Castle Tours of Germany

Escorted 8-Day / 7-Night

(Optional up to a 14 day tour)
  • Stolzenfels in Koblenz
  • Marksburg Castle in Braubach
  • Burg Eltz Castle in Wierschem
  • Cochem Castle in Cochem
  • Lichtenstein Castle in Lichtenstein
  • Hohenschwangau Castle in Schwangau
  • Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau
  • Linderhof Palace in Ettal
  • Ehrenberg Castle & Fort Claudia Ruins in Reutte, Austria
  • Highland 179 Suspension Walking Bridge in Reutte, Austria
  • Historic Munich
Optional additions for the extended tour:
  • Herrenchiemsee Palace in Chiemsee
  • Nymphenburg Palace in Munich
Day 1: Marksburg Castle and Stolzenfels Castle

We will pick you up at the airport in Frankfurt. We will drive 1.5 hours to the region of Rhineland-Palatinate where you will check in at your hotel. You will enjoy a beautiful 20-minute drive to Marksburg Castle. Journey throughout almost 800 years of history as the castle was first referred to in 1231 by Noble Freeman of Brubach. In 1803, the castle passed into the hands of the old state Duchy of Nassau. During this period, Marksburg Castle was only used as a home for individuals and as a state prison. In 1866, Nassau as well as Marksburg Castle was taken over by Prussia. The castle was used as living quarters for soldiers but soon fall into disrepair due to governmental neglect. In 1900, with the help of Emperor Wilhelm II, Deutsche Burgenvereinigung (German Castles Association) purchased the Marksburg for the symbolic price of 1,000 Gold Marks. Today the castle houses an extensive museum and the headquarters of the German Castles Association. Marksburg Castle is the only hilltop castle along the Rhine that has never been destroyed.

Afterward, you will take a short drive to Stolzenfels Castle on the Rhine River. Finished in 1259, Stolzenfels was used to protect the toll station on the Rhine, where ships had to stop and pay a toll.

In the evening you will enjoy a candlelight dinner at the hotel and then you will have free time to walk the castle grounds or just relax after your flight.

Day 2: Burg Eltz Castle & Cochem Castle

After breakfast, you will travel approximately 1 hour to the Burg Eltz Castle, which has been owned and cared for by the same family from when it was built until today. The castle is over 850 years old sits on 300 hectares (approx. 740 acres) and has remained unscathed by wars throughout the years. After the Castle tour, you will have free time to roam the castle grounds. All the typical and rare animal and plant species are found in or near the freshwater stream, brushwood, and forest. Eltz Forest has been declared a nature reserve by Flora-Fauna-Habitat and Natura 2000.

Following your Burg Eltz visit, you will take a short drive to Cochem Castle. The original castle built around 1100AD is perched on a hill 300 feet above the Moselle River and served to collect tolls from passing ships. The castle was destroyed by the French troops in 1689 surrounding towns in a "scorched-earth campaign". The castle has changed hands and forms numerous times throughout the years. In 1942, the castle was sieged and turned into a law school run by the Nazi government. Following the end of the war, the castle became the property of the new state of Rheinland-Pfalz.

Afterward, you will enjoy dinner at our castle hotel and then have free time to walk and relax on the hotel's castle grounds.

** Both castles will be closed from 01 November - 31 March. We will replace it with the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich during this time. **

Day 3: Lichtenstein Castle

After breakfast, you will travel approximately 3 hours to Lichtenstein Castle, located at the edge of the Swabian Alps at 817 meters above sea level. Built-in 1390, was considered to be one of the best-fortified fortresses of the Middle Ages and withstood every single attack. In 1567, the castle had lost its status as a ducal seat and deteriorated. In 1802 the building was dismantled to its foundation walls and replaced as a prestigious hunting lodge. In 1837, the hunting lodge was built to a German medieval knight’s castle from 1840-42. After the castle tour, we will travel 10 minutes to the Nebelhöhle Caves. The Nebelhöhle is a stalactite cave with impressive stalagmites, stalactites, and stalagmites'. The Nebelhöhle is one of the oldest, longest, and most beautiful show caves in the Swabian Alb. Afterward, you will enjoy dinner and then have free time to walk and relax in the lovely village near the castle.

Castle Tours of Germany – 8-Day / 7-Night Europe Tour

Cost:   Adults / $3,595*

            Students (ages 6-12) / $1,795

            Children 5 and under / Free

*Children under the age of 12 are required to share a room with an accompanying adult. There is a maximum of 2 children with 2 adults.

Prices are based on Double Adult Occupancy

Single room supplement of $750

Private Tour Supplement of up to $1,000 per person depending upon the tour requests and days.

The tour includes:

  • All ground transportation from flight arrival and departure in Munich.
  • Tour in private auto/minibus, with transportation to and from all tours and restaurants on the itinerary.
  • All accommodations are in a clean comfortable hotel, bed & breakfast, or country inn. (German 3-5 star standards).
  • Breakfast each morning.
  • Dinner each evening with two free drinks (beer, wine, soda, juice, or water only).
  • Free alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages with European snacks are available while traveling between cities and tours.
  • Entry and tour fees for all sights are mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour does NOT include:
  • Airfare to and from Germany.
  • Meals other than those indicated in the itinerary.
  • Beverages other than those indicated in the itinerary.
  • Free time transportation or sightseeing.
  • Personal expenses for shopping, etc. 
Optional tours:
We have handpicked our tours to give you the must-see sites with a relaxed and enjoyable vacation. We understand that some people have different interests than others. We will try to accommodate special requests such as a special tour, a historical site, a river cruise, or just a special dinner. Please feel free to contact us.
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Day 4: Hohenschwangau Castle and Neuschwanstein Castle

After breakfast, you will travel approximately 2.5 hours to the village of Schwangau. Our first castle tour of the day will be the Hohenschwangau Castle. The existence of the Hohenschwangau was documented in the 12th century. Until 1535 it remained in the possession of the Knights of Schwangau and due to successive wars over the centuries, left the castle in ruins. Crown Prince Maximilian of Bavaria had the ruin of Schwanstein Castle reconstructed according to the original neo-Gothic style from 1832-1836. The yellow Gothic castle is where King Ludwig II spent his childhood.

Afterward, you will take a 40 min walk or a horse-drawn wagon up to Neuschwanstein Castle, also known as "the castle of the fairy-tale king". This is the most popular castle in Europe and possibly in the world with over 1.5 million visitors each year. Even though it looks medieval, Neuschwanstein was built between 1869 and 1886. Only a third of the castle’s interior was finished by the time of Ludwig’s mysterious death nearby in Lake Starnberg in 1886, at the age of 41. After touring both castles, you will walk to the Museum of the Bavarian Kings. You will enjoy a unique exhibition within a journey through time into the history of the Wittelsbach dynasty and their Bavarian Kings. You will experience the history of King Ludwig II and his family in the authentic vicinity of the royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Precious objects, fascinating stories, and interactive media stations will provide you with an extraordinary insight into the history of the former Royal Family.

Afterward, you will enjoy dinner and then have free time to walk the magical streets below the overlooking castles.

Day 5: Linderhof Palace & Gardens

After breakfast, you will then travel approximately 45 minutes to Linderhof Palace in Ettal. It is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed. Ludwig already knew the area around Linderhof from his youth when he had accompanied his father King Maximilian II on his hunting trips in the Bavarian Alps. When Ludwig II became King in 1864 he inherited the so-called King's Cottage from his father, and in 1869 began enlarging the building. Although Linderhof is much smaller than Versailles, it is evident that the palace of the French Sun-King Louis XIV (who was an idol for Ludwig) was its inspiration. The staircase is a reduction of the famous Ambassador's Staircase in Versailles. King Ludwig II was fascinated by the mystical world of the Orient and the romantic medieval age of chivalry, but above all by the splendor of the Bourbon court. At Linderhof, he set out to recreate the palace and gardens of Versailles, the magnificent former residence of the Sun King Louis XIV.

Then you can spend hours walking the landscape gardens that cover an area of about 125 acres (50 hectares) surrounded by beautiful Alpine pines. The entire Linderhof palace park is furnished with numerous buildings and follies. Exotic park structures include the Royal Cottage, the Moorish Kiosk, the Hundinghütte, the Gurnemanz Hermitage, and the Moroccan House. A special building is the artificial Venus Grotto, which is currently closed for renovation until 2024.

Afterward, you will enjoy dinner in the village of Schwangauand then have free time to walk the magical streets below the overlooking castles.

Day 6: Ehrenberg Castle & Fort Claudia Ruins / Highline179

After breakfast, you will then travel approximately 45 minutes to the ruins of Ehrenberg and Fort Claudia in Reutte, Austria.

Ehrenberg was built in 1296 and offers everything you would expect from a medieval castle. The Gothic castle complex was home to Emperors, Kings, Princes, and Tzars. Ehrenberg was at the center of wartime battles several times. In 1546, the Protestant Schmalkalden occupied the fortress, and in 1552, it was taken by the Elector Moritz of Saxony. In 1632 the Swedes occupied the castle and in 1703, Ehrenberg fell into the hands of the Bavarians during the War of the Spanish Succession. In 1716, Ehrenberg became the exile of Russian Tsarevich Alexei, who fled from his father, Tsar Peter the Great.

Fort Claudia was built as a strategic importance of the mountain crest across from Ehrenberg. It played an important role in the reconquest of Ehrenberg in 1546. In 1703 Fort Claudia was taken by the Bavarians, who began the occupation of Ehrenberg from here. In 1782 the fortress was closed down. Even in the 19th century, the old fortress was inhabited, yet was left to decay after it was abandoned.

In 2014, Highland 179 opened as the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge between the Ehrenberg Castle ruins and Fort Claudia. The bridge was a strategically important pass that these two structures were in part meant to guard. The Highland 179 is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "Longest Tibet Style Footbridge" in the world. The length of the bridge is 1,322 feet (403 meters), with a height of 360 feet (110 meters).

Afterward, you will enjoy dinner and then have the rest of the evening for free time.

Day 7: Historic Munich

After breakfast, you will head back to Munich. You will take a 2-hour walking tour through the historical city of Munich. With your experience guide, you will see top landmarks and discover the stories behind great sights such as The Glockenspiel, The Hofbräuhaus, (the world’s most famous beer hall), Frauenkirche, Viktualienmarkt (famous outdoor market), and The Royal Residence. You also see the New and Old Town Hall, The National Theater, The Feldherrnhalle (Memorial to Bavarian Generals), St. Jakobsplatz, and The Church of St. Peter. You will learn the real origins of Oktoberfest and the history of beer gardens in Germany.

After a day of touring the city, you will have a farewell dinner at the world-famous Hofbräuhaus. Then, after dinner will be your free time to relax or go out for drinks at one of the local German pubs.

Day 8: Departure From Munich, Germany

After breakfast at your hotel, we will be happy to take you to the airport for your departure or you can continue your vacation in Germany.

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