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.