The family run 4* Hotel Torbrau
is one of the most historic inns within Munich's Old Town, dating from the 15th Century, close to Marienplatz, Munich's oldest and largest public square, brimming with character, cafés and traditional beerhalls serving hearty Bavarian specialities.
The following day, your journey begins with a 4-minute walk to the nearest suburban SBahn station to take a 4-minute ride to Munich’s OstBahnhof in time for the lunchtime Eurocity departure towards Ljubljana and Zagreb.
From Munich, you are treated to 4 and a half hours of scenery on a series of historic railways all the way to Slovenia. Leaving the Munich suburbs behind, you join the Bavarian Maximilian’s Railway, opened in 1840 for the Royal Bavarian State Railway and named after King Maximilian II of Bavaria. The line crosses a patchwork of fields and passes the ancient Ebersberg forests on the left of the train on the approach to Rosenheim.
Turning east from Rosenheim, the next hour of scenery to Salzburg is more interesting, crossing the River Inn then a few minutes later passing along the northern shore of Lake Simssee, crossing more farmland and forest then cutting through the Kendlmühl-Filz marshlands with views across to the pine-cloaked Chiemgau Alps on the right of the train. These mountains accompany you almost as far as the Salzach River which forms the border with Austria. Shortly after crossing the border, the train rolls into Salzburg’s Hauptbahnhof.
From Salzburg, you follow the Salzburg-Tyrol railway, commissioned in the 1870s for Emperor Franz Joseph II. Heading due south from Salzburg, the train follows the course of the Salzach River between Bavaria’s Berchtesgadener mountains to the right of the train and Austria’s Salzkammergut mountains to the left.
Passing Schwarzach St Veit, the Tirol railway gives way to the Tauern
line following the narrow Gastein valley winding towards the high mountains to enter the 8km tunnel under the Tauern pass. You emerge from the tunnel in Austrian Carinthia with views to the snow-capped Hohe Tauern mountains on the left of the train.
You arrive in Villach in the late afternoon for a 40 minute transfer across the border to The Lakes and Julian Alps
. For the In the Shadow of the Julian Alps
cycling holiday you continue on the train for another hour to Lake Bled where you have a 10 minute taxi ride to your hotel.
Our Hidden Italy & Slovenia
is accessible by Eurostar and TGV to Turin ( see our Travelling to Italy page for full details) and an overnight stay in Turin. From Turin, take an early morning direct Frecciarossa
train across the Lombardy plains to arrive in Venice before lunch. From Venice, you continue by half hourly Regional
train to Udine (approx 2 hours) where you change to the private Udine-Cividale line to complete the journey.