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Overview

Enjoy a royal palace adventure in the Bavarian heartland on this 2-day tour from Munich. Start with a visit to Linderhof Palace in Ettal, which King Ludwig II of Bavaria modeled after the Palace of Versailles. Make a brief stop in Oberammergau before reaching Hohenschwangau. Then step inside the king’s palace of retreat, Neuschwanstein Castle, for a self-guided tour of one of Germany’s most popular attractions. After an overnight stay, visit Hohenschwangau Castle, the king’s childhood home. Transportation, accommodation plus breakfast and the entrance fee to Hohenschwangau Castle included.
  • Royal castles overnight tour from Munich
  • Tour King Ludwig II's castles at your own pace
  • One-hour visit to Linderhof Hunting Lodge
  • Neuschwanstein Castle - the model for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle
  • Guided tour of Hohenschwangau Castle, where Ludwig lived as a boy
  • Independent multi-day package with transport, transfers, tours and 1 night's accommodation

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

The hotel on this tour is beautiful and located right at the foot of the 'Disney castle' Neuschwanstein. Be sure to get some pictures of Neuschwanstein from the bridge overlooking the castle!
This sightseeing tour of the Bavarian heartland and royal palace adventure begins in central Munich. Meet and greet the tour guide and hop on board the air-conditioned coach. It’s a 1.5-hour drive southwest to the village of Hohenschwangau.

Along the way, stop in Ettal for an hour at Linderhof Castle. Linderhof was inspired by King Ludwig II’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. 

Then make a brief stop in Oberammergau before reaching Hohenschwangau.

Upon arrival in Hohenschwangau, check in to Hotel Müller Hohenschwangau (or similar accommodation), then proceed to 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 self-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 explore the terraces, grounds and gardens outside as well.

After an overnight stay and breakfast, pick up complimentary tickets for a guided tour of Hohenschwangau Castle, a majestic Gothic palace that was the childhood home of King Ludwig. The remainder of the day can be spent roaming Hohenschwangau at leisure, before a return trip to central Munich in the late afternoon.

Reviews

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L
, Oct 2017

Great over night. Hotel was wonderful. Castles tours interesting. Lots of stairs but beauty of the castles while worth it.

h
, Aug 2017

An absolutely wonderful experience at all three castles and the stay at Hotel Muller was amazing.
Our only complaint is that there was quite a bit of confusion as to which bus we were supposed to be on because we thought the overnight tour would be on a separate bus from the day tour. This ended up not being the case for us and we were the only three guests who stayed overnight. But, our tour guide Sophie, got us all set up at the hotel and the tour guide who picked us up the next day Max was great as well.
We definitely recommend doing the overnight tour because not only do you get to see three castles instead of just two, you also don't have to rush after you've seen Neuschwanstein so there's plenty of time to see Mary's Bridge and to take a carriage ride down. The hotel is absolutely amazing as well.

T
, Oct 2016

What a wonderful experience-lake Alpsee, the Alpsee Rose restaurant, both castles.

K
, Oct 2016

I'm not sure how to rate this tour. When I arrived at the bus depo operated by greyline, they advised me to the bus I need to go on my overnight tour. While on the bus Nancy our tour guide had no idea I was on a overnight tour not a good start, I'm very nervous at this stage - praying I was not on the wrong bus when I question her what do you mean you don't know she kinda ignored me. Nancy was a terrible guide , she was not organised at all. We waited so long out side the ticket area when we arrived at linerhof - she could not organise her group. Linderhof was beautiful - amazing castle and the grounds were gorgeous. Very picturesque.
I approached the tour guide again and she said the hotel at Fussen should have all my info when we arrive at neuschwanstein castle. Once we arrived Nancy took me to Hotel Muller if it wasn't for the hotel staff my nerves would not have settle
Neuschwanstein Castle WAS AMAZING it was breathtaking. I was relaxed by this stage I had checked into the hotel and all was good. I was happy. I was enjoying my afternoon at the castle. Once all the tourist left Fussen, it was such a quite little town. Beautiful, surround by both castles. The next day the hotel organised my tickets too Hohenschwangau castle. Everyone at the hotel was fantastic. Breakfast the next morning was fresh and delicious.
So I'm not sure if I rate the tour on what I saw or how I felt when the tour guide had no idea I was on an overnight tour, and really didn't seem to care! If I had to do it all again I would stay overnight but plan the thing myself. And not book this tour. Definitely stay at hotel Muller.

L
, Sep 2016

Overall we were very happy but would have liked more time at Linderhof. We could have skipped the hour long stop at Oberammergau - mostly souvenir shopping. We were the only overnighters on the trip. At lunch our guide checked us into Hotel Muller and we were on our own until 4:30 the next day.

M
, Sep 2016

There are multiple buses picking up at Central. They will direct you to the correct bus- have your voucher ready. Tell the guide you are on the OVERNIGHT tour. They may ask for small group, premium tour, private tour travelers that they can not find. THIS IS YOU. You are not on the DAYTRIP tour. If you mess this up, as we did, it is not a big problem. This happens and Danielle put us back on track at the excelled hotel the company booked for us.
Overnight allows you to see all three castles, hike around the lake, and see the museum after a great lunch without the rush.

A
, Aug 2016

Everything worked out wonderfully. The hotel was extremely nice and guides were very helpful and friendly. Thanks so much!

A
, Oct 2015

Love the whole experience !! Love Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof.

N
, Aug 2015

Overall the tour was good after we figured out where we were going. It was very unorganized at the meetings points both when we started and at pick up. At pick up We were on the one day tour we were told to be outside at 4:15pm to meet the bus. We arrived 30 minutes early to be on the safe side. We stood outside in the pouring rain for about 15 minutes before I inquired with the hotel about what time the bus would arrive? They told me it was always about 45 minutes to an hour late so closer to 5:00pm. We went and waited in the hotel and went back out into the rain at 5pm. We looked for a rep but were just lost in a sea of others not knowing what to do. I asked a bus driver for help but he didn't know how to direct us. We finally found a rep who put us on a bus back to Munich. I gave it a three because of the issues with boarding, but otherwise all the stops and the hotel were great. I think if they can improve their boarding process and make it easier for guests they could be a five. When we boarded the guides seemed to be too busy with their coffee breaks to be dealing with us and they were quite curt and not very friendly.

S
, Jun 2015

This was an excellent trip in terms of the scenary and the places visited. Be prepared to do a lot of walking up and downhill, particularly at the Neuschwanstein Castle. The hotel was very nice and the town very pleasant. We had a nice evening meal at an outdoor restaurant by the nearby lake.
The bad part about this trip is that we were treated like add-ons to the day-trip participants. The guide aboard the bus did not know what hotel we were staying at and didn't secure a visitation time to the castle different from the day trip participants even though we had more time and didn't need to be rushed. Worse, we were given a voucher to be picked up for the return trip to Munich at 1600 hours. After waiting in the hotel lobby for a while, we had to ask at the desk about the return trip and were told then that our return wouldn't occur for another two hours - near 1800. We were joining a group in Munich that night and inquired about the return time to make sure it was as advertised prior to booking. Clearly, we were just pawns in the plans to accommodate the maximum number of parties for the day trip.


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