Bavarian Palaces

King Ludwig II. und his fairy-tale castels

Neuschwanstein Castle - inspired Walt Disney

Duration: 8 - 10 hours
A full-day excursion to visit Neuschwanstein castle, the most well-known of all Bavarian Castles built by Ludwig II, the Bavarian Fairy-tale king. Neuschwanstein is included in the range of the most popular sights of interest in Germany, errected from 1868 in the style of old German Knight's fortresses and located high in the mountains. The interiour focus on the themes of German legends and musical dramas by Richard Wagners, the beloved composer of Ludwig II.
Continuation to the pilgrimige church "Wies" where the art of rococo has reached a unique state of absolute perfection. Return via Oberammergau, the famous village of the Passion Plays. View the local craft of wood-carving and stroll along the main street with countless souvenir shops before we head back to Munich.

Linderhof Palace - his favourite royal villa

Duration: 8 - 10 hours
Linderhof palace, the royal villa built in the style of rococo is located in a most beautiful setting sourrounded by a vast landscape park. Neuschwanstein and Herrenchiemsee remained unfinished, Linderhof, entirely completed was the favourite retreat where the unhappy Kind spent most of his time. The impressive park offers many places of interest like an artifical grotto constructed as an auditorium for Wagner's operas. The latest technical improvement were needed to meet the King's most elaborate expectations. Time to shop and browse in Oberammergau, the picturesque site of the Passion Plays. On the way back visit to Ettal, a Benedictian Monastery founded in the 14th century.

Herrenchiemsee - a a replica of Versailles

Duration: 8 - 10 hours
After a very scenic ride along the Alps we reach lake Chiemsee, the largest Bavarian lake. A steamer takes us over to the island for a visit to Herrenchiemsee Palace. Ludwig II fervently adored Louis XIV, the french "sun king" and his absolutistic power and copied Versailles palace as a Temple of Fame. The main highlight is the Great hall of Mirrors being even larger then the original!
Then continue by boat to Frauenchiemsee island. Visit the nonnery and Münster church, have a look into tiny handicraft shops offering pottery try a freshly smoked trout or enjoy the plenty cafés and beergardens.

... in immediate vicinity to Munich

Schloss Schleißheim

Text
Duration: 4 Stunden
Ambitious political plans and military challenges dictated the reign of the Bavarian prince-elector Max Emmanuel. This also affected the holding of court and new residental projects like the construction of a new palace, Schleissheim. The marvellous interiours were created by Baptist Zimmermann and Cosmas Damian Asam both considered among the best artists in Europe. In the gallery masterpieces of 18th century paintings are to be found. Well worth seeing is the Baroque park with view to Lustheim palace the former hunting lodge, today housing a faboulous collection of Meissen (Dresden) china.