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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 (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.

Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

2. Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

The 50- or 100-minutes boat trips depart from Eiserner Steg. The boat leaves every hour. You have can choose between either 50 minutes downstream or 50 minutes upstream or 100 minutes (combination of both sides). Sailing towards Griesheim, see the urban areas of Frankfurt towards the Western harbor. Here you have a wonderful view of the skyscrapers of Frankfurts Financial Center or you can enjoy the museums along the embankment, for example the Städel. The ship will turn around before the Griesheim lock. Departures at 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM and 5 PM. Sailing towards Offenbach is upstream the river. Sail past the beautiful embankments of the river main towards the Eastern harbor of the city. You can see the district Sachsenhausen and its museum embankment. You will have the chance to get off at "Gerbermühle", a historic landmark to Frankfurt's poet Goethe. Departures at 12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM. The 100 minutes cruises are usually available between 11 AM and 4 PM, every hour. (subject to change) All tours are accompanied by commentaries in English and German.

Munich Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 1-Day or 2-Day Ticket

3. Munich Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 1-Day or 2-Day Ticket

Embark on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Munich and learn about the city with an onboard audio guide. Admire city highlights, including the fourth-largest chimes in the world, the full-body relic of the Holy Munditia, and the historic Old Town. Choose from three different routes to suit your preferences and interests. On sunny days, benefit from an open-top upper deck and feel the sunshine on your face. Hop on and off as you please, or stay on board for fascinating explanations from your audio guide, offered in ten different languages. Choose from three routes: the City Tour, the Nymphenburg Olympic Park tour, and the Schwabing tour, with each route taking one hour. Pass important sights, such as Nymphenburg Palace, Olympic Park, the English Garden, the historic Old Town, Odeonsplatz, Marienplatz, and more.

Frankfurt: 1-Hour Panorama Boat Cruise on the river Main

4. Frankfurt: 1-Hour Panorama Boat Cruise on the river Main

Discover Frankfurt's beauty on a 1-hour Main River cruise. Admire modern skyscrapers, historic landmarks like the cathedral and Eiserner Steg bridge, all while enjoying insightful commentary. Relax with a drink from the bar (to be purchased separately) and capture scenic photos as you sail under charming bridges. Unveil Frankfurt's essence from a unique perspective. This cruise offers a unique perspective on Frankfurt's vibrant blend of past and present - easily accessible from Frankfurt´s old town.

Munich: Third Reich & WWII Tour Walking Tour

5. Munich: Third Reich & WWII Tour Walking Tour

Take a 2-hour walking tour of Munich to discover one of the darkest moments in the city’s history, learning of the birth of Nazism, the rise of Hitler, and the infamous Third Reich. In 1919, Germany was emerging from World War I as a defeated and humiliated nation, with Munich in the grips of hyperinflation and Bavaria dominated by revolution and assassination. Out of this fertile soil of chaos rose the Nazi movement, and one of history’s most powerful dictators, Adolf Hitler. Follow the inception of Nazism, from the first mass meeting at the Hofbräuhaus to the failed attempt to seize power at the Feldherrnhalle. You will go to the site of party rallies at Königsplatz, and stop in the Hofgarten to talk about The White Rose Resistance Movement. The tour covers all the important facts and sites that played a role in the origin of this dark chapter, which ended with the beautiful city of Munich in ruins and the second world war cutting deep wounds across Deutschland.

Nuremberg: City Tour with the Bimmelbahn Train

6. Nuremberg: City Tour with the Bimmelbahn Train

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.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

7. 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.

Nuremberg: Medieval Dungeons Guided Tour

8. Nuremberg: Medieval Dungeons Guided Tour

Discover a world of crime and punishment while exploring the medieval dungeons below the old city hall. Learn about torture during the middle ages, what kind of punishments were used, and what the prisoners had to endure in the remand prison until they confessed, guilty or not. Being thrown into the dungeon was basically a death sentence in the middle ages. Find out why as you explore the medieval dungeons in the vaulted cellars of Nuremberg's old city hall. From the fourteenth century, the dungeons were used to hold and question prisoners pending judgment. Walk through the twelve small cells, check out the most original furnishings, and visit the torture chamber to gain an insight into what happened here during those dark times.

From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Half-Day Trip

9. From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Half-Day Trip

Take a 5-hour tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, a place of memory and of education. To visit it can be a challenge, but also a deeply moving and memorable experience. A professional guide, trained and authorized by the Memorial site, will organize all travel arrangements, taking you on the return journey by train and bus from Munich. You will get a comprehensive tour of the entire area, including all the surviving original buildings, the museum exhibition center, and the cinema, which screens an English language documentary film. The guides are trained to convey often difficult and disturbing material to you with sensitivity, with dignity, with respect for the victims, and without recourse to cheap sensationalism.

Frankfurt: Hop-on Hop-off Day Skyline or Express City Tour

10. Frankfurt: Hop-on Hop-off Day Skyline or Express City Tour

Enjoy a sightseeing tour through Frankfurt aboard a comfortable double-decker bus. When the weather's good, the roof of the bus stays open, letting you take in a clear view of the most beautiful buildings and parks in the city. Get to know this bustling metropolis in a whole new way as you listen to commentary in 10 languages. Hop on or off the buses as often as you like at any of the stops along the route, sprinkled throughout the city's most interesting areas. Learn about Frankfurt's main attractions while on the bus, or explore the city's beautiful sights at your own pace. Take a trip through the bustling city center (Express City Tour) or along Frankfurt's famous skyline (Skyline Tour), both available for one just one price. Stops: Paulskirche - Römer - Goethe-Haus - Main Tower - Alte Oper - Palmengarten - Senkenbergmuseum - Messe - Hauptbahnhof - Museumsufer - Eisener Steg - Alt Sachsenhausen - Untermainkai - Mainkai - Zoo Frankfurt - Hauptwache. You can get on or off at any of the 16 stops as many times as you please with the 24 hour hop-on hop-off ticket.

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The trip was wonderful. The castle is beautiful with breathtaking views. Our guide Michelle was wonderful. Only the bus did not have a good air-conditioning and it was very warm and uncomfortable inside . As it is a long journey I request the radius tours to look into the matter.

Nice clean new motorcoach, veteran guide and neuschwanstein is worth the effort to see. Linderhof was small, but we came in early spring when fountains and garden was closed.

I thought this tour was good value for the money. You get a lot of food and beer which was nice. The guide was interesting and informative.

Our guide Steven is a great guide, really nice, incredibly knowledgable and gave us a fantastic day in Neuschwanstein castle.

Our guide, Stephanie, was amazing. She is so knowledgeable and provided us with so much information.