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.
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