A nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace perched atop a rugged hill in southwest Bavaria and said to be the inspiration behind Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle, Neuschwanstein Castle is one of Germany’s most recognisable attractions.
Situated some 120km south of Munich, many visitors to the Bavarian capital enjoy excursions to the castle during their stay, with a wide number of tours to choose from. We’ve picked out three of the best, based on cost and traveller reviews.
FROM €42.00 PER PERSON
Run by expert English-speaking guides from the highly reputable Radius Tours, this fantastic day-long tour begins with a scenic train journey from Munich, through the enchanting old-world town of Füssen in the foot hills of the Alps and upwards towards the legendary Neuschwanstein Castle. Once your ascent is complete, you’ll get to marvel at the castle’s stunning exterior, as well as the breathtaking panorama of mountains, lakes and valleys. After recapturing your breath, you’ll be accompanied to the castle’s best vantage points, and you’ll even get a chance for a refreshing dip in the lake, if the weather’s nice enough. While enjoying the sights, your knowledgeable guide will regale you with the engaging story of King Ludwig’s tragic reign and the obsession that drove him to build his fantasy castle in the mountains.
FROM €188.33 PER PERSON
With hotel pickup and drop-off and admission to all castles included, this private tour offers a uniquely intimate opportunity to explore the stunning royal palaces of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles. Your small group will be picked up in an air-conditioned coach from central Munich in the morning and taken on the 1.5 hour drive southwest to the Bavarian foothills of Füssen, with the option of making a stop at the famous Wies Church, an oval rococo church in Steingaden, along the way. You’ll enjoy lunch in Hohenschwangau before embarking on your guided walking tours of the majestic castles, skipping the typically long lines to get inside. Finally, you can choose between a 90-minute stroll around the scenic Lake Alpsee or continue by coach for a walking tour of the Linderhof Palace, about an hour away, before your return journey to Munich.
FROM €25.50 PER PERSON
Enjoy a day of sightseeing and cycling fun in the Bavarian heartland on this guided, full-day tour from Munich. With bike rentals provided, you’ll get to cycle through the historical town of Fussen and the lush meadows and forests surrounding Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein Castles. The tour will include visits to both castles, with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. You’ll also see an array of other regional attractions including the St. Mang’s Abbey, the Marien Bridge, the Alpsee Lake and plenty more besides. The tour ends with a return trip to central Munich.