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Cheap Neuschwanstein Castle Day trips from Munich

Schloss Neuschwanstein or the New Swan Stone Castle is the most popular 19-th century castle in Europe. The “castle of the fairy-tale king” was built by King Ludwig II in 1886 in order to withdraw from public life.

Opened to the public only seven weeks after his death, this historical shiny palace is visited by 1.4 million people every year.

The Romanesque Revival Palace is situated on a hill above the village of Nohenschwangau near Fussen in Bavaria, Germany. The inspiration for its construction came in 1867 when King Ludwig II saw the Wartburg castle near Eisenach and the Chateau de Pierrefonds Palace. Their romantic interpretation of the Middle Ages was enough for him to start an architectural project of building a private refuge in the familiar scenery far from the vast Munich.

Furthermore, the music compositions “Tannhauser” and “Lohengrin” of his friend Wagner were a big inspiration to rebuild the enchanting castle.

Today the harsh climate has a damaging effect on the facades and the sheer rock walls must be restored.

Neuschwanstein is also famous because it appeared in several movies such as the war drama “Great Escape” in 1963, Helmut Kautner’s “Ludwig II” and the musical “Chitty chitty bang bang” in 1968. It is also an inspiration for Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty Castle”.

Since 1995 the Castle is on the German list for a future designation as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Neuschwanstein Castle Small-group day tour from Munich

Neuschwanstein Castle Small-group day tour from Munich

What's the tour all about?

Discover the astounding ancient Castle situated in the hills of the Alps surrounded by the lush and breathtaking scenery.

The trip starts from the capital of the Bavaria region, Munich, and proceeds with a 2-hour train or coach ride to the “Cinderella Castle”.

The enchanting construction was built by the mad King Ludwig II and looks as perfect as a wonder tale. The white towers of the castle rise magnificently to the heaven.

Your guide will also tell you a story about the turbulent times of King Ludwig and his obsession with mythology and music, his true inspiration for building this charming castle.

The trip will finish with a ride back to Munich that will offer you a view of the idylic landscapes of the marvelous mountains and valleys.

Highlights of the tour

  • Two-hour train or coach ride to Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich
  • Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of the Bavarian countryside
  • Learn about King’s Ludwig II reign and his passion
  • Panoramic view of the waterfall gorge and Hohenschwangau Castle
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Neuschwanstein Castle

What Tour Includes:

  • Professional multilingual guide
  • Transportation by train or coach

What Tour Excludes:

  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Optional tips
  • Hotel pick-up

Important tour details

Duration: 9 hours

Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof day tour from Munich

Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof day tour from Munich

What's the tour all about?

Traveling in a luxury air-conditioned tour-bus you will visit the two dream castles built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and admire the most impressive achievements of western architecture, Neuschwanstein and LInderhof.

Built in Rococo style in the 19th century, the Linderhof Castle is the smallest of three royal castles.

Afterwards, you will enjoy shopping in the small municipality of Oberammergau, that is very famous for its painted houses and woodcarvers.

In the stunning area in the foothills of the Alps you will notice the magnificent Neuschwenstain castle, the beauty and symbol of the Romanesque style. The interior of the building is a dreamy fairy tale and is inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

At the end of the trip you will discover the small town of Hohenschwangau where you will have lunch.

Highlights of the tour

  • Explore the ancient Castle of Neuschwanstein
  • Visit the smaller royal castle Linderhof
  • Enjoy lunch in the enchanting Hohenschwangau
  • Admire the compelling architecture in Oberammergau

What Tour Includes:

  • Earphones
  • Professional tour guide
  • Travel by tour bus

What Tour Excludes:

  • Lunch and drinks
  • Entry fees
  • Tips
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Important tour details

Duration: 10.30 hours

Neuschwanstein Castle Luxury bus and Bike tour from Munich

Neuschwanstein Castle Luxury bus and Bike tour from Munich

What's the tour all about?

Admire the beautiful Algau region of Bavaria and see the marvelous town of Hohenschwangau in this full-day trip. Delight in the beauty of the medieval castle and hear the story of the extravagant reign of the controversial King Ludwig II.Early in the morning you will take a bike tour around Hohenschwangau and stop at St. Mary’s bridge to enjoy the view of the enticing landscapes of the Bavarian Alps. Once you are there, enjoy a nice swim in a refreshing alpine lake.

Inspired by Richard Wagner’s opera “Tannhauser”, he built this medieval spectacle and gave people a chance to find inner piece by living in a fairy tale.

Before departure for Munich taste some traditional Bavarian beer and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant in Hohenschwangau.

Highlights of the tour

  • Delight in the stunning Algau region
  • Take a guided cycling tour through the alpine place
  • Hear the legendary story about the life and death of Bavarian King Ludwig II
  • Refresh in the cool alpine lake
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Neuschwanstein Castle

What Tour Includes:

  • Transportation by luxury bus with free Wi-Fi
  • Professional guide
  • Walking tour to Neuschwainstein Castle
  • Guided bike tour and helmet

What Tour Excludes:

  • Entrance fee to Neuschwainstein Castle
  • Entrance fee to Hohenschwangau Castle
  • Taxi service
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Raincoat
  • Optional tips
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Kids playground

Important tour details

Duration: 11 hours

Neuschwanstein Castle full-day tour from Munich

Neuschwanstein Castle full-day tour from Munich

What's the tour all about?

The majestic Bavarian countryside and the amazing setting of Neuschwainstein makes the journey a real fairy tale.

When you arrive you have an exclusive opportunity to see the best of the Cinderella Castle and learn about the controversial life and death of King Ludwig II.

Hear more about Richard Wagner’s extraordinary music compositions that were an inspiration for mad King Ludwig II to build this legendary palace.

Afterwards, you can climb up to the Marienbrucke and enjoy the perfect views of the neo-romantic masterpiece. You can take a 45 minutes tour inside the castle or you can choose to admire the landscape of the Bavarian Alps. You should take your bathing suit, because if the weather is nice you can enjoy swimming in the crystal-clear water of the Alpine lake.

Your guide will also tell you interesting stories about The Swan King, the Hohenschwangau Castle, the Pollat waterfall and Gorge and many more. The tour ends with a ride to Munich in the late afternoon.

Highlights of the tour

  • Enjoy the historical tour to Neuschwangau
  • Learn about the life and death of King Ludwig II
  • Swim in the refreshing Alpine lake
  • Explore the Bavarian Alps
  • Panoramic view from Marienbrucke

What Tour Includes:

  • Transportation by bus or train from Munich
  • Professional local guide
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Neuschwanstein Castle

What Tour Excludes:

  • Food and beverages
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Entrance fee for inside the castle tour

Important tour details

Duration: 10 hours

Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace, and Oberammergau day trip from Munich

Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace, and Oberammergau day trip from Munich

What's the tour all about?

The tour departs early in the morning from the center of Munich. It’s a wonderful winter tour where you will explore the amazing German palaces such as Neuschwanstein, Linderhof Palace, and the small town of Oberammergau.

The tickets for the castles will be ordered in advance so you will not have to stand in line.

The first stop is Linderhof Palace where you can enjoy the ancient interior before your visit the quaint city of Oberammergau. The city will impress you with unique painted houses, its Woodcarver shops and the delicious food that you can savour in the local restaurants.

Neuschwanstein Castle is the main attraction of the tour, you will discover the mysterious life and death of the mad King Ludwig II and you will find out if his death was a murder or suicide. You will be enthralled by the Castle’s interior and you will realize why this castle was an inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Highlights of the tour

  • Enjoy the view of Linderhof and Neuschwanstein Castle in winter
  • Spend time in Oberammergau and admire the painted houses
  • Visit a Woodcarver shop in Oberammergau
  • Explore the Neuschwainstein Castle
  • Hear about the mysterious circumstances surrounding Ludwig’s II death

What Tour Includes:

  • English-speaking guide
  • Transportation by luxury bus with Wi-Fi
  • Professional guide

What Tour Excludes:

  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Important tour details

Duration: 11 hours

Neuschwanstein Castle Facts

1. New Swan Stone

King Ludwig II named this amazing structure after a character in Richard Wagner’s opera, “Lohengrin”. The meaning of the Neuschwanstein is “New Swan Stone”, which is a character in Wagner’s “Lohengrin”, the Swan Knight.

2. The King’s retreat from the public

The Castle was built far away from the big Munich because the shy King wanted a private refuge. However, today Neuschwanstein is a place that on some days is visited by up to 6.000 tourists and 1.4 million visitors per year.

3. Constant repairs of the damaged facades

The harsh climate and cold weather do serious damage to the facades so Neuschwanstein needs constant repairs to be highly preserved. The sheer rock cliffs of the hill must be secured to prevent parts of the structure slipping down the mountain.

4. Wagner’s opera and the Castle

King Ludwig II was a good friend to Richard Wagner which is the reason why many rooms in the castle were inspired by Wagner’s operas. Even if Wagner never had a chance to visit the palace, the stories depicting penance, love, salvation, and guilt are main themes of the wall paintings in the castle.

5. The castle was built in 12 years

King Ludwig II of Bavaria had a plan to build the castle in 3 years, but the project took much longer. In the meantime, he had to live in the gateway building and after 12 years, even though the building was still not completed, he finally moved in.

6. He never saw the Castle completed

He moved into the palace in 1884 but the Square Tower and the Bower were finished almost 24 years later, so the King never had a chance to see the construction finished completely. Seven weeks after his death, the palace was opened to the public as a museum.

7. Walt Disney’s Castle

The design of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle was inspired by the Neuschwanstein Castle. This castle is also an inspiration for Cinderella’s castle in the 1950 animated movie and is also part of Disney’s logo before every Disney film.

8. The Chitti Chitty Bang Bang musical

The 1968 musical movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang shows the Bavarian palace in several scenes. One of the memorable scenes is the evil Baron Bomburst’s Castle, which the family fly over in the car outside the castle.

9. Seven Wonders of the World

The Neuschwanstein is one of the finalist in the selection of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Since 1995, it is also on the German list as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

10. The most photographed building

Even though it is not permitted to take photographs inside the building, the castle is one of the most photographed constructions in the world. Over 1.2 million visitors every year travel to see the enchanting palace and take photos of the fairytale rooms.

 

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