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Zell am See & the Eagle's Nest

(Tour code: ZEL6)Enjoy inspiring lake views from your hotel room

Wonderful Alpine views in the stunning Grossglockner Hohe Tauern National Park forms the backdrop of this fascinating Zell am See rail tour. From our base in the heart of the Austrian Alps, we explore Salzburg and Hitler's former mountain retreat at The Eagle's Nest on this striking scenic tour.

Tour Highlights
  • Zell am See
  • Grossglockner - Austria's highest mountain
  • Pinzgaubahn Steam Train
  • Krimml Waterfalls
  • The Eagle's Nest
  • Salzburg including a city tour
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • All Transfers Included
    Selected Porterage
    Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

All departures on this tour depart on Eurostar after 12pm, allowing morning travel into London from most of the UK. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Day 1

By train to Cologne in First Class

We meet our Tour Manager at Great Rail Journeys' dedicated departure office in London St Pancras International today, before leaving for Brussels by Eurostar. As we travel in Standard Premier Class, a light meal and drinks are served at our seats. On arrival in Brussels, we change trains and continue onwards to Germany, arriving in Cologne for an overnight stay at at a centrally located hotel. We dine together in the hotel this evening.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Zell am See
Day 2

To Zell am See

We leave Cologne early this morning, continuing our journey by rail to Zell am See. From Cologne we travel in First Class to Schwarzach St Veit, where we change to a local train (Standard Class) to Zell am See, arriving in the afternoon. Zell am See is located in the Salzburger Land at the heart of the mountainous Hohe Tauern National Park, close to Grossglockner Mountain, Austria's highest peak. Zell am See is a picturesque little town full of medieval charm, set beside the shimmering, brilliant-blue waters of Lake Zell. It is perfectly located for making some fantastic excursions into this beautiful part of Austria and is a superb base from which to enjoy gentle strolls and more adventurous walking. We stay for seven nights at the Grand Hotel, superbly situated on a small promontory between the railway and the lake.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3

A day at leisure

Today is free to spend as you wish, perhaps relaxing at the hotel or enjoying a day in Zell am See. Cruises around the lake are a wonderful option for a leisurely day enjoying the fabulous scenery. You may choose to visit the famous winter sports resort of Kitzbühel by train. Here you can take a stroll through the pretty cobbled streets of this charming Alpine town and discover the remains of its medieval town wall. Otherwise, you may wish to take a cable car to the summit of Schmittenhöhe, one of the finest viewing points in the Austrian Alps.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
The Eagle’s Nest
Day 4

The Eagle’s Nest

Accompanied by a local guide, we travel north by coach across into Germany, for a visit to the Eagle's Nest, perched at the top of a 6,000 foot (1,829m) mountain above the town of Berchtesgaden. The Eagle's Nest was given to Adolf Hitler as his 50th birthday present. The chalet building remained unscathed by the allied bombing during World War II, and was saved from destruction in the aftermath, instead being retained as a historical monument.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • The Eagle's Nest
Krimml Waterfalls
Day 5

Pinzgaubahn and the Krimml Waterfalls

Today we take a journey by steam train on the narrowgauge Pinzgau Railway, an archetypal rural railway which runs between Zell am See and the village of Mittersill. The line was built in the late 1890s, with the first train leaving from Zell am See in 1898. The railway has never closed, and now runs regular trains along the foothills of the Pinzgau Mountains, from which the line takes its name. In recent years, a special summer steam service was introduced to the line, which has proved to be immensely popular, allowing passengers to experience the beautiful line winding across barndotted meadows whilst reliving the golden age of steam. From Mittersil we ascend to the 'Wonder World of Water' Centre above Krimml, in the Hohe Tauern National Park. The park is the second biggest wildlife preserve in Europe and the biggest in the Alps, extending over a territory of 1,800 square kilometres. A variety of exotic animal and plant species that are endangered can be found in this beautiful, diverse park. From here it is a short walk to the magnificent Krimml Waterfalls themselves

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
  • Pinzgau Railway
  • Hohe Tauern National Park
Day 6

A day at leisure

Your day is free to explore Zell am See at your leisure. Perhaps enjoy a relaxing stroll along the picturesque lakeside promenade, or alternatively, visit the historic city of Innsbruck - the capital of the Tyrol region, which is easily reached by train. The delightful city has a beautiful Old Town which is ideal for exploring on foot. Visit the Imperial Palace and the famous 'Golden Roof', with 2,738 dazzling roof tiles.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Day 7

Historic Salzburg by rail

Today we take the regional train (Standard Class) to Salzburg for a full-day excursion. Salzburg is famous for being the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for the film 'The Sound of Music'. The delightful, pedestrianised city centre is a mix of half-timbered taverns, medieval stone houses and grand marble palaces. The original city was designed by architects to create a Baroque version of Rome north of the Alps. During a guided tour of the city we see the Getreidegasse, the Residenz and the magnificent Mirabell Gardens, gaining a fabulous understanding of Salzburg's fascinating history. We have a little free time to explore, perhaps to visit the magnificent Salzburg Cathedral, before returning.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Salzburg Tour
Day 8

Excursion to Grossglockner

Today's excursion begins with a coach journey along the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, the famous high Alpine road, which takes us through one of the most spectacular and unspoilt landscapes in the Alps. We travel through the Hohe Tauern National Park, crossing meadows, woods and Alpine pastures, before reaching the icy peak of the Grossglockner at 12,460 feet (3,798m). We make a stop at the wonderful Kaiser-Franz-Josefs Höhe Visitor Centre at 7,700 feet (2,347m), which is located on the edge of the Pasterze Glacier. Here we visit the Grossglockner exhibition, and enjoy some free time. We return to Zell am See through the beautiful eastern Tyrol region, with a short break at the serenely beautiful village of Heiligenblut during our descent. Famed for its iconic church, Heiligenblut is a stunning spot from which to enjoy typical Austrian beauty, packed with traditional charm and wooden chalets.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Grossglockner
  • Heiligenblut
Day 9

Zell am See to Cologne

Today we leave Zell am See and travel on the local rail service (Standard Class) to Wörgl where we change and continue in first class to Cologne via Munich. Cologne's heritage dates back to the Roman era, though it is now best-known for its beers, in particularly Kölsch, a distinctive local blend brewed in twenty Cologne breweries. We overnight in a centrally located hotel, the perfect base should you wish to explore Cologne further.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10

Cologne to London in First Class

Today we begin our journey home. Departing by highspeed train, we travel to Brussels, where we connect with the Eurostar to London. We enjoy a light meal and drinks at our Standard Premier Class seats before we arrive into St Pancras International, where our tour concludes.

  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

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