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From Munich: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle Full-Day Trip

1. From Munich: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle Full-Day Trip

Travel to the magnificent castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Hohenschwangau and take a small detour through the picturesque town of Oberammergau. Board an air-conditioned bus and visit Neuschwanstein Castle. Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, admire one of the most impressive sights in Germany. Take 4 hours to explore the grounds (ticket not included). Arrive at Linderhof, the only castle that Ludwig II managed to complete. At noon, stop at Hohenschwangau Castle, Ludwig's childhood home, for lunch (not included). If time permits, continue to Oberammergau and lose yourself in the quaint streets of this picturesque town.

Augsburg: Walking Tour with Fuggerei and Golden Hall Entry

2. Augsburg: Walking Tour with Fuggerei and Golden Hall Entry

Explore Augsburg's rich history on a guided walking tour of its main attractions. Visit the Golden Hall in the town hall and the Fuggerei — the world's oldest social settlement — and stop by many UNESO World Heritage Sites. Learn about the city's famous personalities, including Mozart and Brecht. Stroll through the city center and the charming streets of the old town. Pass by several UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Lech canals and magnificent fountains, including the ornate 16th-century Augustus Fountain. Explore the city and the traces of its famous personalities, such as the Fugger family — a German upper bourgeois family that was historically a prominent group of European bankers – as well as Mozart, whose father was born in Augsburg, and Brecht.

Bamberg 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

3. Bamberg 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Explore Bamberg and see more than 2,400 historic buildings, picturesque winding streets, and medieval churches that make the town a work of art. Bamberg was awarded its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 – and not without reason. Enjoy a walking tour of the town and experience the successful combination of impressive architecture and Baroque town houses for yourself. See just how unique Bamberg is on an extensive tour. Feel the magic of the past as you stroll through the town and admire the Cathedral, churches, and monasteries as well as beautiful bridges, narrow streets, wide squares, half-timbered houses, and Baroque facades. See the Old Court, the New Residenz, the Rose Garden, and “Little Venice.”

Würzburg: Sightseeing Train Tour

4. Würzburg: Sightseeing Train Tour

Explore the historic city of Würzburg on a picturesque sightseeing train. Enjoy a ride through the city center, departing from the Würzburg Residence. Pass the Cathedral, travel along the river Main, and see Marienberg Castle. Enjoy panoramic views of the sights from the comfort of your seat. In addition, learn more about the history of the city and uncover its secrets and legends from your informative audio-guide. During this tour, you will be able to see all of the city's highlights in just 40 minutes and afterwards, explore the city at your own pace.

Nuremberg: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

5. Nuremberg: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

The prosperous city of Nuremberg provided the ideal basis for an active cultural and intellectual life, as well as a lively arts scene. Even today, numerous buildings, monuments and artworks still reflect the city's former importance. Your guide will provide information and insights on the churches, castle, and fountains you see, as well as on the city itself, past and present. You will also visit the Main Market Square.

Bamberg: City Highlights Walking Tour

6. Bamberg: City Highlights Walking Tour

Discover contemporary Bamberg as well as its chequered history on a guided walking tour. Take your time to admire the city's architectural masterpieces. Also, visit the medieval Cathedral, the Jewish quarter, and the old town protected as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Stroll around the city with your tour guide and discover the famous city hall. Take some photos of the curious building constructed on an artificial island in the Regnitz River. Learn all about its medieval Cathedral and the history of one of the oldest Jewish communities in Germany. Explore Little Venice and its half-timbered cottages, once home to the fishermen. Pass by the different breweries, taverns, and cafés that keep the streets alive. Then, head towards the New Residence and its baroque Rose Garden with incredible views over the town.

Munich: Oktoberfest Tour with Reserved Beer-Tent Table

7. Munich: Oktoberfest Tour with Reserved Beer-Tent Table

There’s nothing quite like Oktoberfest in Munich, it’s the world’s largest beer and folk festival which has been celebrated each fall in Bavaria for over two centuries. Join this unique tour that will explore the festival grounds, explain the history of the celebration, and give you the ins and outs to best appreciate the “Wiesn,” as Oktoberfest is known to the locals. After your guides give you a closer look at this annual festival of beer and culture, you'll venture inside one of the massive beer tents where you'll have a table reserved just for your group.  A couple of liters of beer and a plate of food (generally a half chicken, the typical Oktoberfest meal) are also included in your booking. Your tour group will be limited in size, meaning you'll get personal attention from your guide throughout the experience. Your guide will be a fluent English speaker, who is an Oktoberfest veteran and not only knows how to make the most fun out of the event, but is also a master of group chemistry, ensuring everyone has a fantastic time.

Nuremberg: Sightseeing Train Tour

8. Nuremberg: Sightseeing Train Tour

Explore the historic city of Nuremberg on board a picturesque tourist train. Enjoy a ride through the city center, departing from the main Market Square. Pass by the Schöner Brunnen, a beautiful 19-meter high gold fountain.  Next, drive by the Maxbrücke Bridge, St. Lawrence Church, the Hospital of the Holy Spirit and the Imperial Castle, one of Europe's most important medieval fortifications. Enjoy panoramic views of all the sites visited from the comfort of your train seat.  In addition, learn more about the history of the city and uncover its secrets and legends from your informative audio-guide. During this tour you will be able to see all of the city's highlights in just 40 minutes and afterwards can explore the city on your own.

Bamberg: Guided Beer History Tour with Optional Tasting

9. Bamberg: Guided Beer History Tour with Optional Tasting

Bamberg's history is intricately intertwined with the history of beer, making it the perfect place to follow the footsteps of brewing from its monastic beginnings via the flourishing hop trade to the global commercial malt houses. Discover more about the fine art of brewing and learn about customs and traditions concerned with drinking beer. Visit the main attractions of the town, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the original locations of the Bamberg beer war, meet the Säufermännla, and sample delicacies of the town in a pub brewery. Along the way, see the Pfahlplätzchen, the Eisgrube with the Upper Parish Church, the Domberg, and the Sandstraße.

Nuremberg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

10. Nuremberg: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Enjoy a day of city-sightseeing in Nuremberg in the comfort of a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus. See the city’s most famous monuments and buildings from great vantage points and learn about the city’s rich history. Sit back and relax and enjoy the 2-hour circuit as your guide entertains you with fascinating information about the popular attractions and the 1,000-year history of Frankonia's metropole. Benefit from the flexibility to hop-on or hop-off anytime at any of the 6 stops along the tour route. You will see that, besides gingerbread and fried sausages, Nuremberg has so much more to offer.

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We had an amazing time. Our guide was excellent! We learned about where to eat, drink, sightsee, and have coffee! We had about 3 hours to explore Salzburg and then moved on to the bext destination. I definitely think 3 hours is more than enough to explore Salzburg.

Wonderful bus ride. Makes a short side trip thru the village of Oberammergau. Royal castles are quite impressive. Make sure you allow time to walk on the Marion Bruce to take photos. Snacks, water, and beer available with the Premium Tour.

Our guide, Aileen was very informative about the history and stories of the castle and the family. She also answered many questions concerning Munich. She also talked to each personally.

Out tour guide was Josh who was extremely animated and made the tour very interesting.

Aileen was a wonderful guide and made the whole visit very easy and meaningful.