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than is provided in the day-by-day itinerary these links will guide you to more detailed information.




Munich (München / Muenchen) is the capital of Bavaria and Germany's third largest city (1.3 million in 2006)


Neuschwanstein Castle

Schloss Neuschwanstein – Ludwig's first and most famous castle, a dramatic Romanesque fortress build on a commanding hilltop high above the village of Hohenschwangau


Linderhof Castle

Schloss Linderhof – Ludwig's second major creation, an ornate palace in neo-French Rococo style with elaborate formal gardens, nestled in a secluded forest valley about 15 km from Fussen (as the crow flies)


Village of Oberammergau

Oberammergau is a picturesque village famous for the elaborate passion play staged every ten years and also for its beautifully painted houses and woodcarving.



The Wieskirche, also known as The Church in the Meadow, is a Rococo church built between 1745 and 1754 in a remote location near the foothills of the Alps.  It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983.


Eagle's Nest

The Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus in German) was built on a mountain top near Berchtesgaden as an official 50th birthday present for Adolf Hitler from the Nazi party.  Nicknamed Eagle's Nest by a French diplomat, it was meant to be a retreat for Hitler and a place for him to entertain visiting dignitaries.

Vienna Hofburg


Capital of the Austrian state of Salzburg, famous for its baroque architecture



Capital of Austria, its largest city (1.7 million), and the country's cultural, economic and political center


Schonbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn is one of the most beautiful and important cultural monuments in Austria, illustrating the tastes and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.  Massive and elegant palace and gardens complex.


Wachau Valley

The Wachau is an Austrian valley with a landscape of high visibility formed by the Danube river.  It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations of Lower Austria, located midway between the towns of Melk and Krems. It is 30 km in length and was already settled in prehistoric times.


Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey founded in 1089 and one of the world's most famous monastic sites. It is located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube in Lower Austria, adjoining the Wachau valley.



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