From Sleeping Beauty’s castle to the Sound of Music and Viennese pastries, this 12-night vacation offers the best of Austria for families. Austria envelops and lures you in with its mountains and palaces before giving you all the space and freedom you need to explore as a family. A journey here is always a shared adventure.
Munich – Relaxing in Bavaria
Landing in Munich reduces your travel time versus landing in Vienna. Therefore, you will land in Bavaria’s capital, where there is also a lot to see and do. A guide will transfer you to your accommodation in the heart of the city. When you are ready, your guide will lead you on an orientation walk of the neighborhood. Grand markets may entice you with their smells and sounds, side streets will be covered in small cafes, and you can’t go far without seeing a sausage-selling street merchant. Not much will be planned for today, and it is hard hard to predict your children’s mood after such a long journey.
Munich – Crafts and Giant Pretzels
This morning, you can take a walk through Munich’s Old Town. Artisanal crafts spill from the stalls of Viktualienmarkt, offering everything from mechanical toys to chocolates and intricate bells. Not everyone can drink a stein in the legendary Hofbrauhaus beer hall, but it is a fascinating place to see. As you hoist a liter-sized mug, your children can chomp through a giant Munich pretzel. Afterward, you can all explore the rest of the city. One full day is not enough to see it all, so your guide will tailor an afternoon to your interests. The evening will be left free, and you will find a handful of excellent restaurants within walking distance of your hotel.
Zell Am See – Castles That Inspired Disney
Sleeping Beauty’s castle stands in the forested hills of Southern Bavaria. Some of you may recognize it from Disneyland as well, except it predates the animator by almost 50 years. Neuschwanstein was the home of King Ludwig II, who was the mad ruler who built himself many castles. Today, you can venture into the fantasy land and explore its interior. It all resembles a fairytale, and it will feel like a fairytale when you journey to a picnic spot in the foothills of the Alps. Eventually, you will arrive in Austria.
Zell Am See – Villages and Mountain Valleys
Icy mountain peaks cast shadows across wooden cottages. Zell Am See is a small wooden town in the Alps and a starting point for all kinds of adventure. Today, you will cycle between villages and folk art museums in the mountains. A local guide will lead you in many directions based on your energy levels. One good option is to get a one-way transfer to Bramberg before cruising back to Zell Am See, which is a journey that is mostly downhill. Like each evening here, you can sit by the fire and watch the mountains turn to silhouettes.
Zell Am See – Above the Clouds
Your three days in Zell Am See will be flexible. It will cover the region’s iconic adventures, and a morning cable car journey above the clouds will be one of them. During this adventure, you can ascend before hiking along the narrow trail to Schmittenhohe. You can travel at your pace on a route that can be tackled by most children over ten. The fresh alpine air will keep you energized, and a view across the lakes may leave you spellbound. You can choose to paraglide back down if you are in the mood for an adventure. Down at the lake, you will have a cruise on Zeller See lake.
Zell Am See – Tobogganing and Alpine Adventure
The toboggan course is open year-round and brings out the child in everyone. This is the sort of adventure that some kids want to do again and again. This is an unmissable experience if you have active and energetic children. The rest of the day can then be tailored to your interests. For example, you can cycle to the market town of Saalfelden, hike through alpine forests, or admire the view from your wooden chalet.
Werfen – Rafting and Postcard Villages
Today, you will spend the night in Werfen, which is a charming town filled with small churches. The bells chime through the evening, and the cobblestone square is packed with excellent restaurants. To get there, you will have to get wet. You will white-water raft down the Salzach River, which is a trip of thrills, spills, and epic waterfalls. You will follow the water all the way to Grossarler Ache, which is another place for family selfies. You will reach Werfen by mid-afternoon, and it is a great place to bring your heart-rate down after some energetic days.
Salzburg – Falconry and Skywalk
A hawk may soar through the air and land on your glove. After breakfast. you will have a falconry lesson before kayaking on the calm water of Hallstatter See. You will cross the lake to reach a small village that is dominated by the aromas of hearty food for a traditional Austrian lunch. After your feast, you will slide quickly down the wooden slides into Hallstatt Salt Mine. While it can feel claustrophobic to some, it is always a memorable experience for children of all ages. Afterward, you can venture to a skywalk, where a 360-degree view is so good that it is on the tentative World Heritage list.
Salzburg – The Best of Salzburg City
This morning, you can have a leisurely breakfast before beginning the day’s adventures. Salzburg city is easy to explore in half of a day, especially the key sites that keep everyone entertained. You can admire the architecture, marvel at the size of the cathedral, and rest your legs on a terrace. You will then have a few choices for the afternoon. You can visit Hohensalzburg Fortress or partake in a lesson on how to make apple strudel. This is the city of Mozart, so the evening can involve a concert, or you can keep things quiet on the town square.
Salzburg – A Sound of Music Tour
The hills are alive, and today, you will embark on a Sound of Music Tour. Julie Andrews’s voice will ring through your ears when you explore the foothills around Salzburg. The story of the von Trapp family interlinks with the story of the city, so the original shooting locations are more than just settings from a 1965 movie. You can discover the basilica from the wedding, the mountain view from the opening credits, the palace where they used to sing, and the house where family life unfolded. You can also choose to travel by bicycle or be taken around in a rickshaw.
Vienna – Sample Famous Pastries
After breakfast, you will travel through the mountains on a train across Austria. It will be a delightful journey of snowy peaks and gushing rivers. Eventually, you will arrive in Vienna, which was once the capital of a land far larger than modern-day Austria. The city center may seem to come from a movie with palaces and Jugendstil architecture in view. After a short transfer to your hotel, the day will be free. There are so many impressions to enjoy by taking a stroll. You can energize yourself in one of the city’s 19th-century cafes.
Vienna – Behind the Scenes
Today, you will explore the city of empire and excess. You will visit Hofburg Palace, where imperial apartments set the scene for the tale of princesses. You can also go behind the scenes at an opera house, where you will get a glimpse of the galleries where royalty would watch a young Mozart play. You can also visit one of the places in MuseumsQuartier, which hosts more than a dozen museums. Then, you can spend the afternoon mixing cafes with Jugendstil buildings, sipping coffee where Europe’s cafe scene was born, or walking between old buildings that catch the eye of the young and old.
Vienna – Departure
You will fly out of the country’s main international airport after breakfast.
- Cycle through the Austrian alps on rides that can be tailored to your energy levels with stops to explore traditional villages
- Explore the castle that inspired Disney and Sleeping Beauty by entering the almost fictional world of King Ludwig and his Neuschwanstein
- Ride a toboggan in Zell am See and try falconry in the mountains near Werfen
- Relive the Sound of Music with a private tour around the hills of Salzburg
- Try white-water rafting on the Salzach, cruise serenely on Zeller See lake, and slide underground into Hallstatt Salt Mine
- Indulge in local foods, such as Viennese parties in ornate cafes and giant pretzels in Munich’s markets
- Discover the highlights of Vienna with two days in the Austrian capital, including an opera house and a palace for princesses
- Customize your adventure in the Austrian alps, which can include a cable car ride and various potential hiking trails
- Fly in to Munich and spend two days getting to know the capital of Bavaria
Handcrafted for active families, this 12-night tour is designed to be flexible. On most days, you can adjust the pace and activities to your energy levels, choosing something more adventurous or more serene. Guides can be ever-present or discreet, allowing plenty of time for you to be with your family.
This one-way Austrian tour will begin in Bavarian Germany, where the large international airport reduces your travel time in Austria. You can take two days to discover the city, including the vast Nymphenburg Palace and some enormous pretzels. You will then travel south on day three, stopping at King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle, which is a structure that you may recognize from Disneyland or Sleeping Beauty. Munich is barely an hour from Austria, and you cross the border to Zell Am See, which is a tranquil town in the heart of the mountains.
The following day, you will go cycling through small villages before taking a cable car for incredible panoramic views. On a quiet afternoon, you can cruise across the lake and watch the reflections glisten on the glassy surface. The next morning, you can try tobogganing. After four nights in Zell Am See, you will stay in the mountains to enjoy a white-water rafting adventure. All this time in the mountains will be ideal for using up your children’s energy.
After some falconry and a skywalk, you will reach Salzburg. Here, you can spend three nights in the city that was made famous by music. Maybe your children do not remember the Sound of Music, but they will certainly know about Julie Andrews after a private tour that leads you to the main filming sites. You can get to know this cobblestone city before taking a train through the Alps to Vienna. Pastries will help energize you for the opulent streets, where the palaces and museums can appeal to a range of ages.
$3,895 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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