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  • Location:Munich, Germany
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Private Tour: Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from Munich

Enter the fairytale kingdom of 19th-century Bavaria on this royal castle tour with an expert guide! Traveling from Munich by private vehicle, you’ll visit two enchanted castles once inhabited by King Ludwig II – Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein. Take in the breathtaking alpine views with a leisurely lakeside stroll around the shores of Alpsee, or complete your magical day tour with a short stop at the magnificent Linderhof Castle on your return to the city.


  • Private day tour of Hohenschwangau Castle and Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich
  • Explore the rooms where King Ludwig II and his royal family resided
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Bavarian palaces and alpine surroundings
  • Take a lakeside walk along the shores of Alpsee or stop at Linderhof Castle
  • Hear fascinating commentary from an expert guide
  • Private tour itinerary can be customized to your interests

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from Munich

Hohenschwangau Castle

Head to the land of enchantment – the Bavarian foothills of the Alps near Fussen – and visit the glorious castles of King Ludwig II. Your private royal castle tour, customized according to your preferences, begins in the morning with pickup from your Munich hotel.

First, your informative local guide will transport you by Volkswagen minivan or similar vehicle to Hohenschwangau, passing the famous Pilgrimage Church of Wies along the way. If you wish, stop to explore and take photos inside the gorgeous 18th-century Rococo-style church.

You’ll arrive in Hohenschwangau just in time for lunch (own expense). Afterward, embark on a private guided tour of Hohenschwangau Castle, a neo-gothic 19th-century palace built upon medieval fortress ruins by Ludwig’s father, King Maximillian II.

As you explore the interior rooms with your guide, hear stories about the castle where King Ludwig II spent his childhood. Admire the banquet halls and the ‘oriental room’ – furnished from King Maximilian’s travels through Turkey and Greece – in addition to an illuminated starry sky ceiling and murals in the writing room of Queen Mary, who developed an alpine garden on the grounds.

Next, head to nearby Neuschwanstein Castle, the famous fairytale castle built by King Ludwig II after his ascension to the throne. As you come upon the palace, glimpse the white towers rising amid the forest – inspiring Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. While you listen to your guide’s commentary inside, learn about the tragic reign of the legendary “mad” Ludwig, including the obsession that drove him to build his secluded dream castle in the Alps.

Afterward, choose from two optional activities with your private guide: Enjoy a 90-minute stroll along a circular path around the shore of the famous lake Alpsee, or stop for photos at Ludwig’s Linderhof Castle (admission fees excluded) on your return trip to Munich.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

While you have to brave the crowds in summer - totally worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had a wonderful day trip to the castles with our guide Carl. He was quite knowledgable and got us there on time for the tour times for both castles that they had pre-arranged for us. We were very pleased as the lines of people waiting for tickets and for the public bus to get up part of the hill were very long and had we not done this tour, we would have taken some pictures and turned around and gone somewhere else for the day. Carl got us on a private bus up the hill, and had things timed so that we were able to see everything and have a quick lunch in town as well. We would highly recommend this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide was wonderful. He answered all of our questions and made sure we saw everything we wanted to see on the tour. Wonderful tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I am very happy with the tour. The guide was punctual and nice. He clearly explained the tour to me as well as provided me with an overall view of the castles, their history and surrounding areas. His Spanish was very good. His suggestions about restaurants were helpful and good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We ran into the G7 meeting which caused major road closures but the tour sent an e-mail indicating this in plenty of time to alter or cancel the trip. We decided to still go as we wanted to see the Alps and our driver was quick to help us as he was from the area and made our trip extra special by taking us on a great tour of region. Great driver..great car..great tour company.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My family and I loved this tour. Our tour guide was phenomenal. He was super professional and gracious. He took us to a non-touristy lunch spot where we could really experience the local cuisine. He went out of his way to make us comfortable and even bought my dad an ice cream when he discovered how much my dad loves ice cream. The castle tours were terrific. If I could give this tour six stars - I would. !!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Karl was a good guide. The castles are suitably incredible. Karl worked as a "fixer" on a number of occasions, navigating our way with ease. It's good to be with somebody who knows everyone there. Visiting this place could be a nightmare without a guide on a busy day, think about a personalized tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

What is a trip to Munich without visiting Neuschwanstein Castle! Our Tour guide Carl was great and the ride to the castle could not have been better. He was very knowledgeable and catered the trip to our liking. I highly recommend this trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Our driver, Karl, was teriffic. He picked us up in a beautiful S-class Mercedes and we were off an a grand adventure. His knowledge of the history of the castles and Ludwig II was exceptional. We even made a quick detour stop to an additional location along the way that added great background to our trip to the castles. Really outstanding in every way.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Fantastic private guide. Very knowledgeable guide who was able to answer all of our questions. I give the guide an A++ grade. The tour itself was phenomenal. Definitely a 5 star plus tour.

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