Time spent in Linderhof: 1 hour 30 minutes
Linderhof to Neuschwanstein: ~ 50km, 45 minutes
Time spent in Neuschwanstein: 3 hours
Total duration: 1 Day
What to see: The city of Starnberg, the Alps, Linderhof Castle, Neuschwanstein Castle
The road from Munich
We took the A95 autobahn in the direction of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. On the way, we decided to see typical Bavarian towns and villages, and turned in the direction of Starnberg. Of course, we lost some time, but it was worth it. The town of Starnberg is located on the north shore of Lake Starnberg. Gorgeous views of the Alps are opened from the lake shore. We stayed in Starnberg for 20 minutes. There is a parking lot at Hauptbahnhof (train station), which is located right on the lake. The town is small, beautiful and very popular among Munich residents in the summer holiday season. By the way, because of its geographical location and proximity to Munich, the real estate prices here are ones of the highest in Germany. In the western part of the town, on the lake shore, it is about 17,500 euros per square meter (1 sq.meter ~ 10 sq.ft).
After admiring the views, we continued our journey in the direction of Weilheim and Murnau. Driving along the western shore of the lake, you can enjoy typical Bavarian nature – green meadows and the Alps with snow-capped peaks in the distance. Near Oberau, we turned onto the B23 road and continued in the direction of Ettal.
Admission: €8.50 adult / €7.50 with discount, free for children and youth (under 18 y.o.)
The two castles are not that far apart, about 16 kilometers (~10 miles) as the crow flies. However, you cannot drive directly through the mountains and will have to make quite a curve. The shortest route, about 50 km (~30 mi) long, actual goes through Austria, first along the northern shore of Lake Plansee and further in the direction of the towns Reutte and Füssen.
Admission: €12 adult / €11 with discount, free for children and youth (under 18 y.o.)
Now, a few words about the tour. The Neuschwanstein Castle appearance as well as its interior really impress by striking beauty and an abundance of luxury. The tour guide will give you a lot of diverse information, some of which may not always be clear to unprepared listeners. Therefore, it is better to read a little in advance about King Ludwig II, this castle, its construction and everything connected with it. I will only mention that the entire interior decor is based on the biblical stories, German legends and operas of Wagner, whom Ludwig adored. They say that Tchaikovsky was tremendously impressed by both the castle and its name, and it was here that he conceived his famous “Swan Lake” ballet. There are many legends associated with Neuschwanstein; the most recent one is from the time of World War II. Allegedly, the Nazi gold had been stored here and then disappeared without a trace. One of the strongest impressions for me after visiting Neuschwanstein was spectacular views of the surrounding Alps. It is really a fabulous, fairytale place.
Lastly, a tip regarding snack if you get hungry. It is better to have a meal at the top, there is a good small restaurant on the way to the castle. We tried twice a cafe at the bottom of the hill and were disappointed – the food and service there are intended for tourists only, in other words, expensive and not very good.