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Traveling to foot of the German Alps was a great idea, and these guys make it easy to do. The price of a Viator-contracted tour is fair, and the local guides they use are eminently qualified. I think that the grandeur of Neuschwanstein Castle speaks for itself, so all that's left to do it visit the castle both inside and out.
It was a great day! It was well planned, and we got to see a lot in just 10 hours. A bit tired by the end, but Lucy our tour guide had a great energy the entire trip! Really enjoyed learning about King Ludwig from her!! The castles themselves were beautiful, we were in awe! It was nice to take a day outside of Munich to see more of Bavaria southern Germany, and the Alps!
It's a great way to experience a beauty of German country side in picturesque surroundings of Alpine castles and lakes.
The travel guide Ursula was a wonderful companion , with a great knowledge of history and art, extremely friendly and personal.
Great tour with a small group. Surprised the van actually had an expresso machine on-board and the driver provided the excellent coffee. Sodas, water and beer were offered in the afternoon. The tour guide walked us to the castle and provided a history of Germany and the castle.
Would highly recommend this to anyone traveling to Germany---our guide Aiden had excellent insider tips and really make the day trip to the castle go smoothly for us
That was a great tour - not only the castles, but the whole trip, the beautiful nature of Bavarian Alps, amazing small towns, and everything was above and beyond my expectations . Special thanks to our guide Greta who was the friendliest German lady I met during my 11 days stay.
An excellent tour and pretty much the only sensible way to visit these castles if you don't have a car. To do it by public transit would take forever and be a bit of a struggle if you don't speak German. The guide was slightly eccentric but in an entertaining sort of way! I highly recommend it!
Amazing Tour , every thing went perfect - Schedule was very sharp .
Amazing views at Linderhof castle and Neuschwanstein with a short stop at a beautiful village which we buy some souvenirs.
Tour guide was so helpful and gave us all information about History of those two Castles which we were not aware before.
i recommend this tour to every one coming to Germany.
We ran this tour on Wednesday December 16, 2015. The weather was cloudy, but we enjoyed the trip. The castle is magic and wonderful. Our guide Keith W. was American with a very good knowledge of the history of Germany and of Europe in general. The other participants were very sympathetic. We met people from Las Vegas, Australia, Russia and UK. Just one word : trip to be highly recommended !
I booked this tour before I left LA and I have to say I highly recommend it!!! It was really enjoyable. First, the bus we took was brand new and lovely-double decker and great view. And our tour guide Anna I believe her name was --was really friendly, professional and gave us a ton of history and information. She was really great and I thoroughly enjoyed the day trip. She was very organized and clear so when we had free time, we knew exactly where to meet up again. I can say this is a great value for loved both castles and the little village we visited too. The shops were interesting. I had arrived from LA the night before and my luggage had been lost, the tour guide Anna even offered to help me if I needed to make calls in German. it all worked out but just that she offered to help really was amazing! Thank you so much!!
Excellent tour. The Castle itself was amazing. Th train ride to and from was also very interesting, just to see so much of the German countryside. After a month, I don't recall our guides name, but he was informative and entertaining. Very knowledgeable about the Castle and King Ludwig.
The only disappointment was beyond his control, the Lake Mary bridge was closed so had to settle for a bit lesser views.
I would highly recommend this tour. Just be aware, it's a bit of an uphill hike from where the horse cart drops you and the entrance. Also, lots of stairs inside. But well worth the effort.
We went on this trip in October - we were lucky to have a sunny day and all the trees were showing their autumn colours - our first stop was at Linderhof Castle - in comparison this was fairly small - I think it was his summer castle - we only saw this quickly and it was in a very pretty setting. Then off through a little town where we stopped and could have a coffee and a wander around - where we saw some gorgeous german painted houses and a shop full of cuckoo clocks. Then off on our way to Neuschwanstein castle which was HUGE and MAGNIFICENT. We went on a tour though the castle and opulence was mind blowing. We found out a fair bit about King Ludwig II and were sad to hear that he only lived in his castle for 172 days before dying suspiciously after being declared mentally insane. It was beautiful, informative and very interesting.
The tour was excellent. The Germany countryside traveling to the castles was spectacular and worth the cost if the tour. The castles were everything I hoped for and more.
The Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Day Tour from Munich was a tour not to be forgotten. Enjoyed the day and the tour so much that the memories will always remain with me. The weather was perfect and our tour guide, Arnoud was great. The only sad thing was the bridge was closed for renovation for the whole of 2015 which was unavoidable.
Still a tour to be recommended highly for all those who are visiting Munich or Germany.
The small tour bus was the most luxurious bus we have ever been on. 25 large swivel chairs made the 12 hour trip very enjoyable and comfortable
The tour director and bus driver were very knowledgeable of the area of Germany we traveled through.
Neuschwanstein and Schwangau castles is in a beautiful area of the Alps The history behind the castles are very interesting. We had plenty of time to explore the area. The tour guide had tickets for our tour of the Neauschwanstein castle at an appointed time.
There was a nice stop at Oberammergau for lunch, snack or shopping. It is a cute little village in The Alps.
The final stop was at Linderhoff Palace. The palace tour is beautiful from the interior rooms to the exterior statues and fountains.
On the ride back we were treated to wine and beer to enjoy while we drove back to Munich.
If I have the chance to take a small group tour again I will The additional cost is definitely worth it.
This was a great tour! Loved seeing all the castles and getting to go to the little German town to see what a small town is like in Germany. It was a shame the bridge was closed because you couldn't take those lovely postcard photos of Neuschwanstein castle. The coach ride and everything else was great! Easy to find meeting spot. Great tour!
Highly recommend. Was a full day and got to see both castles as well as a little German town as well. The restaurant that they recommend for lunch before the main castle wasn't the best in terms of service or food for that matter. May be better places but it is fairly crowded. Our tour guide was really lovely, very funny and well informed. Overall it was a great day.
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! :
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.
The 2 Castles we saw were amazing! Our guide was very informative and she gave us lots of information about Bavaria and King Ludwig II. I learned a lot about German history and saw some beautiful Bavarian countryside.
We both absolutely loved this tour - made extra special by our tour guide Elizabeth. Elizabeth was a treasure trove of information and kept us entertained with information during the ride to and from the castles and Munich. Truly one of the best tour guides and tours. Not only do you visit two castles but you also see the German countryside. Loved every minute of our 8 hours.
We had a great trip, everything was super punctual and on time. Picked up from the Karsdat department store in Munich and left promptly at 8.30, Lindenhof was first and even though it was a hot day, the air conditioned bus was a nice reprieve. A little ice cream and coffeebreak in Oberammergau, I would suggest getting your touristy German souvenirs here, they were much cheaper than those in Munich and better quality. Especially the beer steins. Also tax free!
Then off to Neuschwanstein. First Lunch, We chose to walk up the hill even though it was blistering hot. Everyone else was in t-shirts and shorts, and here I am as the girl who chose to wear woollen skirts and a corset with a long haired wig prancing around as Sleeping Beauty to visit the sleeping Beauty castle.
Great fun though! Spend the time going up to Mary's Bridge to take photos.
The interior of Linderhof is more impressive than Neuschwanstein, but they both have their charms.
Then ran for the bus so we can get home. Even with traffic we got back at around 7pm in Munich. Great day.
This tour was the best way to see the castles. We loved being in a small-group and the luxury coach was a great way to travel the German country-side. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made for a great day.
You can travel to the area and get to the castle on your own, but taking this tour made logistics SO much easier! I really appreciated the advance purchase ticket so I was guaranteed a spot in the castle that day. I can see why this is the most popular tourist sight in all of Germany. I'm just glad I was with someone who helped me navigate it so well. Our guide Austin was very charismatic and funny. Don't fuss with going on your own. Book the tour for the interesting historic information and the ease of travel!
While we didn't actually get to tour Linderhof due to the G7 conference that was occurring in Germany at the time, this tour was nevertheless excellent. Linderhof was replaced with Hohenschwangau castle which was very impressive. Neuschwanstein itself is spectacular. Entertaining guide also.
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