You can't come to Germany and not do this tour! The sites were beautiful and it was definitely worth going to the Linderhof Castle before Neuschwanstein. It's a long trek up, so take the bus up and walk back down. Your time is limited so you'll want to spend more time at the castle and then enjoy the view on the way back.
Well organized, knowledgeable guide. If you are not fit for the walk up to Neuschwanstein (though the way up is nice) you can take a ride in the horse coach, though you will have to wait for an hour so in this case skip lunch or just buy sandwiches. The day was foggy so we could not see the castle until we where very close, but it added a different atmosphere. The trip was worth the time and money.
Bridget did a great job with this tour. It was comfortable, well organized and a beautiful day for November. The reason we give this tour only four stars is due to the castle tour of Neuschwanstein. The tours start every five minutes and give a very general overview of the castle. Little if anything is said about the many, many details of this castle. It really could have been done as an automatic ride like at Disneyworld. Our lunch at the restaurant was average at best and the waiter did become very angry and rude with a family that was in our tour. It seemed to simply be a "language issue" The climb up the hill was really not bad. Overall impression for Neuschwanstein - Disappointing! The stop at Oberammergau was nice but too short. We did manage a nice coffee and some excellent strudel before we hurried back to the bus. The tour of Linderhof was also very quick, but that was ok since it is a small castle. We do not regret that we did this day trip because it was on our places to see. Just be aware of the "cattle call" tour at the castle itself.
There are plenty of buses doing this tour everyday so don't feel like your going to miss out as one drives off like we did. but we got on the next one and scored the front seats of the top level which meant an amazing view though the Bavarian countryside. Linderholf gardens and castle was beautiful and well worth the visit. We then stopped in a little town for some souvenir shopping, be careful the cuckoo clocks are very tempting (the proof is hanging on my wall) We then visited Neuschwanstein. The pub they take you for lunch as very quick meals to give you plenty of time to get up to the castle. If you do this tour you won't have time to catch the horse and cart up there or down as the lines are really long. you do have to walk or bus, but the walk isn't as bad as they say, plus there is an ice cream stop half way. the castle itself is stunning, just like out of a fairytale. This tour is great because you get to see everything but someone else does all the driving.
These beautiful castles are really a must-see. The Linderhof is smaller but more beautiful inside and out while the Neuschwanstein is bigger and really lives up to its name as a fairy tale castle.. Just be prepared for some 1.5 km walk uphill and another walk to the Marienbrucke in order to have the best view of the castle.
Our guide, who was comfortably bilingual, was exceptional, very solicitous of the participants. She also was very knowledgable and shared her knowledge well. Beautiful castles. Be sure to let participants know that the walk to Neuschwanstein and inside Neuschwanstein is very strenuous.
A tour you must do while in Munich! Both castles are amazing! You couldn't possibly do all of this alone. You cannot take pictures inside the castles which wasn't a big deal to me. Just know that going in. Your time at Neuschwanstein is pretty short considering the walk up to the castle. I suggest you do not sit to eat when you arrive. Grab a sandwich at the Bistro and start up the hill! By doing that I was able to hike back to the bridge which gives you an amazing view of Neuschwanstein. You do not have time to hike to that bridge after your castle tour. Great tour guide and very nice bus. Highly recommend this!
Christine the guide was lovely, we set off slightly early at 8.15 and travelled approx 2 hours to Linderhof, we had approx 1 hour there and toured the castle, then we travelled approx another half hour and stopped at Oberamagau for a general look around - about 45 mins, it would have been nice for longer, it's very pretty, then we travelled another approx 45 mins to Neuschwanstein and had about an hour for lunch before our castle tour, plenty of time for that. We travelled up to the castle in the shuttle bus, you can walk or take a horse and carriage. The shuttle seemed best because it stops above the castle and you can then walk downhill plus you get to go on the bridge above the castle for great views! both castles are lovely and the tours are interesting, you cannot take photos or videos, you have to pay the tour guide 21 euros extra though. lunch is not included in the tour. you can buy water or beer on the coach. we got back to the city about 6.30
This was a very enjoyable day out made especially so by the enthusiasm and professionalism of our guide and driver. However there are two pieces of information which should be included in the pre-booking information - firstly the cost of the tours of the inside of the castle. I actually liked the fact that we had the option of the interior castle tours and we chose not to take this option but to instead enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the Bavarian countryside and the castle gardens. But to be fully informed of this optional extra would have been nice.
Second and even more importantly - to get to Castle Neuschwanstein required at least a short walk on a fairly steep road (10-15 mins), or a 40 minute walk from the village to the castle if you chose to avoid the horse drawn carriage ride. My husband and I are fit and enjoyed the 40 minute walk each way. However if guests were limited in their mobility this would have made it impossible for them to have visited the castle. This information was not available until we were on the bus.
For us, a lovely day out. But please make sure all relevant information is available to people before they book this tour
This was a 10 hour day with a lot of time spent on the coach travelling - but it was worth it! The castles were great to see and we also visited Oberammergau. Be aware that there is a 1.5km uphill walk to the Neuschwanstein Castle which will take 30 to 40 minutes. There is a shuttle bus and a horse and carriage ride that you can take instead but the lines for both are quite long and you still have a 10-15 minute walk at the end of them. It is better to take your time walking than to risk not getting to the castle for your scheduled time of tour.
I had a wonderful day touring the castles. The bus was comfortable, the guides were knowledgeable and accommodating and the sites were beautiful. It's a bit of a rush at Linderhof and you have to eat quickly at Neuschwanstein, but nothing that ruins the day. Well worth the money.
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.
Neuschwanstein is a wonderful destination. The tour covered all the grounds and the history of the area. I had been to neuschwanstein before, but learned a lot more on this trip. We were able to see all of the grounds as well.
Excellent for the money. Very organized, very on time. Wish to have a little more time at Neuschwanstein
Castle because of the 35 min uphill climbing and 35 min very steep downhill walking, plus 200 plus staircase inside of the castle. It was very rushed and very physically challenged trip for people like us over 60 . But
The trip was well worth it. Very beautiful castles.
The tour was great and our lady tour guide was charming -- even though she struggled a bit with her English. My wife and I only regretted that we did not have enough time at Neuschwanstein Castle to walk to the nearby bridge for photo opportunities.
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