Ludwig & Sissi
Two cousins: she was the Emperess of Austria and Queen of Hungary, he was the King of Bavaria. Both were dominated by tragic destinies but left a mark in the history. She wanted to be free and tried to hide in exhotic places, he escaped reality refuging in dream castles. Their violent death made both popular heroes.
Day 1
Arrive to Munich. Comprehensive city tour of the districts surrounding the medieval city: Odeonsplatz, Ludwigstrasse, the Obelisk and the King’s Square in classical style. The tour includes a guided tour of Nymphenburg Palace including the room where Ludwig II was born and the collection of the royal carriages with Ludwig’s golden sleigh. On request we provide Opera or concert tickets according to season programmes. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2
Excursion to the Bavarian Alps to see the royal castles: Neuschwanstein, build to clebrate the German sagas of the Middle Age that inspired Wagner’s operas and Hohenschwangau where Ludwig spent his youth. Both castles are surrounded by luxuriant nature. Return to Munich for dinner and overnight.
Day 3
Drive south to Linderhof castle to see Ludwig’s preferred hideout. This royal villa is decorated after the model of French Versailles. Stroll through the park to see Venus‘ Grotto (designed after Wagner’s Tannhäuser scene). Lunch free. Afternoon proceed to Lake Starnberg and stop in Feldafing, ferry crossing to the Island of Roses where Sissi and Ludwig used to stroll. Further stop in Possenhofen to see the castle (outside only) where Sissi spent her youth. Here board the boat for a minicruise during which you will see the site where Ludwig drowned and the castle Berg where he spent his last days. Return to Munich for dinner and overnight.
Day 4
Excursion to Lake Chiem to see the New Palace on Herrenchiemsee Island. The magnificent castle and gardens were designed after French Versailles. Also visit the Ludwig Museum (portraits and personal items of the famous King). Lunch at lakeshore restaurant. Return to Munich. Free afternoon. Dinner at popular beer hall. Overnight.
Day 5
After breakfast travel home.