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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.

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From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

2. From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

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 coach 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, of his turbulent times and of the obsession that drove him to build his fantasy castle in the mountains and ultimately destroyed him. 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 enter this amazing fantasy world.

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From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

3. From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

Spend a day in picturesque Bavaria, enjoying a drive on the Romantic Road in the Bavarian Alps. On the way to the fairy tale 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 it 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 get a cheese and sausage platter with fresh baked bread. There are spectacular, 360-degree mountain view to enjoy here as well.

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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.

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From Zurich: Private 4 Countries in 1 Full-Day Tour

5. From Zurich: Private 4 Countries in 1 Full-Day Tour

Uncover the best of 4 countries in 1 day on this tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Zurich, sit back and relax in the comfort of a private vehicle as you drive along Lake Zurich, Obersee and Walensee, admiring green hills and valleys along the way. Then, cross the border into Vaduz in Liechtenstein. Here, marvel at the emblem of the city, the imposing Vaduz Castle, then visit the famous post-office with its high-in-demand stamps. Next, continue to Bregenz in Western Austria, located on the shores of Lake Constance. Here, see sights such as Martins Tower, Lake Promenade and the famous Kunsthaus Kub. Afterward, proceed to the main sightseeing location in Southern Germany, Lindau, where you can admire majestic townhouses and breathtaking views. Later, continue to the German city of Meersburg, where you will drive over the bridge to reach the Swiss town of Stein am Rhein. Enjoy some free time to wander through the narrow streets of the city's fairytale-like Old Town and marvel at its preserved, half-timbered medieval houses with their extravagantly painted facades. After a full day's sightseeing, get dropped off back at your hotel in Zurich.

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From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Rothenburg Full-Day Tour

6. From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Rothenburg Full-Day Tour

Two of southern Germany's most charming communities offer a look at the country's medieval charm. You'll see the romantic city of Heidelberg and the historic town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Your journey begins with a morning tour to Heidelberg. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world, and then take a walk in the city's medieval center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. Next, follow the Romantic Road into the uplands of Bavaria for a visit to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. High above the Tauber River valley, the picturesque old lanes and the castle garden give you a look at the elegance of another era. See the wood-carved altar of St. Jakobs Church and marvel at half-timbered houses, the city gates, and the mighty Renaissance Town Hall. In the afternoon, take some leisure time to explore the town on your own. Look for the local delicacy called a "Schneeball," a fried dough ball with many different toppings before you meet your group for your journey back to Frankfurt.

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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.

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Linderhof Palace Tour from Munich: Groups of 4 or More

8. Linderhof Palace Tour from Munich: Groups of 4 or More

Escape the bustle of Munich on this full-day tour to Linderhof Palace. Located in southwest Bavaria, you will get a full day to tour the rococo interior, beautiful landscaped gardens, and outhouses, including the Moroccan House, and the Moorish Kiosk. Depart from Munich and drive towards the German Alps into the Ettal. Stop off at Ettal Abbey, home to a community of about 50 monks. Explore the 14th-Century Abbey before continuing to the Royal Palace of Linderhof and Venus Grotto, 2 of the most precious jewels of Bavaria. Linderhof Palace was built in the late 19th-Century for the legendary King Ludwig II. The smallest of the eccentric king’s 3 palaces, it was the only one he lived to see finished. Designed in a fanciful rococo style, the palace and grounds contain exquisite buildings and rooms, such as the Hall of Mirrors, with its carpet made of ostrich plumes, and its ivory candelabra. Visit the theatrical Venus Grotto, built as an illustration of Wagner's “Tannhäuser," and a favorite with Ludwig, who liked to row across the grotto in a swan boat. After the palace tour, you will get some free time to explore the grounds on your own. Go to the Moorish Kiosk, with its peacock throne, and the ornate Moroccan House. Wander the landscaped, formal gardens. On the retun trip to Munich, you will stop at Oberammergau, world famous for it Passion Play, held once every 10 years. Also known for its woodcarvers, and richly painted houses, tour the enchanting town before lunch, and your return transfer to Munich.

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Munich: Neuschwanstein Private Guided Tour Packages

9. 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.

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From Munich: Herrenchiemsee Palace and Boat Trip Day-Tour

10. From Munich: Herrenchiemsee Palace and Boat Trip Day-Tour

Spend a lovely day out on a boat exploring the beautiful Chiemsee and its two picturesque islands, the Herreninsel and the Fraueninsel. Known as “the Bavarian Ocean,” Chiemsee is the largest fresh-water lake near Munich. Herreninsel boasts wonderful Herrenchiemsee, a palace built by King Ludwig II in 1878 in the image of Versailles in France. In some respects, however, Herrenchiemsee actually surpasses Versailes – its Hall of Mirrors is a famous example. With its elegant gardens and walkways and the beautiful interiors of gold, glass, and porcelain, the palace is a visually stunning monument to opulence. King Ludwig's difficult personality is reflected in his famous elevated dining table, which was raised and lowered through the floor so the reclusive King did not have to see his servants. This tour gives you the full story of Chiemsee and its islands. You even get the option of touring the interior of the palace. This full day tour is one of the most unique and special touring experiences in Germany.

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What people are saying about Bavaria

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4.8 / 5

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Beautiful & breathtaking scenery in winter, worth every penny. If one is not familiar with history of the country, I would suggest not to take the tour inside the castle, but instead take the time to explore and enjoy the view of this place

Great experience. The guide took care of everything is the best way possible Will highly recommend

Amazing day out - Jeff our tour guide was full of stories and knowledge. We loved it!!

Need more complete information about covid antigen test especially for the tourist.

Guide had great knowledge of the site and got us all there and back