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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.


  • Munich day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle including an optional bike tour
  • Enjoy a bike tour around Hohenschwangau, or explore independently and perhaps visit Hohenschwangau Castle
  • Hike up to Neuschwanstein Castle, stopping at St Mary’s bridge for unbeatable views of the castle and the Bavarian Alps
  • Explore the castle with a guide and learn about its construction and themes
  • Discover more about the mysterious circumstance surrounding Ludwig II’s death

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What You Can Expect

Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip from Munich with Optional Hohenschwangau Castle Visit or Bike Tour

Choose to visit Hohenschwangau Castle during your day trip

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.

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.

Customer Reviews

Stephanie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Awesome experience, even my husband loved it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful excursion from start to finish. Finding the starting point for the tour was a tad tricky, being without a phone/not knowing German, but the guides could not have been nicer! They made certain the entire group staying together and that we were well informed during the entire trip. We had a gorgeous day for the bike ride, as well as the castle tour. Plenty of places and time to stop and take in the scnenery and snap some pictures. Lunch was delicious, with breath-taking views. Easy, relaxing, nice break from our trip where someone else could take the reigns. So happy we chose this instead of going the tour of Neuschwanstein from Munich on our own. Thank you!

Charles H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Guests met up at Mike's Bikes in Munich, it seemed there was a little delay getting started. Walked to a very comfortable bus several blocks away. Natalia gave an informative introduction to the planned events and discussed various points of interest as we passed them leaving Munich. A couple movies were played on the bus reviewing Ludwig II's life and controversial death, but because of various passengers' conversations it was difficult to hear the audio.

There is a choice of joining the bike ride in the morning and touring Neuschwanstein, or touring Hohenschwangau in the morning and Neuschwanstein in the afternoon. We chose the latter. The hike up from the former to the latter is steep, and with good weather it is rather warm. Brad and Maikka were experts at making sure everybody reached the destination, considering the varying paces. They are also very good at drilling into the guests the necessity for everyone to be prompt at the meeting places, such that no one or several stragglers would hold up the entire tour group. Worked like a charm! They were excellent and pleasant hosts.

Definitely recommend this trip to others, well worth the expense: fun, informative, and full of exercise! We can't speak for the bike ride, but we cycle at home and figured we had better see Hohenschwangau while we were there.

The state guides in the castles were independent of Mike's Bikes. Our guide through the lower castle had a wonderfully amusing delivery: she would introduce a room or item in the room, pause for several seconds, and then surprise us with a funny and curious fact regarding it. Very relaxing tour. Neuschwanstein was a little faster paced, like a people mover to keep the groups proceeding through. Primarily a function of the two guides' personalities.

Sven F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing tour! With four sites visited the whole day was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Hunter, was informative, witty and relaxed making the whole day stress and worry free. 100 recommended for any one visiting Munich. One of the cities must do activities.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing tour! I saw so much and learned so much more than I would have on my own. Sigmund was awesome and made the day really fun! Thank you

Bahareh A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

great guides. do the bike tour for sure! it is relaxing, light, and you see fantastic views of the castle and nature!

Amie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful trip! We had great guides and the trip was a great balance of activities! The food was excellent too!

Barbara Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was an awesome day! The guides were great and very knowledgeable. They are not kidding when they say 'steep and strenuous', but if you can do it, it is well worth the effort.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was wonderful with a picture perfect view of the castle. For sure do the bike ride! The guide was knowledgeable and funny.

Joaquim Thailand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour is a good way and efficient way to have a day out to visit Neuschwanstein Castle. This is a group tour so understandably there are quite a lot of people in the group and at times it may seem crowded.

There are several options and that was explained to you while you are on the bus. I took the most common option to have a bicycle ride, lunch and then followed by a guided tour to the castle. The other option was to go on your own after arriving there.

The bicycle ride through the Bavarian countryside was nice. It was a really nice day. The condition of the bicycle was alright but not the most comfortable. The lunch was standard and you pay your own. The guided tour in the castle was informative but it was a bit of a rush. This was understandable as you have thousands of people going through this every day. You will have to pay extra for the guided tour.

While you can take a bus up to the castle for 2 Euro, the only sensible option is to walk down when you are done. This is because you are like 30 down already when you walk down from the bus station to the castle. One caution is that the walk down can be tough especially for those with bad knees.

Our guides were Brad and his girlfriend and they were very professional and helpful. Brad even entertained us with his card tricks just after lunch. I think he will do well in a casino. Kelly attended to us on the bus and she was nice.

The tour is well run and you can see the passion and enthusiasm in the people who manages it. However I would like to suggest that they tone down on the reminder of the gratitude. The owner mentioned it on the DVD and Brad did as well. We all understand it is customary and I think it should just be left with the guide's explanation. In my opinion, overselling it undermines the good work that the guides were doing.

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