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Munich, Germany

Munich is the capital city of the German region of Bavaria and is accessible via the River Isar – a major tributary of the River Danube. It is the third largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg and this cultural hub is home to a number of fascinating museums, interesting architecture, and a number of historical monuments. Within the centre of the city is the Marienplatz – a large open square with a Marian column at its centre and is also home to the Old and New Town Halls. There are remnants of the city’s medieval history still standing to this day in the form of three gates, which are positioned throughout Munich. Additionally, the large Residenz Palace complex, of which construction began in 1385, is sat on the edge of Munich’s Old Town and is one of Europe’s most impressive museums of interior decoration.

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Munich, Germany - Passau, Germany

Munich is the capital city of the German region of Bavaria and is accessible via the River Isar – a major tributary of the River Danube. It is the third largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg and this cultural hub is home to a number of fascinating museums, interesting architecture, and a number of historical monuments. Within the centre of the city is the Marienplatz – a large open square with a Marian column at its centre and is also home to the Old and New Town Halls. There are remnants of the city’s medieval history still standing to this day in the form of three gates, which are positioned throughout Munich. Additionally, the large Residenz Palace complex, of which construction began in 1385, is sat on the edge of Munich’s Old Town and is one of Europe’s most impressive museums of interior decoration.

Resting at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers in Bavaria is the town of Passau. Lying on the border of Austria, Passau offers a unique and eclectic blend of German and Austria Baroque architecture. St Stephen’s Cathedral is the main focus for tourism in Passau and is a true masterpiece of Italian Baroque. The main attractions of the cathedral include a treasury, museum, Italian painted frescoes and the biggest European church organ, boasting 17,774 pipes.

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Day 5
Passau, Germany - Linz, Austria

Resting at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers in Bavaria is the town of Passau. Lying on the border of Austria, Passau offers a unique and eclectic blend of German and Austria Baroque architecture. St Stephen’s Cathedral is the main focus for tourism in Passau and is a true masterpiece of Italian Baroque. The main attractions of the cathedral include a treasury, museum, Italian painted frescoes and the biggest European church organ, boasting 17,774 pipes.

The Austrian city of Linz sits on the banks of the Danube River, 100 miles west of Vienna. It is home to a number of historic buildings and landmarks including: the old castle; St. Martin’s Church; the Baroque Town Hall; the 13th century main square, which features a monument to the Holy Trinity; and the 17th century cathedral. More recently, Linz has developed into an important cultural centre, with a number of schools of art music; several museums; art galleries; libraries; opera houses; and theatres. Additionally, Linz provides a point of access from which to visit the city of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart.

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Day 6
Linz, Austria

The Austrian city of Linz sits on the banks of the Danube River, 100 miles west of Vienna. It is home to a number of historic buildings and landmarks including: the old castle; St. Martin’s Church; the Baroque Town Hall; the 13th century main square, which features a monument to the Holy Trinity; and the 17th century cathedral. More recently, Linz has developed into an important cultural centre, with a number of schools of art music; several museums; art galleries; libraries; opera houses; and theatres. Additionally, Linz provides a point of access from which to visit the city of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart.

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Day 7
Melk, Austria - Durnstein, Austria

Situated in northeast Austria is the city of Melk – regarded as a gateway to the famous Wachau wine region. It is located at a meeting point of the Danube and Melk rivers and is home to a towering, yellow, baroque Abbey, which sits high above the Danube River. Inside the Abbey, you will find many interesting features including the Melk Cross, Abbey Library, Marble Room, and Collegiate Church. Elsewhere in the city, you will find a number of pretty Renaissance houses and the Schallaburg Castle.

The riverside village of Durnstein sits on the banks of the River Danube, in the heart of the Wachau wine region. It is perhaps most famous for its hilltop ruin of Kunringer Castle, where Richard the Lionheart is said to have been held prisoner in 1192 by Duke Leopold V. Durnstein is also home to a number of old burgher houses, wine taverns, and 16th and 18th century townhouses. There is also an ornate blue and white-coloured Baroque church, which sits by the riverside and resembles and giant pepper pot.

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Day 8
Vienna, Austria

The charming Austrian capital is situated on the River Danube and is a world-renowned centre for classical music, art, theatre and history. Home of the waltz, the Spanish Riding School, Sachertorte and Vienna Boys’ Choir, its central core is easily manageable by foot but excellent public transport is also available. The Schönbrunn Palace is the summer residence of Maria Theresia and the Hapsburgs and is one of the most iconic buildings in this great city.

Before 1806, Vienna was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire and later it became the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and, in 1918, the capital of independent Austria which emerged from World War I as a republic. During WWII, Vienna was divided into five zones, but the 1955 State Treaty helped the country regain its independence and Vienna was once again the capital of a sovereign Austria.

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