Our group was my wife and I, our two sons with fiancé and girlfriend plus my niece currently living in Germany This was a perfect day for all of us to share. Brad and the other guides were well informed and we learned much more about Neuschwanstein than the tour itself offered. The bike ride was fun and my sons took a dip in the Alpine Lake. This day trip was a highlight of our trip.
Excellent. A full day to see two very interesting castles. Good tour guide Nancy and driver. Neuschwanstein is a must see.
Highly suggest this tour! Such an amazing time and organized PERFECTLY. Would definitely recommend this perfect day trip from Munich to see the Neuschwanstein Castle and the area around it.
This is a wonderful trip to drive to the country side of Munich and visit the royal castles. Both castles are worth to visit and are astonishing. The Tour guide, Marcus, did not provide much information about the visited locations. His voice was most of the time low and the sound system at the bus was not very supportive as we were sitting in the last row. Onsite time was not enough at Linderhof Castle. We had around 45 minutes while it requires around 2 hours to see the whole place.
Marcus got us the tickets for both castles and that was very supportive. Upon arrival at Neuschwanstein Castle, I felt Marcus lost his temper and did not respond professionally to my question to confirm some details about departure time. I do not recommend Marcus for future tours.
Would've loved more time in the small town Oberamengau, but once we got to Neuschwanstein and took the time for lunch and walked up to the castle, it was clear why the majority of the time was spent there. The bus was comfortable, the gal telling us about the region was knowledgeable and easy to hear and understand. Excellent trip overall!
We had a great day visiting the Linderhof and Neuschwanstein castles, and we had a very informative and experienced tour guide named Sofie and bus driver named Sam. Sofie shared many interesting facts along the way and provided good advice and directions. We had a great experience! The stop in the town of Oberammergau was also nice with souvenir shops and decorated homes.
Beautiful country side and small villages.....then you get to the castles. Amazing sites and history of the Bayern state of Germany. Warning to those who may have trouble walking. The road up to Neuschwanstein is about a mile and you either walk or take a small tram or horse drawn cart. Time may be against you if you take either of these because they are on a timed schedule and fill up fast. The walk is worth it if you can do it.
I highly recommend this trip. Neuschwanstein is a must see and our guide was knowledgable and fun. A fabulous day.
Ana was an excellent tour guide - fun and informative - gave us lots of tips how the day would go. The tours are timed so you go into the castles at that time. Linderhof is a lead tour and Neuschwanstein is an audio tour. Unfortunately Mary's Bridge is closed at this time. But otherwise the tour is very worth it. A lot of walking up to Neuschwanstein castle - we took the bus up and walked down. Really enjoyed the day!!
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I took my 9 year old daughter on this tour and she absolutely LOVED it. We felt that we had more than enough time to enjoy ourselves at each stop along the way and even had time for a nice relaxing lunch at the base of Castle Neuschwanstein. Our tour guide was AMAZING and did a great job!!
I read about this bike tour before and I really like the idea, but since I was taking my parent in their 60s I thought it wouldn't be a good idea for them, I decided we will get to the castle by ourselves. Anyway the night before I was flying to Munich from the UK, I realised that it was too late for me to book tickets to the castle. You need to book your tickets at least 2-3 months online before and if you just turn up at the castle you might not get any tickets!! I looked at the tour description again and found that this tour could get us tickets to get in!! I quickly booked it and it was confirmed instantly.
The journey to the castle was about 2 hours on the coach, there were beer you could get on the coach. You also have the choice of choosing 1 Doing the bike tour Neuschwanstein castle or 2 Visit both two castles. We did the bike tour and my husband went into Swan Lake for a quick swim for 10 mins. My father couldn't do the bike tour so he waited at the cafe. He could have gone for a walk but it was raining heavily so he just stayed inside. We pre-ordered lunch on the coach so when we finished bike tour the food were ready.
When going up to Neuschwanstein castle you could either walk up a very steep hill or take the bus for 2 euro. It is quite a difficult hill so if you are elderly or with children maybe best to take the bus. Brad and Maaike also managed to get my parents Chinese audio guides and that were really by luck because it was the last foreign language tickets. They really looked after us and We would recommend people to take this tour. :
Very good tour guide with excellent English, very on top of things and extremelly helpful and kind. Provided all the historical information about the placecs and the castle we were visiting in an organized fashion while we were in route to the different locations. It was about 1 1/2 hours of driving to/from and the rest you spend it in the castles, in the small towns, etc.
Some people complain that you don't spend enough time in the Bavarian towns but that is a very personal thing. I found the time to be just enough and the towns to be gorgeous but small so an hour in the town and you have seen it all.
The bus was awesome same bus that was used by the Bayern Munich soccer team. You get a snack box some chocolates, peanuts, cookies and coffee as well as tow free drinks after that you would need to purchase it but it included beer, etc.. I got my two free drinks on the way back to Munich so we didn't find the issues that other people encountered with the drinks or being charged. Everything is clearly explained at the beginning of the trip and the guides within the castle are included and are great about 30 minutes for each Neuschwanstein and Linderhof.
I really loved this tour and had the most fantastic guide who obviously had a real interest in the subject. The castles themselves were astonishing. Be aware that it is a real tour for Linderhof and an audio tour for Neuschwanstein which honestly didn't bother us, we would have loved free roam of the castles or at least be able to take photos but neither are allowed.
This was truly the highlight of our trip, even the long coach ride there was beautiful and we had the best time.
What an excellent day trip. I have wanted to visit Neuschwanstein Castle since early childhood. The visit was everything that I always dreamed it would be. Linderhof Castle was awesome as well. This trip was worth every Euro. I am a very happy consumer.
Linderhof is definitely the highlight of this trip, small but exquisite. Neuschwanstein is a bit over-rated in comparison. Our tour guide Ana is friendly, thnings are well organised
Linderhof was beautiful! Neuschwanstein was great too, but was a lot of hard walking up a steep grade hill. My legs were aching for days afterwards.
My mum and I booked this trip through the Viator website and the trip itself was a local operator . Our tour guide was Anya and she was spectacular! We had a really good time on the tour and on the way to the castle, Anya told us the whole history of the castle and King Ludwig and her English was perfect. She was hilarious, knowledgeable and very approachable if you had any questions about the castle or even Germany. Instead of the train we were sent by bus, which was probably a better idea because there was a huge influx of people into Munich. We walked our way up to the castle which was a bit extreme at the start but becomes gradual after the first 10 minutes. For those who cannot walk up, there is a little shuttle that can take you up for 2 euros Anya organised that for a couple of people in our group. The castle is beautiful, the village below the castle is really cute. You can also see the Hohenschwangau Castle from the same area but would have to pay for a separate entry fee to get into that castle. We paid 12 euros per person to do the Neuschwanstein Castle but the interior castle tour was extremely short maybe 20 25 minutes or less and you were not allowed to take photos. The trip was worth it but taking the additional tour would be dependent on the traveler. The interior was lovely however but maybe 12 euros is heaps for it. When you walk down from the castle, you can follow the road right to the bottom and land up at a beautiful lake which is very picture worthy! Overall we had a really good day and Anya was fantastic! :
We had a lovely tour guide, who spoke excellent English, and the tour stopped at 3 places. The bus was very comfortable, and had snacks and drinks available for purchase.
Highly recommend the tour, but be prepared to hike up a big hill or pay to ride in a horse drawn buggy to the Neuschwanstein castle. So good walking shoes are recommended.
I didn't end up on the luxury tour, my husband ended up with availability that day, and there were no openings, so the company was very flexible and transferred my payment toward two of the economy tour tickets which was very generous of them considering I had booked a non-refundable tour. They even came and found me, and handed us two of the prepared snack boxes that were given out on the luxury tour and apologized for not having room to add my husband that day to the luxury tour. They were quite gracious, easy to work with for trying to make a last minute change, and we had a lovely time.
I really enjoyed the tour. Our guide was very informative and friendly. the driver amazed me, there were some very tight spots that he was able to maneuver. The bus was very comfortable and grateful for the air conditioning since it was unusually hot and humid. I wish we had more time in Oberammergau but understand the time restraint. The only thing I would suggest is: recommend comfortable walking shoes for the walk to Neuschwanstein Castle, it was a long uphill walk. I was grateful that there were shops along the way for much need water. This was a trip of a lifetime and I am glad it was offered.
Very busy tour although well organised. Linderhof was marvellous and thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Neuschwanstein was good but Lindenhof tended to over shine it. Glad we booked prior to the visit as when we arrived at Neuschwanstein the queues for tickets were waiting for 6pm slots and we were there at 3:15 for our pre booked slot. Well worth pre booking before you go. Very good helpful guide.
I like the tour guide, she is very jovial and informative, she makes the journey in the bus fun with jokes and stories of the places that we are visiting. Both castles Linderhoff and Neuschwanstein are worth a visit. I truly enjoy the day tour.
It's a long day outside the city, but well worth it. Uta, our tour guide, was fantastic. She was with us throughout the day making sure we always knew where we were going and when. Uta was also very informative and fun.
The first stop is Linderhof - lovely building and grounds. You are given a ticket with the time and take a 25 minute tour with a guide from Linderhof. We then had about 30 minutes to tour the grounds or do a little hiking on our own before getting back on the bus. Oberammergau is a lovely small Bavarian village. We had 30 minutes on our own to explore. Uta gave us a great history of the town before we got off the bus.
Last stop - Neuschwanstein. Uta gave us our tickets and gave us the details on how to get up to the castle - and how long each way would take. We had about 2 1/2 hours before our tour, so we had lunch - there are several restaurants and kioks to get food. Due to the oppressive heat, we took the bus up to the castle. Note: there is a fee for the bus and you will have to wait on line about 45 min on line for us on a hot August day. The views from the top of the mountain are gorgeous. The tour of the castle was headsets and guide and lasted 25 minutes. We walked down the hill about 30 minute walk and boarded the bus back to Munich.
A lovely day in Bavaria - great for adults and children.
Great tour. A bit crowded at the train station to locate our bus but cozy once we got on board. Would have preferred more time to walk around Neuschwanstein grounds and enjoy a leisurely lunch. Definitely recommend the shuttle bus up to the castle instead of walking. Plenty of walking still to be had with the stairwells and returning down the hill.
My daughter and I took this tour together. It is a large group tour on a double decker bus - but it was well organised. We both enjoyed visiting the Linderhof Castle the first castle you visit - the gardens and castle itself are beautiful! The drive through the countryside was really nice - nicer than we expected it to be. My daughter has wanted to visit Neuschwanstein Castle or a long time - the purpose of us taking this tour. Unfortunately, we were both disappointed when we saw this castle - not sure why - it just didn't meet our expectations after seeing it in so many pictures. This second castle is located high on a hill and the tour begins by the bus dropping everyone off at the bottom where there are a couple of options for lunch pay own. There are 3 options to get to the top to view the castle - walk would not recommend this - all up hill, take a shuttle bus pay own, but cheap or take a horse and carriage ride would not recommend - large lines and those poor horses struggled to take people up the hill. We took the shuttle bus up and walked down - which turned out well. Another nice part of the tour was we visited a little village where we got free time to walk around. The village was so quaint and the souvenir shops specialised in selling cuckoo clocks and other novel items. I would recommend this tour if only just to see Linderhof Castle, the countryside and the little village.
The bike trip is a great event if you really want to just ride a bike and get a few extra long distance photos of the castles, otherwise, I would recommend skipping the bike ride and to see the Hohenschwangau Castle instead. The bike ride wasn't so bad going out, even though it was raining, but coming back it was a real exercise as the the tour guide felt the need to increase the speed and eliminate the rest stops he frequently made on the way out. Of course, he did offer the opportunity for us to get off the bikes and walk the bikes back, which many of did. The Neuschwanstein Castle tour is an organized tour offered by those who run the castle therefore Mike's Bike Tour has nothing to do with this event other than buy the ticket for us. They do provide a great bus ride getting to and from the castle...just be prepared to do a lot of waiting for the large group to converse together after every stop.
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