Tourist Trains of Northern Austria

Tourist Trains of Northern Austria

Four exciting and very different train journeys through an unforgettable diversity of stunning landscapes - jump on and enjoy the rides!

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Four exciting and very different train journeys through an unforgettable diversity of stunning landscapes - jump on and enjoy the rides!

Northern Austria is criss-crossed by a diverse network of scenic railways – some are steam powered, others run heritage diesels and another is an ultra-modern electric. All offer sensational views of inspiring natural landscapes passing beautiful towns and romantic villages filled with prized cultural treasures. At the heart of Europe and always a border region Northern Austria has attracted people and powers for centuries, ensuring an eventful history and exceedingly rich cultural heritage. A meeting place of lowland plains and high alpine uplands, together with clashing climate zones has resulted in an unforgettable diversity of landscapes. Forests and steppes, pastures and lakes, gorges, river valleys and marshes – hardly any other place in Europe offers so many varied geological features coming together so harmoniously. What better way to enjoy this magical combination than from the four exciting train excursions included here.  Jump on and enjoy the rides!

 

 

ITINERARY


Wednesday - Very early morning departure from Dorset via Eurotunnel crossing to Calais and onwards through Belgium for overnight hotel stay on the French/German border.

Thursday - Resuming through Germany, crossing Bavaria and into Northern Austria at Passau.You are welcomed to Horn by the Blie family and after settling in will enjoy dinner in the restaurant.

Friday - A day at leisure to catch your breath and enjoy the town of Horn - compact and charming it offers a couple of museums, shops and cafes. There are some lovely scenic walks around the town - it's just a short stroll to the Baroque pilgrimage church of Maria Drieiechen with its fresco decorated dome.

Saturday - This morning we drive to Retz to join the Reblaus Express train (heritage diesel) - a 25 mile route from the vineyards of the Weinviertal region to the rugged beauty of the Waldvertal - the blend is simply magical. The beautiful countryside gently unfolds as you pass fields, pastures, lakes and woodlands. Arriving at the historic walled town of Drosendorf for lunch. This afternoon drive the short distance to Gmund where we join the Waldviertelbahn (narrow gauge) - 26 miles by nostalgic steam train covering the most rugged, wild and impressive parts of the region. View craggy hills, waterfalls and dark forests as you climb over a mountain pass - the engine needs to fill up with water at the top - before descending into the town of Gross Gerungs. Breathtaking!
NB: Railway schedule update - The Waldviertelbahn has announced it will only be operating steam trains on 1st & 3rd weekend of each month during 2019. Our trip scheduled for 25th May falls on the 4th weekend. However this also co-incides with the "Bahnhofsfest Gmund" - a special event celebrating 60 years of nostalgic diesel trains on the line.

Sunday - Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of The Wachau Valley, a renowned wine growing region and one of the world's most beautiful river valleys. We start by boarding a river boat cruise in Krems - relax and watch the flower-filled river banks glide by, passing vineyards and ancient edifices. Arriving in Melk we transfer to a shuttle bus for the short ride further up-stream to Emmersdorf. Here we join the Wachaubahn train on a remarkable route through the hills back to Krems. The train is made up of an evocative 1960s diesel loco in elegant golden livery with matching carriages - she is a classic beauty!

Monday - Drive to St Polten and join the Mariazellerbahn - a narrow gauge railway that makes the most of the impressive natural beauty. Crossing over stone bridges and passing fairytale forests it is one of the best railway routes - the golden carriages distinctly branded as the "Stairway to Heaven". Built as a steam route in 1898 it was electrified in 1911 and now runs modern panoramic carriages that provide stunning views. The journey is in two sections - the Valley Route from St Polten to Frankenfels during the morning includes 16 tunnels, 9 viaducts and 7 bridges. The Mountain Route in the afternoon is even more spectacular climbing into the peaks by use of horseshoe curves, tunnels and viaducts through the Otscher-Tomauer natural park to terminate at Mariazell. The picture-postcard village boasts a beautiful three towered basilica overlooking the main square, there is a tram museum, ginger-bread factory, distillery and local history museum. Return to Horn by coach.

Tuesday - We bid our hosts farewell and drive back through Germany for overnight hotel stay near Mannheim, Germany.

Wednesday - Homeward bound via Eurotunnel crossing to arrive back in Dorset late that night.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Gasthof Zur Stadt Hotel Blie, Horn

A traditional inn benefiting from the charm of the old while enjoying all modern facilities expected of a quality three star venue. The Blie family have run this hotel since 1866 spanning 7 generations and pride themselves on a personal service and to welcoming you to their home.  All of the 34 bedrooms are stylishly decorated and provide comfortable beds and quality furnishings, private bathroom with shower, hairdryer, satellite television, heating, desk and free wifi. The charming wood paneled restaurant offers hearty traditional menus which are prepared using fresh ingredients by the boss himself – his Waldviertal dumplings are famous!  You can socialise in the cosy bar or outside on the terrace. A five minute walk gets you into the town centre with cafes, bars and shops aplenty. There is no lift but only 3 floors and low floor rooms can be requested.

 

TOUR PRICE: £920.00 Per Person

 

Price Includes: All coach travel, Return Eurotunnel crossings, 2 x overnight transit hotels, 5 nights hotel in Horn, Half board meals throughout, Porterage at all hotels, 4 x train journeys as listed, Krems river cruise, Melk shuttle bus, VAT

 

Single Room Supplement: £130.00

Travel Insurance premium: £

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Queens Avenue Dorchester, Bus stop end of Queens Avenue
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Upwey (DNU) DO NOT USE
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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