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Bavaria and the Castles of King Ludwig II

  • Neuschwanstein Palace, Bavaria © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V. - Florian Trykowski

    Neuschwanstein Palace, Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V. - Florian Trykowski EXPIRES 23.7.2020
  • View towards Viktualienmarkt, Church of the Holy Spirit German National Tourist Board, Saskia Wehler, GNTB

    Germany - Munich - View towards Viktualienmarkt, Church of the Holy Spirit German National Tourist Board, Saskia Wehler, GNTB EXPIRES 27.11.2019
  • Romantic Road - Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V. (DZT), Nana Watanabe, GNTB

    Germany - Bavaria - Romantic Road - Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V. (DZT), Nana Watanabe, GNTB EXPIRES 27.11.2019
  • The Monastery of Ettal © Bayern.by-Gert Krautbauer, BAYERN TOURISMUS Marketing GmbH

    Germany, Upper Bavaria - The Monastery of Ettal © Bayern.by-Gert Krautbauer, BAYERN TOURISMUS Marketing GmbH
8 day tour
From £399 per person - minimum 25 passengers

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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

Dates throughout 2021


Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1-2

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.

Day 3

Oberammergau Sightseeing

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

Munich Sightseeing

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.

Day 7-8

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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Dates Hotel Half Twin
Single Supplement
14th March 2021 x 7 nights Hotel Wittelsbach From £399.00 per person (bed & breakfast) From £142.00 per person
Dates throughout 2021 On request From £499.00 per person (half board) From £159.00 per person

 

 

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