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Private Tour: Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from Munich

Munich, Germany
Private Tour: Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from Munich

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See two of the palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria on this private, full-day royal castle tour from Munich. Escape to the Bavarian foothills of Füssen to see the Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Disney’s 'Sleeping Beauty' movie. Skip the line and enjoy a walking tour of this popular fairy tale abode. Also, see Hohenschwangau Castle, King Ludwig’s childhood home. Then, enjoy a stroll around Hohenschwangau’s scenic Lake Alpsee or visit nearby Linderhof Palace, modeled after the Palace of Versailles. Hotel pickup and drop-off and admission to all castles included.
  • Private day tour of Hohenschwangau Castle and Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich
  • Explore the rooms where King Ludwig II and his royal family resided
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Bavarian palaces and alpine surroundings
  • Take a lakeside walk along the shores of Alpsee or stop at Linderhof Castle
  • Hear fascinating commentary from an expert guide
  • Private tour itinerary can be customized to your interests

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Combine skip-the-line castle admission with optional add-on stops at Wies Church or for lunch.
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9:00 AM
This full-day royal castle tour begins with a morning hotel pickup, followed by a drive southwest, from Munich to the Bavarian foothills of Füssen, in an air-conditioned coach.

Along the way, make a stop at the famous Wies Church, an oval rococo church in Steingaden, if desired. Arrive in Hohenschwangau in time for lunch (own expense), then take a private, guided walking tour of Hohenschwangau Castle, a majestic Gothic palace that was the childhood home of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. 

The next stop is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Germany — Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace nestled on top of a rugged hill high above the village of Hohenschwangau. This stunning fairy tale palace was the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty and it’s one of the most popular of all the castles or palaces in Europe, drawing 1.4 million visitors each year. Skip the typically long lines to get inside and enjoy a private walking tour of this medieval masterpiece. Explore rooms like Minstrel’s Hall, the Byzantine Throne Room and many more. Learn about the castle’s architect, King Ludwig II, and visit the terraces, grounds and gardens outside as well.

Finally, choose between a stroll around the scenic Lake Alpsee or continue by coach for a walking tour of the Linderhof Palace, about an hour away in Ettal. Linderhof was inspired by King Ludwig’s visits to the Palace of Versailles in France. It is the smallest of the three palaces built by the king and the only one which he lived to see completed. Even so, the palace and surrounding park together are one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century — and a sight to behold.

The tour ends with a return trip to Munich.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Romantic Road - Touring Tours and Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "There are lots and lots of steps so be prepared." See review

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Do not take this tour-it is mislabeled...
, Sep 2018
Do not take this tour-it is mislabeled as it is not private nor guided. Our driver picked us up at 9AM and then did not say one word for the entire two hour drive out to the castles. We did not get any information about the countryside we were seeing or any comments until we arrived. He then showed us where the restroom was located and went to get our tickets for entry. He gave us the tickets and left us on our own until we were to meet him at 4:45 for the return trip. We were lost trying to find our way up to the castle whereas he could have easily stayed with us and guided the way. One then has to make the way back down, buy a bus ticket and then be bussed up to the second castle. Again, no guide was with us. When we met up with him at his appointed time, he again offered no comments on the entire drive back. He was an excellent driver but was not a guide.
3 travelers found this review helpful
Neuschwanstein castle
, Jul 2018
The castle was great but there is a lot of repair work going on on one end. There are lots and lots of steps so be prepared. When I planned my trip to Germany this was at the top of my list and it did not disappoint.
This tour was amazing and made even...
Oliver N
, Feb 2018
This tour was amazing and made even better by Lars! He was friendly yet professional and shared his enviably knowledge of not only the castles but Munich with us. Nothing was too much trouble and he went out of his way to ensure we had the best time, including lending us gloves! Highly recommended.
I can't say enough about this tour...
Denise E
, Dec 2017
I can't say enough about this tour! It was the best tour of my European trip! My tour guide, Stephen was amazing and customized my tour with a short stop in Oberammergau. On the drive he enlightened me with the life story of King Ludwig II. He was very knowledgeable of the area and it's history. His English was excellent. This was not a cheap tour but the individual attention made it worth every penny.
Our driver drove us to...
Lily B
, Aug 2017
Our driver drove us to Neuschwanstein, and on our way we stopped close to a lake to get out and stretch. It was described in the website that there would be PRIVATE tours of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles, but instead we had to wait in lines to enter with group tours. Also, we never got to do a 90 minute stroll around the scenic Lake Alpsee. Our driver was cordial and nice, but he didn't tell us very much about the history and of the people around the areas, and of the castles.
Excellent trip to the Royal Castles...
Jacqueline P
, Aug 2017
Excellent trip to the Royal Castles. We had a private car and driver. He picked us up at our hotel in Munich, gave a wonderful tour en route to the castles, qued up to retrieve our tickets and advised us of the best way to see both castles. My husband and I are active so we decided to walk to each. The walking is definitely not for everyone. The tours were satisfactory, as tours go. The castles are amazing...Neuschwanstein is definitely something to see. You do not see the entire castle. Only a few of the rooms as it was never fully completed. A must is to hike up the hill to the trestle bridge and view Neuschwanstein Castle from the bridge. It's amazing. After both castle tours our driver met us at the designated location and we headed back to Munich. A different route home which was very informative as well.
Stephen was pleasant and courteous...
Lauren S
, Aug 2017
Stephen was pleasant and courteous. He met us at our hotel as planned. He talked about the castles and some of the lesser known facts about the King Ludwig II while en route. The tour of the countryside was very pleasant. Our tickets for the castle tours were ready for us when we got there. Stephen very carefully recommended the best routes for our group to get from one location to another. We had plenty of time to explore in addition to the tour.
Most of the day did not go as...
Leslie V
, Jul 2017
Most of the day did not go as planned or described, but overall it was fun. There is a lot more walking (up and down the hill) than was described, but the castles are worth it! Our guide was great in getting our tickets for us and we did not have to stand in line.
This was NOT as billed. First of...
, Jul 2017
This was NOT as billed. First of all, unlike the description--we were charged extra for admission to the castles. This is distinctly different than the tour description. We did have a hotel pick-up with a private van. Our driver, Stephan, was very knowledgable. He did not offer us a tour of the Wieskirche--instead, we went to a different church instead. We were not offered the opportunity to see Linderhof. Also, we did not have a private tour of the castles--not of Hohenschwangau, and not of Neuchwanstein. This is also not what it says in the description. What was done was pre-booking of the timed tours--and better not be even 5 minutes late , or you will miss your 30 minute tour of the castle. 30 minutes for each castle. We we told to walk up to Hohenschwangau 20 minute uphill climb--this was the non-strenuous walk--past Lake Alpsee--beautiful. Get to Hohenschwangau, where there are timed entry ticket stalls that read your ticket and let you in only at the time of your ticket. You are herded thru the castle and allowed to see about 6 rooms over 2-3 floors. We were then told to hoof back down and get on a packed, crowded bus with passengers unsafely jammed on--to ride up past the MArienbrucke for another 10 minute uphill climb to the bridge where there is picture-taking frenzy--jostling for space with hundred of other tourists to take fairy-tale pictures of the fairy tale castle. It was pretty cool. The bus ride was 1.8 Euros, and well worth it--walk down about 20 minutes, past another scenic view point where you can see views of BOTH castles--also pretty cool. continue down to the castle courtyard, where the number of your tour is flashed on an electronic billboard, You have only 5 minutes once your tour group number is called--tours are let in 60 people at a time--every 5 minutes. If you miss you spot--it's tough luck for you. There are A LOT of steps--over 300 stairs--up and down the castle, to see furniture and rooms which Ludwig never got to use. Then pile back out and walk downhill--we took a horse carriage ride downhill 3Euros each and rode down, where Stephan our guide was there to meet us. It was a long, tiring day--not suitable for elderly or those with inability to walk or climb. Not for those with heart or respiratory conditions--The setting of the castles in the mutinies was tremendous. But the tour was not as billed. We did not have a private tour--this was a driver and facilitator--and we paid more than Viator quoted us. But I'm glad we went--much better than trying to do it on our own. But for the price--I expected more.
Loved our guide and the whole...
, May 2017
Loved our guide and the whole experience! You won't regret this tour!
Taking this private tour helped to...
Pauli G
, Apr 2017
Taking this private tour helped to take the stress out traveling to Neuschwanstein from Munich. Our driver picked us up at our hotel, dressed in Lederhosen, and was very personable throughout the drive to the castle. He made one stop in a small town to show us a historical cathedral that was just beautiful. He gave us tips on how to tour the castles - start with Hohenschwangau to get more history on the family first, etc... He also stood in line for us for the wagon ride up the mountain to Neuschwanstein which saved us time and frustration. If you don't want the hassle of figuring out which train to ride, which connections to make, which tickets to buy - this is the way to go! The only slight disappointment was that we did not have time to stop and see Oberammergau.
From the moment our driver/guide...
, Apr 2017
From the moment our driver/guide, Armin, picked us up we had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The driver through the German countryside was very relaxing with beautiful scenery. We stopped for a coffee in the enchanting town of Fussen before Armin took us to the castles. The visit to both castles Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein were excellent and thoroughly enjoyable. We had lunch between the tours of both castles at the restaurant on the way up to Neuschwanstein Castle. The staff there were friendly and the food was delicious. A wonderful tour and Armin drove us safely through the peak hour Munich traffic without a problem.
The trip/tour is just like some sort...
Sujeni W
, Feb 2017
The trip/tour is just like some sort of transportation. Drop you there, without any explanation and tell you what time to meet him again. As it is snowing and very cold, we want to take the horse carriage up to the castle in order to save the time walking up there. We asked the driver/guide where to take the horse carriage, he just pointed to one spot, not even helping to give us some further information. So after exploring the castle, we meet the driver and get on the bus, thinking that he will drive us to the next destination Lake Alpsee. After 10 minutes driving, we asked if we are going to visit the lake. He said, the lake is just at the end of the drop off place just now. we missed the Lake.
The tour guide had a medical...
Michael B
, Dec 2016
The tour guide had a medical appointment at 6PM when we were scheduled to be back at hotel, so, he rushed us down from Neushwanstein Castle. The tour ended at 3PM he wanted us down at the van at 3:15PM. Since in takes almost 10 minutes to get out of the castle, walking as slowly as does my wife, and, since the castle souvenir shop can only be access after the tour, AND the walk down the steep hill takes another 30 minutes, his expectation was unrealistic. Then, when I had to use the restroom before the long trip back to our hotel, we were even later not departing until almost 4 the time any rational person should have expected our return. Then, he bullied drivers in his way, honking and passing dangerously in a show of his displeasure at our being late. My wife was petrified all the way back to the hotel. When he pulled in at 5:50PM, I made sure he knew were back 10 minutes EARLY! Assadi was a terrible driver. I will look for a private driver next time--we are finished with Viator Tours.
For the price charged, the value was...
David B
, Jul 2016
For the price charged, the value was not there. Driver was good but arrived late 10-15 minutes. We were able to visit and tour both Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein, but no other location, which was disappointing. We were also disappointed that the Marienbrucke was closed for repairs.
Great tour! Our driver was...
Mary S
, Jun 2016
Great tour! Our driver was wonderful and stopped on the way to the castles at an old beautiful church so we could look around. He also gave us tips for other places to go and some local wine selections. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because my father had some trouble with all of the steps and couldn't go into either castle. There was no mention anywhere that it wasn't recommended for people with walking issues. Even with taking the carriage there is a lot of uphill walking and many steps. The Hohenschwangau castle was something that we could have missed, but they are practically right next to each other. If you are worried about the walking I would recommend missing Hohenschwangau and saving your energy for Neuschwantein. It was beautiful!
Driver was excellent. Only...
Ellen M
, Jun 2016
Driver was excellent. Only downsides were that we had hours to kill before the tours began and the tours guided by castle staff were too short and did not meet anticipated expectations.
The driver and car was good for this...
Geoff W
, Apr 2016
The driver and car was good for this private tour, but I would not use it again. I originally thought there would be some private tour of the castles but this is essentially just a car and driver for the day plus help in getting the tickets which would be valuable during peak periods. It is easy to drive and park at the castle yourself.
We had a wonderful day trip to the...
John L
, Aug 2015
We had a wonderful day trip to the castles with our guide Carl. He was quite knowledgable and got us there on time for the tour times for both castles that they had pre-arranged for us. We were very pleased as the lines of people waiting for tickets and for the public bus to get up part of the hill were very long and had we not done this tour, we would have taken some pictures and turned around and gone somewhere else for the day. Carl got us on a private bus up the hill, and had things timed so that we were able to see everything and have a quick lunch in town as well. We would highly recommend this trip.
While you have to brave the crowds in...
, Aug 2015
While you have to brave the crowds in summer - totally worth it.

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