Germany & Austria Highlights 4

Join Brett on this cheery, historic tour that takes in wowing highlights from both Germany and Austria, concluding in Munich for Oktoberfest

On this unrivaled land-based package we visit 2 countries, 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 3 capital cities, 4 glistening lakes, 12 locations featured in Hollywood movie classics, 2 famed fairy-tale castles, and 1 soaring Eagle’s Nest.

Piggybacking: This package has been designed so you can either sign up for it exclusively or piggyback it with one of Brett’s other tour programs to extend the cultural experience and enlightenment. But, be quick, the tour will sell out as there are only a handful of seats available. (Piggyback this package with another and deduct 20% from the advance payment of that tour, deduct 25% from the advance payment of a third package and 30% for a fourth package.)

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Money, details are listed below the package itinerary.


Frankfurt to Munich via Ludwig’s Castles & The Sound of Music

September 14-20, 2024 — 6 nights, 7 days

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Max capacity for this one-time tour is 7 persons

Reserve your spot now before this package is sold out!

Recommended viewing for this tour: “The Sound of Music” (must-see) — “Band of Brothers” (the entire 10-part series is captivating but specifically episode 10, “Points,” portrays the boys of Easy Company in Berchtesgaden and Austria) — “The Great Escape” (filmed in and around Füssen, including a wowing shot of Neuschwanstein castle during the airplane scene with James Garner and Donald Pleasence near the end of the movie).

Package itinerary:

FRANKFURT to ROTHENBURG ob der Tauber (1 night):

DAY 1 (Saturday), September 14Emperors, frankfurters, Bulwarks and Mysteries”

Brett Harriman, Brett's "Quest" tour map your guide, will meet you in Frankfurt for group orientation then we’ll head south for the night to Germany’s Romantic Road and medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber. (Note: Brett will check into his Frankfurt hotel the night before, Friday September 13, and can book the same for you too if interested.)

As far as German fortress towns go, Rothenburg is the proverbial jewel in the crown. If one could realistically walk through a postcard, Rothenburg is the place. Here you’ll discover the Middle Ages magically preserved in the midst of a modern world. While Brett can’t promise you villagers queuing to pay their tithes, costumed acrobats performing gymnastic feats for titled heads, or blacksmiths hammering iron by charcoal-fired forges, he can assure you will cherish this medieval gem shaped like a pork chop. Overnight: Rothenburg.

FÜSSEN & Schloss Neuschwanstein (1 night):

DAY 2 (Sunday), September 15 Romantic Road, King Ludwig’s fairy-tale castle & UNESCO wonderment

Today is another busy day filled with adventure and historic discovery. After breakfast, we motor south along Germany’s most popular themed tourist route, the Romantic Road, from the medieval walled towns of middle Bavaria, where time appears to have stood still for centuries, to the green foothills of the snow-peaked Alps bordering Austria, where hikers mingle with edelweiss and the melodic voices of yodelers shepherd cows to the dairy.

En route we’ll pass Augsburg, one of Germany’s oldest cities, named after its founding father, Roman Emperor Augustus, in 15 B.C. We’ll meander past historic Landsberg am Lech and its high-security prison, which made national headlines in the early 20th century when Adolf Hitler was imprisoned here after his botched attempt to overthrow the Bavarian government in the so-called Beer Hall Putsch. (From Nov. 1923 to Dec. ’24, Hitler lived in cell No. 7, where he spelled out his future plans in his book “Mein Kampf,” or My Struggle, which no politician in a democratic country bothered to read, until it was too late.)

Farther south we visit the Wieskirche, or Church in the Meadow, arguably Germany’s most dazzling example of Rococo-style, earning a place (since 1983) alongside the Taj Mahal and the Acropolis as an esteemed member of UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Our final destination lands us in the border town of Füssen, the southern-most point on the Romantic Road, where we check in to our digs then tour Schloss Neuschwanstein: the epitome of castles everywhere, a Ludwig fantasy made real that resurrected the storybook style typically associated with chivalry and noble knights, now one of Germany’s most visited tourist attractions and our regal end to Day 2.

SALZBURG (2 nights):

DAY 3 (Monday), September 16Schloss Linderhof & the City of Mozart

From Füssen we swing into Austria along a stunning alpine route—one that King Ludwig II often took in his carriage—through an evergreen forest, past an enchanting lake (Plansee) reflecting the most brilliant emerald-green waters before crossing back into Bavaria and on to petite Schloss Linderhof. After our castle tour (optional), we continue our scenic spin through the charming Bavarian countryside en route to the City of Mozart and our heavenly home for the next two nights.

DAY 4 (Tuesday), September 17Sound of Music, majestic lakes & scrumptious strudel

Brett's guests at Mirabell Gardens, SalzburgTime to throw on your specially tailored ‘play clothes’ because today we tour Salzburg and visit the sights made famous by the movie classic, “The Sound of Music,” including an excursion into Austria’s majestic lake district (locally Salzkammergut) to dip our toes in the region’s warmest lake, Mondsee. Translating to Moon Lake, Mondsee has to be romantic! It’s no wonder Hollywood married Georg and Maria von Trapp right here in the town’s Baroque church of St. Michael’s. What’s more, Mondsee is a pleasing place to indulge in a slice of scrumptious strudel, our finale to Day 4.

MUNICH (2 nights):

DAY 5 (Wednesday), September 18Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest & the Bavarian capital

For history buffs and nature lovers, today will be another epic highlight on our extensive tour itinerary. After breakfast, we fire up the engine, bid Austria adieu, and roll across the German border to Berchtesgaden, where authentic Bavaria will be on full display in this picturesque village nestling at the toes of the Alps. Imagine pine forests, quaint farmhouses, onion-domed churches, and mountain rivulets cutting through lush meadows home to lethargic cows playing tunes with the bells hanging from their necks. Picture men clad in lederhosen, women wearing busty dirndls, girls sporting pigtails, and hikers clutching ornamented sticks seemingly within arm’s reach of jagged peaks belonging to majestic mountains. It’s authentic Bavaria; it’s Berchtesgadenerland, the real deal, and Brett can’t wait to introduce you to the sights. Top on the list, we’ll begin our alpine odyssey aboard a bus that will climb a steep four-mile stretch of serpentine road to an elevation of 5,500 feet, more than a mile in the sky, then we step through a 400-foot tunnel blasted into the mountain face, where Adolf Hitler’s former elevator will lift us another 400 feet within 45 seconds directly into the heart of the Eagle’s Nest soaring high above Berchtesgaden boasting sensational vistas of Bavaria and beyond.

Lederhosen, liter beers & monks

From Berchtesgadenerland, we head north to Germany’s third largest city and our delightful digs for the next two nights. Often referred to as “the village of 1 million,” Munich is the proud capital of the German state of Bavaria. But perhaps more important, Munich is the beer capital of the world, thanks to the city’s namesake monks. No wonder Munich was voted “the city most Germans would prefer to live in.” And that’s not all, the popular consensus is not confined to Germany, according to the Mercer 2023 Quality of Living survey, Munich is ranked the 7th most livable city in the world! Thus, there is no time to waste, Brett will guide you on an orientation tour of Munich Old Town followed by an immersion into Bavarian culture and feasting, a quality best ascribed to the monks. Amen!

DAY 6 (Thursday), September 19Palaces & playtime

Today is your day. We suggest palaces and playtime. To get you started, Brett will point you to noble and notable sites such as Munich’s royal residence; Dachau concentration camp memorial; BMW museum and factory tour; and the world’s most famous beer hall, the Hofbräuhaus, a historical monument to over 400 years of brewing tradition, your chance to learn traditional Bavarian drinking songs such as “Oans, zwoa, G’suffa!” (One, two, chug-a-lug!), “Sweet Home Alabama,” and to perform the chicken dance in front of a live audience. Cheers!

DAY 7 (Friday), September 20, 2024Auf Wiederseh’n

Regrettably, it’s time to say Auf Wiederseh’n to the friends we’ve made. Our tour is over, unless you’ve chosen to stay on and experience the best of Oktoberfest with Brett in the Bavarian capital!

Feel free to contact Brett with any questions you may have.



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Money, package details:

    • The land-only price for this exclusive tour package is 1,495995 euro (payable in Germany) + US$500 (advance payment) per person (double occupancy) — which includes your accommodations (3/4-star hotels), breakfast, all transportation and attractions we do together as a group, and Brett Harriman as your personal guide. You will be hard-pressed to find a better Deutschland deal, anywhere!
    • The price for this 7-day (6-night) package is approximately US$213 per person per day (995 euro x $US1 = $995 + $500 advance = $1,495 / 7 = $213), which is hard to beat when considering the exclusive hand-held nature of the package, transportation across Germany, and the umpteen sites visited.
    • The price does not cover lunch, dinner, and of course personal expenses, such as whatever you do on your free time.
    • Transportation for this tour will be a 9-seater mini van piloted by Brett Harriman.
    • Walking & picnic lunches: Expect to do a lot of walking. We will traverse the cobbled lanes of historic towns, climb umpteen steps in castles and palaces, and explore WWII sites. On the lunch front, we’ll plan picnics when possible that will not only save us money but also time for more sightseeing.
    • Packing & souvenirs: As always, pack light, but do allow a little extra room for souvenirs and whatnot you may pick up along the way.
    • Single supplement: The package price is based on double occupancy — a supplement of US$400 will be added to the price for single travelers but who are welcome to room together to save the supplement; (notify Brett if this is you and he will do his best to make compatible room assignments).
    • Payment: To reserve your place an advance payment of US$500 per person is required and the remaining 995 euro is due in Germany upon meeting your group leader. After the advance payment is made Brett will contact you to confirm your reservation. (Note: Since seating is limited to 7 guests, reserve your place soon before the package is sold out!)
    • Cancellation: The advance payment is fully refundable 75 days prior to tour departure. Within 75 days, however, your advance payment will be forfeited (sorry!) unless your spot can be filled or you’d like to transfer the reservation to another Harriman tour package this year or next.
    • Piggyback Brett’s tour with another and deduct 20% from the advance payment of that tour, deduct 25% from the advance payment of a third package and 30% for a fourth package.

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4 thoughts on “Germany & Austria Highlights

  • Leslie Fall

    When my friends at home ask me about my first trip to Germany, the only word I can use to describe it is “PERFECT”.

    Brett’s itinerary, the accommodations with breakfast, the restaurant advice, the tours of the castles, the gardens, the Eagles Nest, the Sound of Music locations and Oktoberfest were beyond all expectations. And this is the short list, I could go on and on. Brett also assisted us with getting tickets to a Mozart dinner concert in Salzburg, even driving us to the performance. It was very special.

    Brett shared with us, his knowledge, his enthusiasm, and his love for this little part of the world. And for that I am so thankful. I honestly feel that I would have never had this experience, if I chose to be a part of a big bus tour or Airbnb on my own.

    I will, and look forward to traveling again with Brett. Thank you Brett!

  • Susan Sanborn

    Best trip ever! Traveling with Brett opened learnings and vistas and experiences and beauty I would have never experienced as part of a large, bus tour or if I would have traveled randomly on my own. Traveling from Frankfurt to Salzburg to Munich is beautiful on its own but, with Brett’s accommodation choices, tour choices, knowledge, and care… it really is a trip beyond belief. Brett is known by locals, he knows local restaurants, how to travel, and what is appropriate so that, not only were my 3 friends and I learning and experiencing, we were interacting. One of my favorite experiences was meeting Brett’s artist friend, Igor, in Salzburg. We met him with Brett but then sought him out on our own and were truly welcomed. I really felt a part of these countries and not separated by language or politics. This was because of Brett. Also, Brett is so much fun! Super smart and knowledgeable but humorous. In essence, traveling with Brett was a blast; he makes you feel like family. I am just barely returned home and I am already hoping to travel with him again.

  • David

    [Excerpt from my Christmas letter to friends:] “I took one trip this year. Other excursions were planned but because of health issues, I cancelled a planned trip to the Holy Land. The trip I did take was exciting. I went to Germany and Austria with a very knowledgeable tour guide – Brett Harriman – who had worked for 5 years in Bavaria (southern Germany) as a tour guide for the U.S. military. The tour started in Frankfurt Germany (E.U. financial capital) and included the Middle Rhine valley with its many castles. We also visited an old town Rothenburg and the famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Fussen. From there we went to Salzburg, Austria and the surrounding area to visit Sound of Music film sites. Because of our guide’s knowledge, we were able to visit movie locations few people see.”
    David, Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Chris & Rori

    What an adventure! We thought we knew what to expect when we made our plans for Munich, Germany (Oktoberfest) and Salzburg, Austria, but Brett Harriman delivered so much more! Not only was the history fascinating, but Brett made the entire trip very accessible and he was extremely flexible for our group’s daily interests. Most importantly, there is so much in Europe to see and learn about and without Brett as our guide, we would have missed so much on our own. You truly don’t know what you don’t know when traveling. Thanks Brett for all that you did for us and we look forward to future travels with you!
    Chris & Rori,
    New Orleans, LA.