The Neuschwansten Castle
Experience Bavaria in the way of the Kings!
No trip to Bavaria is complete without experiencing the inspiration for the Disney Castle! Imagine seeing that magical castle, suddenly on the horizon, as we take a turn off a beautiful Bavarian mountain road. This memory is one of the first that immediately comes to mind when someone asks me “what was your first huge “wow” when you came to Germany?” I will share my personal knowledge of the area to customize the day around your own desires. And offer some special local gems that not many tourists ordinarily get to see.
On our way to the castle, we can delve into the history of Germany, Bavaria, the Royal family, and King Ludwig II. His story is a real-life mystery, and kids, as well as adults, find it fascinating, just as I do. I will always have an abundance of stories to share as we experience the German “Autobahn” and travel through some quaint Bavarian villages to reach the castle itself! This is a memory of a lifetime, and I will be happy to help make it yours.
You will be picked up at your Munich city center hotel, and we will make our way to the castle. We will have a number of possibilities for lunch as well as the afternoon. We can visit the Linderhof Palace, where King Ludwig II lived the last 8 years of his tragically short life. We can visit the medieval town of Füssen, which is the beginning (or end) of the Romantic Road. Or perhaps the charming village of Oberammergau, famous for, among other things, the Passion Play, which dates back to 1633. But there are many possibilities, and most of them can be decided spontaneously on the day. All of my tours are flexible, so I will always have suggestions, but you can also have the day customized to your personal tastes and interests.
You will be picked up at your Munich city center hotel, and we will make our way to the castle.
We will have a number of possibilities for lunch, as well as other possible activities in the afternoon. We can visit the Linderhof Palace, where King Ludwig II lived the last 8 years of his tragically short life. We can visit the medieval town of Füssen, which is the beginning (or end) of the Romantic Road. Or perhaps the charming village of Oberammergau, famous for, among other things, the Passion Play, which dates back to 1633. Or perhaps the Wies Church of the Meadows, a stunning Rococo church built in the mid-1700s. We can plan great activities for kids, such as an alpine coaster, a small toboggan run, a walk from Germany into Austria via a wooden footbridge that goes over the treetops of a forest, and more. Of course, seeing all of these in a single day will not be possible and some will be seasonal or weather-dependent.
There are many possibilities, and most of them can be decided spontaneously on the day. All of my tours are flexible, and I will always have suggestions, but you can also have the day customized to your personal tastes and interests.
The day will begin at 8 due to the ticket situation at the castle. I will secure the tickets ahead of time and I often do not have a lot of flexibility as to which tour time I can get, so leaving at 8 is often the best option to have a relaxed journey. If you would prefer another time, please message me for details. The day will last 9 1/2 to 10 hours. Traffic can affect the tour duration.
There are 3 ways to reach the castle itself. We can walk, there is a horse and carriage and there is a bus. The bus or walking are my favorite options. We need the mountain path, or the bus, to reach Marys Bridge, built by Ludwig’s father and remodeled by Ludwig himself out of iron. The walk is 30 minutes (or more, depending) up a mountain path for hikers, and the bus runs regularly in the spring to fall. In the winter it can be hit or miss with the bus.
IMPORTANT: Some walking will always be involved. Regardless of bus or horse and carriage, the last part of the journey, around 500 yards, must be done by foot. There is sadly no other way. In severe weather, the buses do not run, especially in the winter. The horse and carriage can also stop due to weather, although this is rarely the case.
- The base tour price: €930-.
- The base tour price is based on 1- 7 passengers. The base tour price is not based on the number of passengers.
- Larger groups may be possible. Please message me for more information.
Included in the base tour price are:
- Door-to-door service. Pick up and drop off at your Munich city hotel.
- All vehicle and parking fees.
- Flexibility wherever possible. All itineraries are subject to your input and wishes.
- Historical background about the places we visit.
Extra costs include:
- The Neuschwanstein Castle: Adults €27-. Children 17 and under: €8-
- All other optional ticket and entry fees such as
- Hohenschwangau Castle € Adults €27-. Children 17 and under €15-.
- The Linderhof Palace: Adults €10-. Children under 17 free of charge (Occasionally ID is needed)
I am happy to customize the day to fit your wishes and interests. Message me for details.
Many of the things we will be able to see and do will be often impacted by the time of year and the weather.
An average day tour has a duration of 9+1/2 hours. Traffic may affect the tour duration.
We will travel in a 2021 Mercedes van, very comfortable with AC and seats that can be tilted back. If a child’s seat is needed, I can provide a seat for children around 9 months to 6 years. Please let me know in advance as the seat is not in the van at all times.
I am not allowed to guide in the castles. You must always use a castle-appointed guide. I will accompany you when possible, but I am not always able to secure a tour guide ticket, so I may not be able to come inside the castle itself, depending. Message me for more details.
- !! Please note that many shops and most supermarkets are closed on Sundays.
- Many Places, especially smaller cafes and restaurants, still do not accept credit cards. A little extra local cash (Euros) is never a bad idea.