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Baden-Württemberg Castle & palace tours

Our most recommended Baden-Württemberg Castle & palace tours

From Munich: Rothenburg and Nördlinger Ries Day Trip by Bus

1. From Munich: Rothenburg and Nördlinger Ries Day Trip by Bus

Take a trip down the Romantic Road, a famous 220 mile route linking some of Bavaria's most exquisite architectural gems on a guided tour from Munich. Discover the natural beauty of the region, and the charming town of Rothenburg. After departure from Munich, travel first to Harburg which is one of the oldest and best-preserved castle complexes in Germany. This perfectly situated castle with its surrounding village retains the feel of the middle ages. Be enchanted by its historic flair and delve deep into its history. After visiting the castle, and pausing for coffee, you will drive on through the wondrous scenery of the Nördlinger Ries – the giant depression left by an ancient meteor in the Swabian landscape. Travelling via Dinkelsbühl, with its towers and spires, you will reach Rothenburg, a perfectly restored mediaeval town. Take some free time here for extensive exploration. Wander through the beautiful streets and alleyways, which are full of the charm of past times. Your return to Munich will take you through the largest hops-growing region in the world, the Hallertau. On this tour, be amazed by the beautiful region of southern Germany.

Heidelberg: Private 3-Hour Tour with Castle Visit

2. Heidelberg: Private 3-Hour Tour with Castle Visit

Discover Heidelberg and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the old town. In just a few hours you can explore all the historical sights. Learn interesting information and get great insider tips that won’t be found in any guide book – specifically tailored to your wishes. Stroll along one of the longest pedestrian zones in Germany directly through the picturesque old town and admire the magnificent Baroque buildings. See the beautiful Old Bridge and the impressive Church of the Holy Spirit, which once housed a collection of valuable documents. Walk through the former Hortus Palatinus (Garden Palatinate) to Heidelberg Castle ruins. After a detour to Scheffel Terrace with breathtaking views of the city and the Rhine River, you will head to the castle complex itself. Here you can see the largest ever wine barrel and enjoy wine tasting in the castle cellar or visit the Pharmacy Museum in the courtyard.

Karlsruhe: Guided City History & Culture Walking Tour

3. Karlsruhe: Guided City History & Culture Walking Tour

Experience history, explore the present and imagine the future on a 1.5-hour walking tour of Karlsruhe with an experienced local guide. Even though Karlsruhe is only 300 years old, it has a colorful past. As a Baroque planned city, Karlsruhe was a novelty of its time and the city has preserved this pioneering spirit to this day. With your city guide, you will learn about the fascinating Karl III Wilhelm, Margrave, who founded the city in 1715 and discover what made him decide to build a completely new city and leave his old capital of Durlach behind. Your tour will be spiked with funny anecdotes and personal insider tips from your guide.

Heidelberg Castle Tour: Residence of the Electors

4. Heidelberg Castle Tour: Residence of the Electors

Enjoy a walk through the former Hortus Palatinus to the Heidelberg Castle ruins. After a walk to Bushel Terrace, boasting views of the city far into the Rhine, you will be guided through the castle complex and down to the wine cellar, where you will find the world's largest wine barrel. For those who fancy a taste, regional wine is available for sampling, or you can go straight to the Pharmacy Museum in the courtyard. Near the Old Bridge over the Neckar River, the impressive castle ruin is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Germany and a major landmark of Heidelberg. The castle was built from the red sandstone of the Neckar Valley in the 13th Century as a fortress and later served as the residence of the Elector of Heidelberg until its destruction in 1689, during the Nine Years' War. Over the centuries it has been rebuilt by various electors and today shows distinct stylistic elements from three periods. Reach the castle by foot or take the cable car from the historical downtown.

From Zurich: Private 4 Countries in 1 Full-Day Tour

5. From Zurich: Private 4 Countries in 1 Full-Day Tour

Uncover the best of 4 countries in 1 day on this tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Zurich, sit back and relax in the comfort of a private vehicle as you drive along Lake Zurich, Obersee and Walensee, admiring green hills and valleys along the way. Then, cross the border into Vaduz in Liechtenstein. Here, marvel at the emblem of the city, the imposing Vaduz Castle, then visit the famous post-office with its high-in-demand stamps. Next, continue to Bregenz in Western Austria, located on the shores of Lake Constance. Here, see sights such as Martins Tower, Lake Promenade and the famous Kunsthaus Kub. Afterward, proceed to the main sightseeing location in Southern Germany, Lindau, where you can admire majestic townhouses and breathtaking views. Later, continue to the German city of Meersburg, where you will drive over the bridge to reach the Swiss town of Stein am Rhein. Enjoy some free time to wander through the narrow streets of the city's fairytale-like Old Town and marvel at its preserved, half-timbered medieval houses with their extravagantly painted facades. After a full day's sightseeing, get dropped off back at your hotel in Zurich.

Mannheim: Guided Walking Tour, Modern & Historical Mannheim

6. Mannheim: Guided Walking Tour, Modern & Historical Mannheim

Start the tour from Europe’s second-largest Baroque palace. Meet your expert guide who will provide more information about this stately former residence of the city the former residence of the Prince-electors of the House of Wittelsbach. Next, see the magnificent Jesuit Church located nearby in the city center. Stroll through the heart of the city and discover several charming squares, the assembled buildings of the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums, and the beloved “Planken” shopping street. Learn more about the monuments and memorials and uncover tales of Mannheim’s eventful history. Discover contemporary works of art at the atmospheric Art Nouveau square at Friedrichsplatz. Learn more about the varied gastronomic scene and the modern spirit of the city. Admire the view of Mannheim’s landmark historic water tower before finishing up your stroll through the city.

Heidelberg: Private Walking Tour With Professional Guide

7. Heidelberg: Private Walking Tour With Professional Guide

Visit Heidelberg with a guide on a private walking tour of the city. See the most important tourist attractions and find out why this university city is loved by students and families alike. Surrounded by forest, Germany's oldest and most famous university town is renowned for its baroque Old Town, spirited student atmosphere, beautiful riverside setting, and its half-ruined hilltop castle. Meet your guide and set out to explore Heidelberg's Old Town. Walk down one of the longest pedestrian zones in Europe and see Heidelberg University, the oldest one in Germany. Learn how the university was founded in 1386 and hear about the student jail, which was established in the 1780s and operated until 1914. See the Church of the Holy Spirit, visit the Old Bridge, and rub the Bridge Monkey of Heidelberg to ensure good fortune. You'll also have the opportunity to have a view of the iconic Heidelberg Castle. As this is a private tour, your itinerary can be adjusted to suit your preferences. 

Heidelberg and Rhine Combination Tour from Frankfurt

8. Heidelberg and Rhine Combination Tour from Frankfurt

Explore romantic Heidelberg and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley on a delightful combination of a city tour and river cruise. Admire some of Germany's most charming sights, from the medieval castles in one of the country's most beautiful cities to a ride on a classic steamer. Your day starts with a ride south from Frankfurt to the picturesque city on the river Neckar. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world, and then take a walk in the city's medieval town center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. Next, the tour takes you into the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its remarkable scenery and medieval structures. Admire the mighty castles, villages, and charming little vineyards, and then board a Rhine steamer for a voyage downriver from Kaub to the town of Assmannshausen. Once you're back ashore, stop to sample the local wine in a local tavern and enjoy a delicious dinner in a restaurant by the riverbank before the time comes for your return to Frankfurt.

Hohenzollern Castle: Full-Day Tour from Frankfurt

9. Hohenzollern Castle: Full-Day Tour from Frankfurt

Journey into the mountains of the Swabian Alps to visit one of the most remarkable fortresses in Germany. This day trip takes you through the charming woodland in the south of Germany, on a journey filled with history and stories from the height of the House of Hohenzollern. Depart Frankfurt for the drive south into the forests of Baden-Wurttemberg. Get an outstanding look at the isolated peak of Hohenzollern as the mountain rises over the countryside, crowned by the majestic 19th-century castle that stands atop its peak.  As you step onto the castle grounds, your guide will explain how an earlier fortress built on this mountain lent its name to the family dynasty that would rise to rule the kingdom of Prussia and become emperors of Germany. Reflect on 1,000 years of heritage, from Friedrich I to Wilhelm II, as you explore the mighty ramparts, courtyard, and towers. Take spectacular photographs of the surrounding lands. Next, follow your guide into the grand halls and exquisitely furnished rooms, where old paintings, porcelain, and works of gold and silver rest among artifacts from the Hohenzollern dynasty. Take a look at a uniform that belonged to Frederick the Great and the crown of Kaiser Wilhelm II before you depart for your journey back to Frankfurt.

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Rothenburg Full-Day Tour

10. From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Rothenburg Full-Day Tour

Two of southern Germany's most charming communities offer a look at the country's medieval charm. You'll see the romantic city of Heidelberg and the historic town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Your journey begins with a morning tour to Heidelberg. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world, and then take a walk in the city's medieval center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. Next, follow the Romantic Road into the uplands of Bavaria for a visit to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. High above the Tauber River valley, the picturesque old lanes and the castle garden give you a look at the elegance of another era. See the wood-carved altar of St. Jakobs Church and marvel at half-timbered houses, the city gates, and the mighty Renaissance Town Hall. In the afternoon, take some leisure time to explore the town on your own. Look for the local delicacy called a "Schneeball," a fried dough ball with many different toppings before you meet your group for your journey back to Frankfurt.

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My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the Heidelberg/Rothenburg Full Day Trip. It was not rushed at all and we were able to enjoy both sites without getting too tired. It helped that we just happen to be the only ones in the tour (we were 4) so we pretty much had our own schedule. Peter, our guide, was very attentive and accompanied us all throughout. I highly recommend this trip if you only have a few days to visit this part of Germany.

The trip was so enjoyable, visiting interesting destination in three countries surrounding Switzerland in a just one day. The transportation and the host/driver was comfortable and very kind and helpful. He makes the journey a personal touch vacation trip. Me and my wife were very much enjoy it.

Long bus drive to get to the village but thoroughly worth it. Not a lot of shops open in winter but still much to see. It snowed the day we went which made it magical.

Very nice places! However I would have liked a bit of history about Rothenburg and its streets and places!

Excellent tour guide, beautiful places to visit, strongly recommended