Day 1: Small-Group Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip (9 Hours)
This 2-day royal castle tour begins at München Hauptbahnhof, the main railway station in the city of Munich. From there it’s a 1.5-hour trip southwest to the Bavarian foothills of Füssen.
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. Enjoy a guided 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.
The first day of the tour ends with a return trip to Munich.
Day 2: Herrenchiemsee Palace Day Trip (9.5 Hours):
On the second day of the tour, meet the guide once again at München Hauptbahnhof and travel by train to Bavaria’s largest lake — Lake Chiemsee — home of another of King Ludwig’s elaborate homes, Herrenchiemsee Palace. This castle is located on an island in the Chiemsee. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the large state rooms: the State Staircase, the State Bedroom and the Great Hall of Mirrors, plus the king's own rooms in the intimate Small Apartment, designed in the French rococo style.
After the tour, take a boat ride across the lake (own expense) to the island of Frauenchiemsee, the second largest of the three islands in the Chiemsee. Explore the island and be sure to stop at the historic Benedictine convent, which dates back to the first century.
The tour ends with a return trip to Munich.