Group tour Operator for holidays to Bavaria, Germany
Bavaria and the Castles of King Ludwig II
Bavaria is a veritable treasure trove of wonderful sights. Story book castles perch high in the hills while crystal clear lakes sparkle below. Medieval towns nestle in the beautiful Bavarian landscapes and snow-capped mountains.
Spend a day explore Bavaria’s capital, Munich. Known for it’s beer and hearty cuisine, Munich is also bursting with history. Explore the city’s past in its wonderful old churches and traditional beer halls. From the divine English garden to the BMW Museum, there’s something for everyone. Another wonderful town to explore is Garmisch-Partenkirchen. These two villages united for the 1936 Winter Olympics and formed a popular winter resort. The town is beautiful and the perfect place to potter around to enjoy the charm of southern Germany.
The castles of King Ludwig II are another highlight of the region. Linderhof Palace is especially wonderful. Although small, it was the only palace which was fully completed and the opulent rooms are exquisitely furnished. Furthermore, you also have the chance to visit the Mad King Ludwig’s most famous castle: Neuschwanstein. When in Bavaria, you simply must visit this whimsical building and take in the spectacular views over the surroundings.
Dates throughout 2021
Suggested itinerary by coach
Travel to Germany
Take a short sea crossing to Calais and continue across France. After making an overnight stop, continue to Bavaria the following day. The spectacular Bavarian landscape unfolds as you travel to your hotel in Oberammergau. Time permitting; perhaps enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour to discover this idyllic village.
Enjoy some free time exploring the town of Oberammergau. For centuries, the German village Oberammergau has staged its depiction of the betrayal and suffering of Jesus Christ. Revisited and refined every ten years, the passion play has grown into a must-see event. Perhaps, see the town on a walking tour and learn about this grand tradition and take a backstage tour of where the play is held.
Linderhof and Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Today we visit two of Bavaria’s architectural wonders. Linderhof Palace, the smallest of the palaces built by Ludwig II, is famous for its ostentatious, chandelier-filled rooms. A guided tour includes the Hall of Mirrors, the Peacock Throne and an artificial grotto with a wave-making machine. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour of Garmisch – Partenkirchen, a town formed of two villages; see the distinct character of these quaint towns. The town is surrounded by mountains, so why not hop on one of the many cable cars which will whisk us to the mountain peaks. There we can relax in a mountain top restaurant, enjoying magnificent alpine views – and perhaps a delicious German cake too.
Schloss Neuschwanstein, Füssen and Lake Forggensee
Today we visit the remarkable Schloss Neuschwanstein. Surrounded by the Ammergau, Lechtal and Tannheim Alps, the spires of this castle inspired have made their mark on the world of film in The Great Escape and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and will strike a chord with fans of Disney, having inspired the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle. It was built by King Ludwig II in the 19th Century as a private retreat. Ludwig was notoriously reclusive, and insisted that the castle’s design reflect the height of architectural romanticism. Leaving the castle we head to the nearby medieval town of Füssen, situated on picturesque
Lake Forggensee. There’s free time to visit the fascinating Museum of Bavarian Kings, where you can see Ludwig II’s famous blue and gold robe, or perhaps take a lake cruise.
Note: Castle Neuschwanstein is located at the top of a steep hill, usually accessible by bus. There are many steps inside the building.
Today we travel into Munich, the Bavarian capital. Take a guided walking tour and see Marienplatz, the spacious square at the centre of the Altstadt, home to the exuberant mock-Gothic Neues Rathaus (New City Hall) that has a glockenspiel that plays at 11am. Perhaps visit the Residenz, a sumptuous palace laid out around seven courtyards and one of the great treasure houses of Europe, or
see the Cuvilliés-Theater, a jewel-like baroque auditorium. If time permits, head for the Englischer Garten, one of the largest public parks in the world with a rotunda with a lovely view of the city skyline. Last but not least, pop in to the Hofbräuhaus. Built in 1896, it’s the most famous of Munich’s beer halls.
Return to the UK
It’s time to leave Bavaria and return to the UK. Make an overnight stop en route back to Calais for the return crossing.
Suggested hotel – Inspected by Greatdays staff in November 2017
Hotel Wittelsbach, Oberammergau ***
The traditional family run hotel is located in the centre of the charming town of Oberammergau and only 6 minutes’ walk from the train station. It offers comfortable accommodation with modern rooms and a cosy atmosphere. The hotel’s restaurant offers a choice of Bavarian specialities and international favourites, please note the restaurant only opens from May – October. Public coach parking nearby.
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