Private Munich Tour
Munich day trip visits two of the most popular castles in Germany, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. The castles were built by the King of Bavaria, Ludwig II as a getaway from his reality.
In 1864 eighteen year old Ludwig II became King of Bavaria. He preferred life in the countryside and spent his time building fairytale castles and being the patron to composer Richard Wagner whose fantasy operas appealed to him. His withdrawal from public life and frivolous spending of the states money were so upsetting to the royal court, military and common people alike, that in 1886 he was declared insane and stripped of his title. The next day Ludwig and his psychiatrist were both found mysteriously drowned in Lake Starnberg.
Your driver-guide will meet you at your Munich hotel in the morning and you start your journey into the foothills of the Alps. You’ll first catch sight of the great towers of Neuschwanstein Castle as they rise in majestic splendor amongst the German Alps. Set in one of Europe’s most beautiful locations, the castle overlooks the idyllic medieval village of Fussen.
Many people think Neuschwanstein Castle is Medieval but it was in fact begun in 1869 and was designed by a theatrical scene painter rather than an architect. The castle is set high on a rock looking over the surrounding countryside and lakes. The rooms that may be toured are furnished and many of the walls are adorned with murals depicting heroic Wagnerian sagas.
After touring the castle, considering climbing further up the hill to Mary's Bridge. This foot bridge spans two gorges and a waterfall with wonderful views back down on to the castle.
After visiting the castle there is some time for lunch before you make the scenic drive to Linderhof Palace. The smallest of three palaces commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, and the only one he lived to see completed, the palace is reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles which is no surprise as Louis XIV – who ordered the construction of Versailles – was an idol of Ludwig II.
After visiting these two incredible sites, you return to your hotel in Munich.
Mobility: NO wheelchairs OK
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