Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau Castle Private Skip-the-Crowds Tour from Munich

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The famous Fairytale Castle NEUSCHWANSTEiN is the 2nd most visited attraction in Germany. It captivates 1.5M visitors with its dreamy beauty, inspired by characters from Wagner's epic operas. Unfortunately this means that up to 8,000 visitors/day crowd the place all year long. This tour gives you the unique opportunity to avoid these crowds and enjoy the calm magic also at HOHENSCHWANGAU in peace. Immerse yourself in the magnificence of the castles and grounds: Let the fairy tale come to life around you! Our expert guide will give you space to enjoy numerous other sights as well while being at your disposal and alert to your needs & questions at all times. WHY WITH US: • Know that your day is planned and conducted by a friendly & professional tour guide • Look forward to an unique excursion package • Enjoy the perfect symbiosis of traveling in relaxed comfort and fully leveraging your precious vacation time

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Sightseeing Bavaria Exclusive

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Oktoberfest

After pick-up at your Munich hotel, settle in our new luxurious/comfortable Mercedes- or VW Minivan. We'll pass the place where King Ludwig I (Ludwig II's Grandfather), celebrated his wedding more than 200 years ago, which we know today as the Oktoberfest!

Stop At: Starnberger See

20 min later we reach the impressive Lake Starnberg, also known as the “Dukes lake” and the summer residences of Sissi, the pretty but unfortunate Empress of Austria. Your driver-guide will tell you about the strange relationship between her and Ludwig II, and why he didn't want to marry Sissis younger sister. After a short stroll to the beach we can see the only island of the lake (which was in royal possession, too) and the place where he died under mysterious circumstances.

Duration: 20 minutes

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After another hour drive through the rural Bavarian countryside we approach the range of the Alps and can see the towers of Neuschwanstein at an altitude of about 1000m/3000ft. Soon we will reach the little village of Hohenschwangau. which is the starting point for both castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. From your guide you will receive the tickets for Neuschwanstein and a very detailed map of the surrounding area.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Schloss Neuschwanstein

The famous Fairytale Castle NEUSCHWANSTEiN is one of the most popular landmarks of Germany. It captivates visitors from all over the world with its dreamy beauty, inspired by characters from Wagner's epic operas. You have the option to walk up to the castle, take the shuttle-bus (not in winter, extra cost) or the horse-drawn carriage (extra cost). The guided tours in Neuschwanstein castle take approx. 35 min, afterwards you'll walk for another 15 min through many more rooms by yourself. About the particularities of these rooms you will be well informed by your guide.

Duration: 2 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Queen Mary's Bridge (Marienbrucke)

Mary's bridge ("Marienbrücke") - THE TOP VIEWPOINT - built in 1866 by King Ludwig II is one of the most famous in the world! It can be easily reached by a shuttle bus (€ 3.00 p.p.) from the parking lot or on a nice 40-minute uphill hike. From the bridge you'll reach the castle entrance within a 20-minute walk downhill and pass one more magnificent viewpoint! PLEASE NOTE: For departures after 8 a.m., there may be waiting times for both the shuttle bus and access to the bridge! But not far away you can reach another spectacular viewpoint without waiting. In snow and ice, both viewpoints are not accessible and Neuschwanstein Castle can only be reached on foot or by horse-drawn hybrid carriage.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Schloss Hohenschwangau

Just as worth seeing is Hohenschwangau castle, the neo-gothic summer residence of Ludwig II's father, King Maximilian II. with Ludwig's spectacular children's room. For the 45 min guided tour a Skip-the-line-ticket can be booked, too. (Skip-the-line entrance fee (2022) € 23.50 per person 18 years or older, reduction for children).

Duration: 50 minutes

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Enjoy views of the spectacular Pöllat waterfall from the view point Marienbrücke "Mary's Bridge" (waiting times possible, in case of snow and ice, the bridge is closed) and from the Neuschwanstein Castle Courtyard. The Pöllat is a 10 km long wild river and rises not far from Neuschwanstein Castle in the Bavarian Alps.

Duration: 5 minutes

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For a while we pass Austrian territory on our approx. 50 minutes way to Linderhof palace on a breathtaking drive along the mountain lake Plansee. Depending on the traffic situation or - in winter - if there is a risk of avalanches, we drive a similarly scenic route on the Bavarian side.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Schloss Linderhof

If you have booked the 11 hrs tour (OR AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO HOHENSCHWANGAU CASTLE) we would recommend the visit of Linderhof Palace, King Ludwig's smallest but most intimate castle located in a lonely Alpine valley with breathtaking french baroque design and famous Bavarian trick paintings. ***** Entrance fee (2022): € 10.00 per adult / Children under 18 are free of charge! ***** PLEASE NOTE: The Venus Grotto, located in the gardens of Linderhof, IS CLOSED due to restoration works until further notice!

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Stop At: Oberammergau

Shortly after visiting Linderhof we reach the world-famous Passion Play Village OBERAMMERGAU, where you should accompany your guide on a 20-minute guided tour. Marvel at the partly over 200-year-old wall paintings as well as the Passion Play Theatre. Take advantage of your subsequent free time to stroll in the historic center, where you will find a huge range of the famous wood carvings, including numerous cribs and other enchanting Christmas items.

Duration: 45 minutes

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(OPTIONAL): On request, a nearby chairlift takes you through the magnificent alpine world to a cosy mountain restaurant and to the start of the adventurous ALPINE COASTER at 1,270 m (4.170 ft) altitude: With the 1st world's longest weatherproof toboggan run with magnetic brakes, you can reach the valley at a length of 2,600 meters (1,6 miles) with breathtaking views and adventurous curves. ***** Open daily with suitable weather from April - October ... Prices (2022): Adults: € 14.00/Children 6-15 years: € 11.00 *****

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ettal Abbey

If you want to see (and understand) another baroque masterpiece concerning church decorations, inserted in a 12-page domed room from the 14th century, you should follow your guide in the Ettal Benedictine monastery near a little passo, just 5 minutes’ drive away from Oberammergau. From there it will take another hour back to Munich.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Pilgrimage Church of Wies

Another unforgetable stop will be at one of the overwhelming baroque churches. Your guide will provide you with all the worth knowing information, for example about the very popular Wies-Church, or – what we not recommend less – one of the other churches on the way, which are still "secret tips", quiet and peaceful far away from the tourist masses. Please note: If we drive over the Lake Plansee route to Linderhof palace or Oberammergau, the Wieskirche cannot be visited, but an equal beautiful baroque church.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Mount Tegelberg

(OTIONAL): Keen of further activities? On request you can take a private bike ride through the picturesque Bavarian countryside. During an approx. one-hour roundtrip, you will see not less than 3 lakes (perhaps bring your swimsuites). Rental bikes from 14.00 € Or enjoy some rides on a nearby summer toboggan run (€ 5.00) per ride) or take a cable car/chair lift on one of the Alpine peaks (from 15.00 € up and down).

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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