Our trip to Neuschwanstein was the greatest! Very well organized, perfect size group and Jeff, our tour guide was the best! He was well versed on stories and history of the castle and presented it very well. All with enthusiasm all through the whole tour as well as humor along the way. We highly recommend this trip and ask for Jeff to be your guide.
Annette and Dave from Atlanta
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.
This combined tour is the perfect way to maximize your time in Southern Bavaria. I would recommend eating a hardy breakfast so that you may skip lunch and have ample time to wonder the grounds of Neuschwanstein prior to the organized tour. The tour guide was professional and the bus was very clean and comfortable. I would highly recommend this day tour!
This was a wonderful tour - and a great way to see both castles.
You have to be prepared to make some choices about what you want to see because there simply isn't enough time to see it all. I recommend reading up on each of the castles and Oberamagau ahead of time. We also had a wonderful guide who was very happy to answer questions.
Three other recommendations: 1) The auditorium at Oberamagau was closed when we were there so the stop was poised as a shopping trip. My daughter (9yrs) got consumed by all the small 'gifts' that can be purchased. But, honestly, there were only two things we saw in the shops that were truly 'unique' and we didn't find them in Munich: porcelain dolls (some in traditional Bavarian dress) and kukoo clocks. So, if you are not interested in purchasing those items, I recommend you have lunch at a cafe in Oberamagau to leave you more time at Neuschwanstein. We had a wonderful lunch at the Hotel near Neuschwanstein - but it took over 40 minutes out of our time to tour.
2) The view from the suspension bridge is amazing at Neuschwanstein. I recommend leaving enough time to do it. We needed 35 minutes (but would have preferred if we had 45).
3) Our guide recommended walking down from the castle and said it would only take 15-20 minutes. I however, didn't realize going up just how steep it would be. I had a really hard time going down by foot. I was nervous about falling and went really slowly. It took me 30 minutes. It was not a hard walk, but I couldn't do it fast. This resulted in us arriving at the bus last (15 minutes late). So, I recommend giving yourself 30 minutes to come down the mountain.
My husband and I took this tour Sept 8th and had an incredible day. Seeing these castles was a huge reason for vacationing in Germany, so this was certainly a highlight for me. The renovations had been finished, so YAY, no scaffolding. The bus is quite comfortable and we made a couple stops on the way to help break it up. The 1st stop is at Linderhof, which is small but unbelievably stunning. Its a shame you can't take any pictures inside. The tour is VERY brief since you have to stick to a strict schedule. Then its off to the little town Oberammergau for maybe 30 or 40 minutes, which doesn't leave much time for looking around. Don't try to rush through souvenir shopping here, there wasn't much selection anyway. Finally its off to Neuschwanstein which is quite breathtaking, even from a mile away. You'll go up to Mary's Bridge first to get the panoramic shots you'll want to frame back home. The only complaint I have about this tour is the CROWD. We had several big tour buses come in at the same time, so there were people packed onto that bridge like cattle. Not even enough room to take a nice photo, so that was a bit disappointing. Same with the tour inside the castle, crowded crowded crowded! It reminded me of a cruise excursion. There's also no photos allowed inside this castle either. I still recommend this trip for anyone visiting Germany, crowded or not, you'll remember it forever!
We had a beautiful day and the tour was outstanding. Our guide, Ana, was dynamic, interesting and delightful. This tour requires a LOT of walking and climbing - at the Neuschwanstein Castle, there is the option of taking a shuttle bus to the top, near the bridge - but that is still a 15 minute uphill/downhill walk from the castle in addition to the hike up to the bridge for a view of the backside of the castle (worth the walk). Once at the castle, the tour involves climbing 168 steps, and walking down around 203 steps. Wear good shoes. All said, it was a great day.
One down side - our hotel tried to book a hotel pick up for us because we were not staying directly in town - we were told that accommodations were not made by the tour operator for Viator customers; yet, the bus came to the hotel to pick up 6 other people who were on exactly the SAME tour - it left us standing there - not nice!! We also received similar attitude of disdain from the people checking us in - as if we should have book directly with Grayline Tours or with the hotel.
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.
The tour was great and the Viator tour guide was superb. Local tour guide at Linderhof was fantastic but the one at Neuschwanstein castle was horrible. She could not have cared less about her subject.
Oh walk up to the castle in winter is tough. Suggestion - have more time in Oberammergau.
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
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