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Skip-the-Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour Including Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

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Schwangau, Germany

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

Visit the popular Neuschwanstein Castle on this guided walking tour. A “skip-the-line” ticket allows for quick access to the inside of the medieval masterpiece. One of three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, it would eventually become the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s "Sleeping Beauty." After the tour, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride down to the village of Hohenschwangau and take a leisurely stroll around scenic Lake Alpsee.
  • Explore Neuschwanstein Castle on a skip-the-line walking tour
  • Learn about King Ludwig II while visiting rooms like Minstrel’s Hall
  • Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride from Neuschwanstein to Hohenschwangau
  • Spend time at leisure in Hohenschwangau and stroll around Lake Alpsee
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Shuttle bus to Mary's bridge (as long as the bus is operating)
Horse-drawn carriage ride down from the castle foot (as long as they are operating)
Tickets for the tour inside NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE with skip the line service
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
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Departure Point

Alpseestraße 1, 87645 Schwangau, Germany

Departure Time

9:10 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
The highlight of your tour is Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace nestled on top of a rugged hill high above the village of Hohenschwangau, in southwest Bavaria. This stunning fairy tale palace was the inspiration for Disney’s "Sleeping Beauty" castle 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 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 of Bavaria, and explore the terraces, grounds, and gardens outside as well.

After the tour, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride down to the village of Hohenschwangau. Take a walk around beautiful Lake Alpsee and enjoy the rest of the day on your own.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Alpseestraße
The meeting point is at P3 in Hohenschwangau at 9:10 am. GPS (Alpseestrasse 1, 87645 Hohenschwangau). Please wait next to the P3 sign. Your guide will meet you there. By Bus from Füssen: take bus 78 to Hohenschwangau and the bus will stop just across from the meeting point.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Visit the popular Neuschwanstein Castle on this guided, 3 1/2-hour tour from Hohenschwangau. This “skip-the-line” ticket allows for quick access to the inside of the medieval masterpiece for a guided walking tour. Neuschwanstein Castle was one of three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and would eventually become the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s movie Sleeping Beauty. After the tour, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride down to the village of Hohenschwangau. Then take a leisurely stroll around scenic Lake Alpsee and enjoy the rest of your day.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 9 people per booking
  • Good walking shoes required
  • Participants must be able to walk up and downhill as well as stairs
  • In harsh weather conditions the bus to Mary's bridge might not be operating and you'll have to walk to the castle
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY European Castles Tour

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip-the-Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour Including Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip-the-Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour Including Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour Including Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip-the-Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour Including Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour Including Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Skip-the-Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour Including Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour Including Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If possible, stay some more hours, and enjoy this beautiful castle !" See review
  • "Definitely worth paying for the carriage ride up and back, especially with weather as it was." See review
  • "Very much worth the trip from Heidelberg on the Romantic Highway." See review

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Good experience
Luis_B
, Sep 2020
A perfect guide , funny and professional. Very good experience. All explanation are bases in a deeply knowledge of hisrory
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star-4
Longer time but great
Rebekah_L
, Feb 2020
Everything that was included was excellent! Just wish there was more time at the end Of the tour to look around at the gift shops. Instead we only had about 10 mins to look at 2 gift shops before meeting the guide to catch the horse drawn carriage. Our tour did run a little behind, but 30 to 45 mins would have been better. As for our guide, he was great! I defiantly recommend!
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My Neuschwanstein Review
Harvi4444
, Oct 2019
The busy of the castle and Ming Ludwig is a wonderful educational experience. A little overpriced for a 30 minute audio tour. Our guide was wonderful. We did not meet him where we were supposed to and he still managed to find us and ensure we were added to the tour group.
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Very Disappointed
Freedom597013
, Sep 2019
The tour guide was only took us to the door, then we had radios for a short 1/2 tour of a few rooms. The Castle was huge and we did not see much of it at all. The carriage ride was down the hill to a stop. No real tour around the town like the ad stated. We expected the tour to be 2-3 hours. Felt rushed inside and we just did not see much.
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star-5
Enjoyed the tour!!
hbohana
, Aug 2019
It was so wonderful not to stand in line for tickets and to take the bus instead of walking uphill to the castle. Our tour guide Amir was very friendly and knowledgeable about the true story of Ludwig. It was so beautiful to see the castle from Mary’s Bridge although I would have liked to have more time there to admire the awesome beauty. Overall, great tour!!
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Tour guide was amazing.
Trail55446863184
, Jun 2019
Our tour guide, Amir, was well versed in the ACTUAL history of Ludwig II and the circumstances of his vision and intent for Neuschwanstein. The common story was that King Ludwig II was crazy and spent much of the governments money to build the castle. However, he used his own monies ($75million in today’s equivalent) and built the castle with only one reference to him believing the art itself inclusive of music and art was to be on display. He was greatly loved by the people of his time. To say he died under suspicious circumstances is an understatement. King Ludwig supposedly died by drowning but had no water in his lungs. The doctor who declared him insane did so from Munich 80 miles away, without examining him. The same doctor died the same evening by strangulation from persons unknown. However, the uncle who hired the doctor ended up essentially ruling the kingdom for the next couple decades. There are many more historical underpinnings that make the actual castle tour far richer. Skip the lines and use Viator and hope for Amir!
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star-5
Truly the best tour ever
Adventure31945264176
, Jun 2019
We came to Germany for our 15 year wedding anniversary and the Neuschwanstein Castle was on the top of our list. Our guide Amir was so knowledgeable and a true joy. Thank you!
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Worth it
mark h
, May 2019
The tour is well organized and efficient. It was cold and snowing, people were standing in long lines. But not us. We got in pretty quick and enjoyed the tour. The only suggestion I have is the meeting place location. We drove and waited at the designated location. More specifically, the meeting place was at parking area #3 next to where we were told to wait. Other than that, it was great.
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Disappointed
Brad L
, Oct 2018
I had previously used Astrid Baur and her company European Castle Tours via Viator. It was an exceptional experience. This time was different. Approximately two weeks prior to our booked tour I received an email stating the tour had been cancelled from Astrid's assistant Amir. No explanation, but merely it had been cancelled and to contact Viator for a refund. This forced me to restructure several aspects of my trip, but I made it work. I rebooked the tour for four days later. Three days before the new tour date another email. This one again from Amir, that because we were the only ones that had booked our particular type of tour we were getting downgraded, and the difference would be refunded in cash when we arrived. I felt there was no real effort to make good on the previous cancellation, and the casual manner this was handled bothered me. Nevertheless, because of road construction and foggy driving conditions we arrived 20 minutes late and missed the departure of the tour. We still went up to the castle, had a good tour, and enjoyed ourselves. What I discovered in this is I need neither European Castle Tours or Viator to end up with the same result that I managed on my own.
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Wonderful tour, but not easy with little children.
v0lker_2018
, Oct 2018
Every thing was well organized, the transfer was with public bus. Only 35 minutes inside tge castle, no chance to stay longer and watch all the wonderful things. But this is not a fault of viator or the tourguide. She did a very good job, could explain a lot, was nice to listen to her. She talked English and German, very important for our mixed group. Neuschwanstein is worth to visit, I recommend the morning tour, after lunch it was getting crowded. If possible, stay some more hours, and enjoy this beautiful castle !
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