Neuschwanstein Castle Tours

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With its snow-white limestone facade and fanciful turrets peeking out from the forested mountain tops of the Hohenschwangau valley, Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein) could easily have been lifted from the pages of a fairy tale. In a way, it has—the German castle famously inspired Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle.

The Basics
Neuschwanstein tours can be taken from Munich, Fussen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, or Frankfurt, and are often combined with visits to other attractions along Bavaria's Romantic Road. Many visitors choose to admire the castle from the outside only and find that the most stunning views are from the Marienbrucke Bridge. The interior, including the opulent Minstrel's Hall and the grand Byzantine Throne Room, can only be visited on a guided castle tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Ticket lines can be long in peak season—plan ahead and book a skip-the-line tour to avoid the hassle.
  • Wear suitable walking shoes if you opt to walk up to the castle—the road is uphill and uneven in places.
  • The castle is wheelchair-accessible with buses and carriages that can bring visitors up the hill to the entrance; inside, you'll also find elevators.
  • Plan to spend about two hours at the castle, excluding wait times.

How to Get to Neuschwanstein Castle
The nearest town to Neuschwanstein is Hohenschwangau, about 75 miles (120 km) southwest of Munich. Buses and trains run between Hohenschwangau and the castle. From the ticket booths at the bottom of the mountain, it's a scenic 30-minute walk through the forest to reach the castle, but regular shuttle buses and romantic horse-drawn carriages also run the route in peak season.

When to Get There
Neuschwanstein is open all year round, but with up to 1.4 million annual visitors, it can get extremely busy, especially in July and August. To avoid the crowds, get there before opening at 8am or after 3pm, when most of the day-trippers have already left. The castle looks majestic at any time of year, but the snowfall of mid-winter and the colorful foliage of early fall can add an extra edge to your photos.

Visiting Bavaria's Fairytale Castles
Bavaria is home to dozens of royal castles, but the most famous were built for King Ludwig II, the "Mad King" or "Swan King." In addition to Neuschwanstein, visitors can tour the nearby Hohenschwangau Castle, Ludwig's childhood home; Herrenchiemsee, inspired by Versailles; and Linderhof Castle, another of the king's masterpieces.
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Address: Neuschwansteinstraße 20, Schwangau, Bavaria 87645, Germany
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Hours: April–Sept 9am–6pm daily; Oct–March 10am–4pm daily; closed January 1, Dec 24–25, Dec 31
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Admission: €12
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Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Day Tour from Munich

Witness the fairy tale castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, created by Germany’s 19th-century King Ludwig II, on a day trip from Munich. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, admire Bavaria's magnificent scenery as you journey to Linderhof, Ludwig’s rococo-style hunting lodge and last home. Join an optional interior tour and then continue to Neuschwanstein, a picture book clutch of turrets and chambers that inspired Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. Enjoy free time in nearby Hohenschwangau village for lunch and to explore Neuschwanstein’s grounds, and take an optional castle tour. Entrance fees not included.
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Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich

Travel from Munich to Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle on this day trip that includes round-trip transportation by train. Often known as Germany’s "Cinderella castle," Neuschwanstein was actually the inspiration for a different Disney story, the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ castle at Disneyland. Take a guided tour of the castle, and hear stories about the "Mad" King Ludwig II, who commissioned it. The entrance fee is not included, but skip-the-line access is, so you won’t wait in the main admission queue.
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Small-Group Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Luxury Coach Day Trip from Munich

Add a bit of legend and enchantment to your German vacation with a full-day trip to Neuschwanstein and Linderhof from Munich. Relax for the scenic coach ride through the Bavarian Alps, then spend hours exploring the former royal residences, sources of inspiration for modern fairy tales like Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty. In your small group, tour the castle’s opulent halls, unique spaces and the incredible kitchens. Conclude with free time in the charming village of Oberammergau.
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Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace, and Oberammergau Day Trip from Munich

Discover the castles and scenery of Bavaria with a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle, Oberammergau village, and Linderhof Palace. After leaving Munich, you'll first spend time in Oberammergau to explore the village streets and shop for souvenirs. Travel onward to Linderhof Palace for a visit at your own expense, then continue along the Romantic Road to Neuschwanstein Castle for a tour with a prebooked entry ticket.
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Neuschwanstein Castle Excursion from Munich

Experience the fairytale atmosphere of Neuschwanstein Castle and the Bavarian Alps during this 9-hour train excursion from Munich. Travel by rail to the village of Hohenschwangau, where you can pick between a 35-minute tour of the castle’s interior (own expense) or a guided hike in the nearby foothills with views of the fortress. Train transport and your guide are included.
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Private Castle Tour from Munich: Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, and Linderhof

Visit three of Bavaria's most beguiling castles on a private day trip from Munich. Formerly the castles of the eccentric King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, and Linderhof are loved by visitors around the world for their fairy tale architecture and mountain settings. Explore them with your own private guide, enjoy coffee breaks to break up the history, and travel in comfort by luxury vehicle.
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Private Mini Van Tour to the Royal Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace and Ettal Monastry and Oberammergau

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Neuschwanstein Castle BUS TOUR from Munich with Hohenschwangau or Alpine Bike excursion

Tailor your trip to Neuschwanstein Castle by adding on either a Hohenschwangau Castle tour, a Lake Alpsee bike ride, or a hike to the village of Schwangau. Perfect for family and friends who are traveling together but don’t have the same interests, this day trip from Munich offers an experience that everyone can enjoy. After your choice of morning excursion, you’ll regroup for a tour of Neuschwanstein, learning about eccentric King Ludwig II as you explore.
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Overnight Royal Castles Tour - Linderhof, Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein

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.
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Private Day Tour to Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Castle and Oberammergau from Munich Including Return-Trip by Train

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10-Day Skiing Adventure from Munich: Snow and Strong Beer in the Alps

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Skip the Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip from Munich in Spanish

Lose yourself in the fairy-tale world of Neuschwanstein Castle, the real-life inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle, on this full-day tour from Munich, led by a Spanish-speaking guide. Soak up the scenery on a 2-hour train ride through the Bavarian Alps; admire views of Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau Castle and Lake Alpsee; then, set out on 20-minute hike or horse-drawn carriage ride (own expense) to the mountaintop castle. Finally, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to Neuschwanstein Castle and learn more about Ludwig II, the ‘Mad King’ as you visit the Throne Room and royal quarters.
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Private Tour: Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from Munich

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Beyond Munich: Tour of Local Landmarks

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Oktoberfest - 4 Day Camping

This has got to be at the top of everyone’s bucket list. It’s not just a European must-do; it ranks up there as one of the world’s biggest parties! Where else can you drink from steins the size of your head, sing along to oompah music and get away with wearing lederhosen? This 3 night/4 day trip to the world famous Oktoberfest is not to be missed.The trip includes return shuttle transfers to and from the Theresienwiese (Oktoberfest Grounds) on air conditioned coaches for 2 days. Guides will escort you to and from the grounds as well as be present in the beer halls to provide help and support throughout your time in Munich.When you have had your fill of beer, pretzels and carnival rides, you will also receive a fully guided walking tour of Munich city centre.You will be accommodated in twin-share tents at a campsite in Munich. This includes 24 hour security, access to an information tent and fully trained guides.
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