5 Days – fairy-tale castles in fabulous settings
Arrival in Munich, Hotel check-in and spare time to take a first stroll through the Bavarian capital.
City Tour Munich
After breakfast, your local guide is awaiting you for a sightseeing tour in the third biggest city in Germany. You will see the Marienplatz with the column of St. Mary in the very heart of the city; the new town hall with its famous carillon and its elaborate facade, seat of the mayor and the city council; the old-established and very popular Viktualienmarkt; the medieval city gate Isartor; the Cathedral Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), the landmark of Munich; the grand and expensive commercial street Maximilianstraße; the Residence, former centre of power of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings; the 3 Pinakothek-museums with outstanding collections; as well as the baroque Nymphenburg Palace, one of the largest Royal Palaces in Europe. The evening is at your own disposal.
Excursion Neuschwanstein – Hohenschwangau – Linderhof
After breakfast, your guide will accompany you to a full-day excursion to the Royal Palaces of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. The so-called “fairytale castle” of Kind Ludwig II was built from 1868 onwards and nowadays belongs to the most popular castles and palaces in Europe with over 1 million visitors per year. Becausethe king was afraid of people, he used the castle as a retreat from the public. Architecture and décor have been influenced by romantic historism and eclecticism of the 19th century. Straight after the death of King Ludwig II, the castle was opened to the public. Following your visit of the “fairytale castle”, you will see the vis-á-vis palace Hohenschwangau, where King Ludwig II spent his youth. In the year 1832, crown prince Maximilian bought the ruinous palace and had it rebuilt in neo-Gothic style. In the afternoon, you will head to Linderhof Palace. Amidst the foothills of the Alps, Kind Ludwig II had the forester`s house, once belonging to his father Max II, rebuilt and appointed as the “King`s Cottage”. Although this palace with its extensive landscaped park is the smallest of the 3 royal palaces, it used to be Ludwig`s favorite place where he spent most of his time. Adjacent to the palace, you can marvel at the Grotto, the Moorish Kiosk, the Moroccan House and the “Königshäuschen”. In the late afternoon, you will return to Munich.
Excursion to Herrenchiemsee
Today, you will visit the last of the famous palaces of King Ludwig II, the new palace Herrenchiemsee. Here, on the Herreninsel in the Chiemsee, the largest Bavarian lake, King Ludwig II has realized his long planned project of a “New Versailles”. It was laid out as a monument for absolutism and was supposed to pay homage to his much-admired King Louis XIV of France with its state staircase, the Council Chamber and the Great Hall of Mirrors. Even in the plans for the palace park, priority was given to copying the monarchic splendor of the gardens of Versailles. The associated King Ludwig II museum provides an insight into the life of the monarch and exhibits paintings, photos, as well as original state robes. In the afternoon, you will return to Munich. In the evening you will enjoy a genuine Bavarian menu and typical folklore in the probably most famous tavern of the world, the Hofbräuhaus.
After a rich breakfast, you will return home with long lasting memories of Bavaria and King Ludwig II.
Upon request we gladly offer adequate transfer services (coach / minibus / limousine / driver-guide / train / rented car).
Kindly note that our programs are merely suggested itineraries. Please do not hesitate to send us your request for a tailor-made quotation according to your special interests.
Please also note that due to the opening times of included sights the program might have to be modified.
In cases of special events or important fairs and conferences, an accommodation in a centrally located hotel might not be possible. The excursion program however is generally not affected by these events.