Bavaria Castle & palace tours

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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 Full-Day Trip

2. 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: Rothenburg and Nördlinger Ries Day Trip by Bus

3. From Munich: Rothenburg and Nördlinger Ries Day Trip by Bus

Take a trip down the Romantic Road, a famous 220 mile route linking some of Bavaria's most exquisite architectural gems on a guided tour from Munich. Discover the natural beauty of the region, and the charming town of Rothenburg. After departure from Munich, travel first to Harburg which is one of the oldest and best-preserved castle complexes in Germany. This perfectly situated castle with its surrounding village retains the feel of the middle ages. Be enchanted by its historic flair and delve deep into its history. After visiting the castle, and pausing for coffee, you will drive on through the wondrous scenery of the Nördlinger Ries – the giant depression left by an ancient meteor in the Swabian landscape. Travelling via Dinkelsbühl, with its towers and spires, you will reach Rothenburg, a perfectly restored mediaeval town. Take some free time here for extensive exploration. Wander through the beautiful streets and alleyways, which are full of the charm of past times. Your return to Munich will take you through the largest hops-growing region in the world, the Hallertau. On this tour, be amazed by the beautiful region of southern Germany.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Premium Tour

4. 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: Salzburg Day Trip by Train

5. From Munich: Salzburg Day Trip by Train

Visit the hometown of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on a full-day tour from Munich. Travel by train and in the imperial city, visit his place of birth (optional), his residence, the streets he walked, and the cafés he drank in. Salzburg is also one of the most popular set-jetting destinations in the world for one simple reason, “The Sound of Music.” Visit sites you will remember from the silver screen such as the beautiful Mirabelle Gardens where Julie Andrews and the children were filmed singing “Do-Re-Mi.” An expert guide will take you on a train ride from Munich to Austria. You will be provided with a map and get a 1.5-hour orientation tour through the major sites.  Explore one of the finest preserved medieval old towns in Europe, crisscrossed with romantic winding shopping streets and venerable market places adorned with outstanding architectural monuments of the later baroque era. See piazzas and fountains, the stunning Domkirche Cathedral, pleasure gardens, palaces, and churches, monasteries and catacombs, and confectionaries and patisseries. You will also go to the oldest restaurant on the continent. You will then have 3 hours to explore the city for yourself, before meeting up for the return journey. During your free time, you can visit the breathtaking 900-year-old fortress Festung Hohensalzburg, the magnificent edifice that dominates the city's skyline, itself framed by the spectacular encirclement of mountains stretching into the horizon. 

Munich: Concert in the Court Chapel of the Residenz

6. Munich: Concert in the Court Chapel of the Residenz

The Baroque Court Chapel of the Wittelsbach family was once the wedding chapel of Ludwig I. It is one of the jewels of the Munich Residenz. Here Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed frequently with his early piano concertos and the Missa brevis. The Court Chapel itself is primarily known for its wonderful acoustics. Hear the amazing acoustics for yourself and attend a concert in the Chapel.

From Munich: Trip to Neuschwanstein & Linderhof in Spanish

7. 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.

Munich: Mystical Nymphenburg Palace

8. Munich: Mystical Nymphenburg Palace

Explore the imposing Baroque building of the Nymphenburg Palace and head inside for a tour through its elegant hallways. Learn about the history of this castle, one of the premier royal residences in Europe, and discover the beautiful portraits of the Gallery of Beauties. Make the most of your time in Munich with a trip to this ancient royal summer residence. Conceived as a gift from Ferdinand Maria to his art-loving wife, dive into the mystical story of this fairytale-worthy castle inspired by nymphs. Take in every detail in the company of a professional. Stroll through the several sections of the palace and park, constantly redesigned by the dukes, princes, and kings of the past. Enjoy a mix of beauty and fantasy and step into its Gallery of Beauties to gaze at portraits of the most beautiful German noble women from back in the day.

Munich: Residenz Palace, Museum and Treasury Private Tour

9. Munich: Residenz Palace, Museum and Treasury Private Tour

Join this exclusive tour to explore the nooks and crannies of the Residenz, the largest palace complex in Germany, with a Licensed Guide. Step inside to admire the stunning interiors and learn about its former inhabitants. Visit the Residenz Museum, Treasury and Cuvilliés Theater and enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town. Choose a basic 2-hour option to see the highlights of the Residenz: the Palace, Museum, and Treasury. Follow in the footsteps of Bavarian kings, dukes, and electors who served in this royal residence from 1508 to 1918. Take a journey through the periods of Renaissance, to early Baroque, to Rococo, to Neoclassicism. Admire the lavish rooms and art collections that provide the distinguished taste and political ambition of the Wittelsbach dynasty. As a museum, the Residenz explores the ages of humanism, Counter-Reformation, the Enlightenment, the divine right of kings and constitutional monarchy. In the Treasury, you will find a remarkable collection of crown jewels, royal insignia, goldsmith's works, swords, goblets, and other expensive items. The 3-hour option includes a private car transfer between your accommodation in Munich and the Residenz. This solution is perfect when you don't want to walk too far or use public transport. After the tour, you will be driven back to the address provided when booking. Opt for the extended 3.5-hour to visit the Residenz and the Cuvilliés Theatre. Admire the opulence of the auditorium that Elector Maximilian Joseph III built as his new opera house. Hear about the lavish opera productions and the first performance of Mozart’s Idomeneo that premiered here. Explore also Hofgarten, the formal court gardens of the royal residence. See the Bavarian Government, Marstall Theater, and the Grand State Opera. The 5-hour tour also includes a walking tour of Munich’s Old Town. Take a stroll from the Residenz to Odeonsplatz to see the Feldherrnhalle monument and Theatine Church, and hear about the infamous Beer Hall Putsch that took place here. Step inside the proud Frauenkirche (Munich Cathedral) and hear the legend of its Devil's footprint. Follow your private guide to the city-center square Marienplatz to admire the magnificent New Town Hall as well as the Old Town Hall, Fish’s Fountain, and St. Peter’s Church, the oldest church in the city.

Passau: Veste Oberhaus Castle Entrance Ticket

10. Passau: Veste Oberhaus Castle Entrance Ticket

To start your tour, you will explore the extensive grounds of the Veste Oberhaus, which is located high above Passau and is one of the largest and at the same time best-preserved castle complexes in Europe. Then head inside the more than 800-year-old castle walls, where history comes alive in a unique way. Walk in the footsteps of the Passau prince bishops, who once resided in the rooms in which today the Oberhaus Museum presents exciting exhibitions from the Middle Ages to recent history. An absolute highlight is the visit to the newly opened observation tower with multimedia presentation on the multifaceted history of the castles and palaces in the Inn-Salzach-Dona region. A spectacular panoramic view of Passau and the surrounding area awaits you on the top platform. The new Veste Oberhaus app accompanies you on a virtual adventure tour "in the footsteps of knights and prince bishops" through the castle complex. For example, the former drawbridge comes back to life, a panoramic tour shows the most beautiful vantage points and the treasure hunt invites you to discover objects from ancient times at authentic sites. Finally, a visit to the Batterie Linde lookout point is recommended, from where you can enjoy the most beautiful view of the picturesque old town and the famous confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers.

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The castle and the area where it is placed is really magical. Our guide, Patrick, made our day by sharing the history of Ludwig II with passion and expertise. He is a kind, knowledgeable and funny guide who will make you enjoy the day even more! highly recommended!

Definitely worth the history. Loved everything about the tour. So glad we did this. Tour guide was amazing! Highly recommend this excursion to anyone. My only issue is the meeting place was changed at least 10 times prior to the trip.

Had a wonderful day at Salzburg. Elisabeth was a great guide. She shared the most fascinating facts and stories about Austria and Munich and she made sure everyone on the tour was accounted for.

Mario was fantastic in all aspects! "Door to door" professionalism, from precise pick-up and information along the way, to great cultural stops and accommodating all those under his care.

Well informed, easy trip by a very competent driver. Great experience