Alpine meadows, mountain peaks, mountain streams…
Follow in the footsteps of Bavarian Fairytale King Ludwig II, a man shrouded in legend. You will pass the most important places of his life as you travel along this incredibly scenic route through Upper Bavaria.
King Ludwig Tour in a Volkswagen Beetle
Discover the castles of fairy-tale king Ludwig
Day 1 Neuschwanstein: Knights & Tales
This two-day tour begins in Munich and will take you from the Starnberg Lake and then on to Hohenschwangau, where you will see Neuschwanstein Castle, probably the most famous of the royal castles of Bavaria. You will then approach the impressive fairytale castle on foot along the path from the bottom of the castle hill. Neuschwanstein was planned by Ludwig II as an accessible stage setting and private residence. The castle merely provided space for the king and his servants, not for the royal household. His passion for the world of legend and the music of Richard Wagner are the reasons why Neuschwanstein was constructed and almost all the rooms include backdrops depicting Lohengrin and Tannhäuser. You will then travel on to Linderhof Palace. This comparatively small Rococo jewel is the only one of the buildings which Fairytale King Ludwig II completed and inhabited. Your journey for the day will take you past Kochel am See and Benediktbeuern. Heading further east, you will then arrive at Bad Tölz, where you will continue your journey past the Tegernsee and Schliersee. In the early evening, you will arrive at Lake Spitzingsee (1,085 m elev.) and stay at the Alpenhotel am Spitzingsee****, where you can relax in the Altira Spa. Your dinner will be served in a manner perfectly in tune with your trip in the hotel’s own “König Ludwig Stube”.
Day 2 Herrenchiemsee: The Bavarian Versailles
The next morning, you will head out to Chiemsee after breakfast. From Prien, you will take a boat to Herreninsel, where you can see Herrenchiemsee Palace, the Augustiner Chorherrenstift and the King Ludwig II Museum. Herrenchiemsee Palace was modelled on the Palace of Versailles in France and aimed to reflect the ostentatious pomp and splendour of the rule of its great idol, French “Roi Soleil” Louis XIV. Herrenchiemsee was the king’s last great building project and remained largely incomplete as no further construction work took place after Ludwig’s death in 1886, after eight years of construction. Although unfinished, Herrenchiemsee is one of the finest palaces in Germany and home to the King Ludwig II Museum. When visiting the construction site for the new palace, Ludwig used to spend the night in the Chorherrenstift, the old palace. Today, you can see the private chambers of the king and the impressive Kaisersaal here. You will then travel back to Prien by boat and finally head back to Munich across the Southern Bavarian countryside.
* sharing a double room/ sharing a car
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- Nostalgic Volkswagen Beetle 1303 Convertible for you to drive, including fully comprehensive insurance (Euro 500 deductible)
- 1 night accomodation incl. breakfast at four-star-“Alpenhotel am Spitzingsee”, Spitzingsee
- 1 four-course dinner or dinner-buffet
- designated route
- Welcome gift
price based on double room sharing, single rooms available on request
Bavaria is a classic holiday location, for sports enthusiasts and culture lovers alike.
With its world-famous sights such as the castles of the Bavarian Fairytale King Ludwig II, the Andechs, Benediktbeuern and Ettal monasteries, the attractions in the state capital Munich and its varied, unforgettable natural panarama, Bavaria is the most attractive holiday region in Germany, attracting more than 25 million visitors a year. Bavaria is captivating, thanks to its natural diversity and harmonious combination of mountains and lakes.
You will drive along romantic roads under a blue-and-white sky, past lush, green meadows and shady woods, along the numerous lakes, through tiny villages, along long, narrow mountain passes, up to fields full of flowers, steep gorges and snow-capped mountains. And what could be nicer on our carefully selected routes than to stop off at one of the numerous inviting country inns or beer gardens and to get to know the culinary side of Bavaria – not for nothing is it known as a place for connoisseurs. Experience the unique Bavarian beer garden culture – Bavaria