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From Munich: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle Full-Day Trip

From Munich: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle Full-Day Trip

Travel to the magnificent castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Hohenschwangau (not included) and take a small detour through the picturesque town of Oberammergau. Choose to buy your castle tickets on the bus on the day or to buy them in advance as part of the day trip. Board an air-conditioned bus and set off to discover the castles of Bavaria. First, visit the fairy-tale Linderhof Palace, the only castle that Ludwig II lived to see completed. Explore the castle and its grounds with your guide. Then, head to the quaint town of Oberammergau for photos and shopping. Next, stop at Hohenschwangau Castle, Ludwig's childhood home, for lunch (not included) before moving on to Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled in the foothills of the Alps. Admire one of the most impressive sights in Germany and immerse yourself in the fairy-tale world of Ludwig II for the afternoon.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Premium Tour

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: Trip to Neuschwanstein & Linderhof in Spanish

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. This is a guided tour exclusively in Spanish. Non-Spanish speakers are not allowed to book this tour.

From Munich: Royal Fairytale Tour

From Munich: Royal Fairytale Tour

Spend the day exploring some of the Bavaria's biggest highlights outside Munich with round-trip transfer. See the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, in the Bavarian Alps. Visit Oberammergau, known for its Passion Play and beautiful house frescos. Finally, stop at Linderhof, an elaborate rococo palace. Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Munich. Head south to the Bavarian Alps to the village of Hohenschwangau. Visit King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein Castle for a guided tour inside the castle with a local guide. From there, continue to Oberammergau, the beautiful Passion Play village below the mountains that's known for its house frescos, woodcarvers, and Christmas shops. Enjoy free time to grab a bite to eat and to explore on your own. Stop at Linderhof, a palace built between 1870 and 1879, inspired Bourbon Kings and the place where Ludwig II actually lived for several years. Tour the inside of the palace with a local guide and enjoy time to go for a stroll in the formal gardens.

Ettal: Bavarian Highlights Private Day Tour

Ettal: Bavarian Highlights Private Day Tour

Delve into the famous attractions of Bavaria with a visit to Hohenschwangau and the spectacular Neuschwanstein Castle. See the Pilgrimage Church of Wies, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Appreciate the frescoes of Oberammergau village, and walk around inside Linderhof Palace. Get picked up in your hotel lobby to start the adventure. First, visit the tourist village of Hohenschwangau. From here, go to Neuschwanstein Castle, a famous landmark that sits atop the rugged hills of the village. Admire the architecture of this beautiful castle, built from 1869 to 1876. After this, continue to Wieskirche, or the Pilgrimage Church of Wies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its rococo-style architecture. Next, travel to Oberammergau, a village famous for the many frescoes which adorn the houses, and for the passion play which is performed every ten years. Have a break, buy lunch, and shop for some souvenirs. Afterward, travel to Linderhof Palace, a beautiful manor built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria between 1870 and 1879. Tour the inside of the palace with a local guide, and explore the gardens. Finally, return to your accommodation.

From Füssen: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castles Private Tour

From Füssen: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castles Private Tour

Relax with a hotel pickup in Füssen. First, you’ll be driven to Neuschwanstein Castle, the most visited castle in southern Germany and the inspiration for the Disney castle. With skip-the-line service, you don’t have to worry about waiting for hours to get tickets or that tickets will sell out when you arrive. Then experience the charming Hohenschwangau village. First, you’ll take the shuttle to Mary’s Bridge for some amazing pictures, then walk to Neuschwanstein and enjoy the tour inside. You will learn more about the Swan King, Ludwig II of Bavaria, who reigned from 1864-1886, and the history of Neuschwanstein. Later, you’ll drive to the picturesque village of Oberammergau, where the original Passion Play started in 1634. This little historic village is famous for wood carving, paintings and more. Then you’ll visit Linderhof Palace, where Ludwig II lived for more than 8 years. Before you finish your lovely day, you’ll visit the famous Wieskirche, the church in the meadow, and then head back to your hotel in Füssen.

Neuschwanstein Castle Private Tour in Mercedes Van from MUC

Neuschwanstein Castle Private Tour in Mercedes Van from MUC

Travel to the Castle of Neuschwanstein on a private full day tour from Munich, which ensures you personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace. Sit back and enjoy a smooth ride in a luxury vehicle, take in the scenery, and listen to guided commentary on the way there and back. Visit the Neuschwanstein Castle and explore on your own, then stop by other local attractions such as Linderhof Palace or stop for a local lunch.

Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle & More Private Tour

Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle & More Private Tour

Your private guide picks you up at your hotel in Munich, and we drive to Hohenschwangau village. To begin with, we take the shuttle to Mary’s Bridge (Marienbrücke) for some amazing pictures. Then we walk to Neuschwanstein (the fairy tale castle) with a tour inside. You will learn about the Swan King (Ludwig II) king of Bavaria (1864-1886). And the history of Neuschwanstein Castle (was built 1869-1886). Afterward, from the castle’s foot, we take a horse carriage to Hohenschwangau village. Later, we drive to the picturesque village of Oberammergau, where is the original Passion Play started in the 1634 period. This little historic village is famous for wood carving and for many House paintings and more. Free time to grab some lunch and shopping. Our next stop: Ettal Abbey, nestled in the little village of Ettal in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, is an impressive Baroque structure that is not to be missed when touring Southern Bavaria. A visit to the beautiful Ettal Abbey, founded in 1330 by Holy Roman Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian for a group of knights and a community of Benedictine monks. You will evidence the life of Benedictine monks who still live there. Afterward, we drive back to your hotel.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Palaces Day Trip

From Munich: Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Palaces Day Trip

Embark on a magical journey to discover the architectural masterpieces of King Ludwig II, the Mad King of Bavaria. Enjoy the comfort of a private vehicle as you visit both Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Palaces in a single day tour from Munich. Your guide will greet you at your Munich hotel or a prearranged meeting point and drive you through picturesque farmlands and into the German Alps. Get ready to capture stunning views during the roughly 2-hour drive. Upon arrival in Hohenschwangau, take time to explore the quaint shops, serene Alpsee lake, and the charming Hohenschwangau Castle grounds. Climb up towards Neuschwanstein with breathtaking views along the way. A shuttle bus is available for those with mobility issues. Before entering the palace, visit Marienbrücke, a suspension bridge with breathtaking views of both the palace and the surrounding landscape. Enjoy a tour of the palace's lavish interior, with time for souvenir shopping and a break afterwards. Next, visit Linderhof, the smallest and only completed palace of King Ludwig II, inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Take a short tour of the palace's interior and wander through its stunning gardens, considered one of the finest examples of historicist garden design. Your guide will share the story of King Ludwig II, his eccentricity, and the mystery surrounding his death. After completing the tour, your guide will return you to Munich and accompany you back to your hotel or a prearranged drop-off point. Please note that only employees of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof are allowed to give tours inside the castles and you will be provided with an audio guide. For this tour, you can choose between an option with a driver-guide or a separate driver and guide. Our driver-guides are well-versed in history and can provide an adequate overview. For a more in-depth tour, we recommend booking the option with a separate driver and a professional local guide.

Oberammergau Private Guided Walking Tour

Oberammergau Private Guided Walking Tour

This small alpine village became famous for its representation of the Passion of Christ, its 18th-century frescoes painted on the town's houses and it’s centuries-old wood carving traditions. Situated in the Ammer valley, it is named after the river Ammer that crosses the village. Its roots are dated from the late Bronze Age, but the village as we know it today started with a small monastery in the 9th century. Its geographic position between Germany and Italy turned this small town into a stopping place for pilgrims en route to Rome. Discover how this town became a fulcrum point in wood carving art from the 14th century onwards. Learn the connection to the nearby Ettal Monastery and elite boarding school. Walk the streets of the town and get to know how the 30 Years War led to the return of the Black Plague, which in terms gave rise to the Passion of Christ play, known as one of the best representations of the last days of Christ. Discover the several references to “Märchenhäuser”, the fairy tales that were gathered by the Brothers Grimm in Germany from old oral German folklore of the early 19th century. Oberammergau is surely a town to awe and wonder at both the sacred and the profane.

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Johnny was our guide and he was great. Not only did he always give suggestions on what places to visit and eat at with the limited time we had in each stop, he also would point out numerous interesting sites and give history on things we’d see along the road. He even went out of his way when our bus was going to leave, to track down one of our missing passengers. As for the stops themselves, as others mentioned, Oberammergau is the only thing that should possibly be removed from the tour in the future as having more time at either Linderhof or Schwangau would be preferred (and maybe also allow Hohenschwangau to be seen).

We had a marvelous day with Hanae (so sorry if I’m misspelling!) and Dragon. Hanae was so sweet and very knowledgeable and funny. The bus left promptly on time at each stop, and we had plenty of time to tour and explore the castles. Not having to drive or figure parking was well worth the cost, and the bus was comfy and they provided cold drinks for 2€. I would definitely recommend.

A huge rainstorm hit exactly when we got to HohenSchwangau...we were completely soaked all day. But the tour was excellent! Highly recommended!!

Would be nice if the tour gide would led us straight to the last castle

Courtney our guide was polite, professional and helpful!