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.
Neuschwanstein: Small Group Fairy Tale Castle Day Tour
After being picked up in private transport, you’ll pass through charming old Bavarian villages and scenic countryside before arriving at the fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein. Once there, you’ll be taken on a guided tour of the castle, including the imposing palace perched on a craggy hill and offering stunning views all around. After exploring the castle, you’ll be taken to some of its surrounding attractions, including a picturesque gorge featuring cascades and waterfalls. During your return journey to Munich, you’ll stop off at a UNESCO World Heritage Church of Wieskirch and a Bavarian cheese farm where you can sample some of the produce.
Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip
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.
Full-Day Tour by Train Including Bike Ride
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.