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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.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Premium Tour

2. From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Premium Tour

Take a scenic ride to the castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof with skip-the-line entry. Experience the lush beauty of the German countryside and learn the history of the area from your local guide. In the morning, travel in comfort from Munich to Linderhof Palace for a guided tour. Discover the history of the castle before continuing to the picturesque town of Oberammergau. Explore the village and hear about traditional crafts from the local woodcarvers. At noon, head along the Romantische Straße (Romantic Road) to Neuschwanstein Castle. Stop for lunch (not included) on arrival or go directly to the Marienbrücke bridge. In the afternoon, explore Neuschwanstein Castle, before a relaxing ride back to Munich.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

3. From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

Discover one of Bavaria's most scenic landscapes on this tour from Munich by train and van. Marvel at the stature and delicate architecture of Neuschwanstein Castle standing proud atop a hill and surrounded by forested mountains. See the sprawling valley from the foot of the castle walls and learn about its history from your guide along a walking tour of the grounds. Located 2 hours from Munich, the enchanting old-world town of Füssen lies in the foothills of the Alps, framed by one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the world. Towering far above the village, seemingly sculpted out of the very mountains that rise magnificently to the heavens, is a sight made from the stuff of dreams: the fabulous and ethereal Neuschwanstein Castle. This glorious folly was built in the 19th-Century by the famed "mad" King Ludwig II, a man intoxicated by mythology and who himself became a legend. The shimmering white towers of the castle among the clouds are instantly recognizable to many who haven’t ever heard the name Neuschwanstein. It is the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle and is famous the world over as the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang castle. To visit it is to step inside a fairy tale. On this full-day tour from Munich, your guide will take you by train or bus and accompany you uphill to the castle’s lofty perch, where it sits gleaming above a spectacular panorama of mountains, lakes, and valleys. It’s not just about the castle – it’s also about its wonderful location. You will go to the best vantage points and explore the lake. If time and weather permits, you can even enjoy a swim. Get postcard-perfect views of the equally beautiful Hohenschwangau Castle, the waterfall gorge, and the stunning Marienbrücke Bridge, suspended high above it all. While you are marveling at the beauty, your guide will tell you the engaging story of King Ludwig’s renowned and tragic reign, his turbulent times, and of the obsession that drove him to build his fantasy castle in the mountains that ultimately destroyed him. If you choose to purchase a ticket on the day, skip the long lines for the separate internal tour of the king’s private chambers by a specialist castle guide. The tour is the most practical way to admire this amazing fantasy world.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip by Van

4. From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip by Van

Spend a day in picturesque Bavaria with this van tour from Munich. Spend the day enjoying a drive on the Romantic Road in the Bavarian Alps. On the way to the castle of Neuschwanstein, you’ll pass through old, quaint Bavarian villages and scenic countryside. When you reach Neuschwanstein you’ll be taken on a guided tour of the castle, which was built in the 19th century in the Romanesque Revival style. The palace sits on a craggy hill commanding views of the village of Hohenschwangau below. From the Marienbridge you’ll have breathtaking views of the castle. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a royal retreat and in honor of Richard Wagner, the composer. After the death of Ludwig II, the palace was opened to the public in 1886, and now hosts more than 1.3 million visitors each year. Neuschwanstein has appeared in numerous movies and was also used as a model for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland. You’ll walk through a lovely gorge featuring cascades and waterfalls. On the way back you’ll stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Church of Wieskirch built in the 17th century. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a Bavarian cheese farm, where you can purchase an optional cheese and sausage platter with freshly baked bread. Enjoy the spectacular, 360-degree mountain views from the farm.

From Munich: Trip to Neuschwanstein & Linderhof in Spanish

5. From Munich: Trip to Neuschwanstein & Linderhof in Spanish

Drive through the pre-alpine region of Bavaria to Neuschwanstein, the fairytale castle built by King Ludwig II in Hohenschwangau. You’ll have a chance to admire both the exterior and interior of the palace and take in the spectacular views from the Bridge of Mary. Cross alpine valleys en route to Linderhof, the Baroque jewel that’s one of smaller palaces built by Ludwig II. In addition to visiting the palace, you’ll see the spectacular gardens.

From Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour

6. From Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour

This private tour to Neuschwanstein castle begins at your hotel at 8:30 AM where your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel. The short 50-minute ride to Neuschwanstein castle is filled with scenic Alpine views and historical sights that will entertain and amaze. Once at the castle, you can skip the lines as your guide moves through the crowds and brings you to the entrance the fastest and most pleasant way. En route, you will be entertained by the history of the castle, Bavaria, and the life and death of Ludwig II. After your tour of the interior of the castle, your guide will bring you to the village of Oberammergau for shopping, sight-seeing, and lunch. A leisurely walk through Oberammergau ends when you are ready before hopping into the Mercedes V-Class for a short ride to the Ettal Monastery where you will be given a guided tour of the church and the grounds. Your tour ends back at your hotel around 5:00 PM.

Budapest: Sisi and her Beloved Hungary Walking Tour

7. Budapest: Sisi and her Beloved Hungary Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour in Budapest that will make your heart skip. Immerse yourself in the stunning views of this ancient city, and walk around the medieval cobblestone to see the Buda Castle, Matthias Church, Lions Courtyard, and many more iconic sites. Elisabeth, “Sisi,” the eccentric empress of Austria and queen of Hungary, is an emblematic figure in the nation’s history. She was the ideal of beauty, fashion icon, rebel queen, poet, and highly skilled equestrian. During this guided tour, we discover the unique alliance between Sisi and Hungary, the secrets of her troubled personal life, and her influence on European politics while we walk in her footsteps in the former Royal Gardens of the Buda Castle. Stroll around the medieval cobblestone streets of Buda from the Royal Palace to the Fisherman's Bastion; over 700 years of history unfold in front of our eyes. We stroll through exquisite courtyards, grandiose ornamented gates, and secret passages while we see all the iconic landmarks such as the Buda Castle, Matthias Church, Lion’s courtyard, Szent György square, and lesser-known hidden gems, such as medieval trading houses, baroque palaces and an unforgettable bird’s-eye view of Budapest! Meet your guide at the Ybl Miklós square Budapest 1013 - Statue of Miklós Ybl to begin your walking tour. Your tour will end at the Döbrentei square 1013 - Statue of Elisabeth

Munich: Neuschwanstein Private Guided Tour Packages

8. Munich: Neuschwanstein Private Guided Tour Packages

Experience the historical, cultural, and natural treasures of Bavaria and Tyrol on this private tour from Munich. Visit the legendary Neuschwanstein Castle. Enjoy a convenient pickup from your hotel and make your way into the Bavarian foothills, enjoying some great photo opportunities at lakes and other scenic spots along the way. Visit one of the local rococo churches before reaching Hohenschwangau: the Village of the Royal Castles. Purchase skip-the-line tickets on the tour and avoid waiting. Choose from 3 exciting tour packages. The Classic tour package will take you to Linderhof Palace, the second of King Ludwig II's fairytale castles. Admire the lavish interiors and magical castle garden. Follow it up with a guided tour of Oberammergau and Ettal Abbey. Opting for the Adrenaline Kick Package takes you to the 700-year-old ruins of Burgenwelten Ehrenberg castle and its 400-meter long Highline 179 pedestrian suspension bridge. Take in spectacular views from the bridge. Take the 3-Castle Package and enjoy exploring 3 different castles from the inside: Neuschwanstein, King Maximilian II's neo-Gothic summer residence of Hohenschwangau, and the Linderhof Palace.

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What people are saying about Schwangau

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,392 reviews

It was a really nice daytrip with beautiful places to visit. The bus left 15 min earlier, most likely because everyone was on board however prepare to be there earlier just in case. Also there is not much time to visit everything and have lunch so better to pack drinks and some food to keep the energy up. There was a lot of walking involved but all in all manageable. Keep your timing sharp and plan on the bus how you want to do the things according to time schedules.

Tour was very well organized. Our tour guide Danielle was super helpful and informative and I would seek her out for any tours if possible. Our bus driver was also very helpful and they were a great team. Definitely recommend this tour. It was a long full day but no time was wasted.

Well organized, bus left on time. I thought the amount of time for lunch was adequate. I wish the guides wore a uniform shirt or some identifying item. Our guide, Jackie, was well informed but hard to spot when meeting her in different areas.

Excellent timing and good way to see the castles when staying in Munich and you don’t want to drive.

throughly enjoyable trip, well organised and with a very nice knowledgeable guide