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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.
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.
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.
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.
Loved our guide and the whole experience! You won't regret this tour!
Dave JN Australia
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.
While you have to brave the crowds in summer - totally worth it.
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.
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.
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
We ran into the G7 meeting which caused major road closures but the tour sent an e-mail indicating this in plenty of time to alter or cancel the trip. We decided to still go as we wanted to see the Alps and our driver was quick to help us as he was from the area and made our trip extra special by taking us on a great tour of region. Great driver..great car..great tour company.
My family and I loved this tour. Our tour guide was phenomenal. He was super professional and gracious. He took us to a non-touristy lunch spot where we could really experience the local cuisine. He went out of his way to make us comfortable and even bought my dad an ice cream when he discovered how much my dad loves ice cream. The castle tours were terrific. If I could give this tour six stars - I would. !!!!
Karl was a good guide. The castles are suitably incredible. Karl worked as a "fixer" on a number of occasions, navigating our way with ease. It's good to be with somebody who knows everyone there. Visiting this place could be a nightmare without a guide on a busy day, think about a personalized tour
What is a trip to Munich without visiting Neuschwanstein Castle! Our Tour guide Carl was great and the ride to the castle could not have been better. He was very knowledgeable and catered the trip to our liking. I highly recommend this trip!
Our driver, Karl, was teriffic. He picked us up in a beautiful S-class Mercedes and we were off an a grand adventure. His knowledge of the history of the castles and Ludwig II was exceptional. We even made a quick detour stop to an additional location along the way that added great background to our trip to the castles. Really outstanding in every way.
Fantastic private guide. Very knowledgeable guide who was able to answer all of our questions. I give the guide an A++ grade. The tour itself was phenomenal. Definitely a 5 star plus tour.
Wow. What can we say? Karl, our guide, was outstanding. These castles are amazing. Far more impressive than I could have imagined. Karl managed to get parking right near to where we had to be, then found a coffee spot with few other tourists. Between castles Karl drove us to the local town for a local lunch (again with no tourists). Excellent day. One does get rushed through the castles, but from the reviews I'd read I was psychologically prepared to not be able to just stop and wonder in awe. Having said that, I still saw what there was to see. The lookout bridge is quite scary - one presumes it is safe and well maintained???
Our tour guide Carl came in a brand new Mercedes 500S. He knew all the scenic places to stop for photos. He was knowledgable, attentive and very personable . We were able to see everything without much waiting . It was a great experience!
The private driver was very good and the scheduled tours went well. Was a great way to spend the day.
The castles were very interesting and greatly enjoyed. There is some hiking up hill and a lot of steps. No complaints except it was very busy with lots of tourist. We did the private tour which was well worth it. The guide knew all the "ins". And really helped us navigate our way from tour to tour.
Taking this private tour helped to take the stress out traveling to Neuschwanstein from Munich. Our driver picked us up at our hotel, dressed in Lederhosen, and was very personable throughout the drive to the castle. He made one stop in a small town to show us a historical cathedral that was just beautiful. He gave us tips on how to tour the castles - start with Hohenschwangau to get more history on the family first, etc... He also stood in line for us for the wagon ride up the mountain to Neuschwanstein which saved us time and frustration. If you don't want the hassle of figuring out which train to ride, which connections to make, which tickets to buy - this is the way to go! The only slight disappointment was that we did not have time to stop and see Oberammergau.
Great tour! Our driver was wonderful and stopped on the way to the castles at an old beautiful church so we could look around. He also gave us tips for other places to go and some local wine selections. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because my father had some trouble with all of the steps and couldn't go into either castle. There was no mention anywhere that it wasn't recommended for people with walking issues. Even with taking the carriage there is a lot of uphill walking and many steps. The Hohenschwangau castle was something that we could have missed, but they are practically right next to each other. If you are worried about the walking I would recommend missing Hohenschwangau and saving your energy for Neuschwantein. It was beautiful!
Karl was an excellent driver and guide. Even provided us with umbrellas in the steady rain. Explained to us how to wait for the horse and carriage and how much time to allow to get up to the castles for the scheduled tours. This information did not seem to be widely available to people buying individual tour tickets. Only drawback was that the planned cafe for a stop was not open so Karl took us to a nearby town for some unplanned time which was nice.
The insides of the castles were rated "very cool" by my teenage sons. They were disappointed that we didn't get a solo tour as we had presented it to them. Arranged for a private tour, but the actual part through the castles was a group tour--was not clear in the description. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and acquired our tickets by "skipping the lines" along with a "private ride" to the castle locations (did not go in with us, he went for a swim in the lake while we went on the group tour) and drove us by various lake views of the Alpine Region. He spoke very good English and helped us to understand the Bavarian culture and took us to a traditional, non-commercial lunch spot. It was a bit pricey for what turned out to be a group tour.
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