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Austria's Great Cities

Innsbruck, Salzburg & Vienna by rail
Discover the beautiful monuments and colourful histories of Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna (paradises for cake lovers!) on this self-guided journey by rail through the Inn and Danube Valleys. Explore on foot following our detailed cultural notes and stay in intimate, welcoming hotels.
Austria's Great Cities. 7 nights
Austria's Great Cities. 7 nights

Holiday information


A touring holiday in Austria

Handsome monuments, colourful histories, and streets that take you back in time, combine to give Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna a special allure. These are, arguably, Austria’s three greatest cities, with much to intrigue and enthral, and our choice of intimate, family-run hotels only adds to the appeal of this wonderful holiday.
You journey between the cities by rail from west to east so that you start with the smallest and finish in the culturally absorbing capital. With a full day in each to explore (two in the case of Vienna), you can gain a feel for their very different characters.
Surrounded by towering peaks which provide a dramatic backdrop to the historic buildings, in Innsbruck there is no escaping the fact that you are in the heart of the Alps. If Innsbruck is dominated by mountains, Salzburg, meanwhile, is dominated by music – the rich culture of this vibrant, cosmopolitan city is inextricably linked with that of its most famous son, Mozart. Last, but by no means least, is graceful Vienna, where an abundance of palaces harking back to the city’s imperial past is outnumbered only by the traditional coffee houses, whose large windows, marble-topped tables and array of delicious cakes make them the perfect place to indulge in some people-watching for an hour or two.


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Innsbruck
    Night 1: at Hotel Maximilian (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Innsbruck
    Explore Innsbruck on our self-guided walking tour. Emperor Maximilian I, who reigned from here in the late 15th century, left his mark on the city in the form of numerous grand monuments, not least the Goldenes Dachl (the 'Golden Roof' is a covered balcony clad in 2,657 gilded copper tiles from which his courtiers could look over the square below) and the Cenotaph (an empty tomb surrounded by 28 impressive statues). Pay a visit to the City Tower, whose onion-shaped dome affords splendid views, and the Baroque Cathedral, a justly popular draw. You can’t fail to be impressed by the Hofburg Palace, whose opulent Giants’ Hall is probably the most magnificent room in the Alps, or the locally produced Swarovski crystal, whose polished facets have dazzled the world.
    Plenty of choice for refreshments in the Old Town
    Ornate gothic Hofkirche
  • Innsbruck to Salzburg
    Today’s scenic two-hour rail journey takes you north-east through the picturesque Inn Valley and past the dramatic Emperor’s Mountains to reach Salzburg, the mellifluously musical city of Mozart where you spend two nights at the Altstadthotel Wolf-Dietrich.
  • Explore Salzburg
    Salzburg’s Old Town is a place to stroll at leisure, discovering Baroque churches and elegant squares. The main sights include the Residenzplaz – on which stand the magnificent Baroque cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and Glockenspiel, which rings its 35 bells several times daily – and Mozart’s childhood home, which is now a museum. Once you’ve admired the splendid Baroque architecture, make the most of Salzburg’s magnificent mountain setting by walking to the Richterhöhe viewpoint, offering a fabulous panorama of Hohensalzburg Castle, which is also worth a visit.
    Tempting delicacies in the Old Town market
    Views from the Hohensalzburg Fortress
  • Salzburg to Vienna
    Leaving Salzburg, you head by rail to Linz, from where the train follows the River Danube and passes through the famous Vienna Woods before reaching Austria’s compact and cosmopolitan capital, Vienna, after three-and-a-quarter hours. Here you check in to the Hotel Kaiserhof for your final three nights in this, ‘the world’s most liveable city’.
  • Explore Vienna
    In Vienna, an appreciation of the finer things in life has spanned the centuries, and an abundance of palaces harking back to the city’s imperial past is outnumbered only by the charming Heurigen (wine taverns) dotted among the vineyards in and around the city. You have two full days to explore the Austrian capital and to soak up its unique atmosphere: highlights include the vast Schönbrunn Palace, in whose Hall of Mirrors the 6-year-old Mozart astonished the Empress Maria-Theresa with his precocious talents, and the Spanish Riding School. But leave time to relax amid the characteristic charm of a traditional Kaffeehaus, whose coffee-and-cake ambience – all marble surfaces, newspaper tables, round-backed Thonet chairs and gliding, immaculately dressed waiters – seems to induce a unique sense of sedate satisfaction.
    Relax in the charm of a traditional Kaffeehaus
    Graben street


All three hotels are very well located for visiting the main sights.

Please note: most beds in Austrian hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.

Extend your stay

Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 April 2022 - 31 October 2022

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 28 Apr 2022 £995 £345
    29 Apr - 30 Sep 2022 £1095 £360
    1 - 24 Oct 2022 £1025 £345
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    ADD £36pp/n (£42pn in single room) for stays in Vienna 3-7 Apr, 26-28 May, 3-5 Jun, 16-18 Jun & 7-18 Oct 2022

    Included travel: Innsbruck–Salzburg–Vienna by rail
    Upgrade option: add £94pp to upgrade to first-class rail travel

    Pay locally for taxis between railway stations and hotels.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Kaiserhof, Vienna
    Junior suite: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2022 £45

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Altstadthotel Wolf-Dietrich, Salzburg (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2022 £76 £82
    01 May - 15 Jul 2022 £94 £102
    16 Jul - 31 Aug 2022 £114 £130
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2022 £94 £102
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2022 £79 £83
    Hotel Kaiserhof, Vienna (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2022 # £124 £175
    01 Jul - 04 Sep 2022 £118 £160
    05 Sep - 31 Oct 2022 # £124 £175
    # ADD £36pp/n (£42pn in a single room) for stays in Vienna 3-7 Apr, 26-28 May, 3-5 Jun, 16-18 Jun & 7-18 Oct 2022
    Innsbruck for the outward flight; Vienna for the homeward flight
    Munich (for the outward flight)

    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Munich or Vienna.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Innsbruck jet2 
    Birmingham - Munich Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Birmingham Austrian Airlines,  Eurowings 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Innsbruck jet2 
    Bristol - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Bristol easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Innsbruck (via Gatwick) British Airways 
    Edinburgh - Munich easyJet,  Eurowings,  Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Edinburgh easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Glasgow - Munich Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    London City - Munich British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Innsbruck easyJet 
    Gatwick - Munich easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Gatwick British Airways,  easyJet,  Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Innsbruck British Airways 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Austrian Airlines,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Innsbruck (via Vienna) Austrian Airlines 
    Heathrow - Munich British Airways,  Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Heathrow Austrian Airlines,  British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Innsbruck TUI 
    Luton - Munich easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Luton easyJet,  Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Munich easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Stansted Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Innsbruck jet2 
    Manchester - Innsbruck (via Frankfurt) Austrian Airlines,  Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich easyJet,  Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Manchester Austrian Airlines,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Innsbruck (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Munich Lufthansa 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Düsseldorf) Lufthansa 
    Return route Airline
    Vienna - Newcastle (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Munich or Vienna.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above except those operated by Ryanair. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Innsbruck

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    bus or taxi from airport to hotel (0h20) pay locally flexible
    Homeward route
    not recommended in this direction

    Connecting travel options - flying via Munich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Munich airport to Innsbruck (2h50) £64 1600
    Homeward route
    not recommended in this direction

    Connecting travel options - flying via Vienna

    Outward route
    not recommended in this direction
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    bus or taxi from hotel to airport (0h30) pay locally flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts
  • city maps and notes for walking tours
  • detailed cultural information
  • rail travel Innsbruck-Salzburg-Vienna

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.

  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least proving your vaccination status or taking a test in order to travel.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
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  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
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  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out a policy with our recommended provider (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Austria, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • (Austrian) German is the most commonly spoken language. The currency is the Euro. Austrian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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