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Neuschwanstein Castle tours

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Neuschwanstein Castle tours

We are visiting Germany in June. We can either drive to Neuschwanstein Castle, or tour via Viator or Gray Line Tours. Any suggestions as to what is best? Or tips on visiting castle.

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1. Re: Neuschwanstein Castle tours

You get the same tour inside whether you do it on your own, or with a group such as Viator. If you go on your own, you can see other places nearby (such as Wieskirche, a fabulous baroque church on the UNESCO list, or the lovely little town of Fuessen) that the group tour might not visit. If you do go on your own, make sure to reserve your tour tickets on-line ahead of time, to avoid the long line for same day tickets. You might even consider staying nearby the night before, in Hohenschwangau or Fuessen. There are lots of tips here in the forum about touring, too.

Edited: 28 April 2013, 13:59
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Thank you for your advice. It seems that is the route we will take, after reading the reviews, and your post was very helpful in our decision. Hopefully we will be able to spend time at the sights you mentioned, as well.

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1. If we reserve tickets on-line, do we pay for them at that time? (Their web-site says "cash" or "German EBC card", but don't know what that is, so they probably don't take credit cards?)

2. Is there a long line to pick up advance reserved tickets?

Thanks.

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1. ???

https://www.hohenschwangau.de/?id=856

"Conditions of payment:

Tickets can only be paid for in cash or with a CREDIT CARD or German EC-Bankcard."

You pay the reserved tickets and the reservation fee only when picking up the tickets. Only if you fail to pick up the reserved tickets they will charge your credit card with the reservation fee.

2. No. Unlike with the counters where you buy non-reserved tickets. Main reason to reserve is however that you won't risk that the next few tours are all already booked out when you're at the counter.

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Hello,

I made a reservation for next month and in the confirmation they sent by e.mail says:

Your credit card details are only kept as a booking guarantee. You will pay directly at the Ticket Center when you pick up your tickets. You need to collect your tickets at least one hour before your admission time.

Hope to have helped.

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Sorry Abalada, we were typing at the same time.

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Thank you. Your information is very helpful.

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Thank you for the 'new'website that I hadn't seen. It was very helpful.

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9. Re: Neuschwanstein Castle tours

When we've been there, there have been two lines at the ticket center: one out the door (literally) for same day tickets, and one very short line for reserved tickets. Note that you have to pick up your tickets at least an hour before the tour time, to allow time to get to the top of the mountain.

There's a parking lot near the Tourist Information center, which is really near the TIcket Center. Sometimes there is a long line to enter the parking lot, though. There's plenty nearby to see in Hohenschwangau and Fuessen. http://fuessen-en.ictourismus.de/

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10. Re: Neuschwanstein Castle tours

Thank you all for the very informative info. I would like to ask if both tours for Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein Castles are worth it, if anyone has done this. The Hohenschwangau website posted a combination tour for these two castles that can be purchased at the Ticket Center. The combo is called "King's Ticket". The website said the Hohenschwangau castle would be visited first. If this is the case, anybody have any idea how much time is needed to finish this tour and travel to Neuschwanstein to start the tour there?

Appreciate any information anyone can share. Thanks.