The following day, your journey begins with a short walk to the nearest suburban SBahn station for the 4-minute ride to Munich’s OstBahnhof in time for the lunchtime Eurocity departure towards Ljubljana and Zagreb.
You are treated to 4-and-a-half hours of picturesque scenery on a series of historic railways, starting with the Bavarian Maximilian’s Railway, opened in 1840 and named after King Maximilian II of Bavaria. The line crosses a patchwork of fields and passes the ancient Ebersberg Forests.
The next hour-long stretch of scenery to Salzburg is more interesting, crossing the River Inn then, a few minutes later, passing along the northern shore of Lake Simssee, before passing through more farmland and forest. This is followed by a section of marshland with views towards the pine-cloaked Chiemgau Alps. 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 Mozart's city, the train follows the course of the Salzach River between Bavaria’s Berchtesgadener Mountains on the right of the train and Austria’s Salzkammergut Mountains on the left.
Eventually, the Tyrol railway gives way to the Tauern line that follows the narrow, winding Gastein Valley towards the high mountains. An 8-kilometre tunnel whisks you under the Tauern Pass and you emerge in Austrian Carinthia with views to the snow-capped Hohe Tauern Mountains.
You arrive in Villach in the late afternoon for a 40-minute transfer across the border to The Lakes & Julian Alps
walking holiday. 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.