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Skip The Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour from Hohenschwangau

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Schwangau, Germany
Skip The Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour from Hohenschwangau

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Bypass the lines at one of Bavaria’s top attractions on this 4-hour skip-the-line Neuschwanstein Castle afternoon tour from Füssen. Hop aboard your air-conditioned coach and head south to Hohenschwangau with your guide. Admire fine views over Pöllat Gorge from Marienbrücke Bridge. Head past the lines and straight inside Neuschwanstein Castle with your guide. Discover top castle attractions including the Byzantine throne room and Minstrel’s Hall, and gain insight into King Ludwig II’s life. Explore the grounds at your leisure, then enjoy free time in Hohenschwangau before returning to Füssen.
  • 4-hour skip-the-line Neuschwanstein Castle excursion
  • Travel from Füssen to Hohenschwangau and Marienbrücke
  • Enjoy fast-track access to Neuschwanstein Castle with a skip-the-line ticket
  • Learn about the eccentric King Ludwig II, for whom the castle was built
  • Explore the Byzantine Throne Room, Minstrel’s Hall and more
  • Make the most of free time at the castle’s grounds and village of Hohenschwangau

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

While Neuschwanstein is one of the world’s most photographed castles, indoor pictures are a no-no at the site. Save your camera for the stop at Marienbrücke, instead. The castle views are sublime.
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Professional guide
Transport by shuttle bus to Mary's Bridge (as long as the bus is operating and the bridge is open)
Skip the line service for the castle tickets
Tickets to Neuschwanstein castle
Horse-drawn carriage ride down from the castle foot (as long as they are operating)
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Alpseestraße 1, 87645 Schwangau, Germany

Please be at P3 Hohenschwangau, where you can park your vehicle if you are coming by car. Wait next to P3 sign and your guide will meet you there for the tour.

Departure Time

9:10 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
In central Füssen, you’ll board your air-conditioned coach and enjoy the scenic drive south to Hohenschwangau, where a shuttle bus to the impressive bridge of Marienbrücke awaits you. During the drive, you’ll absorb spectacular views of Pöllat Gorge and catch your initial glimpse of Neuschwanstein Castle.

Listen to history-rich commentary from your guide as you approach the fantastical fortress, built for the eccentric King Ludwig II in 1869. Bypass long entrance lines with your skip-the-line ticket and start exploring the castle’s opulent chambers.

Marvel at the decadent Byzantine Throne Room, peek into the richly decorated bedroom of King Ludwig and admire murals depicting composer Richard Wagner in Minstrel’s Hall. When your tour concludes, enjoy some time to explore the castle’s grounds independently — be sure to capture photographs in front of the landmark or revitalize with snacks in the town center at your own expense.

Then, greet your guide at a prearranged location and relax during the journey back to Füssen, where the tour concludes.
Stop At:  
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 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: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Good walking shoes required
  • In harsh weather conditions the bus to Marienbrücke might not be operating and you'll have to walk to the castle
  • Participants must be able to walk up and downhill as well as stairs
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note that we have only our meeting point in Hohenschwangau Village
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Your confirmation is not the ticket for the castle, it will not be accepted at the castle or the ticket center. Your guide will give you the official tickets for the Neuschwanstein castle.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY European Castles Tours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip The Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour from Hohenschwangau?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip The Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour from Hohenschwangau.
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip The Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour from Hohenschwangau?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Skip The Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour from Hohenschwangau.
What is the social distancing policy during Skip The Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour from Hohenschwangau?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip The Line: Neuschwanstein Castle Tour from Hohenschwangau?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Neuschwanstein Tour
, Aug 2021
I enjoyed our guide’s background commentary. The actual tour of the castle was shorter than my last visit, due to COVID restrictions.
Wonderful tour guide
, Jul 2021
My husband hates tours but we both loved this one. Our tour guide Amir made it an unforgettable experience. He is the best! The actual castle is not a very long tour but leading up to it the history Amir provides just makes you go back in time. Don’t hesitate to go!
This is a must see castle! All the...
George B
, Sep 2017
This is a must see castle! All the programs I watched prior to coming do not give it justice. Not just the architecture, but the surroundings makes Neuschwanstein one of the wonders of the world.
This was a great tour and our tour...
Kathleen T
, Sep 2017
This was a great tour and our tour guide Amir was very knowledgeable about the castle and the history that went with it. Would of liked to have more time to ride the carriage but in all fairness Amir did ask the group and went with the majority. Great way to tour with viator due to the huge crowds there. We had trouble finding the meeting place and we weren't the only ones. They just need to make their Castle Tour sign a little bigger. We figured out where it should be located but the sign was a small sign near the bottom of the window. Awesome views and had plenty of time to tour the castle.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Our guide brought us inside the castle...
Raymond V
, Aug 2017
Our guide brought us inside the castle where we waited for 45 minutes with nothing to do - it was rainy so maybe he was doing us a favor. The castle and views are amazing and made the tour worthwhile!
1 traveler found this review helpful
So glad we booked a Skip the Line! Our...
Donna W
, Jun 2017
So glad we booked a Skip the Line! Our tour guide, Pete, promptly met us in Fussen and gave us lots of information about the region and the castle prior to arriving at the castle. Pete had the timing down to a science so we saw the castle from a distance spectacular view! and arrived at the castle at the exact time we were scheduled to enter. Because the tour of the castle involved some walking to get there, Pete offered us different alternatives to make the trip less strenuous.This is great tour since Ludvig the II is such a huge part of the history of the region. The tour of the castle was well managed so you moved from room to room in groups according to your audio guide, but never felt crowded. A well spent afternoon seeing the opulence and beauty of a summer home of royalty.
Castle was amazing! View from the...
Wayne T
, Nov 2016
Castle was amazing! View from the Marienbrucke was awesome and not to be missed. Guide was friendly and informative. The only problem we had was logistics. The van that was supposed to bring us to the castle broke down so we had to walk up. My wife and I enjoyed the walk but other members of the tour were not as able and the pace was very slow. This is time we could have spent on the castle grounds. We were forced to catch the scheduled bus back down, which required a wait. I wanted to give this tour a higher rating but the problems we faced just did not allow it.
This was a great tour. This place is...
Tom W
, Oct 2016
This was a great tour. This place is packed and we would never have gotten tickets. Our host was very knowledgeable and accommodating.
I was able to snag this tour on the...
Rick S
, Sep 2016
I was able to snag this tour on the morning of the day before thanks to Viator. European Castle Tours do this one daily and the guide Amir was very knowledgeable and made the tour much more enjoyable by embellishing the history of the local area and the castles for us before the basic castle tour began. The castle tour proper is 30 minutes of regimented groups being driven through the construct like cattle, but the castle itself is definitely worth a visit and has some impressive features. European Castle Tours picked us up directly from their Fussen right near the train station which was very convenient and quickly and efficiently got us past the lines of tourist waiting to buy tickets and gain access. We were able to get to all the places of interest without any great hassle and although at times it felt a little hurried, that is because the basic Castle tour is scheduled in 30 minute slots or herds if you like -, the overall experience was a great one with no time wasted hanging around. On the whole a great experience and fast booking by Viator meant that us without any pre-planning we were able to get to see the castle the next day even though Suzanne of Suzanne's B and B had told us that there were no castle tours from Fussen and hadn't been any for some 10-15 years. She offered to help us get that one sorted by hiring a car from an acquaintance of hers for the day...etc.etc. Nice place to stay, but plan ahead. Apparently the locals are quick to capitalise on unwary travelers!
We had an amazing tour! Peter was very...
Kevin L
, Sep 2016
We had an amazing tour! Peter was very good and funny..made us feel so relaxed! The castle is so beautiful!! The tour inside exceeded my expectations for sure! Took a horse and carriage ride back down...was very nice. We have booked Viator for most of our tours when we travel and have not been disappointed once!! Highly recommend them!!

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