• Location: Munich, Germany
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • Private day tour of Hohenschwangau Castle and Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich
  • Explore the rooms where King Ludwig II and his royal family resided
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Bavarian palaces and alpine surroundings
  • Take a lakeside walk along the shores of Alpsee or stop at Linderhof Castle
  • Hear fascinating commentary from an expert guide
  • Private tour itinerary can be customized to your interests

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from Munich

Hohenschwangau Castle

This full-day royal castle tour begins with a morning hotel pickup, followed by a 1.5-hour drive southwest, from Munich to the Bavarian foothills of Füssen, in an air-conditioned coach.

Along the way, make a stop at the famous Wies Church, an oval rococo church in Steingaden, if desired. Arrive in Hohenschwangau in time for lunch (own expense), then take a private, guided walking tour of Hohenschwangau Castle, a majestic Gothic palace that was the childhood home of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. 

The next stop is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Germany — 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. Skip the typically long lines to get inside and enjoy a private 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 visit the terraces, grounds and gardens outside as well.

Finally, choose between a 90-minute stroll around the scenic Lake Alpsee or continue by coach for a walking tour of the Linderhof Palace, about an hour away in Ettal. Linderhof was inspired by King Ludwig’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.

The tour ends with a return trip to Munich.

Customer Reviews

Oliver N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was amazing and made even better by Lars! He was friendly yet professional and shared his enviably knowledge of not only the castles but Munich with us. Nothing was too much trouble and he went out of his way to ensure we had the best time, including lending us gloves! Highly recommended.

Denise E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I can't say enough about this tour! It was the best tour of my European trip! My tour guide, Stephen was amazing and customized my tour with a short stop in Oberammergau. On the drive he enlightened me with the life story of King Ludwig II. He was very knowledgeable of the area and it's history. His English was excellent.
This was not a cheap tour but the individual attention made it worth every penny.

Jacqueline P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Excellent trip to the Royal Castles. We had a private car and driver. He picked us up at our hotel in Munich, gave a wonderful tour en route to the castles, qued up to retrieve our tickets and advised us of the best way to see both castles. My husband and I are active so we decided to walk to each. The walking is definitely not for everyone. The tours were satisfactory, as tours go. The castles are amazing...Neuschwanstein is definitely something to see. You do not see the entire castle. Only a few of the rooms as it was never fully completed. A must is to hike up the hill to the trestle bridge and view Neuschwanstein Castle from the bridge. It's amazing. After both castle tours our driver met us at the designated location and we headed back to Munich. A different route home which was very informative as well.

Lauren S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Stephen was pleasant and courteous. He met us at our hotel as planned. He talked about the castles and some of the lesser known facts about the King Ludwig II while en route. The tour of the countryside was very pleasant. Our tickets for the castle tours were ready for us when we got there. Stephen very carefully recommended the best routes for our group to get from one location to another. We had plenty of time to explore in addition to the tour.

Angela M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Loved our guide and the whole experience! You won't regret this tour!

Dave JN Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

From the moment our driver/guide, Armin, picked us up we had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The driver through the German countryside was very relaxing with beautiful scenery. We stopped for a coffee in the enchanting town of Fussen before Armin took us to the castles. The visit to both castles Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein were excellent and thoroughly enjoyable. We had lunch between the tours of both castles at the restaurant on the way up to Neuschwanstein Castle. The staff there were friendly and the food was delicious. A wonderful tour and Armin drove us safely through the peak hour Munich traffic without a problem.

Reesa J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

While you have to brave the crowds in summer - totally worth it.

John L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had a wonderful day trip to the castles with our guide Carl. He was quite knowledgable and got us there on time for the tour times for both castles that they had pre-arranged for us. We were very pleased as the lines of people waiting for tickets and for the public bus to get up part of the hill were very long and had we not done this tour, we would have taken some pictures and turned around and gone somewhere else for the day. Carl got us on a private bus up the hill, and had things timed so that we were able to see everything and have a quick lunch in town as well. We would highly recommend this trip.

Lisa Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide was wonderful. He answered all of our questions and made sure we saw everything we wanted to see on the tour. Wonderful tour.

Ma Dolores C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I am very happy with the tour. The guide was punctual and nice. He clearly explained the tour to me as well as provided me with an overall view of the castles, their history and surrounding areas. His Spanish was very good. His suggestions about restaurants were helpful and good

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