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Fairy-Tale Destinations in Germany

Fairy-Tale Destinations in Germany

Germany’s medieval castles and dense forests inspired the beloved fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Bring the stories to life by visiting the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle, exploring the Black Forest, or touring the Fairy Tale Route or Castle Road.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein, an iconic fairy-tale castle, was the model for the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland. Standing high on a Bavarian hill in a secluded corner of the country, the castle was meant to be the residence of King Ludwig II, but he died before its completion. Today, the Romanesque Revival palace’s exquisite apartments and state rooms are open to the public. Book a skip-the-line tour for the ultimate experience.

The Black Forest

Located in southwest Germany’s Rhine Valley, the vast Black Forest offers hiking and mountain biking opportunities in the summer, as well as downhill and Nordic skiing in the winter. The area is also home to more than a dozen picturesque towns and villages, as well as spa resorts and thermal baths. Use Frankfurt as a jumping-off point to visit the spa town of Baden-Baden, or pick Strasbourg as a base to tour the medieval town of Freiburg and other Black Forest villages.

Castle Road

Established in the 1950s and extended to the Czech Republic in the 1990s, Castle Road runs more than 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) from Mannheim, Germany, to Prague, Czech Republic. Several dozen castles line the route; must-see highlights include Mannheim Palace, Heidelberg Castle, Eger Castle, and Prague Castle. Visit Heidelberg on a day trip tour from Frankfurt, or check out the Prague portion of the road in the Czech Republic.

The German Fairy Tale Route

The German Fairy Tale Route brings many popular fairy tales to life. Stretching for 373 miles (600 kilometers) from Hanau to Bremen, the scenic drive comprises thick forests, medieval castles, and other notable landmarks such as the Brothers Grimm Museum in Steinau and the rat-catcher’s house in Hamlin, where the Pied Piper lived. Visit Trendelburg Castle, where Rapunzel let down her long hair, and Sababurg Castle, also known as the castle of Sleeping Beauty.

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Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich

Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich

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Add a bit of legend and enchantment to your German vacation with a full-day trip to Neuschwanstein and Linderhof from Munich. Relax for the scenic coach ride through the Bavarian Alps, then spend hours exploring the former royal residences, sources of inspiration for modern fairy tales like Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty. In your small group, tour the castle’s opulent halls, unique spaces and the incredible kitchens. Conclude with free time in the charming village of Oberammergau.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich

Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich

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Travel from Munich to Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle on this day trip that includes round-trip transportation by train. Often known as Germany’s "Cinderella castle," Neuschwanstein was actually the inspiration for a different Disney story, the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ castle at Disneyland. Take a guided tour of the castle, and hear stories about the "Mad" King Ludwig II, who commissioned it. The entrance fee is not included, but skip-the-line access is, so you won’t wait in the main admission queue.
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  • 9 hours
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Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt

Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt

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Explore beautiful Strasbourg and the majestic Black Forest on this 10-hour tour from Frankfurt. You’ll first stop in the spa town of Baden-Baden deep in the Schwartzwald, where you’ll take a guided tour, learn about the famous thermal baths and see landmarks like Kurhaus Casino. Then traverse the German-French border to visit the Alsatian City of Strasbourg. Take some free time take explore key sites like 'La Petite France,' Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed old town center.
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  • 10 hours
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Black Forest and Baden-Baden Day Trip from Frankfurt

Black Forest and Baden-Baden Day Trip from Frankfurt

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Visit the sophisticated spa town of Baden-Baden in Germany’s Black Forest on this guided, full-day sightseeing adventure from Frankfurt. Explore the town’s elegant tree-lined avenues, see the grand buildings, and visit the chic boutiques alongside the legendary thermal bathhouses. See some of the popular local attractions, like Kurhaus of Baden-Baden. Take a tour of this spa resort, casino, and conference complex, then enjoy a relaxing drive to the Mummelsee, a popular lake in the Black Forest near Seebach. Round-trip luxury coach transportation from Frankfurt included.
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  • 10 hours
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Skip-the-Line Day Tour from Munich to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau

Skip-the-Line Day Tour from Munich to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau

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Enjoy one of Bavaria's most popular attractions, Neuschwanstein Castle, on this day trip from Munich. Avoid the long ticket queues with skip-the-line admission and enjoy plenty of free time to explore this fairy tale castle that was the inspiration for Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty' castle. The train tickets for the round-trip journey from Munich to Füssen are included making this a hassle-free experience.
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Skip-the-Line Neuschwanstein Castle Half-Day Tour from Fuessen

Skip-the-Line Neuschwanstein Castle Half-Day Tour from Fuessen

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Skip the line at Neuschwanstein Castle, one of Germany’s most popular attractions, on this half-day tour from Füssen. Board the coach and explore the historic town of Fussen before heading to the famous Bavarian castle known for its fairytale-like architecture and picturesque hilltop setting. Transportation from Fussen to Hohenschwangau Village is included.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour: Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from Munich

Private Tour: Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from Munich

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See two of the palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria on this private, full-day royal castle tour from Munich. Escape to the Bavarian foothills of Füssen to see the Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Disney’s 'Sleeping Beauty' movie. Skip the line and enjoy a walking tour of this popular fairy tale abode. Also, see Hohenschwangau Castle, King Ludwig’s childhood home. Then, enjoy a stroll around Hohenschwangau’s scenic Lake Alpsee or visit nearby Linderhof Palace, modeled after the Palace of Versailles. Hotel pickup and drop-off and admission to all castles included.
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  • 9 hours
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Heidelberg and Baden-Baden Tour from Frankfurt

Heidelberg and Baden-Baden Tour from Frankfurt

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Visit the cities of Heidelberg and Baden-Baden on this guided, full-day sightseeing adventure from Frankfurt. First, explore Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest and most famous university town. See the Gothic landmark Heidelberg Castle and the bustling Old Town district that runs for one mile along the Neckar River. Then visit the spa town of Baden-Baden in Germany’s Black Forest. Travel through the region, famous for its production of traditional German cuckoo clocks, and see some of its popular attractions. Round-trip coach transportation from Frankfurt included.
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  • 10 hours
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