This full-day royal castle tour begins with a 4-hour drive south, from Frankfurt to the Bavarian foothills of Füssen, in an air-conditioned coach.
The first stop is Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace nestled on top of a rugged hill high above the village of Hohenschwangau, near Füssen, 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. Learn about the castle’s architect, King Ludwig II of Bavaria, and explore the gardens outside as well.
Then continue by coach for a walking tour of the Linderhof Palace, about an hour away in Ettal. Linderhof was inspired by the 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 journey to Frankfurt.