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On this tour of the Austrian Tyrol, visit Hitler's former château, enjoy a lake cruise and journey on two panoramic rail journeys as a prelude to a viewing of the iconic Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany.
Begin your tour at the airport where you meet your Tour Manager and the rest of your group. From here, board your flight to Munich and upon arrival, journey by coach to the town of Kitzbühel. Here check into your hotel, before enjoying dinner.
Today sees you enjoy your first vintage railway journey in Austria. Travelling to Jenbach by rail, you then board the wonderful Achenseebahn Railway to Seespitz. With bright and cheerful red and green carriages, hauled by the chunter of a steam engine, the Achenseebahn takes you on a marvellous journey through the heart of the Tyrol. Passing brooding forests and the glittering lake Achensee, there is much to admire on your journey, with the naturally beautiful landscape framed by snow-dusted mountains . This is truly the only way to skirt the lake and experience the countryside of Austria.
You arrive into Seespitz, a tiny village on the shores of the lake, where you have free time to explore and sample some fresh Austrian cuisine at one of the cafés here. During your time, it is also possible to take a serene cruise on the marvellous Lake Achensee through glorious Tyrolean landscapes which is highly recommended.
Your excursion today takes you by coach to Kehlstein where you take a skylift to the Eagle's Nest, an imposing château given to Adolf Hitler on his 50th birthday.
Built on top of a tall foreboding cliff looking down across the lake and valley below it, this spectacular building was not actually visited by Hitler very often. It was used frequently as a diplomatic meeting point, and it's position high on the mountain was intended to demonstrate what Hitler perceived as the dominance of Germany. The château is one of the best remaining examples of Third Reich architecture and it is accessed by a brass elevator built into the heart of its mountain.
After time here, you descend to Berchtesgaden and transfer to Lake Königsee. Here, you board a boat across the tranquil waters to St Bartholomä, sailing under the watchful gaze of magnificent Tyrolian mountains. On arrival into St. Bartholomä, you have free time to explore. This small village is known for its distinctively shaped onion domes, not unlike the ones found in Russia and Turkey.
Your day today is at leisure in Kitzbühel. This small town is at its busiest for the ski seasons in winter, but by summer, the surroundings and the town itself comes to life. There are plenty of walks in the surrounding area, from relaxed strolls to more advanced hikes, each one encompassing the truly stunning scenery found in this corner of the world.
Inside Kitzbühel, the streets are very much an Austrian affair. The colourful houses line cobbled streets and the town squares are full of delightful cafés and restaurants, filled with locals and visitors alike who come out for the sun.
After breakfast this morning, travel by coach to the Krimml Waterfalls. Thought to be one of the highest waterfalls in Europe, the Krimml Falls are a gorgeous, powerful stream of water which cascades into a river flowing into the valley below. This striking natural monument compared with the exquisite views across an Austrian panorama, make this a true highlight of the tour.
After exploring the falls, you descend by coach to Mittersill where you board the Pinzgaubahn Railway which takes you on a wonderfully scenic journey through the forests and villages of the Austrian Tyrol to Zell am See. This famous picturesque lake town is worth visiting for the views alone.
Departing Kitzbühel, you journey by rail to the pretty little town of Oberammergau in Bavarian Germany where on Day 7 you experience the highlight of your tour - a performance of the 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play.
With a cast of around 2,000 villagers, this is one of the oldest and most iconic passion plays in the world, detailing the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Extraordinary effort goes into these productions, with magnificent costumes, illustrious settings and beautifully designed props.
With the first performance in 1634 and having been put on every ten years since (apart from a break in the early 20th century), attending a performance is a once in a decade experience not to be missed.
The play is performed over two halves of three hours each, both of which are split by a two hour break where you enjoy a special Passion Play dinner.
Today, bid farewell to Oberammergau as you transfer to Munich Airport where you board your flight back to London. On arrival, your tour comes to an end.
For the Passion Play Performance you will be seated in category 1 seats, located at the front and centre of the theatre. Click image to view the seating plan.
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