swiss Alps from our Hotel room was unbeatable. Murren in general was the best stop of this tour and offered plenty to see and do with local towns scattered on the mountain side and in the valley. I have never left a tour before and immediately wanted to return to a country, however, Switzerland did have this impression on me. I would love to see more of the country. "

Shelley

Tour: 05/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren"

Katie

Tour: 05/30/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Love this vacation! The tour was very well organized, the destinations were amazing, and our guide and group were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lauterbrunnen valley and Murren in Switzerland. This is the most beautiful area I've ever seen. "

Gail

Tour: 05/30/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything went well. Tour guide and bus driver were great. They were Professional, knowledgeable, nice, always doing something extra for us. Good people on the tour. I prefer the smaller towns to the big cities. Would have liked to go to Rothenburg on this trip. Nice mix of group activities and time on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Swiss Alps. "

Katherine

Tour: 05/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, good variety of activities, excellent guide, awareness of stops, bathrooms and time for a drink or snack.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying at Murren among the Alps"

Barbara

Tour: 05/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized. The sites were spectacular. Food and weather was perfect. The time with the group/guides was very informative and rushed. The orientation walks each time we arrived at a new location allowed us to be comfortable to explore independently in our free time. I think each

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each location had a "wow" moment. Each country has so much history. The landscape of Switzerland is majestic. "

Mary

Tour: 05/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely loved this tour ! Our tour guide Thomas was excellent a real people person , as well as informative, I feel like Thomas was so incredibly knowledgeable on all of the countries and areas we visited ..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Berne Oberland , Switzerland all of it !!! "

Karen

Tour: 05/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thomas was a wonderful guide and the group was so much fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot, but probably my favorite was the impromptu stop that we made at an organic dairy farm. It was so interesting learning what a small farm has to deal with to remain in business."

Merle

Tour: 05/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was a wow moment in every country we visited. Germany The Burg Eltz Castle Switzerland Waking up on a June morning seeing fresh snow on the Alps. Austria The Hapsburg's art collection."

Arnold

Tour: 05/27/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a very good travel group - one of the best things is that Rick Steve's attracts like-minded people who can quickly gel and get along and have a great time together, even during 'free' time. The GAS trip covered a lot of ground, literally and figuratively. The local guides are always great, Cologne was notable. We always enjoy the learning aspect of the tour - i.e. the Habsburg dynasty. Enjoyed getting to know the old cities, the architecture: Cologne, Salzburg, Vienna, Munich etc.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The favorite "wow" moment has to be the Swiss Alps. The 'moment' occurred when I opened the balcony door of our room in Murren, and discovered a panoramic view of snow covered mountain peaks. Nothing better than a glass of wine and enjoying a view that you only get when staying in out-of-way places like Murren (two gondola rides to get up to the town). Truly enjoyable, relaxing and awe inspiring."

Benjamin

Tour: 05/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thomas is an amazing tour guide, he had the absolute best recommendations for food and sightseeing. He really cared about giving us a good experience and did everything in his power to make that happen, it was the trip of a lifetime and I've been to Europe several times, this was the best because of him.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The hotel in Mürren Switzerland "

David

Tour: 05/27/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Outstanding tour guide (Thomas). Great tour for first-timers to RS and the locations we visited. Excellent introduction for those who wish to return to the area. Tour was well organized and executed: Efficient use of time (for example, early arrival at major sites to avoid crowds); good on-site guides; consistency in quality of hotels and meals; nice balance between active (walking) and inactive (time-off, bus, meals); Right amount of descriptive detail provided for each site; adaptability.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The impact of WWII on each city. For me, this turned out to be a major theme of the tour. It was also timely (for color pictures of what these cities looked like after being bombed, look at Ukraine today). The NS Documentation Center and the Third Man Museum (as an illustration of how the war impacted Vienna) were my favorites, as well as seeing how each city was rebuilt after the war. "

Florence

Tour: 05/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Perfect mix of group time and time on my own. Also, liked that we didn't move every day. Size of group excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count. Most unexpected the Mozart Concert in the fortress in Munich. Outstanding!!! The setting, the acoustics, excellence. of the musicians "

Anthony

Tour: 05/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I felt we were treated with care and professionalism. The tour guide was superb. The tour meals were great. The walking tours were well-thought-out. The hotels were nice and well-located.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was most wowed by Murren in the Swiss Alps - from the majestic views to the small dairy farm we visited with a tour from the farmer."

Helen

Tour: 05/27/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour, well planned and executed every step of the way. Thomas, our guide was outstanding and contributed so much to the experience with his upbeat disposition, extensive knowledge and ability to tailor suggestions to the different personalities in the group. The restaurants and breakfasts were all memorable and good. Especially notable was the meal at our lodgings for Lake Halstatt. It was a delicious meal.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Swiss alps when the gondola dropped us off in Murren took my breath away. What an incredible area to visit and explore. The feeling of the snow topped mountains all around me accompanied by the sound of the cow bells will have a place in my heart forever. "

Lesley

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mattie made the tour seamless. The sights we saw were beyond comprehension - to say they were incredible is a vast understatement. There was a solid balance between tour time and ‘on our own’ time. I know it was beyond your control, but the people were amazing - we had lots of fun! The long bus rides were arduous- maybe some thought could be done in reducing that. Several of us did not like Cologne - would rather spend that time somewhere else on the tour route.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland. The Alps were gorgeous but I live in the middle of the Cascades and Olympics. The beauty of that portion of the trip was looking down into the valleys in the area with all the serenity and simpleness. The walks down to Gimmiwald and back from the falls were, without a doubt, the most beautiful part of the entire trip - a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life."

John

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This tour did not have the same feel of my previous Rick Steve's experience. It got off to a rocky start in Cologne, which in my opinion is not the best city to start a tour. There was also a disconnect, at least with me, with the tour guide. More on him later.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up in my hotel room in the Berner Oberland with the doors to my balcony open and an amazing view of the rising sun touching the snow capped peaks of the Swiss Alps."

Rachel

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Such a wonderful trip—truly once in a lifetime. I feel like we fit so much into two weeks that I don’t even know how we did it. The hotels were lovely, our tour mates were great, and the experiences were perfection.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It’s a tie. My jaw dropped entering Switzerland for the first time and seeing the gorgeous waterfalls and grazing cows with bells against the backdrop of the towering Alps. I was also equally impressed when entering our hotel room in Lake Hallstat that overlooked the cliffs and the lake studded with swans."

Mary Ellyn

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized, Mattie was excellent as our guide, our city guides were very engaging and informative, the scenery was breath-taking, the cities like Cologne were unexpectedly historic and had precious artifacts in the various museums, and the group was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking through Trummelbach Falls and experiencing the power of falls through all of the various vantage points. It was truly a multi sensory experience: hearing the mightiness of the falls, seeing the water tumble at the various viewpoints, and then finally seeing the falls tumble into the stream at its base. "

Sharon

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Will

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was a fantastic experience. We were able to see and experience a bit of the culture of each of the cities and regions we visited with time to do some of our own exploring and experience building. Loved our fellow group mates and have no complaints about any of the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The gorgeous scenery in Mürren and the Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland blew me away. Having time to hike and experience the area was a wow moment for sure."

Suzanne

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Matthias Unger, was the perfect guide for our itinerary. He gave us great insight to the culture and history of Germany. The trip details were perfectly executed. Our bus driver made travel between stops easy. Our group was a terrific mix of new friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Lake Halstatt! Our hotel could nit have been more perfect! The location, the back patio for gathering was such a pleasure. Of course, lake Halstatt is a beautiful and romantic village to explore."

Sam

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a whirlwind of extraordinary sites, cuisine, history and current events. It was organized in typical Rick Steves fashion with interesting venues, cozy hotels, and comfortable transportation. There were far too many WOW moments to list each, all expertly facilitated by one of the best guides in Rick's collection and special local guides. The new starting location, Cologne, was a slow start but the remaining of the tour were all sites where we wished for "one more day."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Impossible. The Luge ride; Initial drive into Lauterbrunnen with snow-covered peaks and waterfalls; views from Muren; walk from Muren to Gimmelwald terminating at the Schwartz Monch; history lesson in Munich with Michael; Hallstatt; chamber concert in the Marble Hall at Mirabell Palace in Salzberg. "

Andrea

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was truly enjoyable. We are very glad we had the chance to come. The planned activities daily, when coupled with the free time was exactly the right mix. Our group was a mixture of people from across the US, some who were very knowledgeable travelers. We enjoyed getting to know them. Two weeks was a long time for me to be gone from my job, but it was an awesome two weeks.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably waking up from our hotel at Murren and seeing the view of breathtaking mountains from our window. All of Switzerland was pretty "wow", seeing the quaint village of Gimmelwald, hiking to Kleine Scheidegg and riding up to the Schilthorn were all "pinch me, am I dreaming moments.""

David

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent itinerary and guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire Murren experience and the Hapsburg treasures in Vienna were unforgettable. "

Karen

Tour: 05/23/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves trip and first organized tour and it exceeded our expectations. Our guide Mathius(Matty) was an excellent tour guide, the itinerary gave us a nice mix of cities and small villages, the members of the group got along great and we loved the free time to explore on our own or with others in the group. We really appreciated the experience and passion the local tour guides had for the history and culture of their country and town. We learned so much.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many but if I had to pick one it would be Murren, Switzerland waking up each morning looking out our hotel window at the beautiful and majestic snow capped Alps overlooking the village."

Patricia

Tour: 05/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide, Bryan, was very knowledgeable. It was great to learn the back stories and a lot of the history of the places we visited. Our bus driver was excellent. Not sure how he made some of those turns and curves! Overall, it was a terrific trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren - the Alps were incredible"

Jan

Tour: 05/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour and guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Switzerland"

Christopher

Tour: 05/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent variety of tour stops. Bryan was an outstanding guide- very knowledgeable and informative.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren (even though I’ve already been there!) Lake Hallstatt "

Sally

Tour: 05/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Nice people on the tour. A great guide in Bryan, he was always kind and helpful. He was very smart and able to keep things interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Mozart concert. There were many moments that were memorable. The beauty of Europe was incredible."

Steve

Tour: 05/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a monumental tour! Thanks to our guide Brian, the group really came together as a team - everyone enjoying each other's company. In a few short weeks, I learned more about the history of the region and WWII than I had in all my years of schooling.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Easy One - the view from our room in Murren. Our entire time in Murren was breathtakingly beautiful. A once in a lifetime pinch me am I really here moment!"

Karen

Tour: 05/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great! Bryan was an amazing guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Halstatt"

Diane

Tour: 05/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Bryan our guide was fantastic. His knowledge and enthusiasm made the trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Riding gondolas in Murren. The whole valley was spectacular. "

Troy

Tour: 05/20/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We enjoyed the tour thoroughly. Our guide Bryan was very professional, the cities and the flow of the tour had a nice pace (even though there were multiple times that freeway construction did cause some delays) and the little surprises along the way were appreciated.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren was the wow factor for our tour, by far! Even though the day we went to the top to view the alps was cloudy, we were able to still see some breathtaking views. The town was quaint and the personnel couldn't have been nicer to our group. Our group had fun with the gondolas along with the hiking in the meadows after we went to the falls."

David

Tour: 05/20/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a fantastic time on the overall tour. Bryan Fellbusch was our guide and he was absolutely magnificent. He mixed plenty of history into the places we were visiting and kept everything and everyone organized. Can’t give him enough compliments, this was our first Rick Steves tour and he set the bar extremely high!! We had a great group of people and most of the accommodations were on point.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were amazing in Murren and the accommodations there were perfect and people we so friendly. The other was Lake Hallstatt what a picture perfect place and again the accommodations were terrific."

Marstin

Tour: 05/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our 12th Rick STEVES TOURS and we never cease to be amazed at the excitement, the love of travel, the history and the best people to travel with. Two weeks went to quickly. Enjoy and absorb it all

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Water falls in the mountain, Mürren Switzerland in the Lauterbrunnen Valley/Gimmelvald. Superb hiking, wildflowers and incomparable vistas. The beauty and history old cities: Cologne, Burg Eltz Castle, Halstadt and Salzburg – too many "wows" to list"

Daniel

Tour: 05/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was lead by a very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide named Andrea Wolf. She was excellent and I learned allot of history and filled in many gaps regarding the history of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. We had a friendly group of travelers who were punctual and considerate.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland was my favorite destination. Hiking in the village of Gimmelwald and taking the tram up to the Schilthorn were my favorite wow moments."

Wendy

Tour: 05/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had never been to Germany, Austria and Switzerland before. I saw beautiful scenery. Ate new foods. Drank new beers and wines. Met fun and interesting people. Most importantly, I learned a lot! The history of before, durning and after WW2 of these countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was the afternoon we spent in Gimmelwald. Exploring, wandering, drinking Schwath Monch beer and sharing a cheese board while looking at the glorious Swiss Alps."

Carol

Tour: 05/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The guides, Andrea and Ruby were fantastic. As were the local guides in Munich (history teacher) and Vienna (3RD Man Museum). 29 people were too many for a RS tour.

Dan

Tour: 05/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first tour and first time to Europe. It allowed us to explore without being too stressed with travel and accommodations. It allowed us to learn our preferences. It provided an excellent variety of cities, landscape, history and nature. There were occasions we would have liked more time like the open air museum and Lake Hallstat. We would have preferred having an audio guide In Vienna at the art museum and leave the 3rd man museum separately.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We had our best day walking from Murren to Gimmelwald with our new friends Bill and Cindy and enjoying a cold beer with a view of the alps. The flowers were in bloom and the cows with their bells out in the fields. Absolutely gorgeous day. "

Karen

Tour: 05/16/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded my expectations. Andrea our guide was extremely nice, well organized, engaging and knowledgeable. Loved the cities we visited and the extra touches that I wouldn’t have experienced on my own. First RSTour and would definitely do it again,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the town of Gimmelwald in the Swiss Alps along with the surprise bonus tour of Maria’s dairy farm where her family made cheese on our way to Lake Hallstatt."

David

Tour: 05/16/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We enjoyed every moment, though there were a couple of locations we would have liked more time in. Guides: awesome. Accommodations: terrific. Friends: many new ones made. This tour did not disappoint!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We made a last-minute decision to attend a concert at the Mirabel in Salzburg after a terrific dining experience with our new friends from California. Oh, and the gondola lift to the top of the Schilthorn was astounding. Hard to choose just one."

Steve

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a great time with all 28 people on our trip. We got to learn some back ground on all the people we met. Some history and art, paintings at all the museums. Got to sample some great wine and beer.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Alps were our wow moment. We had three beautiful sunny days and 70 degree weather. Everywhere you looked it was like a painting."

Dale

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our overall experience was outstanding! The sites selected, the time allotments, the travel experience all very well done.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For us the "Wow" moment was our stay in Muren. The scenery was unlike anything we've ever experienced."

Jay

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Ginger

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We waited 3 years for this trip!!! Signed up in 2019 for 2020, again in 2020 for 2021 and then in 2021 for 2022! It lived up to all that was promised! Our wonderful guide Andrea W. was amazing, knowledgeable, fun and inspiring! Our group of fellow travelers were wonderful and kind! I researched all the things to do ( I had a long time to do it!) and it made the trip more enjoyable, interesting and fulfilling!! We wen to bed late and got up early and I never slept on the bus! My dream came true!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day there was a wow moment! 2000 year old Roman ruins in Trier. Our balcony view of the Swiss Alps and the cows with their bells in Murren. Seeing the palace in Munich and the treasury. Neuschwanstein castle with the fall colors shrouded in fog. Beautiful Salzburg and all the Sound of Music places to see! Tiny Hallstatt in the fall colors and Vienna with all the beautiful architecture, museums, and churches! Last, but not least our wonderful guide, Andrea and our fellow tour members!"

Stephen

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had not been to many of the places we visited on this tour. Our experiences seeing new places and meeting new people (both on and off the tour) was fantastic. We have already started talking about which places we want to go back and visit again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of the most memorable may have been the young woman at the cooking school in Salzburg who sang opera during our dinner experience there. Neither of us expected such power and beauty when she opened her mouth to sing. WOW! Even watching her breathing techniques was fascinating. Such a cool and unexpected surprise! Another biggie had to be the beauty of Murren and the Swiss Alps. We had zero expectations for that section of the trip. It was AMAZING, our favorite part. "

Rebecca

Tour: 10/01/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going up the Schilthorn in the Swiss Alps"

Robert

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Mix and Tempo of the Trip was classic Rick Steve's! Better than anyone else in the business.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Local Musician's in Murien "

Peter

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour offered a wonderful variety of experiences, from the natural beauty of Murren Switzerland to the history-rich sites of Mauthausen and Vienna. The tour guide was excellent, making the experience both fun and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The southern Bavaria countryside and the scenery near Neuschwanstein. The fall colors were a great bonus."

Jennifer

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guide, terrific group, fantastic experiences!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking up to the Alps on our first morning in Switzerland…then seeing them from our gondola later that day"

Susan

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific tour guide. Enjoyed the cities we visited, the sights we saw and the hotels that we stayed in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland and sunrise over the Alps."

Justine Kelley

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was absolutely fabulous! The pace of the tour with planned activities and free time was outstanding! The hotels and restaurants we used were top notch and made for a wonderful overall experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps"

Brandi

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thought the tour was perfect in every way! We loved every minute! Our tour guide, Thomas, was truly the best and made the experience top notch. I can’t stop telling my friends how awesome a Rick Steves tour is!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Switzerland was our biggest wow moment. This has to be the most beautiful place on earth! Our room balcony overlooking the alps had a magnificent view. Our private outdoor accordion, yodeling and Alp horn concert (complete with us all joining in a polka train at the end), was also very memorable. "

Robert

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about the tour contributed to the overall educational experience: the cities & towns visited, the in-between stops, the narratives of both the tour and local guides and the clever little surprises sprinkled throughout.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each new venue was a "wow" because I thought hotels, natural beauty, information presented couldn't get any better than the venue we were at - - but they did, every one!"

Patrice

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow! Our tour was fantastic. When I kept thinking it couldn't get any better it did. Our tour guide, Thomas Kreiseler was wonderful. He made sure everyone was satisfied with everything. He went over and above to provide us with the best experience imaginable.He even changed up our schedule due to the weather so we would have better views of the mountains in Switzerland. We had 20 in our group and everyone was great. We had so much fun!. I wish we could be on another tour together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many but if I had to chose it would be staying in Murren and doing the hikes and taking the gondola up to Schilthorn and doing the trill walk at Birg."

Chuck

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour overall. Loved our guide and bus driver. Saw many "hidden gems" as we have come to expect from a Rick Steves tour. A little more bus time than I would have liked and some of the hotel rooms were a bit "quaint" but the tour description did a good job describing what we should expect. Destinations were great. I didn't know Trier's history in WW II until we were driving away and would recommend a little more information about that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the snow covered Alps against a blue sky followed by Lake Halstadt."

Zoe

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I love love our guide Thomas!! He made the trip excellent!! As for the local tour guides they also were outstanding. Locations visited were all fantastic. The exception being Vienna. I like the third man museum and history yet I felt only one day there would’ve been suffice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren, Switzerland and 007 site!! "

Allen

Tour: 09/27/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What an amazing tour. Beautiful landscapes with so rich with history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

" Standing atop Schilthorn Pit Gloria and soaking in the majestic views. "

Kathryn

Tour: 09/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful! We did have a lot of cloudy/rainy days but our tour guide Hans was terrific in keeping us laughing and having a good time! We loved Baden Baden, Salzburg and Lake Hallstatt. The people we met in Germany, Switzerland and Austria were so friendly and I have never seen so much bread in all my life. The tour of Mauthausen concentration camp was so important, you see things like this in the movies but it's so much more being there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was in Baden Baden when my husband and I decided at the last minute to go to the Friedrichsbad Spa. I can't explain how wonderful it felt and believe it or not it was very relaxing!"

Kelly

Tour: 09/24/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We had one of the best tour groups. The cities we visited were interesting. The rainy days put a drain on a lot of the adventures that I was looking forward to and did not occur. Octoberfest was my draw to scheduling this time of year, which was a very rainy day and evening. I would love to revisit Schilthorn and be able to hike the Swiss Alps on a not so soggy and rainy time of year. The visibility at Schilthorn was zero.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Trummelbach Falls were spectacular. With the amount of rain that we were having, the waterfall were fast and powerful. Very beautiful experience."

Gregory

Tour: 09/24/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great overall. The only negative was weather which no one could control. Our guide did a great job getting us through a lot of rain.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Hallstatt, Austria. So beautiful. "

James

Tour: 09/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide, great cities, great hotels, great food, great transportation. Great Tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland!"

Mark

Tour: 09/24/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was good but not great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The natural scenery"

Mary

Tour: 09/24/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Donald

Tour: 09/24/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great itinerary, great fellow travelers, great tour guide. This was our 4th Rick Steves trip and our fellow travelers rivaled the ones we had on our Village Italy in 14 Days tour. It was a real fun group. Hans, our guide, was very witty, and did a fabulous job organizing activities despite the challenge of some bad weather in Switzerland (it was chilly & rainy like Seattle in December).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Flying umbrella handles! (That's an inside joke our tour and Hans will laugh at). All joking aside, it's hard to choose between The Schilthorn, Neuschwanstein, or Lake Hallstatt. All three are "WOW's". From my engineering perspective, the gondolas and funiculars are really cool, too. Amazing how they built those on sheer cliffs -- what a challenge! Going to Oktoberfest in Munich was a blast, too. Hey, it's just hard to distill the trip into a single WOW."

Wallace

Tour: 09/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

highly educational and enjoyable. Excellent guide, great variety and wonderful travel companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Salzburg was a delightful city and Murren Switzerland and Lake Hallstatt, Austria were unbelievably beautiful. The concentration camp visit at the Mauthausen Memorial was beyond sobering. "

Paul

Tour: 09/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Like the other RS tours I’ve done, it ran like clockwork. Very well structured and planned. It goes by fast, then you look back and wonder how did we do all those things!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably meeting a very friendly, kind man at a schnapps bar in Salzburg. He took us to the University Cathedral. There he told us of the rooms acoustics and had us go to the alter. From the back of the cathedral he sang an aria. Amazingly, beautiful! Everyone there clapped. An RS moent!"

Barbara

Tour: 09/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Signing up & paying for tour was great. Enjoyed adventure of getting to Trier & the city itself. There were many unique stops, historically educational & fun things to do: churches, hikes, luge etc. It’s nice having a guide & driver make our vacation run smoothly!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Driving into Hallstatt & seeing the view of a hidden village. The view from our room was beautiful & the town quaint & fun to wander. And…being above the clouds at the Schilthorn..sadly the weather wasn’t great to hike "

Maria

Tour: 09/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing experiences in each city and town. The local guides were knowledgeable, interesting and entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The days spent in Murren was unforgettable. Although the weather was not on our side, we'd all managed to enjoy our wonderful experiences in Switzerland!"

Michele

Tour: 09/20/22

Thank you! GAS was so special, enchanting and magical! Words can't express how refreshing and rejuvenating it was to travel after being an essential worker without a vacation for the past 3 years. This tour was very meaningful to me as my mother was a German immigrant who survived WW11, suffering PTSD; hence a lot of generational trauma resulted. It was so valuable to listen to different personal and political views and overlay that with my experience; the existence of duality. She is home.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh. The Swiss Alps! I can't say enough about the fresh, clean mountain air and water, all the hiking, the views, the farms, the hush when I opened our window out to the dawn and towering white capped mountains soared over a sleepy, twinkling village. Storybook Neuschwanstein Castle (how imaginative and interesting), so special to hike up and down. We loved Salzburg and attending a Mozart concert in a place he used to play and Lake Hallstatt; such amazing hikes/views I didn't want to blink!"

Michael

Tour: 09/20/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, a wonderful trip! At long last, it was good to be traveling again. Eris (our tour guide) was organized, personable, knowledgeable, helpful and humorous (even though she said Germans have no sense of humor!). She had, at least me, back in the groove of traveling with an empty tank and on-time! Beautiful countries all three!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments! But my favorite one was when the gondola cracked through the clouds on what was a very rainy portion of the trip, and we had a 360 Degree view of the top of the Alps at the top of the Schilthorn! Beautiful! Although only for a few minutes it was stunning! Time for a few pictures before the clouds closed in again. And I know Eris worked hard to calculate the best possible time to be there and it worked! "

Stacy

Tour: 09/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

FABULOUS! This was our 2nd RS Tour, and we had a wonderful time. Ruby, our guide, helped us create some great memories that we will treasure for years to come. She has such a fun personality and sense of humor. Johnny, our bus driver, got us safely where we needed to go. We enjoyed him as well. We are hooked on RS Tours! There is the perfect amount of time with the group, and time on your own. We also learned so much history and culture and tried new food, that we wouldn’t have on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps! Even though we were there in 2019 on the BOE14 tour, I think the Swiss Alps will always “Wow!” us! I described the Lauterbrunnen Valley as Yosemite on steroids during our 2019 trip. Staying in Murren was even more amazing. We had lovely, heavenly views from our hotel, and took some hikes in the breathtaking nature that surrounds the area. The cowbells are a treat! And the alphorn and accordion player concert with a view of the alps was just perfect! I could go on and on! "

Matt

Tour: 09/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our second RSE tour, the GAS itinerary and collection of tour mates were all fantastic. Our guide, Ruby, went above and beyond to make sure everyone was getting what they wanted out of experience. One noticeable difference between this and our first tour (2015) was the caliber of local guides, which in this instance really added to the overall quality and content of the tour. Hans/Trier, Michael/Munich, and Bridgette/Salzburg really brought those venues to life with their knowledge and stories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The tour's 3-nt stay in Mürren was the perfect stop between Germany's Mosel/BlackForest regions and what was to follow in Bavaria and Austria. We were blessed with incredible weather during Berner Oberland portion of the tour, allowing opportunity to hike from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg on an absolutely crystal-clear autumn day. Finishing the hike with lunch at Grindelwaldblick's patio tables -- sipping a Rugenbräu with the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau within reach -- was a true moment in time."

Jennifer

Tour: 09/17/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour with exposure to some of the most beautiful areas of the region

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Murren and Lake Halstadt were our highlights."

Sally

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Bryan was an excellent guide, hotels were very nice, Frank was an excellent bus driver!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I opened the drapes in Murren and it was snowing!"

Lois

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Our tour would have been wonderful had it not been for Covid! 15 members out of 28 were removed from the trip (and more tested positive once they returned home. Those people didn't enjoy the whole trip and we, who completed the trip, missed our new friends and felt an acute sense of loss, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

" Lake Hallstatt in brilliant sunshine. We sat by the lake having beer and wine with swans nosing about next to us, looking for handouts. It was so peaceful. We could have stayed there for the rest of the trip!"

Anthony

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Bryan, our tour guide, was unbelievably great - intelligent, informative and often funny. people were all great. The other tour guides were also excellent. The places visited were interesting and historical. The tour meals were excellent. Biggest need would be to have WIFi on the traveling bus. Since we all wore our masks religiously on the bus and around any gatherings one has to guess where the Covid infection started.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both Murren and Hallstatt were unbelievable, Salzburg was really interesting too. Small towns and cities seem to have more appeal that the big cities like Vienna. However, everything in Europe holds so much history and culture."

Terry

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Had it not been for COVID, this would have been an outstanding tour. I think more needs to be done to keep everyone safe. Hopefully I'll have an opportunity to discuss that more in the review.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was finally getting to visit Hallstatt. I'm an amateur photographer and I've wanted to photograph there forever. "

Tracey

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Most of the stops were not "tourist" stops and not expected

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All the "surprises" given by our tour guide Bryan"

Robin

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved our GAS tour. Had so much fun, learned new things and enjoyed meeting our tour group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going to Hallstatt, Austria was my favorite part of our trip. Such a beautiful little village"

Julie

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 1st RS tour. It was a fantastic experience even though our group was decimated by COVID.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waking in Mürren that 1st morning, opening my curtains and seeing all the snow! It was magical!"

Susan

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Unfortunately, my tour was severely truncated when I contracted Covid. Up to that time, it had been a lovely experience. Elke, the local guide in Trier was engaging and informative. I'd have loved to have spent a couple hours in a coffeeshop with her and to ask her more questions. Trier itself was fascinating -- who knew that such a large and thriving Roman city existed on this "western frontier." I wish I had had arranged another day so we could have visited the museum and amphitheater.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lunch in Bielstein. Wonderful desserts and good company."

Maya

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip is a wonderful overview of the three countries. We experienced highlights of the cities visited and had the opportunity to travel with friends who we met on previous RS trips

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in Murren after a snowfall. We had been in Murren 2 weeks before and enjoyed glorious weather and great hiking. This time the snow accentuated the beauty of the mountains and created a new appreciation for the majesty of the area."

Catherine

Tour: 09/13/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Best tour guide ever! Really enjoyed the whole trip.Too bad about the Covid infections ramped in our trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Waterfall inside a mountain in Murren"

Carol

Tour: 09/10/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really enjoyed traveling with this group of people and especially our guide, Hans. We saw a lot of interesting sights and had great experiences such as riding the luge in the Black Forest and touring the salt mine in Hallstadt.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I've traveled extensively in Europe, but not much in the Germanic countries. My favorite sight was Salzburg Cathedral, probably the most beautiful cathedral I've ever seen. (I might have liked it especially because, although Baroque in style, it is slightly subdued and in better taste than the over-the-top examples we saw elsewhere.)"

Derek

Tour: 09/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, the tour is a fantastic way to see a lot in a relatively short period of time. For me, it struck a great balance of quality and quantity. The only experiences I would recommend changing would be Trier and Baden Baden in favor of the Rhine Valley. Other than that, I loved every place the tour took us. The tour guide, Hans, was fantastic as well. He was fun, knowledgeable, and kept the group entertained. If you're looking to see a lot and have it organized for you, this is the way to go!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Stopping to hang out with the cows in the Swiss Alps during an incredibly picturesque hike. The views were spectacular (it was impossible to take a bad picture) and hearing the cow bells (more cowbell) as we hiked with mountains in the backdrop was majestic. The whole experience was unexpected and truly incredible. I left with some incredible pictures, and memories for a lifetime."

Paul

Tour: 09/10/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Reasonably well organized. Definitely a couple questionable hotel and restaurant choices. Guide was very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in Murren Switzerland"

Diane

Tour: 09/10/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

It was a good tour. There were some good moments and some not so good moments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Switzerland"

Helen

Tour: 09/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fantastic. Great guide, excellent group of travelers, comfortable bus with lots of room to spread out. The hotels were all well situated, and the locations and stops in-between were all fun and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking in the Alps alongside cows with their bells ringing."

Kathy

Tour: 09/10/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

another great Rick Steves tour! Our guide, Hans, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. we had a great group of tour members too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Staying in Murren and taking the gondolas up to the Schilthorn and around the valley. We didn't get great weather but it cleared up enough to get some good views of the peaks. "

Amy

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful tour. Our guide Iris was just great, other tour members were friendly and fun, and the trip itinerary was great. We enjoyed the variety of this trip, visiting both larger cities as well as smaller countryside towns. We're already planning our next Rick Steves tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved hearing the cow bells while hiking in Murren, Switzerland. They sounded like wind chimes!"

Kari

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour- a lot of variety and incredible beauty. I was glad that The concentration camp was included. It wouldn’t seem right to travel to this area and not acknowledge the atrocities that are part of the history. Our guide, Iris, was very knowledgeable and this was the most punctual group we’ve ever traveled with. That allows the whole trip to run smoothly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Swiss Alps were even more incredible than I had hoped. Being able to stay in Murren as long as we did was a definite plus. Wandering along the paths from village to village, stopping to pick up fresh cheese and sausage - just perfect!"

Kathleen

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! We had a great first time tour group experience. We had an amazing tour guide, Iris. She was so organized, knowledgeable & able to keep the entire group on task with ease. Walter, our bus driver was terrific, and was missed when he was finished with driving in Vienna. Iris and Walter were a treasured team for us! We loved the size of the group, and were blessed with great traveling companions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many! Switzerland was a favorite for me. Murren was stunning, & I truly loved the surprise Alp horn & music before dinner. Lake Halstatt in Austria was beautiful! I loved the history of each place, both from Iris & the city guides. Michael in Munich was incredible! I could have listened to him all day! "

Dale

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceed my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hiking the Swiss Alps"

Jim

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Outstanding sites visited, tour guide, fellow tourists and bus driver.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The luge ….. just kidding … coin toss - either Murren or Hallstatt "

Kelle

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth Rick Steves tour, so obviously we like them! This one seemed particularly well done, and we had a fantastic tour group. Iris was the perfect guide, and Walter drove the bus with skill and constant good humor. Loved the Switzerland portion enough that I think we’ll return for that tour. We spent time in Bacharach before the tour, and I highly recommend the area.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Lake Hallstatt was my “wow” moment simply because I didn’t expect it to be that beautiful. I enjoyed everywhere we went"

Steven

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our two week tour was wonderful. Iris Andre was the best guide you can have. She was very knowledgeable, organized, and had a great personality. Walter our driver was also great. He was very skilled and personable. The places we went were all very interesting and beautiful. I felt that there was a good balance of group activities and personal time to explore. We were also blessed to be traveling with a good group of folks. It was a great time from day one to day 14.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moments were many. The history of Trier, the hiking in Murren, the concert in Salzburg, the beer gardens in Munich, the boat ride on Lake Hallstatt, and the beauty of Vienna. We really enjoyed the Gutach open air museum in the Black Forest. "

Elizabeth

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The cultural and historical perspective of the area was outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved hiking in Switzerland."

Jeffrey

Tour: 09/06/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved the variety of experiences of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We loved Switzerland!"

Jack

Tour: 09/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first RS tour and it did not Disappoint. Though we had to switch from the main guide to the apprentice guide Thomas. He was outstanding. The hotels were very good especially in Murren and Vienna. More time was need in Baden Baden and the Black Forest and could have done without the local guide in Vienna. Lake Hallstatt was great but, I would not advertise the salt mine anymore that was to underwhelming.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Even though it was very foggy most of the time were at the Schilthorn I will still say the time spent in the Alps. My first look at the mountains was OMG. Walking through the Trummelbach Falls was amazing seeing what nature can do with time. The most amazing thing I recall is the vibrancy of the colors. Going up in the gondolas and seeing how green was the grass. Walking through Grindlewald and the Red in the Roses and the Purple colors. were just so vibrant. Those are my WOW moments."

Pamela

Tour: 09/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed all of the experiences on our tour and the friends & memories made along the way made this a great trip. As usual, the Rick Steves' guides are the best. Our primary guide Matty had to leave our tour and take over another tour, the apprentice guide Thomas took over and was fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The days we spent in the Swiss Alps in Murren were amazing. It is such a unique and wonderful area. Looking out at the mountain vistas every morning was a real treat."

Jackie

Tour: 09/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have come to expect a certain level of organization and expertise on rs tours. This one met or exceeded all of my expectations. Great guide, great itinerary, great tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tough call. Visiting gimmelwald or hiking north face trail we’re definite high points"

Sandy

Tour: 09/03/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful dream come true for me, even with a hiccup in the beginning and losing our main guide Matthias, we were left in great hands with Thomas Kreiseler. It was educational and cultural which is what I was looking for in the tour. There was a few things I didn't care for but it was all part of the experience. It was great to learn about Thomas' perspective on growing up and living in what was East Berlin and being able to teach him some of our American idioms.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing all of the beauty that this world has to offer and not being caught in the politics of it all. From the beauty of the Bavaria mountains, to the vibrant colors of flowers in Berner Overland, to the thundering water at Trummelbach Falls, the mountains in Switzerland, it was just so WOW seeing God's glory."

When To Go & Weather

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

Germany / Munich

Munich Weather


Switzerland / Bern

Bern Weather


Austria / Vienna

Vienna Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

Most tour members arrange to fly into Frankfurt am Main (FRA) and out of Vienna (VIE) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. A direct train from the Frankfurt airport to Koblenz' central train station is about 1.5 hours. Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Europe.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. Consider spending the extra time in the city of Frankfurt or one of the many charming towns that dot the Rhine River. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves tour guidebook.