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Neuschwanstein Castle Tours

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With its snow-white limestone facade and fanciful turrets peeking out from the forested mountain tops of the Hohenschwangau valley, Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein) could easily have been lifted from the pages of a fairy tale. In a way, it has—the German castle famously inspired Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle.

The Basics
Neuschwanstein tours can be taken from Munich, Fussen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, or Frankfurt, and are often combined with visits to other attractions along Bavaria's Romantic Road. Many visitors choose to admire the castle from the outside only and find that the most stunning views are from the Marienbrucke Bridge. The interior, including the opulent Minstrel's Hall and the grand Byzantine Throne Room, can only be visited on a guided castle tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Ticket lines can be long in peak season—plan ahead and book a skip-the-line tour to avoid the hassle.
  • Wear suitable walking shoes if you opt to walk up to the castle—the road is uphill and uneven in places.
  • The castle is wheelchair-accessible with buses and carriages that can bring visitors up the hill to the entrance; inside, you'll also find elevators.
  • Plan to spend about two hours at the castle, excluding wait times.

How to Get to Neuschwanstein Castle
The nearest town to Neuschwanstein is Hohenschwangau, about 75 miles (120 km) southwest of Munich. Buses and trains run between Hohenschwangau and the castle. From the ticket booths at the bottom of the mountain, it's a scenic 30-minute walk through the forest to reach the castle, but regular shuttle buses and romantic horse-drawn carriages also run the route in peak season.

When to Get There
Neuschwanstein is open all year round, but with up to 1.4 million annual visitors, it can get extremely busy, especially in July and August. To avoid the crowds, get there before opening at 8am or after 3pm, when most of the day-trippers have already left. The castle looks majestic at any time of year, but the snowfall of mid-winter and the colorful foliage of early fall can add an extra edge to your photos.

Visiting Bavaria's Fairytale Castles
Bavaria is home to dozens of royal castles, but the most famous were built for King Ludwig II, the "Mad King" or "Swan King." In addition to Neuschwanstein, visitors can tour the nearby Hohenschwangau Castle, Ludwig's childhood home; Herrenchiemsee, inspired by Versailles; and Linderhof Castle, another of the king's masterpieces.
Address: Neuschwansteinstraße 20, Schwangau, Bavaria 87645, Germany
Hours: April–Sept 9am–6pm daily; Oct–March 10am–4pm daily; closed January 1, Dec 24–25, Dec 31
Admission: €12
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Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich

Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich

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Witness the fairy tale castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, created by Germany’s 19th-century King Ludwig II, on a day trip from Munich. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, admire Bavaria's magnificent scenery as you journey to Linderhof, Ludwig’s rococo-style hunting lodge and last home. Join an optional interior tour and then continue to Neuschwanstein, a picture book clutch of turrets and chambers that inspired Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. Enjoy free time in nearby Hohenschwangau village for lunch and to explore Neuschwanstein’s grounds, and take an optional castle tour. Entrance fees not included.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich

Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich

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Add a bit of legend and enchantment to your German vacation with a full-day trip to Neuschwanstein and Linderhof from Munich. Relax for the scenic coach ride through the Bavarian Alps, then spend hours exploring the former royal residences, sources of inspiration for modern fairy tales like Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty. In your small group, tour the castle’s opulent halls, unique spaces and the incredible kitchens. Conclude with free time in the charming village of Oberammergau.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich

Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich

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Travel from Munich to Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle on this day trip that includes round-trip transportation by train. Often known as Germany’s "Cinderella castle," Neuschwanstein was actually the inspiration for a different Disney story, the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ castle at Disneyland. Take a guided tour of the castle, and hear stories about the "Mad" King Ludwig II, who commissioned it. The entrance fee is not included, but skip-the-line access is, so you won’t wait in the main admission queue.
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  • 9 hours
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Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Day Trip from Munich

Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Day Trip from Munich

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Escape into the Bavarian countryside—and visit two of Germany’s highlight castles in one day—on this hassle-free coach tour from Munich. Set off in the early morning, and learn about King Ludwig II, who built numerous palaces during his reign. This flexible experience lets you choose whether you want to pay for admission to one or both palaces: Linderhof and Neuschwanstein. You’ll also have time for a traditional Bavarian lunch (own expense).
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Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip with Hohenschwangau Castle from Munich

Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip with Hohenschwangau Castle from Munich

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Enjoy a day of sightseeing in the Bavarian heartland, including a visit to the popular Neuschwanstein Castle, on this guided, full-day tour from Munich. First, choose from either a bike tour around the village of Hohenschwangau, including a swim in scenic Lake Alpsee, or go hiking and visit Hohenschwangau Castle, the childhood home of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Then step inside the king’s palace of retreat, Neuschwanstein Castle, for a guided walking tour of one of Germany’s most popular attractions. Use of a bike and helmet are included.
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  • 11 hours
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Neuschwanstein Castle BUS Tour from Munich OPT Hohenschwangau / Alpine Bike Ride

Neuschwanstein Castle BUS Tour from Munich OPT Hohenschwangau / Alpine Bike Ride

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Tailor your trip to Neuschwanstein Castle by adding on either a Hohenschwangau Castle tour, a Lake Alpsee bike ride, or a hike to the village of Schwangau. Perfect for family and friends who are traveling together but don’t have the same interests, this day trip from Munich offers an experience that everyone can enjoy. After your choice of morning excursion, you’ll regroup for a tour of Neuschwanstein, learning about eccentric King Ludwig II as you explore.
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  • 11 hours
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Private Mini Van Tour to Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof, Ettal & Oberammergau

Private Mini Van Tour to Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof, Ettal & Oberammergau

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Spend the day exploring Munich’s enchanted surroundings with your own private guide and vehicle. Visit the popular sights of the Ettal Monastery, the village of Oberammergau, the opulent Linderhof Palace, and finish the day with a guided tour of the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Discover the rich history of Bavaria and get insider tips from your informative guide during this private tour.
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  • 8 to 11 hours
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Overnight Royal Castles Tour - Linderhof, Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein

Overnight Royal Castles Tour - Linderhof, Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein

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Enjoy a royal palace adventure in the Bavarian heartland on this 2-day tour from Munich. Start with a visit to Linderhof Palace in Ettal, which King Ludwig II of Bavaria modeled after the Palace of Versailles. Make a brief stop in Oberammergau before reaching Hohenschwangau. Then step inside the king’s palace of retreat, Neuschwanstein Castle, for a self-guided tour of one of Germany’s most popular attractions. After an overnight stay, visit Hohenschwangau Castle, the king’s childhood home. Transportation, accommodation plus breakfast and the entrance fee to Hohenschwangau Castle included.
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  • 2 days
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TRAVEL*SAFE EXCLUSiVE Neuschwanstein Castle Tour INCLUDiNG TiCKETS (even at short notice) from Munich

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TRAVEL*SAFE EXCLUSiVE Neuschwanstein Castle Tour INCLUDiNG TiCKETS (even at short notice) from Munich

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PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19, A GUIDED TOUR OF THE INTERIORS IS NOT POSSIBLE IN ANY ROYAL CASTLE UNTIL AT LEAST 20 DECEMBER 2020! ♧|♧ Best for avoiding crowds! Neuschwanstein Castle - a dream destination for tourists from all over the world - ... in times of Corona! Due to the comprehensive COVID-19 safety measures of the castle administration (reduction of the number of visitors by 83% to only 10 people per tour!) it is currently often impossible to get tickets at the desired date. On this private full-day tour, you will receive - even at short notice - GUARANTEED SKIP-THE-LINE ADMISSION for the Neuschwanstein castle tour, which you can experience virtually EXCLUSIVELY due to the small groups of visitors! From the very beginning, you will be accompanied by your personal licensed tour guide, who is of course familiar with the current situation. So all you need to do is ENJOY this day! You can also enjoy the entertaining & informative ride in our new & comfortable Volkswagen-Minivan, where we can visit a wealth of other attractions. LINDERHOF palace and HOHENSCHWANGAU castle can be, on request, visited as well.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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Private Tour: Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from Munich

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.
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  • 9 hours
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Skip-the-Line Neuschwanstein Castle Half-Day Tour from Munich

Skip-the-Line Neuschwanstein Castle Half-Day Tour from Munich

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Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairy tale castle on which Disney’s Cinderella castle is based, is a must-see when in the Munich area. Wait time for tours can take several hours; this ‘skip-the-line' tour is essential for making the most of your time in Bavaria. Hauptbanhof, Munich’s Central Station, is your convenient pick up and drop off spot for this round-trip tour. Your informative driver will guide you through the castle, so you won’t miss a thing.
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  • 7 hours
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Skip-the-Line Day Tour from Munich to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau

Skip-the-Line Day Tour from Munich to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau

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Enjoy one of Bavaria's most popular attractions, Neuschwanstein Castle, on this day trip from Munich. Avoid the long ticket queues with skip-the-line admission and enjoy plenty of free time to explore this fairy tale castle that was the inspiration for Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty' castle. The train tickets for the round-trip journey from Munich to Füssen are included making this a hassle-free experience.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Private Neuschwanstein Tour in Mercedes Minivan V-Class (up to 6 person)

Private Neuschwanstein Tour in Mercedes Minivan V-Class (up to 6 person)

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Travel to the Castle of Neuschwanstein on a private tour from Munich, which ensures you personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace. Sit back and enjoy a smooth ride in a luxury vehicle, take in the scenery, and listen to guided commentary on the way there and back. Visit the Neuschwanstein Castle and explore on your own, then stop by other local attractions such as Linderhof Palace or stop for a local lunch.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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VIP tour to the royal castles Neuschwanstein and Linderhof from Munich

VIP tour to the royal castles Neuschwanstein and Linderhof from Munich

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See Neuschwanstein Castle’s fairytale turrets and Linderhof Castle, inspired by Versailles, on this convenient day trip from Munich, with snacks and soft drinks on board. It’s almost impossible to see both castles in a day on public transport, but this tour delivers, with a stop at a viewpoint to capture the perfect Neuschwanstein photo too. A live guide tells fascinating tales of Mad King Ludwig and so much more.
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  • 11 hours
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Private Day Tour to Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Oberammergau from Munich

Private Day Tour to Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Oberammergau from Munich

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Enjoy a day of sightseeing in the Bavarian heartland, including a visit to the popular Neuschwanstein Castle, on this private, full-day tour from Munich. Travel to this 19-century Romanesque Revival palace, built on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Fussen. Also, see Linderhof Castle, the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the town of Oberammergau, famous for its production of a ‘Passion Play.’ Lunch, all necessary entry fees, hotel pickup and return trip to Munich via train included.
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  • 11 hours
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Private Castle Tour from Munich: Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, and Linderhof

Private Castle Tour from Munich: Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, and Linderhof

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Visit three of Bavaria's most beguiling castles on a private day trip from Munich. Formerly the castles of the eccentric King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, and Linderhof are loved by visitors around the world for their fairy tale architecture and mountain settings. Explore them with your own private guide, enjoy coffee breaks to break up the history, and travel in comfort with round-trip transportation from your Munich hotel.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Neuschwanstein Castle Tour from Murnau Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle Tour from Murnau Germany

Neuschwanstein castle is beautiful but currently suffering from over tourism. Huge bus tours dominate the landscape with crowds and lines everywhere. Let us take the stress out of seeing this amazing place. Our guides are licensed to go around the long ticketing line and know the ways to move around the crowds making your experience fun and relaxing. Plus, we LOVE telling all the history and stories associated with Ludwig II, Bavaria, Oktoberfest, Germany, and more. Our business has been in operation for over nine years taking people to Neuschwanstein castle and we are currently the highest ranked guide service for southern Bavaria on Trip Advisor so we know how to provide you with a wonderful day!
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  • 7 hours
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Neuschwanstein Castle and Highline 179 From Munich

Neuschwanstein Castle and Highline 179 From Munich

Enjoy a day full of history, fun, and a lot of thrill, with Skip the Line service. You don't have to worry about ticket reservations or queues or taking the wrong turn. Just relax and enjoy an unforgettable day full of history and fun. Our tour includes a visit to the Fairytale Castle "Neuschwanstein Castle" The Highline 179 Suspension Footbridge with the picturesque village of Oberammergau.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Exclusive SKiP-THE-CROWDS Neuschwanstein &Hohenschwangau Castle Tour from Munich

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Exclusive SKiP-THE-CROWDS Neuschwanstein &Hohenschwangau Castle Tour from Munich

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COVID-19: NO TOURS OF INTERIOR! The famous Fairytale Castle NEUSCHWANSTEIN is the 2nd most visited attraction in Germany. It captivates 1.5M visitors with its dreamy beauty, inspired by characters from Wagner's epic operas. Unfortunately this means that up to 8,000 visitors/day crowd the place all year long. This tour gives you the unique opportunity to avoid these crowds and enjoy the calm of the early mornings also at the HOHENSCHWANGAU castle in peace. Immerse yourself in the magnificence of the castles and grounds. As the day awakens, the fairy tale comes to life around you. Our expert guide will give you space to enjoy the calm magic while being at your disposal and alert to your needs&questions at all times Why travel with us • Get GUARANTEED SKIP-THE-LINE TICKETS even at short notice • Know that your day is planned and conducted by a friendly&professional tour guide • Enjoy the perfect symbiosis of traveling in relaxed comfort and fully leveraging your precious vacation time
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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$462.63
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From Munich: Castle Neuschwanstein by train with small group

From Munich: Castle Neuschwanstein by train with small group

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This tour will give you a full background to King Ludwig's life and his tragic and mysterious death. We have enough time for lunch and time to collect perfect pictures, making your visit an unforgettable experience.
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  • 10 hours
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$124.78
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Neuschwanstein professional helicopter ride (90 Min)

Neuschwanstein professional helicopter ride (90 Min)

Helicopter ride ❤️ Neuschwanstein and Zugspitze. Taking Off, experience and enjoy a scenic flight over Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, Zugspitze (Germany's highest mountain), Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Eibsee, Walchensee, Kochel, and fly back to Munich Jesenwang. There are local attractions overflown according to the weather and desires of the passengers. The route is dependent on the weather and of course aviation safety, otherwise the pilot attempts to fulfill your wishes in compliance with the flight time. With booking the whole helicopter you can discuss the route on the spot directly with the pilot. Exclusive Flight - Route and Schedule at its own discretion.
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  • 2 hours
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$1,293.70
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Private Sightseeing Flight above the Bavarian Alps

Private Sightseeing Flight above the Bavarian Alps

Go on an unforgettable adventure and discover the beauty of Munich and the magnificent Bavarian Alps in the most unique way...from a private micro plane! You’ll see stunning views of Neuschwanstein Castle, Alps...and many more for you to discover with a local pilot! Your pilot is key to this adventure. They are sharing the flights' direct cost, not making a profit. They just love to fly and want you to understand their passion for aviation. So be sure to meet your pilot directly at the airfield provided, as there are several private airfields around. ++Confirm weather conditions with your pilot before++ --> Access a local airfield --> Discuss the flight route together with your pilot --> Pre-flight check --> Up you go, enjoy the view from a whole new perspective! The flight can depart between 9-17h, depending on the availability of the pilot, aircraft, and weather. Please let us know your flexible hours/days upon booking, and make sure that you've been in touch with us beforehand!
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  • 2 hours
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Neuschwanstein (Private in Portuguese | Train with Brazilian Guide in Munich)

Neuschwanstein (Private in Portuguese | Train with Brazilian Guide in Munich)

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A wonderful fairytale castle built by King Ludwig II. He was the inspiration for Walt Disney when he conceived Cinderella's Castle. Its interesting and engaging story mixes enchantment and tragedy. It's an unforgettable experience in one of Germany's most photographed locations.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Castle Neuschwanstein: a fantastic world of Ludwig II

Castle Neuschwanstein: a fantastic world of Ludwig II

Discover the world of King Lüdwig II and visit the world-famous castle Neuschwanstein. - Tickets for Neuschwanstein Castle included - guaranteed tour of Neuschwanstein Castle - Skip-the-line service - Bus transfer to the castle abd back to Munich Google Übersetzertranslate.google.com › ... Der kostenlose Service von Google übersetzt in Sekundenschnelle Wörter, Sätze und Webseiten zwischen Deutsch und über 100 anderen Sprachen. Google Übersetzertranslate.google.de
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  • 8 hours
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Neuschwanstein Castle hours of operation?
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Neuschwanstein Castle hours of operation: April–Sept 9am–6pm daily; Oct–March 10am–4pm daily; closed January 1, Dec 24–25, Dec 31. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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