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Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip

5 out of 5 stars (2 reviews)

Description

 

Two hours from Munich, the enchanting old-world town of Fuessen lies in the foot hills 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 recognisable 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.

Itinerary

The guide will bring you on the train journey from Munich and back again 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. The guide will take you to the best vantage points: the lake (if time and weather permits we can try the water for a swim), the postcard-perfect view of the equally beautiful Hohenschwangau Castle, the waterfall gorge, the stunning views from the Marienbruecke bridge suspended high over it all.

While you are marvelling at the beauty all around, the guide will tell you the engaging story of King Ludwig's renowned and tragic reign, of his turbulent times, and of the obsession that drove him to build his fantasy castle in the mountains and ultimately destroyed him.

The guide will also ensure that you don't have to wait in line for the separate internal tour of the king's private chambers by a specialist castle guide.

This tour is the most practical way to enter the fantasy-world.

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Pickup

Radius Tours Office, in Munich Central Train Station (Hauptbahnhof), just across from platforms 32-34.

The times given are departure times. Please be here approx 15-30 min prior to the given departure time.

Things to bring

- Printed voucher

- Students must indentify themselves with their ID.

- Comfortable footwear

- 14 EUR for the castle entrance/internal tour fee

 

Inclusions

- English speaking guide
- Train tickets

Exclusions

- 12EU for the castle entrance/internal tour fee

Cancellation

Cancellations more then a week in advance only administration costs of 15%
Cancellation between a week and 48 hours prior to departure date: 50% of the total amount
Cancellation less than 48 hours prior to departure date : 100% of the total amount
No show: no restitution

Additional Info

For reservations less than 48 hours in advance please contact us by email or phone.

Duration: approx. 9 hours

Departure Location:
Inside the main train station, Hauptbahnhof, opposite track 32.

Departure Times
Jan. - March: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun at 9.30am
April - December: daily at 9.30am
May - July: on weekends at 10.30am.

14 EUR castle entrance/internal tour fee is additional

- Students must indentify themselves with their ID.

Please note
This tour does involve an uphill walk of approximately 40 minutes. If you prefer not to walk uphill, there are alternative options of a horse-drawn carriage or a bus. Even with these options, however, some walking is still necessary, and the availability of these can be limited at particularly busy times.

Don't forget to bring appropriate footwear.

The times given are departure times. Please be here approx 15-30 mins prior to the given departure time

Transport on the 2 hour train journey and back again. All costs included in price.

Reviews

" Wonderful tour of Neuschwanstein Castle "
5 out of 5 stars
Terrific time with our Scottish guide Keith traveling to king Ludwig's Neuschwanstein castle. His historical perspective and easygoing approach were just right. His mum Elaine should be very proud.
" Great guide, easy transport; castle tour short "
4 out of 5 stars
My guide (his name slips my mind, but he was from Scotland) was fantastic--very knowledgeable, and very funny! Getting out there and back was very easy and comfortable. The castle is stunning of course--you really HAVE to get some pictures from the bridge overlooking the castle. My only complaint is that the inner castle tour felt rather brief; I could have spent much longer looking and learning about everything in there. Also, you aren't allowed to take pictures inside the castle or they'll kick you off the tour--I suppose so they can sell you books/postcards with pictures (still annoying). But it was a really enjoyable tour!