Austrian Schienenschmankerl

8-day tour of Austria
  • 8-day rail tour along the most beautiful railways in the Alps
  • Beautiful boat ride on the Danube River
  • Visit Vienna and Salzburg

Railways through the Austrian Alps are main line railways, not narrow-gauge lines like in Switzerland. The railways also do not reach the same altitudes as their Swiss counterparts. In 1st class, you travel in a panoramic coach along the most scenic stretches of the rail tour. Visit beautiful historic cities full of interesting sights like Graz, Vienna and Salzburg.

The train

  • Comfortable Austrian trains
  • DDSG Danube boat ride
  • Arlberg railway and Enns Valley railway in panoramic carriage (1st class only)

Day to day

Day 1

Travel by train from any location in Germany, Austria or Switzerland to Lindau (Germany) on Lake Constance. Continue by boat across the lake to Bregenz, which is located in Austria. If you prefer, you could also travel by train rather than by boat to Bregenz. Overnight stay at Hotel Messmer**** in Bregenz Hafen. Please note that during the Bregenzer Festspiele event, you will be staying in either Lindau or Friedrichshafen.

It is possible to add additional train tickets to your booking. Additional fees applicable.

Day 2

In the morning, take the EuroCity 'Transalpin' and travel on the scenic Arlberg railway to Innsbruck. Travellers with 1st class tickets can take a seat in the panoramic coach. In the afternoon, there is time to explore the city. Stay in Hotel Goldene Krone***.

Day 3

In the morning there is more time to discover Innsbruck, in the afternoon you continue by 'Transalpin' to Graz. Again, passengers with 1st class tickets travel in the panoramic coach. The train takes the Salzburg - Tyrol railway (also known as the Giselabahn) and the Enns Valley railway to Graz. Your night's accommodation is Hotel Daniël***.

Day 4

Time to visit Graz in the morning, in the afternoon continue by train along the Semmering railway to Austria's capital Vienna. Overnight stay in Hotel Daniël***, closely located to the new Hauptbahnhof.

Day 5

Time to explore beautiful Vienna. Visit for instance Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace and St Stephen's Cathedral.

Day 6

By train through the Wachau to Sankt Pölten and onwards to Melk. Continue by boat through the most beautiful part of the Danube valley, past Dürnstein monastery, to Krems. Take a regional train back to Sankt Pölten, from where you will take a direct train to Salzburg. Stay in Hotel Flair*** near the train station.
The Danube boat runs between 01.05.2020 and 04.10.2020. If you are travelling outside this period, you will receive a discount and take the direct train from Vienna to Salzburg instead.

Day 7

A day to spend in Salzburg. Visit the Mozarthaus, the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Mirabell Gardens and Hellbrunn Palace.

Day 8

The final day of your rail tour will take you back to where you have started your journey (or where you wish to travel to).

It is possible to add train tickets to an international destination to your booking. Additional fees applicable.

More info

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  • All train and boat journeys in Austria
  • Train surcharges and seat reservations (when possible)
  • 1st class: seat reservations in panoramic coach Feldkirch - Innsbruck and Innsbruck - Graz
  • 7 Nights: 2 person room with shower + toilet, breakfast included. Hotels approx 800m from train station or bus stop
  • Ticket for boat journey from Melk to Krems on Danube River


  • Extra nights in all cities of the rail tour can be added to the booking
  • Overnight stays in other cities (also outside Austria) before or after rail tour can be added as well

Discounts / Surcharges

  • Travellers aged 27 and younger get a youth discount
  • Travellers aged 60 and over get a senior discount
  • Please indicate your date of birth when making a booking so that the right price is being calculated
  • Direct train Vienna - Salzburg rather than boat ride on Danube River: €28 p.p. discount

  • Single room €300 01.01 - 31.03 & 01.11 - 31.12
  • Single room €350 01.04 - 31.10


  • Daily departure. Departure around Christmas and New Year's Eve can include a surcharge for higher hotel prices. Ask us for an exact quote.

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