Itinerary for our Neuschwanstein and Innsbruck Road Trip
Being in Neuschwanstein will a moment you will remember for life. Walk around the area to soak in the unbeatable views of the awe-inspiring castle and its surrounding natural landscape. During this time of the year, everything is usually covered in snow, making the scenery all the more whimsical and storybook-like. A visit to the castle is only possible if you time the visit well in advance and buy tickets online. If you could manage that, then the inside of Neuschwanstein also makes for an impressive tour.
10:45 Hike back to Hohenschwangau.
With some free time at Hohenschwangau, you can stroll around this castle compound as well as take stunning photos of the lake Alpsee, so still and serene in winter.
11:45 Depart for Innsbruck
We will leave Neuschwanstein and continue on to Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol, Austria.
13:45 Arrive in Innsbruck
The charming city of Innsbruck is not only renowned as a winter destination for skiing. Its dynamic blend of imperial landmarks, Rococo buildings and modern architecture has attracted visitors from around the world. There is much to see and do in Innsbruck in December.
You can consider going on a guided tour with the rest of your travel mates, for more sightseeing and also to get to know the history and local folklores of Innsbruck. Look out for the Imperial Hofburg, the ornate Golden Roof, the renaissance-styled Ambras Castle and the quaint Rococo-inspired Helbling House.
Innsbruck also boasts of excellent museums and with the free time you have, you can consider visiting one or two sites. The Tyrolean Folk Art Museum is worth a visit for the important cultural artefacts that were amassed from the Tyrol region. Austria is home to the Swarovski crystals. 20 minutes outside of Innsbruck city centre is the headquarter of the company. You can view interesting exhibitions in the Chambers of Wonder, then shop for some sparking souvenirs to take home.
For the foodies, you can wander off to the Markthalle to savour some local delights. If the weather permits, you can even hop onto the cable car from the Old Town station and go all the way up to the Seegrube station to have a meal in the restaurant which offers an amazing vista, and perhaps hike a little while you are up on the Nordkette mountain. The panorama trail only takes 25 minutes.
If your interest lies in the Christmas markets, then you would be delighted to know that there are several markets to be found all around this Alpine city. Against the spectacular backdrop of the mountains, there is a sense of magic that begins from the main market square, lingering through the ancient cobbled alleyways and going 300 metres above, all the way up to the Hungerburg station of the Nordkette cable car route, where you get to experience a Christmas market with a bird’s-eye view of Innsbruck.
Indulge in spicy mulled wine, seasonal treats and local snacks like Kiachl, which is fried donuts with different fillings, and Schneeballen, a sweet biscuit. Be surrounded by cozy lights, colorful decorations and a festive atmosphere, as you comb through the different Christmas markets and get in the mood for the holidays with your fellow travel companions.
For a warm meal before heading home, you could explore some of the old townhouses in the historic city centre which have been converted to restaurants. This is a great opportunity to enjoy some local Austrian dishes like schnitzel, tafelspitz and apfelstrudel!
22:15 Gather for departure
This magical day to Bavaria and Tyrol will be an unforgettable trip for years to come. If you wish to explore more Christmas markets and magical holiday destinations, check out our other tours on Wanderlust Trips website!
Please bring your travel documents! EU: National ID or Passport // NON EU: Passport and Visa/Residence permit (if applicable)
Departure Cities and Rough Times
(depending on the bookings and to be determined 3 days before the trip, time may change with +/- 3h).
Start: Friday evening 06.12.2019
End: Sunday morning 08.12.2019
Your trip price includes everything stated in the “included section. If you wish you can join our extra activities, which are optional. For those you would need to pay an extra fee. Apart from that we advise you to calculate with about 15€ for food and 10€ for any entry fees for sights.
Booking opens on 25.10.2019 at 17:00
Make sure to save the date, our tickets for this trip usually sell out very, very quickly!
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