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From Munich: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle Full-Day Trip

1. From Munich: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle Full-Day Trip

Travel to the magnificent castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Hohenschwangau and take a small detour through the picturesque town of Oberammergau. Board an air-conditioned bus and visit Neuschwanstein Castle. Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, admire one of the most impressive sights in Germany. Take 4 hours to explore the grounds (ticket not included). Arrive at Linderhof, the only castle that Ludwig II managed to complete. At noon, stop at Hohenschwangau Castle, Ludwig's childhood home, for lunch (not included). If time permits, continue to Oberammergau and lose yourself in the quaint streets of this picturesque town.

Passau: 1-Hour Guided City Walking Tour

2. Passau: 1-Hour Guided City Walking Tour

Visit the most beautiful places in Passau on relaxed walking city tour with background information, funny stories, and secret tips from a local certified city guide. Walk through the picturesque streets, pass the Old Town Hall and tower with its flood lines, and see the theater and national historical treasure, ScharfrichterHaus. See the St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to the largest cathedral organ in the world. On the left bank of the Danube River, admire the Veste Oberhaus fortress that towers over Passau and was built in 1219. Next to the castle complex of Veste Niederhaus, see where the courses of the Danube, Ilz, and Inn rivers intersect, giving Passau its epithet the “City of Three Rivers.”  Not far from here is the former Jesuit Church of St. Micheal where you’ll also see the new and old parts of town. All along the way, enjoy the opportunity to take photos, particularly at the Inn promenade and Residenzplatz with its cute cafes.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

3. From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

Located 2 hours from Munich, the enchanting old-world town of Füssen lies in the foothills of the Alps, framed by one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the world. Towering far above the village, seemingly sculpted out of the very mountains that rise magnificently to the heavens, is a sight made from the stuff of dreams: the fabulous and ethereal Neuschwanstein Castle. This glorious folly was built in the 19th-Century by the famed "mad" King Ludwig II, a man intoxicated by mythology and who himself became a legend. The shimmering white towers of the castle among the clouds are instantly recognizable to many who haven’t ever heard the name Neuschwanstein. It is the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle and is famous the world over as the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang castle. To visit it is to step inside a fairy tale. On this full-day tour from Munich, your guide will take you by train or bus and accompany you uphill to the castle’s lofty perch, where it sits gleaming above a spectacular panorama of mountains, lakes, and valleys. It’s not just about the castle – it’s also about its wonderful location. You will go to the best vantage points and explore the lake. If time and weather permits, you can even enjoy a swim. Get postcard-perfect views of the equally beautiful Hohenschwangau Castle, the waterfall gorge, and the stunning Marienbrücke Bridge, suspended high above it all. While you are marveling at the beauty, your guide will tell you the engaging story of King Ludwig’s renowned and tragic reign, his turbulent times, and of the obsession that drove him to build his fantasy castle in the mountains that ultimately destroyed him. If you choose to purchase a ticket on the day, skip the long lines for the separate internal tour of the king’s private chambers by a specialist castle guide. The tour is the most practical way to admire this amazing fantasy world.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Premium Tour

4. From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Premium Tour

Take a scenic ride to the castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof with skip-the-line entry. Experience the lush beauty of the German countryside and learn the history of the area from your local guide. In the morning, travel in comfort from Munich to Linderhof Palace for a guided tour. Discover the history of the castle before continuing to the picturesque town of Oberammergau. Explore the village and hear about traditional crafts from the local woodcarvers. At noon, head along the Romantische Straße (Romantic Road) to Neuschwanstein Castle. Stop for lunch (not included) on arrival or go directly to the Marienbrücke bridge. In the afternoon, explore Neuschwanstein Castle, before a relaxing ride back to Munich.

Munich: Nymphenburg Palace Skip-the-Line Tour with Transfers

5. Munich: Nymphenburg Palace Skip-the-Line Tour with Transfers

Walk in the footsteps of the former rulers of Bavaria and tour one of the largest royal palaces of Europe, Nymphenburg Palace. Get inspired by its rich history, grand architecture, and lavish interiors, and visit palace museums with a private guide. Enjoy skip-the-line entry. Your 2-hour tour includes skip-the-line entry, so you can speed up your entrance and spend more time exploring the beautiful palace interiors. Step inside the 17th-century summer residence to discover the spirit of Baroque and hear the love story behind its ornate design. See highlights such as the Max Emanuel's Great Gallery of Beauties, Coat of Arms Chamber, North and South Galleries, the Chinese Lacquer Cabinet, Queen’s Apartment and the beautiful Palace Chapel. Each room is like a box of prized jewels, featuring stunning ceiling frescos, historical paintings, antique tapestry, original furniture and other treasures that testify to the aesthetics and power of the House of Wittelsbach. Visit the Carriage Museum (Marstallmuseum), which documents 300 years of princely coach building, travel, and equestrian culture through a display of the world’s largest collections of coaches and sleighs, including the stunning Coronation Coach of Emperor Karl VII. 4-Hour Tour Choose the 4-hour tour to take advantage of the additional perk of round-trip transfers between your Munich accommodation and the Nymphenburg Palace. Enjoy your own private driver and air-conditioned transportation. The 4-hour tour option also includes a 1-hour transfer time, 2-hour guided tour, and 1-hour free time to take pictures and self-explore the famous Versailles-inspired Nymphenburg Park and Gardens. 3.5-Hour Tour The 3.5-hour option includes the guided tour of the Nymphenburg Palace (including the Carriage Museum) as well as the Museum of Man and Nature, which is housed in the North Wing of the palace. At the museum, learn about natural history and see informative exhibits on the dynamics of the earth, minerals, human origins, and so much more.

Munich Residenz: Private Tour with Artist Paul Riedel

6. Munich Residenz: Private Tour with Artist Paul Riedel

The Munich Residenz is more than a museum. This is the place where important events in Bavarian history actually took place. Tour the 139 rooms of this architectural marvel with a local artist, granting you a unique perspective on the history and setting. Enter the Munich Residenz with your private group and artist Paul Riedel. Hear about the early years of Munich's royal family, the Wittelsbachs. See where and how they lived. Wander the verdant garden of King Ludwig II while reflecting on the historical events that unraveled here. Your guide will present different paintings and explain their technical background in the Green Gallery, a real highlight of the residence. After touring the interior, learn about the exterior of the palace, which was nearly destroyed during WWII.

From Würzburg: Romantic Road and Rothenburg Wine Trip

7. From Würzburg: Romantic Road and Rothenburg Wine Trip

Take a trip down an authentic German holiday route. Sample locally-made wines, and explore local landmarks in the company of a guide in historical costume. Begin your trip outside Würzburg main station. Board your air-conditioned coach, cross the River Main, and head for the vineyards of the Tauber Valley. Cruise past Bad Mergentheim and the wine town of Markelsheim as you enjoy your journey. Alight at Weikersheim to meet your guide in historical costume. Be led through a renaissance castle and park, designed in the style of Versailles. Encounter Röttingen, regarded as Germany's first European city, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, claimed to be the most romantic city in Germany. Taste 3 different wines from the Markelsheim winegrowers' cooperative. Start with a welcome glass of Secco on the journey out, then enjoy a Müller Thurgau or Silvaner white as you drive along the vineyards in the Tauber Valley, and a glass of red on your way home.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

8. From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

Spend a day in picturesque Bavaria, enjoying a drive on the Romantic Road in the Bavarian Alps. On the way to the fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein you’ll pass through old, quaint Bavarian villages and scenic countryside. When you reach Neuschwanstein you’ll be taken on a guided tour of the castle, which was built in the 19th century in the Romanesque Revival style. The palace sits on a craggy hill commanding views of the village of Hohenschwangau below. From the Marienbridge you’ll have breathtaking views of the castle. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a royal retreat and in honor of Richard Wagner, the composer. After the death of Ludwig II, the palace was opened to the public in 1886, and now hosts more than 1.3 million visitors each year. Neuschwanstein has appeared in numerous movies and it was also used as a model for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland. You’ll walk through a lovely gorge featuring cascades and waterfalls. On the way back you’ll stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Church of Wieskirch built in the 17th century. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a Bavarian cheese farm, where you can get a cheese and sausage platter with fresh baked bread. There are spectacular, 360-degree mountain view to enjoy here as well.

Nuremberg: Private Guided Tour from Munich

9. Nuremberg: Private Guided Tour from Munich

Get to know Nuremberg, a beautiful Bavarian city with a rich history. Arrive at the Munich Central Station where your well-informed guide will be waiting for you. Together, travel by modern and comfortable train to discover Nuremberg on a private tour. Let your guide take you on an adventure and show you the most stunning parts of the city. Start your tour with the beautiful Old Town. Follow the guide and see St. Lorenz Church and its remarkable gothic architecture. Continue your tour and cross the river over Fleischbrücke, a late renaissance bridge. Once across, admire the astonishing facade of Frauenkirche. Step inside to see incredible gothic features.  Visit the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg, the top attraction in the city. Listen as your guide describes the history of the castle. Go inside and see the Imperial Chapel, explore the gardens, and walk around the courtyard. Next, marvel at the magnificent Sebalduskirche a medieval cathedral with two impressive towers. Follow your guide to the Schöner Brunnen, a medieval fountain that presents 40 unique and colorful figures.  Admire Elisabethkirche before exploring the picturesque alleys of the Old Town on your own, and feel the incredible Bavarian atmosphere of the town. At the end of the tour, take the train back to Munich.

Bamberg: Altenburg Castle Tour

10. Bamberg: Altenburg Castle Tour

Take a journey through history on a fascinating guided tour of the charming castle of Altenburg. Enjoy commanding views over the quaint town of Bamberg, from the castle's location on the highest of the town's seven hills. Learn captivating stories about the 900 years of the castle's history, and find out all about the Pallas reconstructions, and the so-called E.T.A Hoffmann snug. Get drawn into an age of romanticism, and gain interesting insights into the defenses and weaponry of centuries gone by.

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4.8 / 5

based on 2,744 reviews

Activity is a must. The castle and the Palace are spectacular. The views of the area too. Despite being in English, the guide spoke some Spanish if you asked him and there was an audio guide in Spanish.

Well organised and the tour leader Mat provided plenty of history about this area of of Germany and the history of the castle would recommend for sure

Mario was knowledgeable and fun! Great stops to break up the drive, interesting churches and amenities available. Excellent door to door service!

Fantastically comfortable coach trip with a first rate guide. Everything was wonderful well worth getting the premium package. Highly recommended

It is not the first time I booked the excursion via Get Your Guide. They have professional guides and the the experience is worth paid money.