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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.
Address: Neuschwansteinstraße 20, Schwangau, Bavaria 87645, Germany
Hours: April–Sept 9am–6pm daily; Oct–March 10am–4pm daily; closed January 1, Dec 24–25, Dec 31
Admission: €12
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Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from MunichDay Trips

Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich

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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 MunichDay Trips

Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich

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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 MunichDay Trips

Small-Group Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Luxury Coach Day Trip from Munich

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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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Skip-the-Line Neuschwanstein Castle Half-Day Tour from MunichDay Trips

Skip-the-Line Neuschwanstein Castle Half-Day Tour from Munich

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Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairy tale castle on which Disney’s Cinderella castle is based, is a must-see when in the Munich area. Wait time for tours can take several hours; this ‘skip-the-line' tour is essential for making the most of your time in Bavaria. Hauptbanhof, Munich’s Central Station, is your convenient pick up and drop off spot for this round-trip tour. Your informative driver will guide you through the castle, so you won’t miss a thing.
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Neuschwanstein Castle from MunichDay Trips

Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich

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Discover one of Germany’s highlight, fairytale castles—and leave all the planning and logistics to someone else—on this seamless tour from Munich. Depart in the morning via train, and make your way to the Bavarian countryside. You’ll learn all about King Ludwig II, and will visit Alpsee Lake and Hohenschwangau Castle, where he spent his youth. Then, finish with skip-the-line tickets (additional expense) to see his crowning glory: Neuschwanstein Castle.
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Day Trip to the castles Neuschwanstein and Linderhof from MunichDay Trips

Day Trip to the castles Neuschwanstein and Linderhof from Munich

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Escape into the Bavarian countryside—and visit two of Germany’s highlight castles in one day—on this hassle-free coach tour from Munich. Set off in the early morning, and learn about King Ludwig II, who built numerous palaces during his reign. This flexible experience lets you choose whether you want to pay for admission to one or both palaces: Linderhof and Neuschwanstein. You’ll also have time for a traditional Bavarian lunch (own expense).
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Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip with Hohenschwangau Castle from MunichDay Trips

Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip with Hohenschwangau Castle from Munich

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Enjoy a day of sightseeing in the Bavarian heartland, including a visit to the popular Neuschwanstein Castle, on this guided, full-day tour from Munich. First, choose from either a bike tour around the village of Hohenschwangau, including a swim in scenic Lake Alpsee, or go hiking and visit Hohenschwangau Castle, the childhood home of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Then step inside the king’s palace of retreat, Neuschwanstein Castle, for a guided walking tour of one of Germany’s most popular attractions. Use of a bike and helmet are included.
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Neuschwanstein Castle BUS Tour from Munich OPT Hohenschwangau / Alpine Bike RideDay Trips

Neuschwanstein Castle BUS Tour from Munich OPT Hohenschwangau / Alpine Bike Ride

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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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Private Mini Van Tour to Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof, Ettal & OberammergauDay Trips

Private Mini Van Tour to Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof, Ettal & Oberammergau

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Spend the day exploring Munich’s enchanted surroundings with your own private guide and vehicle. Visit the popular sights of the Ettal Monastery, the village of Oberammergau, the opulent Linderhof Palace, and finish the day with a guided tour of the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Discover the rich history of Bavaria and get insider tips from your informative guide during this private tour.
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Skip-the-Line Day Tour from Munich to Neuschwanstein and HohenschwangauDay Trips

Skip-the-Line Day Tour from Munich to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau

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Enjoy one of Bavaria's most popular attractions, Neuschwanstein Castle, on this day trip from Munich. Avoid the long ticket queues with skip-the-line admission and enjoy plenty of free time to explore this fairy tale castle that was the inspiration for Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty' castle. The train tickets for the round-trip journey from Munich to Füssen are included making this a hassle-free experience.
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Private Neuschwanstein Tour in Mercedes Minivan V-Class (up to 6 person)Day Trips

Private Neuschwanstein Tour in Mercedes Minivan V-Class (up to 6 person)

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Travel to the Castle of Neuschwanstein on a private tour from Munich, which ensures you personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace. Sit back and enjoy a smooth ride in a luxury vehicle, take in the scenery, and listen to guided commentary on the way there and back. Visit the Neuschwanstein Castle and explore on your own, then stop by other local attractions such as Linderhof Palace or stop for a local lunch.
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VIP tour to the royal castles Neuschwanstein and Linderhof from MunichDay Trips

VIP tour to the royal castles Neuschwanstein and Linderhof from Munich

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See Neuschwanstein Castle’s fairytale turrets and Linderhof Castle, inspired by Versailles, on this convenient day trip from Munich, with snacks and soft drinks on board. It’s almost impossible to see both castles in a day on public transport, but this tour delivers, with a stop at a viewpoint to capture the perfect Neuschwanstein photo too. A live guide tells fascinating tales of Mad King Ludwig and so much more.
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Private Castle Tour from Munich: Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, and LinderhofBus Tours

Private Castle Tour from Munich: Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, and Linderhof

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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 with round-trip transportation from your Munich hotel.
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Neuschwanstein castle tour from Munich Day Trips

Neuschwanstein castle tour from Munich

This is a private tour to Neuschwanstein castle with a fully licensed and knowledgeable guide who can tell you the history of Bavaria, Ludwig II, Lederhosen, Oktoberfest, and more! Plus, he or she will guarantee the best photo opportunities with no waiting for a ticket to see the castle!
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Private Tour: Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from MunichPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from Munich

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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.
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Neuschwanstein Castle Tour from Murnau GermanyDay Trips

Neuschwanstein Castle Tour from Murnau Germany

Neuschwanstein castle is beautiful but currently suffering from over tourism. Huge bus tours dominate the landscape with crowds and lines everywhere. Let us take the stress out of seeing this amazing place. Our guides are licensed to go around the long ticketing line and know the ways to move around the crowds making your experience fun and relaxing. Plus, we LOVE telling all the history and stories associated with Ludwig II, Bavaria, Oktoberfest, Germany, and more. Our business has been in operation for over nine years taking people to Neuschwanstein castle and we are currently the highest ranked guide service for southern Bavaria on Trip Advisor so we know how to provide you with a wonderful day!
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Munich Super Saver: 2-Day Trip from Munich Including Neuschwanstein Castle and Herrenchiemsee PalaceOvernight Tours

Munich Super Saver: 2-Day Trip from Munich Including Neuschwanstein Castle and Herrenchiemsee Palace

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See two of the extravagant castles where King Ludwig II of Bavaria used to live on this guided, 2-day, royal castle Super Saver tour from Munich. Escape to the Bavarian foothills of Füssen to see Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Disney’s 'Sleeping Beauty' and enjoy a narrated walking tour of this popular fairy tale abode. On the second day of the tour, visit Herrenchiemsee Palace, modeled after the Palace of Versailles, on an island in Bavaria’s largest lake. Round-trip train tickets to both castles included.
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Overnight Royal Castles Tour - Linderhof, Hohenschwangau, NeuschwansteinOvernight Tours

Overnight Royal Castles Tour - Linderhof, Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein

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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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Neuschwanstein castle and Alpine Brewery tour from MunichDay Trips

Neuschwanstein castle and Alpine Brewery tour from Munich

Fast-track entry to Neuschwanstein Castle means there’s no waiting in line. This tour lets you explore the popular castle with a private guide so you’ll benefit from insider knowledge without competing for attention among the crowds. Follow up with a private brewery tour and beer, beer schnapps, and a dinner feast. Private hotel pickup and a rail ticket to Munich are provided for your convenience.
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Private Tour to Neuschwanstein and more for groups.Day Trips

Private Tour to Neuschwanstein and more for groups.

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Enjoy the Bavarian heartland, with Skip the Line service. You don't have to worry about ticket reservations or queues or taking the wrong turn. Just relax and enjoy an unforgettable day full of history and fun. Our tour includes a visit to the Fairytale Castle "Neuschwanstein Castle" and "Linderhof Palace" with the picturesque village of Oberammergau with a passionate professional local guide. Come as a tourist and leave as a friend
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Neuschwanstein professional helicopter ride (90 Min)Luxury Tours

Neuschwanstein professional helicopter ride (90 Min)

Helicopter ride ❤️ Neuschwanstein and Zugspitze. Taking Off, experience and enjoy a scenic flight over Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, Zugspitze (Germany's highest mountain), Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Eibsee, Walchensee, Kochel, and fly back to Munich Jesenwang. There are local attractions overflown according to the weather and desires of the passengers. The route is dependent on the weather and of course aviation safety, otherwise the pilot attempts to fulfill your wishes in compliance with the flight time. With booking the whole helicopter you can discuss the route on the spot directly with the pilot. Exclusive Flight - Route and Schedule at its own discretion.
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Summer Zugspitze and Neuschwanstein Castle Private Tour incl. Alpine LugePhotography Tours

Summer Zugspitze and Neuschwanstein Castle Private Tour incl. Alpine Luge

Enjoy the company of your native English speaking local guide many of whom have been living Bavaria for many years and know the area like the back of their hand. Our guides will lead you through Ettal Monastry, Oberammergau, Linderhof Palace Gardens, parts of Austria on the way to Neuschwanstein Castle with a breathtaking hike through a waterfall filled gorge. A day you will never forget made more enjoyable by maximizing your time.
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From Munich: Castle Neuschwanstein by train with small groupDay Trips

From Munich: Castle Neuschwanstein by train with small group

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This tour will give you a full background to King Ludwig's life and his tragic and mysterious death. We have enough time for lunch and time to collect perfect pictures, making your visit an unforgettable experience.
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Sightseeing Tour Castle NeuschwansteinDay Trips

Sightseeing Tour Castle Neuschwanstein

Castle Neuschwanstein is one of the most idyllic castle build by Kaiser Ludwig in 1886. The most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.4 million people visit "the castle of the fairy-tale king".
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Neuschwanstein Castle hours of operation: April–Sept 9am–6pm daily; Oct–March 10am–4pm daily; closed January 1, Dec 24–25, Dec 31. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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