Castles, Lake Constance and Bavaria’s capital
Free standard class return tickets to London from your local station, on selected 2019 European holidays by rail when you book between 15th February 2019 and the 10th May 2019.
Discover Bavaria on this all-inclusive tour, featuring excursions to beautiful Lindau, Lake Constance and fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, with time to explore medieval Rothenburg, the highlight of the Romantic Road.
Your journey begins in London today, where you meet your group in Rail Discoveries' dedicated Departure Office at London St Pancras International. From here, travel on the Eurostar service to Brussels, then continue by rail to Ulm, via Cologne, for the short transfer by coach to Langenau. Here you will spend six nights at the 3* Hotel Jägerhaus and all meals are provided from now until your departure from Langenau. Beer, wine and soft drinks are included between 7pm and 11pm.
The following day is at leisure to explore Langenau and the surrounding area. Originally a Roman settlement, Langenau is one of the largest towns in the Alb-Donau region of southern Germany and sits in the shadow of the impressive Swabian Alb mountain range. The historic towns attractions include the fourteenth century Church of St Martin, the Pﬂeghofsall cultural centre and the Museum of Local History. Nearby Ulm is also well worth a visit; the birthplace of Albert Einstein, Ulm has multiple claims to fame including a Guinness World Record for the world's most crooked house and the world's highest steeple at the top of its beautiful minster. Here, you can ﬁnd cobbled streets, pleasant walks alongside the River Danube, and the 14th century 'Rathaus' or Town Hall, with its stunning facade and astronomical clock dating back to the 16th century. Otherwise, visit the Steiff Museum in Giengen, home of the Teddy Bear.
Visit Lindau today, on a small island in Lake Constance. This historical, pretty town dates back to the 15th century, and boasts breathtaking views over the water towards the Swiss and Austrian Alps. You are free to explore the medieval town. Perhaps pay a visit to the Mangentrum, a 13th century building that once served as a lighthouse for the lake, now adorned with a colourful tiled roof following a lightning strike in the 1970s. Another option is the Haus zum Cavazzen, a former city palace turned museum and reportedly the most beautiful house on Lake Constance. Dating back to the 16th century, the palace now serves as a museum of Lindau's history.
Please note: For Departures 19BIS02, 19BIS03, 19BIS05 & 19BIS07, due to engineering works, this journey to and from Langenau and Lindau will be by coach.
The spectacular Neuschwanstein Castle is today's destination. Built by 'The Fairytale King' Ludwig II, in the 19th century, the castle served no purpose as a fortification in the traditional sense, but was instead an elaborate retreat for the reclusive monarch. The famous building took 17 years to complete but was only occupied by King Ludwig for 170 days before he was deposed, due to apparent insanity. He died the next day in mysterious circumstances, along with the psychiatrist who declared him insane, leaving behind the glorious castle. Featuring stunning towers and other typically medievalstyle architecture, the castle served as inspiration for the Disney movie 'Sleeping Beauty'. Enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent building and admire its grand interior and stunning views across the untouched countryside.
Today is at leisure to relax or explore the region further. Perhaps take advantage of the hotel's facilities or enjoy a stroll into Langenau. Alternatively visit the city of Munich, which is reachable by local rail services. There is plenty to see in Munich should you choose to go. The landmark Frauenkirche, distinct for its twin oniondomed towers, which stand at a staggering 99 metres tall. Considered a symbol of the city, it appears on many postcards. If you would prefer to see art over architecture, you may wish to visit the Alte Pinakothek. One of the world's oldest galleries, the Alte Pinakothek boasts an impressive and famous collection of Old Master paintings. You can expect to see an excellent representation of European painters on display here including sublime works by Ruben, Botticelli, El Greco and Titian.
Today's excursion is to one of Germany's best preserved medieval towns, the historic location of Rothenburg. Situated along the route of the famous 'Romantic Road', you enjoy a guided tour of the town's inspiring Old Town. Rothenberg is truly the hidden gem of Germany, featuring magnificent town walls marked by towers and gently buzzing squares of natives and visitors alike.
After breakfast, you take a coach to Ulm before continuing to Cologne and Brussels. Here you connect with the Eurostar service back to St Pancras International in London, where your tour concludes.
Please Note: For departure 19BIS01 you will now transfer by coach to Stuttgart instead of Ulm.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.
Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
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Brilliant holiday! Well organised by great tour manager Rob Clark. Excellent trips out and although basic the hotel served excellent food and were very accommodating to our flexible timetable.
First class service from Tour Manager,and content of tour. However meals at hotel,not up to scratch,but reasonable accommodation and service.
Hotel excellent and organisation of tour very good.
Good overall balance of visits etc
Well organised with excellent guide. Slightly let down by hotel.
Excellent tour manager, good hotel, great days out.
Brilliantly organised from start to finish. Met at the Eurostar and guided at every step of the trip. Given information about interesting place, trains and costs. Would recommend for anyone who is able to manage on and off of trains. Pack light as it's no fun with an overweight suitcase.
We enjoyed the overall holiday experience , saw some lovely scenery and visited beautiful old towns with the expertise of a first class tour manager . The town of Langenau as a base was fine but we were rather disappointed in the Hotel Jagerhaus. We were fortunate in having an excellent room in the extension ( though many were less than satisfied with their rooms ) . However we thought the food was very basic and very uninspiring particularly the desserts at the evening meal (eg just 2 blobs of ice-cream or some tinned fruit salad without even any cream ! ) Having said that the breakfasts were fine with choice of lovely fresh bread . The real downer was the owner Margaret who was, to say the least , most unwelcoming and at times quite rude . ( She seemed to find it an inconvenience having guests to stay in her hotel and begrudged having to serve us drinks at the bar in the evening ....... and my husband and I are not big drinkers at all .) The train travel was enjoyable going out but unfortunately on our return we experienced delays ( due to persons on the track which police were rounding up ) and as a result we missed connections and lost our reserved seats . So we found ourselves trying to secure seats and luggage space for our cases on crowded trains ..... all rather stressful . ( But I must add through all this our tour manager was doing his very best to ease the situation as much as he could) . It made us think that perhaps we would have been better booking holiday at a less busy time of year .
Holiday was as advertised. But hotel didn’t have a fan and a bath mat in the room.
Loved the holiday although, as was to be expected, there was a lot of travelling around. Our tour guide was excellent, very informative and had great knowledge of the places we visited. Bavaria was a delight and would not hesitate to return. The Hotel where we were based was not quite up to scratch, although our room was very comfortable and of a good size. The hotels owners seemed to have a few problems. Madam could not raise a smile, with the British guests and the evening menu was limited and the service very regimented, John the waiter did make up for madams miserable demeaner though. We ate out a few times and only once took the packed lunch which we found to be either ham and cheese rolls or cheese and ham rolls, as one of our party commented on. Other than that we would go on another rail Discoveries holiday. Thankyou.
Castles, Lake Constance and Bavaria’s capital