Hohenschwangau, Germany
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clock-o9 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

See two of the palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria on this private, full-day royal castle tour from Munich. Escape to the Bavarian foothills of Füssen to see the Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Disney’s 'Sleeping Beauty' movie. Skip the line and enjoy a walking tour of this popular fairy tale abode. Also, see Hohenschwangau Castle, King Ludwig’s childhood home. Then, enjoy a stroll around Hohenschwangau’s scenic Lake Alpsee or visit nearby Linderhof Palace, modeled after the Palace of Versailles. Hotel pickup and drop-off and admission to all castles included.
  • 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
This full-day royal castle tour begins with a morning hotel pickup, followed by a 1.5-hour drive southwest, from Munich to the Bavarian foothills of Füssen, in an air-conditioned coach.
Along the way, make a stop at the famous Wies Church, an oval rococo church in Steingaden, if desired. Arrive in Hohenschwangau in time for lunch (own expense), then take a private, guided walking tour of Hohenschwangau Castle, a majestic Gothic palace that was the childhood home of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. 
The next stop is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Germany — Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace nestled on top of a rugged hill high above the village of Hohenschwangau. This stunning fairy tale palace was the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty and it’s one of the most popular of all the castles or palaces in Europe, drawing 1.4 million visitors each year. Skip the typically long lines to get inside and enjoy a private walking tour of this medieval masterpiece. Explore rooms like Minstrel’s Hall, the Byzantine Throne Room and many more. Learn about the castle’s architect, King Ludwig II, and visit the terraces, grounds and gardens outside as well.
Finally, choose between a 90-minute stroll around the scenic Lake Alpsee or continue by coach for a walking tour of the Linderhof Palace, about an hour away in Ettal. Linderhof was inspired by King Ludwig’s visits to the Palace of Versailles in France. It is the smallest of the three palaces built by the king and the only one which he lived to see completed. Even so, the palace and surrounding park together are one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century — and a sight to behold.
The tour ends with a return trip to Munich.

Reviews

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G
, Sep 2018

Do not take this tour-it is mislabeled as it is not private nor guided. Our driver picked us up at 9AM and then did not say one word for the entire two hour drive out to the castles. We did not get any information about the countryside we were seeing or any comments until we arrived. He then showed us where the restroom was located and went to get our tickets for entry. He gave us the tickets and left us on our own until we were to meet him at 4:45 for the return trip. We were lost trying to find our way up to the castle whereas he could have easily stayed with us and guided the way. One then has to make the way back down, buy a bus ticket and then be bussed up to the second castle. Again, no guide was with us. When we met up with him at his appointed time, he again offered no comments on the entire drive back. He was an excellent driver but was not a guide.

J
, Jul 2018

The castle was great but there is a lot of repair work going on on one end. There are lots and lots of steps so be prepared. When I planned my trip to Germany this was at the top of my list and it did not disappoint.

O
, Feb 2018

This tour was amazing and made even better by Lars! He was friendly yet professional and shared his enviably knowledge of not only the castles but Munich with us. Nothing was too much trouble and he went out of his way to ensure we had the best time, including lending us gloves! Highly recommended.

D
, Dec 2017

I can't say enough about this tour! It was the best tour of my European trip! My tour guide, Stephen was amazing and customized my tour with a short stop in Oberammergau. On the drive he enlightened me with the life story of King Ludwig II. He was very knowledgeable of the area and it's history. His English was excellent.
This was not a cheap tour but the individual attention made it worth every penny.

L
, Aug 2017

Our driver drove us to Neuschwanstein, and on our way we stopped close to a lake to get out and stretch. It was described in the website that there would be PRIVATE tours of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles, but instead we had to wait in lines to enter with group tours. Also, we never got to do a 90 minute stroll around the scenic Lake Alpsee.

Our driver was cordial and nice, but he didn't tell us very much about the history and of the people around the areas, and of the castles.

J
, Aug 2017

Excellent trip to the Royal Castles. We had a private car and driver. He picked us up at our hotel in Munich, gave a wonderful tour en route to the castles, qued up to retrieve our tickets and advised us of the best way to see both castles. My husband and I are active so we decided to walk to each. The walking is definitely not for everyone. The tours were satisfactory, as tours go. The castles are amazing...Neuschwanstein is definitely something to see. You do not see the entire castle. Only a few of the rooms as it was never fully completed. A must is to hike up the hill to the trestle bridge and view Neuschwanstein Castle from the bridge. It's amazing. After both castle tours our driver met us at the designated location and we headed back to Munich. A different route home which was very informative as well.

L
, Aug 2017

Stephen was pleasant and courteous. He met us at our hotel as planned. He talked about the castles and some of the lesser known facts about the King Ludwig II while en route. The tour of the countryside was very pleasant. Our tickets for the castle tours were ready for us when we got there. Stephen very carefully recommended the best routes for our group to get from one location to another. We had plenty of time to explore in addition to the tour.

L
, Jul 2017

Most of the day did not go as planned or described, but overall it was fun.

There is a lot more walking (up and down the hill) than was described, but the castles are worth it!

Our guide was great in getting our tickets for us and we did not have to stand in line.

a
, Jul 2017

This was NOT as billed. First of all, unlike the description--we were charged extra for admission to the castles. This is distinctly different than the tour description. We did have a hotel pick-up with a private van. Our driver, Stephan, was very knowledgable. He did not offer us a tour of the Wieskirche--instead, we went to a different church instead. We were not offered the opportunity to see Linderhof. Also, we did not have a private tour of the castles--not of Hohenschwangau, and not of Neuchwanstein. This is also not what it says in the description. What was done was pre-booking of the timed tours--and better not be even 5 minutes late , or you will miss your 30 minute tour of the castle. 30 minutes for each castle. We we told to walk up to Hohenschwangau 20 minute uphill climb--this was the non-strenuous walk--past Lake Alpsee--beautiful. Get to Hohenschwangau, where there are timed entry ticket stalls that read your ticket and let you in only at the time of your ticket. You are herded thru the castle and allowed to see about 6 rooms over 2-3 floors. We were then told to hoof back down and get on a packed, crowded bus with passengers unsafely jammed on--to ride up past the MArienbrucke for another 10 minute uphill climb to the bridge where there is picture-taking frenzy--jostling for space with hundred of other tourists to take fairy-tale pictures of the fairy tale castle. It was pretty cool. The bus ride was 1.8 Euros, and well worth it--walk down about 20 minutes, past another scenic view point where you can see views of BOTH castles--also pretty cool. continue down to the castle courtyard, where the number of your tour is flashed on an electronic billboard, You have only 5 minutes once your tour group number is called--tours are let in 60 people at a time--every 5 minutes. If you miss you spot--it's tough luck for you. There are A LOT of steps--over 300 stairs--up and down the castle, to see furniture and rooms which Ludwig never got to use. Then pile back out and walk downhill--we took a horse carriage ride downhill 3Euros each and rode down, where Stephan our guide was there to meet us. It was a long, tiring day--not suitable for elderly or those with inability to walk or climb. Not for those with heart or respiratory conditions--The setting of the castles in the mutinies was tremendous. But the tour was not as billed. We did not have a private tour--this was a driver and facilitator--and we paid more than Viator quoted us. But I'm glad we went--much better than trying to do it on our own. But for the price--I expected more.

A
, May 2017

Loved our guide and the whole experience! You won't regret this tour!


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