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Neuschwanstein Castle

Go back in time at Bavaria’s fairytale castle that’s inspired by Wagner and located in a magical forest setting.

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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.

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: Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Premium Tour

3. 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 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.

Füssen: Neuschwanstein Castle Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

5. Füssen: Neuschwanstein Castle Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

Enjoy our skip the ticket to Neuschwanstein Castle with Audio Headset and tour guide inside the castle and you can choose your languages incl. a city map with information and give you Tipp for good pictures.Avoid long line and enjoy the rest of the day that you can plan rest of the day. just collect your ticket 8:30am-9am from our office and drive straight to the castle.we organize for you the ticket and tour and give all information. Please note: We are not official ticket center of the castle and that why our ticket it´s the price higher than official ticket center. there is a ceratain time to visit the castle with our Ticket.please that why you have to collect your ticket on time from at our office between 8:30-9am

Munich: Half-Day Skip-the-Line Neuschwanstein Castle Tour

6. Munich: Half-Day Skip-the-Line Neuschwanstein Castle Tour

This half day tour it´s ideal choise and very efficient if you are looking a tour from Munich to Neuschwanstein castle start at Central Station Munich 7:15am to Castel Neuschwanstin,Marien bridge... and back to Munich 14:20pm This half day tour it´s combined by car train your tour cover train ticket and skip the line ticket to Neuschwanstein Castle

From Munich: Royal Fairytale Tour

7. 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.

Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour

8. Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour

Discover for yourself the jewel of Bavaria, the Royal Castles from Schwangau (Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau), with a guided walking tour up to the castle doors. Learn about the castle that attracted Disney's attention and King Ludwig II who inspired its construction. Hear the details of his life and his many architectural creations. Enjoy a guided walking tour up to the doors of the Royal Castle. Meet with your King Ludwig II enthusiast and guide and learn about the castle that is visited by thousands of people every day. As you walk, discover the dreams of King Ludwig II. Hear about his life story, the inspiration for his architectural pieces, and his tragic and mysterious death. The tour is planned with time to stop for lunch and to capture perfect pictures of the unforgettable views. Arrive at the doors, say goodbye to your guide, and enter.

From Munich: Private Day Trip to Neuschwanstein Castle

9. From Munich: Private Day Trip to Neuschwanstein Castle

Discover the magic of Neuschwanstein, the fairytale castle of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, on this unforgettable 8-hour tour. Nestled in the heart of the majestic Bavarian Alps, Neuschwanstein is a must-see for any traveler. Your tour begins with a comfortable and scenic drive from Munich to Hohenschwangau, the small town beneath Neuschwanstein Castle. On the way, you'll have the opportunity to admire the rolling hills of the Bavarian countryside and capture the breathtaking views with your camera. Once in Hohenschwangau, you'll have time to explore its charming shops, the serene Alpsee lake, and the grounds around the smaller Hohenschwangau Castle. Then, it's time for the climb up to Neuschwanstein. Your driver-guide (or separate driver and guide) will share the story of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the history of the castle along the way. A shuttle bus up to Marienbrücke is available for those with mobility issues. Upon arrival at Neuschwanstein, you'll first visit the Marienbrücke, a suspension bridge that provides stunning views of both the palace and the surrounding countryside. Then, you'll be taken on a tour of the palace's lavish, myth-inspired interior. After the tour, you'll have time for souvenir shopping and a break. Finally, you'll be driven back to Munich, where your guide will accompany you to your hotel or to a prearranged drop-off point. Please note that only employees of Neuschwanstein are allowed to give tours inside the castle 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.

Ettal: Bavarian Highlights Private Day Tour

10. 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.

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Very nice excursion, certainly thanks to the group and the guide Stevo who was very well prepared! The day was very organized, just to relax. I personally didn't really like the castle inside, but it's personal taste. In my opinion it is worth the expense.

Very good trip and highly recommended, very well organized and our tour leader was great. Don't be disheartened with the walk to Neuschwanstein castle, we did it with 2 kids and walked uphill and enjoyed every minute.

Love the visiting experience and the bus was comfortable. The guide is very detailed too. Highly recommended to anyone who want to visit the castle.

Loved the tour and the guider (also his lovely dog). Thank you for everything!

Well planned trip, great information from the guide.