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Journeys in SlowMotion in Austria

  • Slow Motion journeys in Austria
  • Slow Motion journeys in Austria
  • Slow Motion journeys in Austria
  • Slow Motion journeys in Austria
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  • A journey across the Alps Across the Alps
    From Germany to Italy by rail, taking in Munich, Innsbruck, Verona and Venice.
  • A journey linking Austria's Great Cities Austria's Great Cities
    Experience three very different cities – Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna – by rail.
  • great cities & mountain splendour
  • memorable journeys by rail through Alpine grandeur
  • explore Innsbruck, Salzburg & Vienna
  • unrivalled Tyrolean hospitality on the shores of Achensee
  • connect with Munich & the cities of northern Italy

 

Austria is a country that is largely – though by no means exclusively – defined by its mountains. Right at the heart of the Alps, it’s something of a European crossroads, fostering connections between people and cultures that might otherwise be divided by a barrier of soaring peaks. Sprinkled with jewel-like lakes and laced with broad, fertile valleys, the landscape is a dream for the modern-day traveller: poke around picture-book villages; discover the great cities of Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna; and go hiking amid the glory of the Tyrol. Wherever your travels take you (northern Italy and Bavaria are within easy reach by rail), you can be assured of that quintessentially Austrian sense of warm hospitality, and a distinctly Alpine spirit of adventure.

Read on to discover more of what Austria & the Alps have to offer...

München Macht Appetit

Munich, the Bavarian capital, is a quite delicious place to be. Affluent yet affordable, calm and yet vibrant, it has historic charm and cutting-edge style, and easy-going, fun-loving locals whose lifestyle is the envy of Europe. Join them at the Viktualienmarkt’s tempting food stalls, and wander from one elegant square to the next, rubbing sculptures' noses for luck. Then seek out the Weisses Bräuhaus, one of the city’s magnificent beer halls, to toast the Benedictine monks who gave Müncheners their beer and the city its name.

Fairy-Tale Innsbruck

Standing in the cobbled streets of Innsbruck's Altstadt, it feels as though you’ve been given a walk-on part in a fairy story. The Nordkette mountains seem so close you could touch them, while frescoed buildings surround you and the Golden Roof balcony draws crowds like moths to its flame. Straddling the River Inn, Tyrol’s capital lies at the very heart of the Alps. Its Habsburg Palace and Baroque cathedral enthral visitors, and while its Swarovski crystal dazzles the world, bells from the famous Grassmayr Foundry spread the fairy-tale message far and wide.

Achensee - Jewel of the Tyrol

Alpine pastures, valleys carpeted with dense forests, a majestic mountain backdrop, and Achensee – whose emerald waters never completely freeze. Here, framed by such Tyrolean grandeur, nestles lakeside Pertisau and the fabulous, 4-star Hotel Wiesenhof – a walking base that is almost without equal. Inviting paths lead around the lake, through lush meadows and along panoramic ridges, while boats, cable cars and a cog railway ply the waters and surrounding slopes. The hotel’s kitchen and spa, meanwhile, provide sublime food for both body and soul.

Storybook Salzburg

In a spellbinding setting alongside the Salzach river, Salzburg – with its graceful domes and spires, its formidable castle crown and the mountains beyond – is an Austrian prince of a city. Its illustrious musical heritage is omnipresent: coaches glide by, emblazoned with images of Julie Andrews; classical melodies waft from open windows; and the traditional, chocolate-and-marzipan Mozartkugeln (named after the city’s homegrown genius) sell like hot cakes. At the century-old Marionettentheater, the acting might be a little wooden, but the soundtracks – featuring operas, ballets and even The Sound of Music itself – leave audiences in raptures.

Oh, Vienna!

The word Gemütlichkeit is hard to translate, but perhaps finds perfect expression in the elegant and gilded Austrian capital, and its cosy and comforting Kaffeekultur. This state of warmth, wellbeing and good cheer scarcely needs to be summoned up in a Viennese café, whose coffee-and-cake ambience – all marble surfaces, newspaper tables and gliding, immaculately dressed waiters – seems to induce a sense of sedate satisfaction, as if by magic. Its importance to this cosmopolitan and highly artistic city is such that it has been listed by UNESCO as ‘a place where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill.’

Through the Brenner Pass

The train ride through the Brenner Pass, linking Austria to Italy as you pass from northern to southern Europe, is one of Europe’s great railway journeys. Replete with both stupendous scenery and historical significance, it follows the route of the old Austro-Hungarian Brenner Railway, the first train to traverse the Alps, winding up to an altitude of 1,371 metres at the pass itself before beginning a gentle descent into Italy, skirting Lake Garda en route to Verona.
To delve deeper and linger longer, we suggest:
Across the Alps
Journey in Austria
From Bavaria to the Venetian Lagoon
Just as the Alps transcend national borders, so too does this cultural journey by rail, taking in Munich, Innsbruck, Verona and Venice.
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Austria’s Great Cities
Journey in Austria
Innsbruck, Salzburg & Vienna
Handsome monuments and colourful histories combine to give the three splendid cities featured on this journey by rail a special allure.
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