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 Castle Full-Day Trip

1. 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

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 by Van

3. 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

4. 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: Neuschwanstein Private Guided Tour Packages

5. 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.

Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour

6. Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour

Discover for yourself the jewel of Bavaria, the Neuschwanstein Castle, 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 Neuschwanstein 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 Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour

7. 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.

München: Rundflug München, Seen, Schlösser, Alpen abAugsburg

8. München: Rundflug München, Seen, Schlösser, Alpen abAugsburg

Discover Munich and its surrounding landscapes on a sightseeing flight over lakes, forests, and famous landmarks. Admire the Alpine landscape and fly over Lake Forgegensee. Enjoy interesting commentary from your pilot. From our ALPEN AIR terminal in Augsburg, fly via Dachau to the state capital Munich with the architecturally brilliant Allianz Arena of FC Bayern Munich. Be enchanted by the beauty of Munich from a height of only 600 meters, flying low to discover the English Garden and the German Museum. Hover over the Marienplatz and the Frauenkirche, as well as the Nymphenburg Palace. At a slow speed, circle the futuristic BMW World and of course the Olympic Park with its 291-meter-high Olympic Tower. Next, fly over Lake Simssee to the Bavarian sea, Lake Chiemsee. In the middle of Bavaria’s largest lake and against the impressive backdrop of the Alps, Herrenchiemsee Castle and Fraueninsel Island await you. Then head towards the mountains and see through the large windows onto the Kampenwand and the Wilder Kaiser. Over the half hour that follows, take in the grace of the mountains as you fly almost 150 kilometers along the northern Alps. Pass the Wendelstein after the Inn Valley and discover idyllic lakes in the midst of the impressive mountain world: first, pass the circular Thiersee, then the picturesque Schliersee, the small Spitzingsee, and the famous Tegernsee. Conclude your mountain tour with the beauty of the Ammergau Alpine landscape and the Plansee lake surrounded by mountains, before the next highlight comes into view – the imposing fairytale castle of King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein Castle at the foot of the mountains overlooking Lake Forggensee. Then fly over the Murnauer Moos and the dark blue Staffelsee and Riegsee to the colorful Osterseen before reaching the Fünfseenland. Pass the popular lake of Starnberg and enjoy the beautiful colors of the water, especially in the area of the Roseninsel.

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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.

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.

A great, well organized day trip with a fantastic guide, Charlie. We enjoyed the day and Charlie told us interesting history and background of the castle.

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