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Participants in the Bavarian Castles Tour 
King Ludwig II's Castles and the Bavarian Lakes

We participated in the September 2016 Bavarian Castles Tour with the Venice extension and it was amazing.  From our arrival and pick-up in the Munich airport to our transportation from Venice, Astrid and her team did an incredible job with the logistics of transporting us from wondrous destination to amazing destination.

Our tour guide for Bavaria was Barbara and she was nothing short of awesome.  Very knowledgeable of the history of each castle and the surrounding countryside ….

The Landhaus in Bavaria was spacious and felt like home….  If you ever have a chance to stay here outside of a tour, I highly recommend staying here.

For Venice, we had Federico as our tour guide and he was incredible….  He was very knowledgeable of the area and had lots of stories to tell us about the history of Venice.  He made the extension tour memorable for each of us.

If you've been leery of booking a tour group, don't be, at least not with Astrid and her team!  They're responsive, caring and truly want you to enjoy the country they call home.  We'll definitely be back for another tour!

     –  Brian and Melora Cmelo, Virginia, USA     Read full review


I just returned from an unforgettable week in Bavaria with Astrid, her crew and their Bavarian Castles Tour.  Everything about this week far exceeded by expectations.  From the moment I was picked up at the airport until I was dropped off one week later, I was given the feeling that I was the personal guest of a Bavarian Friend who wanted only for me to see and experience their beloved homeland in a positive light.

Do yourself a favor and book this tour.  You will not regret it.  The attention to detail, the scenery, the food, the Bavarian history, the people, the lovely German/Bavarian countryside will all come together to create a wonderful week, the memories of which will last a lifetime.  This will not be my last adventure with European Castles Tours!

     –  Dale Schaefer, Tennessee USA


"Wunderbar Bavarian Castles Tour"
We just returned from the Bavarian Castles Tour and it was Wunderbar.  The attention to detail and organization of the tour was impeccable.  Our guide, Carolin, was energetic and caring and had an encyclopedic knowledge about Bavaria and King Ludwig II.

Each day was packed with several sites to visit.  A meticulously planned itinerary allowed for just the right amount of time at each stop….  It is an English speaking tour.  The Landhaus Kossel is a comfortable and charming inn.  A tasty breakfast buffet was provided each morning for a hearty start to the day.  On most evenings the dinner was arranged for our group, lunch was usually on our own.  Food was delicious.  Lots of beer and wine if you want it.

Each day we traveled in a comfortable Mercedes Benz bus, safely driven by Andre….  This tour is designed to be as easy and friendly as possible.  The driver and tour guide do all the hard work and attend to the details.  Astrid will even print your boarding pass for you on the last night and deliver it to you at dinner….  Astrid sends a packet of important travel information and suggestions a few weeks prior to the tour date. Very helpful.

This is a truly outstanding tour, you will not be disappointed.  And Bavaria is soooo beautiful.

     –  "Happy Trails Boston", Massachusetts USA
         Read the full review on Trip Advisor at  Wunderbar Bavarian Castles Tour


Astrid, we want to thank both you and Caroline for making our trip absolutely fantastic!  This was our 47th anniversary gift to ourselves, and we couldn't have chosen anything better than this trip!  I was finally able to visit all the castles I had only read about, and Venice was incredible too!   We loved being able to stay put in one hotel.  That was a big bonus to us.

Carolin is a wonderful guide!  She overflows with enthusiasm and it was definitely contagious!  She had a lot to contend with and she handled it all magnificently.  Once again, thank you so much for making our castle tour truly unforgettable!
     –  Jean & Paul Mullen, Florida USA
         Bavarian Castles Tour with Venice Extension


Bavaria was my third tour with European Castles Tours, all different and all wonderful!  The special style of touring of Astrid and her team means small groups, flexible itineraries, incredible attention to detail, and perfect balance between scheduled activity and free time.  There is plenty of time to savor the usual tourist sites (the views from Zugspitze and from Mary’s bridge were breathtaking!), but I enjoyed even more all of the local color provided by Astrid’s extensive knowledge of the area.  She knows the out-of-the-way places for great local food, and tells delightful, informative stories about regional culture and traditions.  Friendly manners and warm smiles complete the package.  No surprise that Astrid's tours often include repeat customers!
     –  Penny Purnell, Pennsylvania USA


Our Bavarian Castles Tour was a dream come true.  It was the best vacation we have ever had.  We are now interested in the French Castles Tour for 2013.
     –  Marcy and Daniel Sayre, New Jersey USA


Thank you so much for the great tour you took us on.  All was very enjoyable!  There castles were the hi-light, but your planning, the Landhaus where we stayed, bus rides, dinners – all were first class.  Thanks you so much.
     –  Veronica McLean, Vancouver Canada


We must thank and compliment you on planning and orchestrating a pretty flawless "Bavarian experience."  The itinerary contained everything on our wish list, and having to unpack only once a dream come true.  Landhaus Kossel is as comfortable as it is charming and the location quite incomparable.  Our special thanks to the Mayr-Kossel team for making us feel welcome and for fabulous breakfasts with a view that we shall long remember (and extol).... Your restaurant and dining choices were superb, delicious and great fun.  It was difficult to pick a favorite -- we loved them all! 

In a nutshell, Bavarian Castles Tour is a winner.  Please know it was one of our most delightful and interesting travel experiences -- we thank you for making it happen!
     –  John Roman and Bill McGee, Delaware USA   –  Read more ...


Best tour EVER!  Scott and I were amazed at how well everything was planned and all of the breathtaking sites we were able to see.  Astrid is extremely knowledgeable and has an amazing staff that exceeded our expectations.  The tour ran so smoothly, we never had to worry about anything.  All inclusive means exactly that!  Perfect!  We are going back in December 2012 and look forward to many more trips to Europe with Astrid and European Castles Tours!
     –  Scott and Jess Newbury, South Carolina USA


We just returned from European Castles Tours' "Bavarian Castles Tour" plus the three-day Venice extension.  This was the most spectacular trip we've ever taken!  Astrid Baur and her team have consolidated the most scenic sites in the area, they transported us efficiently using all types of transportation (van, ferries, carriages, cable cars), and acquired fabulous accommodations in both locations.  Their tour exposed us to the best of all the local cuisine, festivities, and hospitality.  Their extreme attention to all the behind-the-scene details created a wonderful experience for us!  We felt like we were visiting with family, and have made new friends in Bavaria that we hope to visit again soon.  We will definitely plan another tour with European Castles Tours as soon as time will allow.  Thanks for the perfect vacation!
     –  Brenda and Cliff Dixon, Ohio USA


Hi Astrid.  I wanted to thank you and Peter again for such an incredible trip!

I can't express in words how much I enjoyed the Bavarian Castles Tour.

I will always have fond memories of the tour and many photos too.  

Also please thank Marlies for her kind hospitality and the great breakfasts!

     –  Laura Yandall, Maryland USA


We selected the Bavarian Castle Tour with Astrid for our honeymoon and first trip to Europe / Germany based on our desire to see Germany’s famous castles and tour around the Bavarian countryside.  We certainly experienced more than we ever thought we would!  Astrid was the most perfect tour guide, for she took us not only to many of the famous tourist attractions, but also gave us a flavor of the local life / scene as well.  In addition, her restaurant choices and food selections were beyond fantastic.  We ate like kings while there!  The whole week was flawless – Astrid took care of everything, which helped us enjoy our trip that much more.  We would definitely book another tour with Astrid and have made recommendations to family and friends to do the same!
     –  Crystal and Patrick Larocca, Virginia USA


Best Tour EVER!  Astrid and her Group (Landhaus, Bus Driver, etc.) manage every detail so incredibly beautifully it's art!  If you're looking for a great get-a-away where thinking isn't required, where everyone is ultra friendly, and you're hoping to meet great people ... hop on and enjoy the ride!  And the best part ... castles ... castles ... castles.
     –  Elvia and Victor Romero, California USA


This is one of the best tours I have ever been on!  From beginning to end, I didn't have to worry about anything, which freed me to fully enjoy and immerse myself in the sights!  This tour had such a profound effect on me that I plan to take German classes and eventually return for one of your other tours (The Rhine sounds great)!  The only complaint I had was that I wasn't able to lose any weight, due to all that delicious German food!
     –  Cindy Franklyn, Michigan USA


You made my first trip to Europe / Germany very special and I look forward to taking other tours with you.  I have been telling everyone here what a wonderful time I had and that they should book a tour with you.  You made everything effortless on my part.  The food was wonderful and the restaurants fantastic.  I can’t wait to come again.  The best part was the scenery.  I went to Germany to see castles but the mountains stole the show.  LOL
     –  Christine Knox, Kentucky USA


Astrid, Bridget et al:  Roxanna and I wanted to thank all of you for helping to make this a truly memorable "life time / bucket list" event.   What an interesting group it was!  Everyone was a pleasure to be around and interesting to talk to, which definitely helped to make this the best tour that I have ever been on. 
     –  Calvin and Roxanna Seybold, Illinois USA


I have travelled extensively across the world, but this was the best organised tour I had ever been on.  At every point it was organised for the convenience of the customer and not the tour company and they really went out of their way to ensure the trip was enjoyable and hassle free.  Plus it's true, there are no hidden extras.  I hardly spent anything on the trip which was really inclusive, and this makes it a good option in a credit crunch environment.  Highly Recommended. A+++++
     –  Dawn Osborne, England

The Bavarian Castles Tour is a trip to the “Real” Magic Kingdom.  There is magic in learning the history of the “Fairytale King and his Fairytale castles”, as well as seeing them in person.  There is magic in the breathtaking beauty of Bavaria — its mountains, lakes, rolling landscapes and picturesque villages.  And the best magic of all is made by Astrid’s “magic wand” which she must use behind the scenes, as she concocts a seamlessly smooth, relaxing, well paced and extremely interesting adventure.  I very highly recommend this tour.
     –  Sandra, Toronto, Canada


June 2010 brought myself and my family to one of the most enchanting and wonderful places in the world.  We traveled to the magnificent Bavarian Alps and enjoyed the fresh mountain air, the beauty of the lakes, and toured some of the most interesting castles ever build including Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles....  Go and enjoy the mountains, lakes and castles, but most of all enjoy being in the capable and caring hands of this personal, wonderful tour group.
     –  Dietz Family, New Jersey USA –  Read more ...


We had a wonderful week.  To wake up to the church bells, have a wonderful breakfast and relax with a stroll around the lake in the evening after seeing the beautiful castles made the trip perfect.  Our time was well planned and supervised.
     –  Duska Brickhouse, Alabama USA


What an unbelievably fantastic experience! From the fantasy and extravagance of King Ludwig’s storybook castles, the picturesque cities bulging with historical, cultural and religious significance, and the serenity of bovine-studded green pastures and church towers spotting the Bavarian countryside, to the welcoming hearts of our gracious hosts at Landhaus Koessel .... We can’t wait to book our next tour with Astrid, as we know her selection of living accommodations, meals, scenes and sites will, again, exceed our wildest expectations.
     –  Rosemarie & Jim Wess, Oregon USA –  Read more ...



Participants in the River Castles Tour
The German Rivers Rhine, Moselle, Neckar and Main and their Castles


My husband and I just returned from the River Castles tour on the Rhine and we could not be any more delighted. The ease of traveling on one of Astrid Baur’s tours is phenomenal.  She has put great thought and structure into her tours and has made it a wondrous time without any great effort on the travelers part.  She has tweaked her tours to perfection, found just the right hotels and restaurants and visits all the wonderful highlights of the region you are in and gets you there !!

The Rhine River and its castles were awesome.  The Boat trip down the Rhine was one of the highlights of the tour. The Cathedral in Cologne was magnificent!  Our tour guide Barbara was exquisite with her explanations of the area and fitting in with our great tour group.

This is our second tour with Astrid’s Castles tours and we would not hesitate to book another tour with her.  I can honestly say that she has spoiled us for finding a better tour guide.  I can’t say enough about her and her wonderful group of tour guides. You are in GOOD HANDS when you travel with her!! .
     –  Patricia Quonce, New York USA


This was a very well organised tour with a small group of seven participants.  The tour guide Federico did a fabulous job, ferrying us around, showing us the sights, and educating us about the history of places we visited.  The pace was fairly relaxed as the distances to be covered were not great.  Five out of the seven nights on tour were spent in the same hotel so there was minimal packing and unpacking to be done.  I would highly recommend this tour company for anyone with an interest in history who prefers to travel at a leisurely and enjoyable pace.
     –  Marie R, Canberra, Australia


I just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful time on our "Germany River Castle Tour".  Federico was a delight!  He made the trip run smoothly and was so attentive to everyone's needs.  He really went above and beyond for all of us.  We instantly made friends that we will stay in contact with and even visit!  ....

This was the first time we did a group tour as a vacation.  I researched on line and really liked what your company offered, especially smaller groups.  The reviews were excellent and it seemed like the tour for us.  The trip was everything I had hoped it would be and more!!!!!  Thanks for all your help with our memorable trip, can't wait to plan the next one!
     –  Diane Check, Pennsylvania USA
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I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time my sister and I had on our third tour with you....  The Rhine, Moselle, Neckar and Main Rivers were magnificent.  They were all that I expected and more.  As always, your schedule was well organized and gave us time to see all the sights without feeling rushed.  I don't know why other tour companies do not follow your example. Touring with you is a true vacation.  We have no worries and feel relaxed when on one of your tours knowing that you will deliver everything you promised.  Excellent hotels, good food, wonderful company and knowledgeable tour guides, who could ask for more.  Thanks again for a wonderful vacation.
     –  Christine Knox and Diane Jurand, Kentucky USA   –  Read more


Everything about our private Rhine Castles tour was truly first class.  Our hotel accommodations were outstanding.  The view of the Rhine from our balcony at the Bellevue Hotel was breathtaking.  The food was also excellent, from breakfasts at the hotel to the 3 course dinners.  To top it all off, Peter Kössel was the perfect guide for our family.  From the moment he met us at the train station, he dedicated himself to making our vacation stress free and fun.  He took care of us every step of the way.  In fact, we enjoyed it so much, we have booked an Italy tour with Astrid.  Whenever we tour Europe, I will always call Astrid Baur first!
      –  Richard G., Michigan USA
         River Castles Private Tour

Rheinfels guide

Hi, I just got back from the rest of my trip ... and wanted to say I loved the tour!  I didn't know what to expect so this turned out beyond what I had hoped for. It was all so well done and laid out with lots of extra time and sightseeing. The trip was one of my best if not the best, took over 900 photos, I must have every rock on a picture. So thanks again for a wonderful tour and good luck in the future.

     –  Gary Linn, South Dakota USA


My mom and I traveled on the European Castles Tour with Astrid and Andrew in June / July 2013.  It was my mom’s 60th birthday present.  We were greeted very promptly as Astrid had said in her welcome letter. Everything was easy to follow such as times to be up, where to be, and what we were doing.  We met some amazing people.  Astrid was great with multi-tasking....

Shortly into the trip my mom became extremely sick and had to be sent to a local German hospital by ambulance and then later by helicopter to a bigger hospital.  Andrew stayed with us through the ordeal to help translate, help me with luggage and taxi.  He was a life saver for me, I could not have made it through that first day without him....

Although my mom and I did not get to finish the rest of our tour with them, I can definitely say that I would recommend them highly.  I look forward to truly taking a trip with Astrid in the future.

     –  Michelle Anderson, Tennessee USA   –  Full text ...


Jo and I returned safely from the River Castles Tour, our second with Astrid Baur and company.  We had a wonderful time and met a great group of people! 

We're looking at the 2013 schedule for tour number 3 -- maybe France?  Thanks Astrid, Mustafa, and Kevin!"

     –  Cliff and Jo Dixon, Ohio USA


We add our voices to the choir singing the praises of Astrid Baur.  We have participated in two of her tours, Bavarian Castles Tour in 2009 and River Castles Tour in 2010.  She fulfilled every promise in her tour literature and more.  Each day she brought insight to the region and memories that we will carry with us for years.  We "got inside" each venue. Time to see, visit, learn and all at an appropriately leisure pace.  Castles, churches, gardens, palaces, shopping and even a few surprises are all on the agenda.  Astrid Baur made sure our tours were hassle free and pleasurable.
     –  Bob and Sue Martensen, Illinois USA


We had a terrific time and will be sharing with our travel agent. Thank you!
     –  Melodye E., Texas USA

Burg Eltz

For castle buffs, a tour with Astrid is a must.  We took both the Bavarian tour and the Rhine River tour, and enjoyed them both.   Her selection of castles, hotels, restaurants, and city tours was superb.   She created a wonderfully enjoyable time for all of us with her warmth, her flexibility, and her graciousness.
     –  Pat and Lee Flocke, Florida USA  –  Read more ...


To anyone who is considering taking the Rhine Area River Castle tour, this trip surpassed other tours we have taken around the world.   Each day was a highlight when one enjoys living a bit of History, visiting and touching Roman walls, Medieval Castles, and quaint European villages.  And while Ms. Baur offers excellent and interesting commentary, one also has time to explore the sights at their leisure.    We could not be more pleased with our visit.
     –  Bob and Jeanne Lawler, Illinois USA


Astrid Baur in my opinion is without a doubt the best Tour Director to be found anywhere.  She demonstrates professionalism in conducting the tour, while maintaining a very personal relationship with her clients.  She responds to the needs and concerns of her group in a prompt and efficient manner. I plan on joining Astrid on another tour in the future.
     –  Richard Smith, Illinois USA



Participants in the Black Forest, Alsace and Switzerland Tour 
Three Corners' Castles, Magnificent Scenery and Wine


Just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time my sisters and I had on our second and most recent tour with you and Gundula as our guides.  Trip was first rate.  Rooms were good and food wonderful.  We saw a lot of Alsace which is the main reason for the tour.  We know our relatives left there for America in 1840s, not sure of the exact location, but we got to visit the general area.  I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who would like to visit Alsace.  We saw more than we expected, ate some wonderful food and very tasty w ines and we laughed every day....

Diane and I look forward to seeing you on our third tour on the Rhine River.
     –  Christine, Diane and Angela, Kentucky USA      Read more ...


I have just returned from the June 2013 Black Forest, Alsace and Switzerland Tour, and it was my second tour with Ms Astrid Baur ....

As before, everything was perfect in this recent tour: the hotel accommodation, food and sight-seeing were all beauty to the perfection.  Most of all, Ms Baur is undoubtedly a born professional with admirable knowledge, at the same time, she was both caring and understanding, and she is blessed with good sense of humour as well as gifted with human touch, making everyone feel at home no matter where we were.

I have strongly recommend her tours to people in my part of the world, and I personally have already booked both a multi-day tour in addition to another one-day tour for next year.
     –  L.B. Tong, Hong Kong      Read more ...


Home from the most excellent Black Forest tour!  Astrid - we had a great time!  Thanks for everything.  Wonderful tour mates and itinerary. 

We have already recommended this tour and European Castle Tours to several people.  We can't wait to travel with you again.  Tschuss!
     –  Marcy & Dewey Woodruff, Minnesota USA



Participants in the Christmas Markets Tour 
King Ludwig II's Castles and the Bavarian Christmas Markets



"This Bavarian Castles and Christmas Markets Tour fulfilled our dreams."
My wife always wanted to see the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria Germany.  So after many hints I decided to research tours servicing that region.  As an avid Trip Advisor fan I did a quick search and kept finding consistent 5 star reviews for ....

Let me tell you, those 5 star ratings of Astrid Baur’s European Castles tours are well merited.  The hotel accommodations, the quality of tour guides, her comfortable vans, excellent local restaurants serving traditional food, and a well-paced tour itinerary made this the best tour we have ever taken.  We were pleased to have Astrid, herself, expertly guide us for the first two days and then she delighted us with her assistant, Carolin, who led us during the balance of our tour.  Carolin is a ball of energy and can rattle off Germany history with you for hours.  As our tour progressed, we felt that Astrid and Carolin were more like “old friends” taking you for a local tour of their country.  They both are native Bavarians, have perfect command of English, and are easy to understand with a great sense of humor ….

We were very pleased with our tour and I highly recommend European Castles Tours.
     –  "Charm King", California USA
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If ever a couple wanted to see Bavaria at a magical time of the year, highly recommend the Christmas Market tour in December.  My wife and I were treated like family in the wonderful accommodations at the Landhouse Koessel.  The tours to the castles and Christmas markets were well planned with ample time to enjoy the sights.  Thank you Astrid for planning a wonderful tour to enjoy Bavaria with all of its beauty.  My wife and I enjoyed the guides with the European Castle Tour and plan of using the company for our tour this year to Tuscany.
     –  Ted L, Florida USA


"Treated Like a Celebrity"
This was our first trip to Germany and our first travels since retiring.  We took the Castle & Christmas Market tour. Astrid has set a high standard to meet by other tour groups.  There were 11 people in our tour.  Astrid and her helpers, Ruth & Caroline, were extremely approachable, pleasant, courteous, knowledgeable and accommodating.  Everything was taken care of for us and was well organized.  We did not have to worry about anything.  Transportation, tickets to castles, where to eat, what to see...all were taken care of.  We were advised as to time management in maximizing use of our time.  Our vans took us to the attractions and then whisked us off from the attraction when we were done to our next destination...just like a celebrity.  You could tell that much thought went into Astrid's planning of the order of the sights to be seen throughout the week.  The 3 were very fluent in English.  For us, it was a perfect introduction to southern Germany and Austria.  We felt that the mix of structured and free time worked well for us.  We hope to tour with Astrid again in the future!
     – Jerry, Pennsylvania USA


"Wonderful Trip!!!"
We [took] the Christmas Markets Tour for a week in early December, 2012.  The trip was amazing!  It was our first trip to Europe and my wife had long dreamed of seeing King Ludwig's castles.  Pairing it with the winter backdrop and the Christmas Markets was truly a bonus.

Astrid did a great job organizing each day and making sure there was a good mix of downtime, activities and culture.  Our guide for most of the week was a woman named Bridgette who was very funny and quirky, she definitely kept things lively and added an extra bit of flare to the tour....

For it being our first time in Europe, we needed a bit of hand holding and have no regrets about utilizing this tour service.  We had such a great time we want to go back and do it again and are recommending it to all of our friends and family.
     – "TaurusSaurus", Virginia USA
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This was a trip Brenda and I will always remember.  Our wonderful guide Astrid, our outstanding driver Mustafa, delicious food and restaurant experiences, the towns, the cities, the scenery, and a truly nice (and prompt) group of people made this the trip of a lifetime.
    – Bill & Brenda, Pennsylvania USA


We think the design of the Castles and Christmas Markets tour is brilliant, being able to stay each night in the same location, and avoiding all the lost time of check-ins and outs, packing and unpacking.  For us, the highlight was seeing Neuschwanstein, but visiting Bad Tolz and touring the Residence at Kempten were unexpected pleasures and real hidden gems of the tour.  We have already recommended your tours to our travel agent, and will happily recommend them to anyone.
    – Paul & Kim Kenny, Australia


Astrid, you're like one of those elegant swans we saw, gliding smoothly and effortlessly (so it appears) while no one sees all the paddling going on underneath.  Thank you for this opportunity.  This tour was the ideal way to introduce my family to the beauty of Germany and it's people and language.  I spent two years as a young man in Germany as a Mormon missionary and now they know why I love your country so much.
    – Mark and Tamra Lyman, Utah USA


Thank you for your wonderful tour.  It may well have been the finest trip I've ever made to Germany, and I've made a lot of trips there starting as a boy in 1931.  The Landhaus Kössel was very comfortable, the breakfasts memorable.  Oh! that we could buy such Semmel in America!  The pace of the tour was perfect....  The content of the tour was beautiful and varied, always fascinating.  The programs presented at the Swarovski Exhibition in Innsbruck were, for us, among the highlights of the tour ….  In short, it was a wonderful time, and thank you for everything.
    – George & Pattie Betz, Maryland USA

Innsbruck Christmas Market

Truly a winter wonderland and a fairy tale come true. I could never have imagined being at Neuschwanstein and getting a picture worthy of a postcard.  The snow made it perfect! Seeing each of the castles throughout Bavaria was an "Architect's Dream".  Astrid Baur made the tour perfect with her friendly personal nature and her caring manner. The itinerary was diverse, the tour size was ideal, and the price was just right.  There are certainly many tour companies throughout Europe, but Astrid made it a personal experience.   And, how often do you hear your tour director telling you that we are headed "home" for the day, instead of calling it a hotel!"  I am seriously considering the tour of France in July.
    – Greg Luczyk, Virginia USA



Participants in the Best of Germany and Austria Tour 
Rhine and Danube, Castles and Mountains


“The Best of Germany & Austria” We recently returned from a 10-day trip with European Castles Tours.   Unbelievable!  We were met at the airport in Frankfurt and began our tour with a relaxing scenic cruise on the Rhine.  After getting to know our fellow travelers (we lucked out and had a small group, only 4 of us!) we checked into a beautiful hotel just steps from the Rhine.

The next day began what I can only describe as the trip of a lifetime.  We visited several castles, a 10th century abbey, numerous cathedrals, beer gardens, centuries-old restaurants, had a wine-tasting evening, took the night watchman's tour in a medieval walled village, learned how to make strudel, sang along with a Tyrolean dinner show, took funicular rides, ate tons of pastries and sat in many market squares to people-watch.

I can't say enough wonderful things about European Castles Tours and our guide, Federico.  Service was first class, the hotels were all centrally located and the included dinners were at fine restaurants; breakfasts were plentiful too.  I'm so glad that there are tour operators such as this to make your travel experience the best that it can be.

I can't say enough positive things about European Castles Tours.  In fact, we're planning on using them again to tour Italy.  Book them, you won't regret it!
     – "cmbitt" on Trip Advisor, Pennsylvania USA


My husband and I truly enjoyed the “Best of Germany and Austria” tour.  On the Rhine cruise from Ruedesheim to Boppard we marveled at the 13th century castles amid the verdant vineyards.  We were transported into the genuine medieval atmosphere of Burg Eltz, built in 1157 in the lush Mosel valley....  Staying overnight in Rothenburg ob der Tauber made us virtual participants in the 14th century, especially due to the Night Watchman’s tour....  How majestic were the snow-capped mountains, as we drove on to delightful Innsbruck!  The Hofburg there was elegant, but the next day’s excursion to Schloss Herrenchiemsee was fabulous.  The extravagant décor of this Versailles-like palace was beyond dazzling....

All the hotels had bounteous breakfast buffets.  The dinners on the tour were all very delicious and featured tasty German and Austrian cuisine.  Our guides Astrid and Gundula and our bus driver Moustafa were very helpful and informative....  This tour has whetted our appetite to see more of these beautiful countries.  We loved what we saw in Germany and Austria and would highly recommend this tour to others.
     – William and Judy Claffey, Ohio USA  –  Read the complete review ...


Peter did an excellent job on our tour.  His knowledge of the sites and towns, personality, professionalism, and energy all combined to make this a truly memorable holiday for myself and Eric. Thank you.
     –  Roy Stimits, North Carolina USA
        Best of Germany and Austria private tour



I have taken two tours with Astrid and both have been wonderful.  If you would like a vacation that someone else worries about all the details and you sit back and enjoy the sights, then a European Castles Tour is for you....  If you are considering another tour company, please consider the included traditional foods and drinks that are provided.  Also there are no budget-busting optional excursions with these tours....  Last but not least, the personal service and attention you will receive from your guide will be the icing on the cake.  After a day or two, you will feel like you are with friends and family - not on a "tour".  I can't wait to begin planning my third tour!
     –  April Cook, West Virginia USA  –  Read more ...



Participants in the Kids and Castles Tour
The Best of German Castles and Towns


We are back on US soil having had the most fabulous holiday we could ever have imagined.  We cannot thank you enough for making our Germany adventure so interesting, exciting, and fun.  You are an outstanding tour guide, and you seem to do it with such ease.  Eli had a wonderful time, he has told his parents every little detail....  We shall keep you in mind for future travel.
     –  Karen and Rex Athan, California USA

I loved the tour.  It was great, and I had a really great tour guide.  So come on this tour!
     –  Elijah Newcomb, California USA



Participants in the Imperial Castles Tour
Castles of Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic


"The MOST WONDERFUL TOURS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
I have gone on 4 tours with European Castles Tours and they were all amazing, well organized and let us see many charming towns off the beaten tourist traps while still seeing some amazing castles! ....

We took the Imperial Castles Tour to see the castles of Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Again we had an amazing time with only 2 other persons on the tour! .I watched the Sound of Music last night just to see the beautiful sights of Schonbrunn in Vienna, and the Fortress Hohensalzburg and Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg. We also saw the Residence and the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, Hluboka, Prague Castle and Cesky Krumlov Castle in the Czech Republic, and the Golden Roof in Innsbruck. It was a wonderful trip! ....

The hotels used on all the tours are charming locally owned and run establishments (no large chains used here). They are all equivalent of charming boutique hotels in Europe and the US. The breakfasts were more than ample and the dinners arranged were creative and most enjoyable.
     – "msesqct" on TripAdvisor, Connecticut USA
         Full text on
TripAdvisor, heading "The Most Wonderful Tours Ever"


I want to thank you for the tour.  It was truly wonderful!  I had a great time!  Can't believe how much we all saw in 10 days.  My pictures came out excellent! .... I am very much interested in doing your Bavarian Castles Tour.  It looks incredible.... Thanks so much for being a great tour leader!  I told all my friends about your tours.
     –  Kathy Spady Basto, Connecticut USA


Astrid, Thanks for all your hard work to make our trip so enjoyable.  We are back to our daily routine work.  I am seriously thinking to make another tour next year with you again. Thanks again.
     –  Victor and Susana Lau, California USA



Participants in the French Castles Tour
Châteaux of Paris and the Loire Valley


Thank you so much for a fabulous tour of the Loire castles and Paris last week.  It all seems like a fantastic dream now!  You covered so much more than I expected, while giving us enough rest times and independence that I didn't feel overwhelmed, either. So thank you for such a well-orchestrated tour.
     –  Cathy Wolz, Virginia USA


Castles, breathtaking scenery, quaint towns, vintage wines, gourmet food, Paris, history, culture, 653 photos.  All this and more, in an awesome location with an amazing tour guide. The French Castles tour was an exceptional deposit in our memory bank and we cannot wait to follow Astrid again!
     –  Rick and Suzanne Handley, Texas USA

Taking Astrid’s French Castles tour was a dream come true for me!  If you’d love to see Paris and Loire Valley, this is the tour for you!  Of the many organized tours I’ve taken, this was among the best!  The chateaux in Loire Valley were magnificent and the pace of the tour was just right.  Very little driving, centralized lodging in a fabulous location, and plenty of free time.  Astrid is very personable and everyone loves her.  Astrid’s travel groups are small and intimate, allowing each traveler to feel like they’re getting personal attention.  Astrid’s style and level of service outshines any of the large tour companies out there!  And she doesn’t charge optional excursion fees thereby increasing the cost of your tour!   I’ve taken two of Astrid’s European Castles tours and can’t wait to take another!
     –  Leslie Granger, California USA



Participants in the Italian Highlights Tour
Rome, Florence and Venice


"European Castles Tours - Fabulous!"
I have been on 3 European Castles Tours: the River Castles tour; French Castles tour and the Italian Highlights tour.  Each one was fantastic!  Astrid Baur arranges everything so that the traveler can relax and truly enjoy these amazing trips.  Hotels, food, transportation, admission to castles, museums, etc. are all taken care of and she does a spectacular job of choosing the hotels, restaurants - everything!  You get to see so much and still have time on your own.  My suggestion is to bring comfortable walking shoes and pack light.  My hope is to go on another of these trips with European Castles Tours.
     –  Christina S, New Jersey USA


We have experienced two European excursions with the greatest tour guide in Europe, creating the most pristine package. Astrid's tours are not only fun-filled, but collectively will provide you the most educational tour possible. Her perfection in attention to detail is non-failing. She protects and truly cares for each individual's needs, unconditionally at every level. She provides, subsequently, only the best, equally caring narrators for portions of the world that require additional attention in touring. She manages to juggle a beautiful balance between tours, personal time, shopping, and group activity. Lastly, but not least of all, is her ability to create the most perfect well-rounded dynamic choices of highlights within each destination without any wasted traveling time.
     –  Diana and Gary Leis, Oregon USA


The Italian Highlights Tour is a wonderful way to experience Italy for the first time visitor and the repeating visitor.  The agenda provides marvellous adventures through western civilization from the ancient ruins of Rome, the Christian pilgrimages, the hilltop towns, the architecture, the art, and topped with the magical city of Venice.  The itinerary is action packed with guided tours, excellent guides, time for personal exploration, and shopping.  The hotel villas were very accommodating and the meals were fantastic. Thanks again for the awesome adventures!  We are looking forward to our 4th tour with you in 2012!
     –  Joan and Vic Pepper, North Carolina USA



Participants in the Royal Delights Private Tour
Bavarian and Austrian Castles and Churches, Cities and Villages


My husband, Matt, and I returned last night from our private Royal Delights and Northern Bavaria tour led by Carolin Gonzalez and we can't say enough good things about our trip.  Having travelled privately and on various tours before we have to say that this was the most relaxing, enjoyable, and hassle-free journey we have ever taken.  From the moment we saw Carolin's smiling face at Munich airport (right on time) to the moment we had to sadly say goodbye everything was so well arranged ....  Thank you and we hope to be back.
      –  Laura and Matt Bivin, Illinois USA
         Royal Delights
and Rothenburg & Northen Bavaria private tours
         Read more: full review and trip report.



Participants in the Guided Vacation in Tuscany Private Tour
Hilltop Villages and Vineyard Valleys, History and Hospitality


We just came back from the Tuscany trip offered by European Castles Tours.  This was our 6th trip arranged by Astrid, and once again we could not have been more pleased.  Our driver and guide knew every corner of Tuscany, and his knowledge of the culture and history of the area provided us with unforgettable insight into the region.  The food, scenery and ambiance were just outstanding.  Our hotel was exceptional, and we give this trip a stellar recommendation.
      –  Arlene and Charles, Pennsylvania USA



Participants in 3-Day and Custom Tours


"Thanks to European Castle Tours for our recent bespoke three day Bavarian Tour of Ludwig II Palaces & Castles.  Thanks to Astrid for her initial planning and especially our tour guide/driver Barbara for her Plan B, C & D during which we were chauffeured around in a BMW X5 with plenty of ‘humph’.

Astrid and her team run a well organised company that feels warm and cosy, like a family business, rather than the many ‘corporate’ operations around today.

Saw some amazing Bavarian architecture, stunning autumnal scenery and ate very well indeed, strictly following Bavarian traditions of course!  We stayed in the town of Fussen for two nights at Hotel Sonne with its quirky décor.  Incidentally Fussen has unexpected history and sights to see, so don’t miss a walking tour of the town.

Oh and nearly forgot to say, we even saw the Sahara Desert…….in the sky! .
     –  Barry and Pam, UK
         Bavarian Castles Highlights, 3-Day Private Tour from Munich


Joanne and I had an exceptional vacation and the team at European Castle Tours was the biggest contributing factor for that experience.  Carolin was so helpful and patient in helping me plan out the custom tour that worked out so well....  We feel that we were treated so well and even got to have the Boss, Astrid, be our guide for the first part of the tour....  Finally, our tour guide supreme, Barbara.  We thank you so much for the special attention and careful planning and giving us special touches....  A special thank you to Franz who was our tour guide for the Castle Tour Day.  He really worked hard that day and kept his patience.

Again, we thank all of you SO MUCH for the great care and service you provided to us.  We will keep you in mind for a future vacation.
     –  Ed & Joanne Kelly, New York state, USA
         Bavarian Castles, Venice Extension, and custom tour   Full text of review


Just wanted to tell you what a wonderful trip we had …  Everything was above our expectations.  I can't say enough good about Federico.  We all had the best time with him and he was so much fun.  He knew far more than I will ever remember and he did everything possible to make our trip wonderful.  We were so tired when we got home we thought we would never want to leave again but I'm sure we will.  Thank you again for a trip to remember!
     –  Linda Matthews, Bavaria and Venice Custom Tour


Our deepest and most heartfelt thanks to you and your very truly outstanding travel professional team – Carolin, Franz, and Ruth.  The private Bavarian Castles Tour, featuring the castles of “Mad” King Ludwig II was the absolute highlight our 23 day trip in Europe.  In retrospect Ludwig was not mad – just far ahead of his time….

Chiemsee and the island were full of surprises for us….  The drive through the mountains was breathtaking and we enjoyed the unplanned stop at the Monastery….  The comparatively short drives the following day to Linderhof Castle, Oberammergau, and the Church in the Meadow were equally stunning….   The gem of the castles was Neuschwanstein.  Who could ever forget that….

Thanks to you and your tremendous team we have incredible, treasured memories to share for the rest of our lives.  Awesome simply does not describe the talents and hospitality you so generously showed us.  We hope to see all of you again the next time we visit Germany.
      –  Pete and Beth DiDomenico, US Virgin Islands
         3-Day Bavarian Highlights Tour

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Brenda and I just wanted to drop you a short note to say once again how much we enjoyed our recent tour.  We got to see all of the things on our list and more, and it all exceeded our expectations.  The castles were stunning and the whole Ludwig story quite captivating.  Please convey our thanks again to Ruth also, who was more like a friend than a tour guide.  She made us feel right at home and we enjoyed her company.

Both hotels and the recommended restaurants were great and ideal for our anniversary break, and so well located, and the gateau on our anniversary night was literally "the icing on the cake".  Our time in a Munich was also excellent, a mix of sightseeing and relaxing.  If we come across anybody else interested in a similar trip we will be delighted to point them your way.
      –  Brenda and David, Edinburgh, Scotland
         3-Day Bavarian Highlights Tour



Finally we had all our laundry done and all settled in back home (still jet-lagged and missing Germany and Italy a lot though).

Just want to write to say thank you for the great trip.  Both Mark and I had a great time and lots of good food / wine thanks to Federico.  Thanks for putting up with a picky client like me.  All the extra miles you've gone through is much appreciated.
      –  Vicky and Mark, Vancouver, Canada
         Bavaria and Italy Custom Tour


"Extremely helpful"
I contacted Astrid to help me organise a fantastic winter wonderland holiday for my family.  She organised a day out for us including a castle and snow experience. On the day we met Ruth who took us to Neushwanstein Castle and a chair lift ride to snow.  The snow was not cooperative so Ruth spent a lot of time ringing around and found us snow and an open chair lift in nearby Austria.  We had a fantastic dream day.  Huge thank you to Ruth and Astrid for their help and fantastic professionalism.
     – Helen DW, Perth, Australia, Custom Day Tour


Dear Astrid, I just wanted to let you know that my daughters and I had a wonderful 3 day trip on your tour. We really enjoyed our time with Andrew.  He was a great guide and leader, full of information and a lot of fun.  I would recommend your trips to anyone wanting to see the sights of Bavaria.  Thank you so much for putting a great trip together for our family.
     –  Danell, Briana and Kristen Isaac
         Bavarian Castles Highlights 3-Day Tour from Munich



Participants in Day Tours 

There are many recent reviews of our Day Tours on the
Trip Advisor page for European Castles Tours.

As of October 2017 there were 155 reviews on the Trip Advisor page for European Castles Tours, 95 % of them "Excellent".  Below are reviews from 2015 and earlier years.


We had a wonderful time with Barbara.  She is fantastic!  Thank you for organising our holiday tours.  We could not have been in better hands.  Can you please pass on our photos to Barbara, and we look forward to her visiting us in Western Australia sometime!  All the best, kind regards.
      –  Sharlene, Andrew, Rhiannon, Connor and Piper Toop, Western Australia
         Bavarian Highlights and Neuschwanstein Day Tours from Füssen


I just wanted to let you know what a great job our tour guide Peter did.  He was very knowledgeable.  I especially enjoyed the Neuschwanstein castle.  Our side trip to Oberammergau was very interesting.  I didn't realize that you did tours of Italy and France too.  We would consider a tour to France and to other locations in Italy.  I would greatly recommend your company and Peter to anyone that is interested in touring Europe.
     –  Terri Correll
         Bavarian Highlights Day Tour


I want to thank you, on behalf of all four of us, for a lovely excursion day.  It was as crowded as you predicted on that Pentecost weekend, and we could never have been able to see the sites without your help.  In particular, we want to mention that we believe Franz is excellent.  He is competent, careful, helpful, knowledgeable, and delightful to spend the day with.  So, thanks to both of you, for making our excursion such a success.  We will be sure to recommend you to our friends!
      –  Paul & Elly R
         Royal Fairy Tale Day in the Bavarian Alps Day Tour


Just a note to say how much Jenny and I enjoyed our tour on Thursday.  Peter and Frans gave us a memorable day out.  They are wonderful tour guides, with a huge knowledge of the region, and gave us all manner of interesting information as the day went on.  It was simply a fabulous day; we will never forget it and we will always recommend your tours to any of our friends or family who are visiting Bavaria.
      –  Jenny and John Dickson, England
         Bavarian Highlights Day Tour


The Castle Tour is wonderful!  The sight of the Neuschwanstein castle surrounded by fresh snow was spectacular. Both my husband and I enjoyed Carolin, your tour operator.  She was accommodating of our needs and helped guide us through a perfect day!  No one should miss taking this tour from Munich to visit the Bavarian castles.
     – Pamela C, Florida USA
       Neuschwanstein, Oberammergau and Linderhof from Munich

"Ideal for seeing the castles and surrounding area"
Ruth was our tour guide, a lovely lass from Dublin, Ireland who had moved into the area a number of years ago. She was so lovely and helpful, including helping me to work out how I could get to Zugspitze the next day by myself (as they had no tours running). Full of useful information, and the kind of gossipy stories about king Ludwig that you wouldn't get on the regular tour, she's was a delight, we did Oberammergau, and Linderhof as part of the tour, and the combination as well as being driven through some delightful scenery, was worth the money. There isn't a lot to see in Oberammergau, but it was the perfect place to stop for lunch, and Ruth recommended a good Bavarian restaurant to us. We had 6 people in the morning, and then there were only 3 of us in the afternoon, so it was a perfect number to work with. I only booked my tour about a week before, while I was already in Germany, but Astrid was super helpful by email. I will say that when visiting the castles, there are a lot of stairs within the castle itself, so be aware of that if you have mobility issues.
     – Maggie, London, United Kingdom,
        Neuschwanstein, Oberammergau and Linderhof from Munich
        Read the full text on TripAdvisor


We are from Canada and found our tour guide very easy to communication in English.  Also she taught us several German words.  She clarified the meaning of some of the castle names.  Polite, courteous, and patient.  We found the information given to us prior to the tours was at times more informative than the castle tour guides.  The pace of the day suited our group to perfection!  Highly recommend this tour company and more than likely return to it in the future.  Wonderful value for the cost.
     – Monika and Shirley, Alberta Canada
        Bavarian Highlights Day Tour from Füssen


Dear Astrid - My Mother and I spent a magical day with you in Rothenburg last Saturday.  We wanted to thank you again for the amazing tour.  We so appreciate all of your care and attention.  You made the long drive pass by very quickly with your vast knowledge of German history, fun tips, anecdotes and personal stories.

You were so accommodating, assuring all our needs were met, and always putting us first, and truly made that day the best of our entire trip.  I can't thank you enough for everything you did for us - including the stop for me to take a picture of the Romantic Road sign - which I'm attaching below! I hope it gives you a chuckle or two!

Thank you for helping us make memories we will recount forever.... Until next time,
     –  Michelle Ilardi, New York USA
         Romantic Road Special - Rothenburg, Dinkelsbuhl and Harburg Castle


The tour was everything we had hoped for.  Caroline was fabulous, having anticipated everything, and even helped us with traffic suggestions and a map for the afternoon.  I cannot imagine what it would have been like to try to do this without her help.  Thank you so much!
     –  Peter Angelica, New Jersey USA
         Neuschwanstein Half-Day Tour from Füssen

Now that we are finally home I can tell you what a wonderful tour we had of the castles and towns.  Andrew was so wonderful, he made the entire day enjoyable.  Not only was he knowledgeable of all the sites and history, but many of his stories were peppered with stories of his 2 children and life in Germany.  He was so considerate of my physical limitations, having injured my knee several days previously.  His caring and concern made the day so much more enjoyable.  I can't thank you, and Andrew, enough for providing such an wonderful day for my family that we will remember for many years to come.  Best wishes to you, your business as well, and Andrew!  Thanks again.
     –  Kim Kleindienst, Rockaway, New Jersey USA
         Bavarian Highlights Day Tour from Füssen 


We just wanted to let you know how much fun we had on the castle tour today.  Caroline was wonderful!  She was very knowledgeable, fun, and accommodating.  We made great memories today.  Danke,
     –  The Whitehill family
         Bavarian Highlights Day Tour from Füssen3 


Hello Astrid -  My family and I just wanted to convey our greatest appreciation to our guide Caroline.  We had a wonderful tour last Wednesday and we will always have great memories!  Caroline was very accommodating and answered any questions we had.  Our tour was definitely the highlight of our trip.  We wish the best to her and you.
     –  Mark, LeAnn, and Kendall Erenberger, Iowa USA
         Bavarian Highlights Private Day Tour from Füssen


Dear Astrid: Sincere thanks to you and your absolutely fantastic guide Caroline for our tour today.  She was a sheer delight and made our tour a highlight of our trip.  We will definitely be a return customer to your group and will recommend you to our friends and colleagues.
     –  Vanessa Pincham, Australia
         Neuschwanstein Scheduled Half-Day Tour


"Highly Recommend European Castle Tours"
My wife and I took the castle day tour to Neuschwanstein castle and Linderhof.... Once at Neuschwanstein, we took a walk to the gorge bridge on the back side to get the best pictures of the castle. After the castle tour, we hiked down by the river and got some great pictures.  In between the two tours, we ate in town and the food (and beer) were fantastic.   At Linderhof, we toured the gardens, the palace and the grotto.  Working with Astrid was extremely easy and she was very flexible... Kevin was a great tour guide, who speaks fluent English and is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Bavaria.  If you want to go on a great castle tour, I highly recommend European Castle Tours.
     –  Jim S, Texas USA, Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Oberammergau from Munich
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Thank you very much for your wonderful tour!  It was definitely the best tour I ever had, and we enjoyed it very very much. At the end of the tour, I forgot my camera in the tour vehicle (my mind was wandering away to the castles), and I almost gave it up.  But!  Peter was so kind and he brought it back to our hotel!  I cannot thank him enough for his kindness.  He is friendly and makes you feel comfortable, has a great knowledge, speaks very good English, drives smooth, and .... he was perfect!  I'll certainly recommend this tour to my friends.
     –  K. & A. Noguchi, Japan
        Bavarian Highlights Day Tour from Füssen


Just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed the tour with Peter to the Eagle's Nest.  He was so kind and very personable.  He tolerated my many questions with grace, information, and humor.  The weather was bad but Peter made sure we had a good time anyway. We cannot wait to return to Bavaria and will surely book another tour when we do.  Please say hi to Peter for us.  Thank You.
     –  Tara Fox, North Carolina USA
         History and Mountains - Eagle's Nest and Bertesgaden
         day tour from Munich


We had a wonderful day yesterday although it was very cold.  The castles are amazing!  We loved to meet you, you look great!!!.  It seems I know you for a long time.  Peter is a wonderful and friendly guide and young man.  He helped us a lot and he knows the history of the castles to tell us.  We enjoyed to be with him.  We are happy of going on a tour with him....   Thank you for everything.  Hugs.
     –  Iara Araujo, Brazil
         Royal Fairy Tale Day in the Bavarian Alps day tour from Munich



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