Deal in Bad Kohlgrub
The mushy moor peat of Bad Kohlgrub in southern Bavaria is said to relieve stress and joint pain. Even if mud treatments don't appeal, it's still a pleasant town and a good spot from which to explore the region, being near to such attractions as the Wieskirche (Church in the Meadow), the Monastery and Abbey of Ettal, the village of Oberammergau, Murnau with its collection of Blaue Reiter Expressionist paintings, and, of course, the famed castles of King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof.
This year, Bad Kohlgrub is offering a four-day Royal Package in bed and breakfast hotels, inns and private rooms that includes four nights with breakfast, one mud pack and massage, and a ticket and bus transfer to a Thursday performance of the musical Ludwig II - Yearning for Paradise, for from €177 to €365 for the four nights.
German Rail Pass Special
Through July 31, two persons traveling together can purchase a three-day German Rail Twin Pass for $333 first class and $222 second class. Travel days need not be consecutive but travel must be completed by August 31. That's $55.50 per person, per day first class and $37 per person, per day second class. Actually it's only a good deal if you need three or fewer days travel, since the first-class, four-day pass is $48.75 per person, per day and the second class rate is $33.75 per person, per day. Phone 800-521-6722, press option 3.
Buy Jungfrau Tix in the U.S.
Rail Europe also now offers a roundtrip ticket to the Jungfraujoch (11,333 feet) from Interlaken Ost, Grindelwald or Wengen. With a Swiss Pass, Swiss Transfer Ticket or a Eurailpass the price is $116 first class and $110 second class. With a Swiss Card the prices are $78 and $72. Full fare is $154 first class, $143 second class. Phone 800-521-6722, option 3.