Day 1: Wurzburg
In 1st-class, on board of the High-speed (ICE-) train, you will travel from Frankfurt Airport Terminal directly to the city of Wurzburg. Your hotel is located in walking distance from the Rail Station. Visit the Residence (admission included, free English-speaking tour) and the charming Old Town of Wurzburg. Wurzburg´s Christmas market is very atmospheric, the wooden stalls decorated with lights and Christmas ornaments!
Day 2: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
In the morning take a train to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of Germany's most beautiful mediaeval cities with a very charming Christmas Market! Taking a walk thru this charming little town is truly a journey back in time. Marvel at the half-timbered buildings and at town walls which are withstanding time since hundreds of years, protecting the city since the Middle Ages. Visit the town's most famous spot, the Ploenlein square, probably the most photographed place in Rothenburg. In Rothenburg you also find the Christmas Museum (admission included) with an exhibition showing Christmas tradition in Germany. Before you join the English-speaking tour with the Night-Watchman (a true highlight!) visit the charming Christmas Market (Reiterlesmarkt) which is located in front of the historic Town Hall.
Day 3: Nuremberg
By regional rail you will get to Nuremberg. Your hotel is located in walking distance to Nuremberg Main Station. The “Christkindles Markt” (Christ Child´s Market) in Nuremberg is among the most famous Christmas Markets in Germany. Held on Hauptmarkt square, one can enjoy the delicious Nuremberg Bratwurst while marveling at the beautifully decorated stalls offering local and traditional handicrafts and specialties in a mediaeval atmosphere. In midst the charming Old Town you find the Imperial Castle - one of the most important imperial palaces dating from the Middle Ages from the 11th century (admission included).
Day 4: Munich
By High-speed ICE (1st-class) it only takes about an hour to Munich. Your hotel is located in walking distance to Munich Main Station. Munich, famous throughout the world, is the Bavarian metropolis, close to the Alps and in the heart of Europe. Where to begin when one wants to name places to see and things to do in this extraordinary city which like few others combines modern life with lively history. There is Munich's old town where 850 years of history are showing off; there is the Marienplatz (Marien square) where the Christmas Market is located since the 14th century. Use your all day pass for unlimited free use of the public transportation system (Subways, trams, busses) for sightseeing within Munich (e.g. Frauenkirche, the famous beer hall “Hofbrauhaus”) and many historic sights. Admission to the Residence Museum (incl. Treasury), to the Cuvilliés-Theater, to Nymphenburg Palace and Park, to the Marstallmuseum and to the Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain is included.
Day 5: Salzburg and Sound of Music
Today you are off to another highlight, the city of Salzburg in Austria, only a short (High-speed) train ride from Munich. Salzburg, birthplace of great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is a town dominated by churches, palaces and castles. The entire Old Town of this Austrian gem is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city's wonderful Christmas market was first mentioned in the 15th century. Located at the foot of the Hohensalzburg fortress and around the Cathedral, this Christmas market offers many different crafts, local specialties and other Christmassy items. In the afternoon join the English-speaking most unique 4-hour Sound of Music tour. This tour is an ideal opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Maria von Trapp whilst taking in local historical sights both from the city of Salzburg and also the picturesque Lakes and Mountains region along the way. In the evening take the (High-speed) train back to Munich where your hotel is located.
Day 6: Royal Castles
Today you will join an English speaking all day escorted coach tour to the Royal Castles, for many a "must do" when visiting Bavaria. On the way towards Garmisch-Partenkrichen, where Linderhof Palace is located nearby, the coach will make a short photo stop in Oberammergau, where every ten years the world famous Oberammergau Passion Play takes place. In Ettal you then visit Linderhof Castle, the "Royal Villa" of the Bavarian King Ludwig II. This beautiful Palace is furnished in the style of the "second rococo" period. On to Hohenschwangau: the picture of Neuschwanstein is probably present in everybody's mind but be prepared that reality will surpass all pictures and imaginations: Neuschwanstein seems to be taken out of a fairy tale! Seeing the castle from the outside is unforgettable, a tour of the insight, which was originally built for the one famous inhabitant, will make the picture perfect! But make sure to take some time to explore the castle grounds: the view of Neuschwanstein from the bridge behind it is like none other! When you return to Munich in the early evening you still have to time for another visit of the Christmas Market located on the "Marienplatz".
Day 7: Heidelberg
In about 3 hours the Speed-train InterCity (IC, 1st-class) will take you directly from Munich to Heidelberg, beautiful town on the Neckar River. Since the Station is a little further from the Old town taxi transfers to/from your hotel in the Old Town are included in your tour package. Heidelberg Castle is towering above the city. You can walk up to the courtyard of the Castle (free of admission) or take the funicular up & down from the Castle. From the Castle you have a nice view of the city and the nice setting of the town along the Neckar River. Heidelberg's Christmas market is held on seven squares around the Old Town, featuring those typical stalls displaying Christmas handicrafts, local specialities and an ice rink offering a splendid view of the illuminated castle.
Day 8: Frankfurt
By taxi transfer you will get from your hotel to Heidelberg Main Station from where you take a direct Speed-train (IC, 1st-class) to Frankfurt Main Station. Your hotel is located in walking distance to the rail station. Frankfurt's Christmas market is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany, its beginnings reaching back to the year 1393. The location on Römerberg square is very romantic, the market attracts over 3 million visitors every year. Advent concerts and trumpet-playing from the tower of St.-Nicholas's -Church are part of the daily program.
Of course Frankfurt is also a metropolis which offers many other tourist attractions such as the museums on the Main riverbank, the Goethe House, where the famous poet once lived and the shopping streets "Zeil" or the exclusive "Goethestrasse", where one can find even more Christmas presents.
Day 9: Frankfurt to Frankfurt Int. Airport
Today your tour ends after breakfast. Depending on your flight schedule you may have some more time for sightseeing in Frankfurt. The train only takes about 10 minutes from Frankfurt Main Station to Frankfurt International Airport.
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