Steam Railways of Austria
Departing by Air
Duration 8 Days
Available September 2020

Enjoy the pleasures of a wonderful lakes and mountains rail holiday, and take in the stunning scenery on some unforgettable train rides.

Join us in the holiday paradise of the scenic Austrian Tyrol, a land of green pastures, towering mountains and flower-decked villages. Here, in addition to your stay amid wonderful Alpine scenery, you’ll enjoy journeys on some delightful vintage railways. Take the train through breath-taking Austrian countryside, and visit Imperial Innsbruck, the glorious Tyrolean capital. Savour the delights of your welcoming, traditional hotel, and in addition to the included tours, perhaps join our tour manager on some wonderful optional excursions.

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Steam Railways of Austria Tour Highlights

  • Ride the nostalgic Zillertal Steam Railway
  • Explore Innsbruck, the imperial Tyrolean capital
  • See some of the world’s oldest steam engines on the Achensee Cog Railway
  • Discover Salzburg and the spectacular Krimml Falls on wonderful optional excursions

Price Includes

  • Seven nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at a traditional three-star hotel
  • Two train rides and a visit to Innsbruck
  • Return flights to Munich
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Single supplements apply. Subject to availability.

Steam Railways of Austria Tour Itinerary

Day One – Fly to Germany

On your arrival in Munich you’ll be transferred by coach into Austria, and to your hotel in the Zillertal Valley. Check in to your hotel and enjoy a welcoming schnapps, then settle in to your delightful surroundings before dinner is served.

Day Two – Ride the Zillertal Steam Railway to Mayrhofen

Enjoy your first included railway journey, today, travelling on the historic narrow gauge Zillertal Steam Railway, through a beautiful landscape of green pastures, farms and forests, of villages and hamlets of wooden chalets festooned with colourful window boxes, all overlooked by distant peaks.

As the vintage train makes its way from Jenbach to the chic ski resort of Mayrhofen, at the foot of the great Hintertux Glacier, the pleasures of your journey will be enhanced by performances by folk musicians (and a glass of local schnapps!) Once in Mayrhofen you’ll be able to explore its cafés and shops, and perhaps take a trip on the Tuxer Fernerhaus gondola (payable locally), which transports you to the dizzy heights of 2660m where you can enjoy wonderful views of the Zillertal Alps, and the snow-capped peaks beyond, from the sun terrace of a mountain restaurant.

Day Three – Optional excursion to Salzburg

Rest and relax in the village, today, perhaps taking to the hills on one of the many marked paths that criss-cross the Zillertal Valley. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to beautiful Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and forever associated with the movie The Sound of Music. Enjoy a walking tour of this treasure trove of Baroque architecture that and shelters beneath imposing Hohensalzburg Castle, and then explore the city at your own pace. Connections with Mozart are everywhere – from the Mozartplatz and its famous Glockenspiel clock to his birthplace and family home, both of which you can visit during the day (entrance fees payable locally).

Day Four – Visit Innsbruck and the Olympic ski-jump at Bergisel 

Today’s included excursion brings the opportunity to discover Imperial Innsbruck, the Tyrolean capital. See its historic old town (altstadt) and its elegant main street, Maria-Theresien-Strasse. Don’t miss the famous Golden Roof, the copper-tiled covering above the window from which Emperor Maximillian I would look down on the royal tournaments, and be sure to stop for coffee and cake at one of the city’s cafés.

The day will also include a visit to the Olympic ski-jump at Bergisel.

Day Five – Optional excursion to Tratzberg Castle 

Enjoy the delights of your village and its surroundings, or join today’s optional tour to Tratzberg Castle. Perched high amid the woods, and accessed by ‘tourist train’ from the castle inn, Tratzberg is a 16th-century gem, beautiful preserved, with an ornate Renaissance courtyard and stunningly painted Habsburg Hall.

The excursion will also take you to tiny, picture-book, Rattenberg. The Tyrol’s smallest town is famous for its glass-blowing and crystal work, and for its traditional Apfelstrudel. You’ll have opportunities to see artisan craftspeople at work, and taste the traditional dessert as prepared by the town’s master bakers.

Day Six – Ride the Achenseebahn’s cog railway to Lake Achensee

Your last included excursion takes you to Jenbach to board the historic Achenseebahn, a narrow-gauge cog railway that climbs through stunning scenery high above the Inn Valley to Lake Achensee. Austria’s largest body of water is a popular spot for bathing and you’ll be able to rest and relax, perhaps on one of the beaches that fringe its wooded shores, or to take a cruise on a lake steamer (payable locally) and enjoying snacks and refreshments on board as you take in the views.

Day Seven – Optional railway journey to the Krimml Falls

You’re free to spend your final day enjoying the delights of your village once more, though many will want to join our final optional excursion and travel to the Salzach Valley to board the historic Pinzgauer Lokalbahn. This unforgettable train journey will take you beneath the Kitzbühler Alps and on through Hohe Tauern National Park to spectacular Krimml Falls. Walk to the base of the plunging torrent of what is Europe’s highest waterfall, or follow a trail up the side of the Falls for a close-up view. It’s a sight that draws visitors from across the globe.

After a marvellous day you’ll return to your hotel and enjoy a last dinner.

Day Eight – Fly home to the UK

Bid “Auf Wiedersehen” to your Tyrolean hosts, this morning, and make the scenic journey back to the airport to board your flight back home at the end of a marvellous holiday.

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