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Day Trips from Munich: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Royal Castle and Oberammergau Tour

By  Sunday, 25.10.2015, 16:24    Day Trips In and Around Munich

Looking for a fairytale castle in Europe? They don't come more spectacular than Neuschwanstein, the incredible castle close to Munich which was the vision and brief home of Bavaria's most enigmatic king, Ludwig II, who drowned in mysterious circumstances shortly after its completion back in the 19th Century. 

What must have been an outrageous and expensive show of ostentation back then can be marvelled at and enjoyed by the modern tourist, and it is little wonder that Neuschwanstein and neighbouring Linderhof Royal Castle are among the top attractions of the region. Check it out in the video below for a little taster.

Easily reachable in a day trip from Munich, Gray Line offers a tour which combines the two wonder castles with a visit to the Passion Play village of Oberammergau, whose residents perform an epic rendition of the Passion Play, using only local villagers and longterm residents of Oberammergau as the cast of the play. A truly breathtaking experience, which you can enjoy in the video below. The next play is scheduled to take place in 2020. 

Departing Munich at 08:30 and returning at 18:30, this full-day tour with guide and air-conditioned bus costs €51 per person (not including the €23 castle entrance tickets, which can be purchased on the bus). 

More details of the tour can be obtained on the Gray Line website.

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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, 

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