October 3-13, 2019
Join Mountain Lake PBS for a stunning trip to the crystal blue lakes, sparkling glaciers and quaint villages of Switzerland and Austria next October.
We’ll travel from pristine, friendly Lucerne, a gem of a city nestled between lake and mountains with its breathtaking scenic mountain panorama backdrop, eastward to the rustic yet elegant charm of Innsbruck, where city and nature come together to delight. Finally, we’ll explore the culture and culinary sophistication of Salzburg, where everyone seems to be humming a tune.
Our itinerary gives us ample time to explore and be inspired. We’ll take a cog railway up to Mount Rigi, Lucerne’s “Queen of Mountains,” through a landscape of cherry trees and kirsch, enjoying the all-round view with nothing between us and the fresh mountain air. We’ll visit the “Mad King” Ludwig’s fairy tale castle on the Chiemsee. We’ll climb up to the summit of Kehlstein to visit Hitler’s secret “Eagle’s Nest” hideaway.
We’ll stroll Lucerne’s covered, medieval Chapel Bridge and marvel at its gable paintings, explore Innsbruck’s dynamic mix of modern architecture and sport, and examine classic examples of a particular Austrian hybrid of Gothic and Baroque architecture in Salzburg, one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps.
At every stop along the way, we’ll sample the finest food the region has to offer: a panoply of cheese and sausages, chocolates, potato rösti, fondue, goulash, spätzle, and Wiener schnitzel, all accompanied by fine wines and beers and perhaps a slice of Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel for dessert.
Deluxe accommodations await us throughout the trip, 4-star hotels in each city in central locations. And once again, Alasdair Clayre, who has led us to Highclere Castle and Scotland, will manage the tour.