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 an air-conditioned coach. It’s a 1.5-hour drive southwest to the village of Hohenschwangau.
To begin the tour, select from two possibilities. Take a guided bike tour through the lush meadows and forests surrounding Hohenschwangau, stopping for a refreshing swim in crisp, clear Lake Alpsee. The other option is to hike or take a cable car up Mount Tegelberg, or visit Hohenschwangau Castle, a majestic Gothic palace that was the childhood home of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
Then, the highlight of the tour is a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace nestled on top of a rugged hill high above the village of Hohenschwangau, near Füssen, in southwest Bavaria. This stunning fairy-tale palace was the inspiration for Disney’s 'Sleeping Beauty' castle 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 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.
The tour ends with a return trip to central Munich.