Switzerland, Germany & Austria

With endless mountains, lakes and picture perfect scenery Switzerland, Germany & Austria are back on the radar for Kiwi travellers.  River cruising through Germany and Austria is fast becoming the most popular way to explore the many villages and towns that line the rivers whilst walking and cycling holidays are real favourites for the more active traveller. All three countries offer endless experiences to get off the beaten track with some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

Expect chocolate box images of green meadows, alpine chalets and cows with bells all flanked by high mountains. There are fairy tale castles and quaint villages to explore, mouthwatering cheeses and chocolates to taste and some of the best beer in the world to try.

Train lovers will delight in the Swiss train journeys including the Glacier Express from glitzy St Moritz to Zermatt, and the famous Jungfrau from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest train station at 11,333 feet – on a par with Mt Cook!

City and history lovers will be spoilt for choice with fascinating Berlin and elegant Vienna two favourites for 2013.  Mozart lovers will delight in the exquisite Salzburg and movie goers will enjoy the “Sound of Music” tours through the beautiful Austrian countryside.