Me and my husband visited this tour in February! Beautiful places (Linderhof, "fairy-tale" village of Oberammergau and of course Castle of Neuschwanstein). Professional and knowledgeable tour guide Christine gives you a detail overview of the Bavaria region. Highly recommended!!!
The tour guide was knowledgable and organized and knew how to guide us on the bus without being cheesy or overbearing. He gave us the freedom to explore each area we were in but made sure to tell us a specific departure time so we could accomplish everything we needed in the day. It was the perfect day tour, getting to see both castles and the small town of Oberammergau. It did help that we had perfect, snowy weather the day of the tour! Bavaria is just beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed the sights.
The castles and their grounds and surroundings are beautiful, especially set against a brilliant blue sky contrasting with the glistening white underfoot.
Buses do not run up to Neuschwanstein castle during the winter season but it is possible to take a horse and cart shuttle to quite near the castle. There were 5 running on December 20th 2013. Each holds about 11 people and the driver. The queue time was at least 30 minutes for us so this in mind in terms of not missing your timed castle tour.
Oberammergau is very picturesque and was a nice stop.
The guide, Gerta, was efficient, helpful and extremely warm. I heard her giving all kinds of travel and local advice to various passengers. Steffan, the driver, was also very helpful.
It seems like a very long day but the longest unbroken journey we had was the 1.5 hours leg back to Munich.
The entire group of people who booked this trip the day we went filled 3 double decker coaches. Each coach, however, had its own guide and did the tour independently of the others. The coach was very clean, cosy and comfortable and had a WC along with cola, water and beer for sale on board.
The castles are amazing. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. The stop at Oberammergau was a great plus, it's a beautiful town. Worth every cent.
A great day out - would thoroughly recommend! Christine was our guide - really informative on route and nothing was too much trouble for her. LInderhof was beautiful. The morning coffee stop was at Oberammergau - but we decided to look around the village - it has really pretty houses and good wood shops. It would have been good to maybe have 30 mins longer here to look in a few more shops though! Neuschwanstein was amazing - it was excellent weather which I think also made a difference. We grabbed some lunch from a stall near the coach stop and then walked up to the castle. Would definitely do this rather than getting the bus or a horse and cart ride as you can see the amazing views. Also walked to the bridge - where you get fantastic views back of the castle. However, you will only have time to do this if you do not linger for lunch at the bottom. The tour of the castle was quite short and the groups are big, but it is informative. Excellent coach driver and very comfortable coach. If you are in Munich - ensure you book on this tour!
Initially I surprised by the number of people booked on this trip on a cold Sunday in December. However, the scrum opposite the Karstadt Department store was soon sorted into the appropriate coaches. The guide was excellent, solicitous, knowledgeable and, when needed, forceful in ensuring that customers returned to the coach on time. The trip itself was enhanced by the good weather and the laying snow in the mountain areas, which gave it quite a magical Christmassy effect. The castles themselves and Oberammergau were well worth visiting and we were also given an insight into the somewhat eccentric world of King Ludwig II. Perhaps the only two reservations I have about this excursion are, firstly, the time spent in Oberammergau was extremely limited and, as a minimum, needed at least another quarter of an hour. More problematic, especially as one of our party had some difficulty walking, was that the excursion required quite a lot of walking. The distance from the coach park to the entrance of Neuschwanstein castle was over 1km and that uphill. Furthermore the castles themselves, perhaps inevitably, were marked by the number of stairs that had to be climbed.
Despite that the tour itself was professionally operated and well worth the money.
Great trip to see the Bavarian countryside and the castles. The castles are stunning and the views spectacular. The stop in Oberammergau is pleasant but doesn't really add anything to the trip just a chance to stretch your legs and buy some souvenirs. Bring an umbrella if there is a chance of rain as they are rip off prices at the castle. Overall very good trip and well worth doing.
This tour is a must do for anyone who has a day to spare while in Munich. It's a 10 hour day but so worth it. The guide (Bettina) and bus driver (Mikki) were great. I wish we could have spent more time at Linderhof rather than stopping at Oberammergau. We hiked the Pollat Schlucht trail to get to/from Neuschwanstein, which was wonderful. The only negative about the trip is no photos were allowed inside the castles.
A real treat. The Linderhof Castle was great to see. So unlike King Ludwig II's other castles. Beautiful grounds and other amenities. Oberammergau was delightful. Not enough time to explore it however. Also we were there on a Sunday so most of the stores and shops were closed. Very picturesque.
Getting onto the bus was a bit chaotic with too few staff members visible to help and confusion when a bus door closed while waiting in line to get on (it took some time for the message to get out that the bus was full and which bus we should get on). However, once on the bus and we started moving, the problems were quickly forgotten. The commentary was interesting and the locations were fantastic. While I didn't feel rushed, there isn't a lot of time at Linderhof or Oberammergau, so we couldn't explore much before needing to return to the bus. Overall I thought it was a fantastic tour and am very happy I spent the day on it.
Tours of Linderhof and Neuschwanstein were pretty basic and fairly short. Thought we would spend more time inside the castles. Regardless, it was still very good. Detailed information about King Ludwig II. Stop at Oberammergau was really nice for shopping. Got stuck in traffic jam going and Tour Guide rescheduled the time for our Neuschwanstein Tour. Also tour guide had reserved tables for lunch at our expense - very nice restaurant and very fast service to allow maximum time in town and for tour.
What a day we had! I was so excited about this trip. We left Munich under very cold and dark rainy weather but we figured we would have a great trip because Margit was so friendly and enjoyable to be around. We get to LInderhof and the Castle was great! George Vanderbilt copied a bit of it for the Biltmore! Then Oberammergau. We fell in love with the town and will go back for the Passion Play in 2020. And then Neuschwanstein!! Just driving up and seeing the castle was amazing. We enjoyed Margit so much but Viator put together a great, safe, and informative tour! I recommend all their tours very highly!!
Comfortable bus, informative guide providing lots of background information. She advised us of times to be back on the bus and everyone was on time which was appreciated by all. Would have liked a little more time to explore grounds of Linderhof. Oberammergau stop was long enough for some souvenier shopping or coffee. It is a pretty town and good to walk around if not interested in shopping. At Neuschwanstein castle we didn't stop for lunch but started the walk to the top and to Mariantz bridge to take photos. We bought lunch from the main railway station in the morning so that we would have more time to see the sights and not spend eating in restaurants. The walk to the bridge provided some great views and photo opportunities. Although the day started out with drizzling rain by the time we arrived at the castles the sun was shining. Well worth the visit especially as we only had 2 days in Munich and going with organised bus takes away the hassle.
We absolutely loved it! The group was very organized and our leader, Monica was full of knowledge for both castles as well as Oberammergau. She explained what was going to happen and what was expected of us. We thought the day was spectacular. I will tell others to take this trip for sure.
We had a wonderful day on this tour. The bus was very comfortable, our driver was very personable and our bilingual guide pointed out many sites and traditions along the route from Munich to Linderhof, Oberammergau, and Neuschwanstien.
We did not have to wait in lines for tickets as this was taken care of by our guide, saving us time for touring and taking photos. She even made a group reservation for lunch at the base of Neuschwanstien as it was a weekend day and likely to be more crowded than usual. Each individual on the tour could take advantage of the reservation or not. We did and the restaurant was quite good
Both castles are beautiful to visit and the touring for so many visitors is efficiently handled so you don't feel the crush that you do on some tours.
My criticism would be the stop in Oberammergau. While our guide pointed out very interesting things as we rolled in to town, we really did not get to experience the beauty of this town with the fascinating paintings on the outside of homes. This stop was really nothing more than a short shopping stop that we could have done without. I would rather have had the opportunity to explore the village and its art.
Despite that criticism, I would highly recommend this tour.
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