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Neuschwanstein Castle Tour Itinerary and FAQs

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Q: What is the day’s itinerary?

A: Tours Between October and March:
  • 8:30-8:45 meet at our shop
  • 8:50am departure from our office in Munich onto the coach (or mini-bus) with a fun introduction to the day’s itinerary.
  • Arrival at Ettal monastery (10:30) and Oberammergau (11:00) which is the charming and famous Bavarian village where the famous Passion Play is held once every 10 years. 
  • Arrival at Linderhof palace at aprox. 12:00. Tour fee 8 € addtonal option. Garden touring free. 
  • Departure from Linderhof: 1:00...arrival in Hohenschwangau, 2:15 pm
  • Lunch until approx. 3:15
  • Walk/small hike up to the castle entrance, including a potential stop at Mary’s Bridge 
  • Tour of Neuschwanstein castle interior, 3:55 – 4:25
  • Re-grouping, walking down back into town, 4:45 pm.
  • Departure, approximately 5:15pm. Arrival back in Munich generally around 7:15pm

SUMMER TOUR ITINERARY (Tours Between April to the end of Oktoberfest)

  • 8:30-8:45 meet at our shop
  • 8:50 departure from shop to coach. 9:00 Coach departure. New (2015) video of Mike's introduction, followed by our main tour guide, Brad, talking about Ludwig II, the Neuschwanstein project and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death at the age of just 40.  
  • Arrival in Hohenschwangau, appoximately 11:15
  • Bike Tour of area, including an opportunity to swim in an alpine lake, 11:30-1:15
  • Lunch 1:30 – 3:00
  • Bus to gorge entrance, followed by a one hour (approximate) walk through the gorge up to the castle entrance, including stop at Mary’s Bridge, 3:00 – 4:15.
  • Tour of Neuschwanstein castle interior, 4:25 – 5:15
  • Re-grouping, walking down into town, 5:15 – 5:45.
  • Departure, approximately 6:00. Arrival back in Munich generally btw. 7:45 and 8:00 pm

Q: Is the cost for the tour of the interior of the castle included?

A: No, the tour of the interior of Neuschwanstein castle is not included in the price of our tour. The tour of the castle interior costs an extra 13.00€, however, those under 18 years of age are FREE. This is based on our discounted price. Tickets usually cost individuals 14€. This (optional) extra fee is to be paid in CASH directly to our tour guide, Brad, at the end of the day, as he buys the tickets with cash on hand in the morning and needs to be reimbursed directly.

There is a 1.80€ booking fee per ticket that everybody that prebooks must pay. The castle interior tours usually sell out by midday so that is the only way for us to gaurantee tour tickets for our group. NOTE: The 1.80€ booking fee cannot be printed on your actual ticket. 

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: A light rain jacket, good walking shoes, a swim suit and towel if you want to go swimming, about 35€ extra cash unless you are bringing your own lunch, in which case 20€ would be enough (see list below). A change of shorts or pants is a good tip, just in case you happen to be unfortunate enough to get soaked during a downpour and would like to slip into something dry for the ride home. 

 Q: What expenses are not included on this tour?

A: The castle entrance fee of 13.00€ per adult, up to as much as 15€ for lunch (which would include a meal, beverage, an amazing apple strudel for dessert (don't miss it!), 19% sales tax and a tip - bringing a bag lunch is also an option!),  and please do not forget a customary gratuity at the end of the day for our outstanding, professional tour guides, their assistant on the coach and the bus driver, which would be something like 5€ per adult - less than %10 of the tour price. It is as customary to tip tour guides as it is to tip a waiter or waitress in the United States.

Q: Can we leave stuff on the bus? What about luggage?

A: Yes, you can leave "stuff" on the bus as we do come back to it / have access to it throughout the day. And yes, if you will need to catch a train or get to the airport immediately upon arrival back in Munich, you are welcome to bring your luggage along too. Strollers are also not a problem at all.

Q: Is there a break for lunch?

A: Yes! Of course we don’t expect you to go hungry throughout the day. We enjoy lunch together at a gorgeous Brewery. A meal and a beverage together cost between 12-20€, incl. 19% sales tax. Bringing a bag lunch is also an option.

Q: What time does the tour arrive back in Munich?

 A: Our Neuschwanstein castle tours almost always arrive back in Munich around 7:30-7:45 p.m.
 

Q: Does one need to be in good condition to do the bike ride or the hike through the gorge?

 A: First off, all of our activities are optional, so if one does not wish to or cannot for whatever reason, there are other possibilities. The bike ride is relaxed and not strenuous, but it does include an uphill incline for the last 400 meters. Some walk it, but most make it up without much of a problem. There are several breaks on the ca. 90 minute bike ride and we cover about 5 miles. If you are pretty sure or even think you could make it, there is almost certainly no cause to worry, as it is easier than most would imagine it to be. The hike through the gorge is an uphill walk for about 40 minutes, with numerous opportunities to break. Fitness is a very relative thing. To best answer the question at hand we can say that the gorge hike (possibly not through the gorge, as it has been temporarily closed (2015) for safety concerns due to a recent rockslide) is not much more strenuous than walking up the paved street for a good half hour and that if one is definately unfit, with the emphasis on the "un" here, that such persons are likely better off electing to take the bus up instead of participating in the hike. Taking the bus costs just 2€ and minimizes the ammount of walking as much as possible. Brad organizes to meet those taking the bus at the entrance at an appointed time, which is never a problem. For those that have a serious problem walking AT ALL, one must know that no matter what, unless you have a wheelchair, there is no way getting around having to walk some distances or having to climb stairs in the tower of the castle, unless one does not go in, of course. And by the way, we do have a wheelchair we can loan our guests.
 

TrampolineQ: Is our Neuschwanstein castle tour appropriate for kids?

 A: Yes! Kids under 15 come along for just 40€, 6 months and under are FREE. If you want to do the bike tour with a 4 year old child or younger, we have bikes with child seats. We also have 24” mountain bikes for kids that can ride well that are at least 7 years old. Kids that are five and six years old are generally too big for the above mentioned seat and too small to ride a 24" bike, but for such young ones we are happy to offer a tag-along at no extra charge! Other options include taking a paddle boat out onto the Alpsee, which is the lake in the background of the classic photo of Neuschwanstein castle, or taking the tour of the interior of the Hohenschwangau Castle where Ludwig II grew up as a lad and dreamt of excavating the site of a much older castle that stood where Neuschwanstein is today.
 

Q: What can we do alternatively if we do not want to go on the bike ride?

A:  One can choose to also take the tour of the interior of Hohenschwangau castle, which would cost an extra 11€ This must be booked with us on the morning of the tour. Our coach will bring you from where our bike tour starts to where this castle is (which is very close to the path up to Neuschwanstein castle is as well). From there you would need to walk about 10-15 minutes uphill. This alternative keeps you separated from the rest of the group until 4:00, at which time you would meet them at the entrance to Neuschwanstein and come back down with them and naturally, back on the same coach to Munich at about 5:30.

Q: What is our cancellation / refund policy?

A: Please refer to the cancellation policy page 

Q: Is there a WC on the coach?

A:  Yes, as well as a fridge with cold beverages, which are sold for 2€ apiece, including good German beer. 

Q: This coach will be on the German Autobahn? How fast will it go?

A: Yes, we will indeed be on the German autobahn for about half the distance driven during the day. On one particular stretch of about 3 miles the bus can get up to between 150 and 155 m.p.h., depending on traffic and wind conditions. Otherwise it's usually moving along anywhere between 50 and 135 m.p.h. with the average being about 120. 

Q: Was that last answer a joke?!

A: Yes!! The bus will not exceed 60 m.p.h. or 100 k.p.h. The perfect tempo for you to relax and fall asleep in the comfortable reclining seats of the luxury, air-conditioned coach. 

Q: Do you offer Neuschwanstein castle tours in the winter?

 A: Our Neuschwanstein castle tours as advertised here are only offered on the dates scheduled as per the information at Tour Details. We do offer Neuschwanstein castle tours between early October to Mid December on Saturdays only. From Mid December until End of December we run our tour Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays. Between the 1st of January through March, we only offer private tours for groups of any size as well as Private Tours by car or minivan for up to 8 persons can be arranged. Please simply email us your inquiry. For more information on our Private Sightseeing Tours visit this page of our website.
 

If you have a question that was not answered here just email us and we will be happy to get back to you.

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