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Step inside of a children’s fairytale during your Munich trip with a Bavarian Castles Tour!  Discover the architectural creations commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria, such as Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace, and Hohenschwangau.  And, note the similarities between the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty and Neuschwanstein, from which Walt Disney drew inspiration.  A Bavarian Castles sightseeing excursion promises all the romance and beautiful settings of the legends and myths of old.  Whether you plan to take a Bavarian Castles holiday in the middle of summer or the snowy winter, you’re almost certain to capture some truly breathtaking images and create lasting memories.  Why not take a Neuschwanstein Castle Tour from Munich and enjoy a peaceful, scenic train ride through the Alps during your Munich vacation?  Or, enjoy a full day trip from Munich that includes stops at Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace, and Oberammergau!  You’re sure to marvel at the sheer opulence and grandeur of these popular Bavarian attractions.  And, that’s why taking a Bavarian Castles trip is one of the most fanciful things to do in Munich!

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Our tips for Munich

  • Don’t try to visit all three of Ludwig II of Bavaria’s three castles.Your experience would be quite rushed and you wouldn’t have the time to fully appreciate any of them.
  • For fantastic views and a great photo-op, head down the slope near the main entrance to Neuschwanstein Castle and stand in the middle of Marienbrücke Bridge.
  • The Bavarian Castles are some of the most popular attractions in Germany. So, book online before your Bavaria trip to avoid potential disappointment.

Good to know

Best time to visit

The best time for a Bavarian Castles tour is during late spring and early fall.  The crowds are far smaller than during the peak season of summer; and, if you want those idyllic, fairytale photos of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, then the shoulder seasons offer the best chance for a clear day during your Bavarian Castles vacation.  Surprisingly enough, Bavaria receives more precipitation during the summer than any other season.  So, if you plan your Bavarian Castles sightseeing tour for the summer, you should be aware that there’s a fair possibility that you’ll need to bring an umbrella.  Winters are quite cold and Neuschwanstein is in the Alps after all; so, you can expect a fair amount of snow.  With that said, the view of a snow-covered castle definitely has its own appeal.  Plus, the tourist crowds are at their annual low-point.  Keep in mind that Neuschwanstein does see a significant uptick in footfall during the winter holidays, however.

 

Getting there

Getting to Neuschawanstein from Munich is rather easy, but it’s a multi-step process.  You’ll need to catch one of the hourly trains to Füssen from Munich Hauptbahnhof Station.  The ride to Füssen takes about 2.5 hours.  Then, once you’ve reached Füssen, you’ll need to take a short, 10-minute bus ride to Neuschwanstein.  You can either hop on Bus 73 towards Steingaden/Garmisch-Partenkirchen or Bus 78 towards Schwangau.  Finally, after hopping off the bus, you’ll have to figure out how to make the climb to Neuschwanstein Castle.  Your three options are to take a 40-minute, uphill walk, climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage, or hop on a private bus and pay a little over 3 dollars for a round-trip ticket.  To get to Linderhof Palace, you’ll need to take a 2-hour train ride from Munich to Oberammergau.  Then, hop aboard Bus 9622 to Linderhof.

Money saving tips

Short on cash?  No problem!  You can visit all three of Ludwig II of Bavaria’s castles for free.  Just keep in mind that you’ll have to pay to actually go inside.

Did you know?

Trivial Pursuits – Become the tour guide for your group with these Bavarian Castles fun facts!

 

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the magical car, flew over Neuschwanstein Castle in the popular, eponymous children’s movie.
  • King Ludwig II constructed 3 palaces to compensate for his sudden loss of sovereignty and power.Linderhof is the smallest of the 3.
  • Of the 3 palaces King Ludwig built, Linderhof is the only one that was actually completed while he was alive.
  • In 1869, King Ludwig II of Bavaria estimated that the construction of Neuschwanstein Castle would take only 3 years.In 1884, he finally moved in.And, it still wasn’t completely finished.

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