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Fairy-Tale Destinations in Germany

By Viator, October 2017

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 399 Reviews

Visit the fairytale castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof on this day trip from Munich. Traveling by luxury coach — complete with Wi-Fi, panoramic windows ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $137.97
Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich, Munich, Day Trips
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Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1770 Reviews

The enchanting old-world town of Fussen lies in the foot hills of the Alps, framed by one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the world. Traveling ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.81
Black Forest and Rhine Falls Day Trip from Zurich, Zurich, Rail Tours
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Black Forest and Rhine Falls Day Trip from Zurich

4 star rating: Recommended 184 Reviews

Visit the breathtaking Black Forest region and the Rhine Falls – Europe’s largest waterfall – in one day on a tour from Zurich! The full-day trip starts with a ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.26
Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Day Trips
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Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt

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See two countries in one day on your Black Forest and Strasbourg day trip from Frankfurt! Traveling by luxury coach, you'll visit the spa town of Baden-Baden ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $260.87
Skip-the-Line Neuschwanstein Castle Half-Day Tour from Fuessen, Füssen, Day Trips
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Skip-the-Line Neuschwanstein Castle Half-Day Tour from Fuessen

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This skip the line 4-hour express tour begins in Füssen at 9am and includes the skip the line ticket to Neuschwanstein castle. Note: This tour ...  Read more

Location: Füssen, Germany
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.22
Private Tour: Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from Munich, Munich, Skip-the-Line ... 
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Private Tour: Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from Munich

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Enter the fairytale kingdom of 19th-century Bavaria on this royal castle tour with an expert guide! Traveling from Munich by private vehicle, you’ll visit two ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $217.39
Skip-the-Line Day Tour from Munich to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, Munich, Private ... 
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Skip-the-Line Day Tour from Munich to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau

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Immerse yourself in a land of fairy tales on this daylong tour of some of Bavaria's best scenery and royal sites. Leaving from Munich 7:15am in front of ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.35
Heidelberg and Baden-Baden Tour from Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Day Trips
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Heidelberg and Baden-Baden Tour from Frankfurt

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Visit Heidelberg and the Black Forest town of Baden-Baden on a day trip from Frankfurt, led by an expert local guide! After walking around the ruins of ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $287.53
Private Tour: Freiburg and Black Forest Day Trip from Strasbourg, Strasbourg, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Freiburg and Black Forest Day Trip from Strasbourg

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Visit the medieval town of Freiburg and Germany’s Black Forest on this full-day tour from Strasbourg. Cross into southern Germany with your guide and admire ...  Read more

Location: Strasbourg, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $591.30
Private Tour: Baden-Baden and Black Forest Day Trip from Strasbourg, Strasbourg, Private ... 
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Private Tour: Baden-Baden and Black Forest Day Trip from Strasbourg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Discover Germany’s spa town of Baden-Baden and the delights of rural Germany on this full-day tour from Strasbourg. A private guide points out the highlights ...  Read more

Location: Strasbourg, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $591.30

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