From Munich: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle Full-Day Trip
- Skip the line
- Duration: 10.5 hours
- Optional audio guide
per group up to 8
If you're reading this, you probably already know that Bavaria's Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for Disney's iconic castle. Here are five facts about King Ludwig II's dramatic palace that you probably don't know!
Ludwig grew up in Hohenschwangau, the medieval knights' castle that his parents owned. Ludwig's dreams of building a castle on the rugged hill above it began as early as childhood!
Upon first hearing Wagner, the teenage Prince Ludwig became a devoted patron. His dream palace was the stuff of the Germanic sagas in the great composer's operas!
Ludwig considered his vision too extraordinary to be realized by mere architects. Neuschwanstein was instead designed by Christian Jank, a stage designer from Munich!
Forced to abdicate by a frustrated cabinet, the popular but inattentive king was removed from his new home. The next day he went for a walk and was discovered dead hours later.
Ludwig was a reclusive king and had envisioned his dream palace to be a place of solitary refuge and reflection. Just seven weeks after his death it was opened to the public!
Neuschwanstein is open daily from March 28 to October 15 at 9:00AM until 6:00PM. From October 16 to March 27 it is open from 10:00AM until 4:00PM, except December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.
There are several modest hotels and pensions in the Hohenschwangau area. Alternatively, Neuschwanstein is also just a day-trip away from Munich!
It's possible to walk up the hill from Hohenschwangau but it's quite a trek! You'd be better off choosing between the regular shuttle bus departing from outside the Schlosshotel Lisl on Neuschwansteinstraße, or the more expensive horse-drawn carriage from the Hotel Müller on Alpseestraße. Note that both stop short of the castle for accessibility reasons, and the short walk from the shuttle bus stop might be too steep for the mobility impaired.
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Nice bus ride, quiet. Guide provided interesting information about both castles, King Ludwig and the areas we passed through. It was easy to visit Linderhof Castle, not much walking or stair climbing although it was, in some ways, not the best time since it was late October and the small plants had been removed from the flower beds and the outdoor statuary had been covered in plywood to protect it from the ravages of winter. On the other hand, it was a great time to visit Neuschwanstein Castle because many of the trees had burst into bright fall colors, making for great photos. There's lots of climbing inside the castle so people with leg problems should carefully consider whether to go inside. Don't bring a backpack into either castle because you'll have to carry it in front, which makes climbing the spiral stairs in Neuschwanstein difficult. No photos allowed inside either castle.
This was a wonderful tour! Not only were we able to see the two castles, but we visited beautiful Oberammergau and had a wonderful lunch in Hohenschwangau. The tour guide was wonderful and provided a lot of information about Ludwig II, his life and family. The countryside was beautiful! Since we visited in October, the Fall colors were wonderful and there weren't many crowds. The only downside was that at the Linderhof Castle, many of the sculptures and exterior artwork had been covered up in anticipation of winter snow. Still, the tours of the castles and grounds were wonderful. Highly recommend!
It was a great day, even though we catch some rain. It was great to have a day outside the city, the landscape was amazing and the castles very beautiful, I specifically like Neuschwanstein. Our guide was very good.
Great experience! The guide was very knowledgeable & showed a lot of amazing views of the the castle.
The trip from Munich was very interesting and informative by Elisabeth.