Munich and the Castles of Bavaria
Munich is the capital of Bavaria, which is one of the most beautiful and famous regions of Germany. Bavarian landscape is characterized by its extremely picturesqueness: the endless forests stretching into the distance, crystal clear lakes, high Alps and the towers of fabulous castles, which are often seen over the treetops. If you've ever wanted to get into Hogwarts or into tales of Walt Disney, then you shall visit Munich and its surroundings. Here you will see the legendary Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace and Hohenschwangau Castle. These creations have no analogues in the world.
Day 1. Insight into Munich
Thankfully to the status of the capital of Bavaria, Munich offers completely all types of entertainment for all tastes: starting from the museums and art galleries and ending with one of Europe's best zoos and bars, which have stood the test of time since XVII century. We strongly recommend you to visit the Alte Pinakothek, where you can find more than 700 works by world famous artists and the BMW Museum.
Day 2. Kings’ castles
You will see the legendary Neuschwanstein Castle at its best, the castle was built in the style of Romantic era in the XIX century by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. A huge white castle reaching a height of a ten-storied house looks favorably against the background of snow-covered Alps and dense coniferous forests. Peaked towers add special charm to it. Court sorcerers once used to live in such towers right under the roof. The beauty of Neuschwanstein inspired Tchaikovsky to create the "Swan Lake" ballet, the castle of the Sleeping Beauty in Disneyland of Paris was built on the pattern of the Neuschwanstein Castle, a lot of film makers caught this man-made miracle on camera for their films.
Thankfully to the ambitions and rich imagination of Ludwig II of Bavaria was built the gorgeous Linderhof palace made in the rococo style. These series of palaces and gardens was called the "little Versailles in Alps". It really is almost exactly the same as the residence of the French kings. The interior impresses with its wealth and luxury: rooms are almost entirely made of gold, they are decorated with hand-made porcelain, rare tapestries and statues. Linderhof looks lost in the woods, it is located far from civilization, this how it instantly takes its guests to France of the XVII century.
Another castle, which is worthy a visit, is the Hohenschwangau castle, which is the summer and hunting residence of kings. The relatively small building in the neo-gothic style, which is painted in warm yellow tones, looks like it grew on a wooded hill near the lake. Many turrets and bastions, which are totally not suitable for the defense, make the castle look truly fabulous. Halls and rooms of Hohenschwangau are also full of magic: the travelers can witness the "table with pictures" inside, it is based on the Song of the Nibelungs, travelers will also notice the walls, which are decorated with images of the Vikings and much more. This is where King Ludwig II spent his childhood every day getting acquainted with the mysterious world of the knight Lohengrin, who inspired him to build Neuschwanstein.
- Do not forget to bring your passport and health insurance when going on a trip.
- The lovers of fairy tales, romance and all the unusual things will like the tour the most. The tour is perfect for honeymoon.
- After having a tour around Munich, the travelers will stop for the night in a real Alpine hotel. Fresh air and picturesque scenery will make you sleep deep.