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Austria’s stunning mountain scenery is perfect for capturing the romance of this holiday’s epic railway journeys. Experience exhilarating rides on steam locomotives, along with exciting excursions, from our base in the charming Tyrolean town of Uderns.
Sit back, relax and enjoy rides on the Wendelstein Rack Railway, one of Germany’s four working rack railways; the Achensee cog railway, which is over 120 years old; and the Zillertal Valley Train, taking in some of the Tyrol’s most incredible scenery.
Day One: UK to Belgium
We’ll make our way from the UK to Belgium, travelling via Calais, where we’ll stay at an overnight hotel.
Day Two: Belgium to Uderns
Continuing our journey this morning, we’ll travel into Germany, continuing south through Bavaria. We’ll then journey into the Austrian Tyrol and its spectacular scenery, before reaching Uderns in time for dinner this evening. We’ll stay at the Hotel Standlhof for the next six nights. (B,D)
Days Three to Seven: Uderns
Make the most of this chance to relax and enjoy wonderful Tyrolean hospitality, as well as three included excursions. Experience a ride on the Wendelstein Rack Railway and visit charming Kufstein; relax on an Achensee steam train journey to Jenbach; and admire spectacular scenery with a Zillertal Valley train ride. The rest of our days in Uderns are designated as free time and there is an abundance of great walks and hikes through spectacular scenery nearby. We also offer optional excursions including trips to Innsbruck, Krimml Falls and Kitzbuhl and Rattenburg, details of these can be found in the excursions and extras tab.(B,D)
Day Eight: Uderns to Belgium
Our holiday draws to a close today, as we travel back to Belgium for dinner and overnight stay. (B,D)
Day Nine: Belgium to UK
Today we return to the UK, via Calais, and then continue home. (B)
Set in the traditional village of Uderns, in the stunning alpine scenery of the Ziller Valley that this part of Austria is world renowned for this family run hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the Tyrol.
The surrounding area is full of fantastic views and interesting trails through Alpine countryside, nearby mountains are often used as ski resorts in the Winter months.
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Full Day: Wendelstein Rack Railway
Our trip today takes us across the border to Bavaria in Germany. We will join the Wendelstein Rack Railway at its origin in Brannenburg for the 25 minute ride to the summit of Wendelstein. Sit back, relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery! You will enjoy spectacular and sometime precarious views as the train climbs 1,217 metres through seven tunnels, eight galleries and twelve bridges to the 1,838 metre high mountain summit. At the top visit the highest church in Germany, or take the 20 minute walk up to the very top of the mountain for an absolutely breath taking panorama of the Alps.
Full Day: Zillertal Train
A chance today to enjoy superb views of the majestic mountains as your steam train chugs at a leisurely pace along the beautiful Ziller Valley. We'll travel from Jenbach to Mayrhofen, on this nostalgic narrow guage railway, so you can sit back and relax as the scenery passes us by.
Half Day: Achensee Train
Travel on Europe's oldest steam-driven rack and pinion railway and take in the surrounding scenery as it elegantly climbs to the edge of Lake Achensee, referred to as the 'Fjord of the Tyrol'. We will stop for a chance to enjoy a stroll in pretty Pertisau, where the quaint chalet-style houses are dwarfed by the surrounding Karwendel Alps, one of the oldest protected areas in the Eastern Alps.
Full Day: Innsbruck
Innsbruck is a wonderful city and is, in fact, the capital city of Tyrol. Its placement in a valley means it features excellent scenery, with high mountains on all sides. This Alpine scenery makes the city even more mesmerising, but there’s a lot more to see in the city besides its views.
For instance, while at leisure in Innsbruck, you may choose to visit some of the many attractions the city has to offer, such as Ambras Castle, the Rococo-style Helblinghaus and, opposite it, the iconic Goldenes Dachl, which many see as Innsbruck’s symbol. This building features thousands of fire-gilded copper tiles that account for its name, which can be translated as ‘Golden Roof’. It was built for Emperor Maximilian I when he married Bianca Maria Sforza in 1500.
Full Day: Krimml Falls and Kitzbuhel
Embark on a scenic journey through the Tyrol to see spectacular Krimml Falls. The tiered waterfalls are the highest in Austria, plunging from the top of the Krimmler Ache valley to the Salzach River in three stages over a total height of 380 metres. We’ll then pass over the breath-taking peak of the Gerlos Pass, before visiting the charming resort of Kitzbuhel. The small medieval town is a traditional Austrian ski resort in winter, it has a traditional charm and is mainly car free which adds to that.
Half Day: Rattenberg
We’ll enjoy a day out in Rattenberg, where we’ll find idyllic charm and glorious views. The scenery is second-to-none here, with the huge Rat Mountain forming a backdrop to the town. There are lots of fun things to do, including shopping on the main street, where we’ll find numerous shops selling the crystal glass the town is famous for, one of which we’ll get to visit.