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“Great activity-packed day out”

Bus Bavaria Neuschwanstein Castle Tours
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Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace, and...
Ranked #25 of 132 Tours in Munich
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Bus Bavaria Neuschwanstein Castle Tours has been doing day trips to this famous castle especially for English-speaking guests since May of 2000. This listing has only existed since 2011. Over 15 years we have sent off as close to 100% of our guests enthusiastically satisfied with their choice to join us on this excursion as we believe is realistically possible. Nonetheless, we have, as is our custom with our famous bike tour of Munich (Mike's Bike Tours) raised the bar again and improved our tour in several ways for 2015 and beyond. We know when comparing any and all offers for tours to this destination from Munich that one can easily come to the conclusion that we offer superior value. Our tours include a highly enjoyable, (optional) bike ride on well-maintained, comfortable Cruiser bicycles around the area near the castle, our guide's post-lunch PROFESSIONAL magic show (MOST of the time but not on Wed. & Sun. in the peak season) which is FUN and often downright mind-boggling as well as a few other fun activities such as swimming in a refreshing alpine lake in the middle of the bike ride and the unique opportunity to FLY DIRECTLY OVER THE CASTLE on a tandem paraglide! One can also take a fun ride down an alpine slide! Hence, our Neuschwanstein Castle Tours from Munich are quite unique. We hope you will choose to join us on this fantastic excursion from Munich in the near future so that we may have the opportunity to send you, too, off as nothing less than another FAN of our company.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Baby buggy parking, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
Reviewed 10 October 2012

Myself and some friends had a great day out on this tour.

The meeting point is very central and easy to find, with the directions provided by the company. Though we paid €49 each online in advance, we were able to recoup the €10 budget accomodation discount that day, which was very nice. To do the train/bus combination out to Neuschwanstein, with no extras included, would have cost us almost €25 each, and we would have gotten so much less out of our day!

The bus ride out was very comfortable and we really enjoyed Brad's commentary on the history of the castle, Ludwig II, etc. It was nice to know the context of what we were about to see.

Though the website told us there were no bike rides during Oktoberfest, we were indeed still able to bike ride on our own if we so chose. We took the bikes out, through the incredibly picturesque town, down to the lake, and back. This still left time to ride the alpine slides down the mountain, which was very fun and cheap at only €1.70 each!

The lunch was reasonably priced and tasted good. Nothing fancy, but nothing fancy is claimed. Brad's magic show was entertaining and an interesting addition to the trip.

The hike up to Neuschwanstein Castle was beautiful and not as difficult as we'd anticipated. The best part was viewing the castle from Mary's Bridge - it was STUNNING! Honestly, one of the best things I have ever seen in Europe. This really made the day for all of us. It was very convenient having Brad purchase our tickets advance and to show up at the castle 5 minutes before our allocated tour time. The tour inside was quite quick, which is to be expected given how few rooms in the castle were actually finished! Our biggest disappointment here was forgetting to ask the castle tour guide scandalous questions about Ludwig's personal life (the tour is run by the government and on a script, scandalous questions apparently don't go down very well!).

I had previously read criticisms on Mike's attitude, feeling rushed around, and feeling like activities were being forced upon you. In terms of Mike - I have no opinion, as he spent the first 15 minutes on the bus with us and then was gone for the remainder of our 10 hour day. Not sure how that could ruin anyone's day! Feeling rushed around - yes, we did feel rushed around at points, but ended up being grateful as we realized at the end of the day just how much we'd fit in in only one day. And yes, some activities seemed to be encouraged more than others...but that is their job, and that is how they make money. This has been the case on almost every tour I've been on and wasn't an issue for me.

Overall, we felt that the tour was fantastic value for the price, convenience factor, tour guide knowledge, and amount of activities we were able to pack into one day.

Thank johnsonlaur
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

Bad experience using Mike's Bike Tour for Neuschwanstein Castle and wish we went with a more reputable company. The owner is rude and non-cooperative so if you ever have a problem with their service, he is not going to acknowledge responsibility or sympathize. The tour didn't quite fulfill all that was promised on the website and so we are giving it the lowest rating. It was certainly overpriced for what it offered - you can get far better experience of a proper guided tour with other companies in Munich. It may cost fractionally more (depending on size of your group) but well worth the extra Euros for the experience - the last thing you want, after spending on flights and hotel, is a reduced holiday experience due to incompetency of the tour operator such as this. Avoid Mike's Bike Tour for Neuschwanstein if you can.

14  Thank madbond009
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mikeinmunich, Owner at Bus Bavaria Neuschwanstein Castle Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2013

Thank you for taking the time to read my response to this (false) review.

It's unfortunate that neither you nor T.A. can know if there is ANY validity to such a review or not, but I can assure you that this person’s claims are entirely baseless and would like to point out that no details are offered to support any of the statements made.

This person claims that I am rude, un-cooperative and essentially could not care less if a guest "has a problem with our service". This statement is clearly fabricated since this person never spoke to me nor anyone else on my staff regarding whatever it was that they supposedly found unsatisfactory about our tour. If this statement were based on this individual’s personal experience one can only wonder why he would not say that he spoke with me about what he found so to be so “terrible” and “incompetent” about our tour and then state that I did not care at all about what he had to say. This alone is essentially proof that this review is nothing more than reputation bashing.

About this fact there can be no confusion for us whatsoever since NOBODY has EVER spoken to us about such claims over 14 years, and another fact of the matter is that we clearly DO care very much about customer satisfaction and naturally also dissatisfaction and we would always be very interested to hear from any dissatisfied guest what they may have found to be unsatisfactory about our tour. Unfortunately what this person has published here is just one big lie and we believe it may have been written as a favor to one of our competitors by a friend of theirs. It is in any case very suspicious, especially in light of the fact that they "recommend" going to Neuschwanstein from Munich with "a more reputable" company.

We know from 13 years of experience offering this tour to Neuschwanstein that it is EXTREMELY rare that anyone has any experience going there with more than one tour company, so we HIGHLY doubt that this individual really knows anything from personal experience that any other company could or would do a better job than we do.

Our record here at T.A. speaks for itself, and the reviews here to this date are only from 2011-2012, although we have been sending tens of thousands of guests away just as satisfied as the 99% of reviewers here thus far have been since May of 2000. To refer to us as incompetent is ludicrous, as is the claim that one would be better off with a “more reputable” company offering tours to Neuschwanstein from Munich. Clearly WE are by FAR the most reputable.

Though I choose to defend our reputation in management responses in order for readers like yourself to get a clearer idea of the truth behind negative reviews as well as more about our tour(s) philosophy, etc., clearly just reading a selection of the overwhelming majority of the 250+ reviews here to date offers a far better idea to what degree essentially all of our guests are enthusiastically satisfied with their choice to join us. Reading just a few of the twenty reviews published immediately previous to this one, for example, would serve to convince anybody that this person's opinion completely contrary to what our guests leave feeling about us, our tour, its optional activities included in the price and the overall VALUE received for their investment in our service, which is almost always nothing less than OUTSTANDING in all respects.

Thank you for your time and interest. I hope you will choose to join us and will be very glad you did.


Michael Lasher, Owner:
Bus Bavaria
Mike's Bike Tours of Munich &
Mike's Private Tours of and beyond Munich

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Reviewed 8 October 2012

Booked through Mike's Bike Tours. Convenient meeting location. Mike set the tone of the day, very laid back and casual. The tour is what you make of it. Want to bike and hike and get a workout while seeing Bavaria? No problem. Want to sit back on the bus, have some beers and take in the sights? No problem. Brad was a great guide. Knowledgeable, funny and really cared that everyone was learning a little something while having a good time. WIsh we would've had time to fit in the bike tour also. Mike knows Munich and the area and knows how to run a tour company.

Thank mgschultz
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

We booked our Bus Bavaria tour through Mike's Bike Tours because we were hoping for a stress-free way to travel to see Neuschwanstein Castle and to ride the Summer luge. The experience was absolutely fantastic! The bus was in excellent condition with all the features you could possibly need to sit back, relax, and enjoy the amazing scenery. Definitely watch the short history video featuring Brad the tour guide. Brad's history lesson is so much more informative and interesting than the info you receive at the castle. The entire outing is well-planned and while Brad is extremely personable, he's also a true professional. Book your tour & know that you are in good hands! The experience is well worth the price!

2  Thank kskutie76
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

We had a fabulous experience on our Bavarian Bus tour of Neuschwanstein. It was so much more than the regular tour. The bus that picked us up near our hotel was very clean and comfortable and we settled in for a drive through the gorgeous countryside. The driver had refreshments (water, beer, etc.) that we could purchase. Brad met us when we arrived and we immediately started our bike ride. Glorious day and Brad was charming and very organized. We had the option of paragliding or luge ride as well. We went paragliding which was an extra charge and the most fabulous thing we have done. Lunch was good and very entertaining since Brad, who is a terrific magician, did magic for us while we ate. All in all, you can't beat this experience.

1  Thank Susan W
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