Schloss Linderhof is a popular day-trip to visit from Munich with easy transportation, long opening hours, and easiest ticket availability of Bavarian King Ludwig’s fantasy castles.
Schloss Linderhof Palace is located in the Ammer Valley near Oberammergau and Ettal. It is a popular day-trip destination from Munich and can be combined with visiting the more famous and popular Disney-like Schloss Neuschwanstein Castle. Opening hours are long and the palace is open on Monday and most public holidays. The park is unfenced and tickets for the palace itself are fairly easy to obtain. Transportation to Schloss Linderhof is easiest by car but buses and tours from Munich are also available. A hotel and restaurant are located at Linderhof Park with many further options available in nearby Ettal and Oberammergau – the town famous for hosting the Oberammergauer Passion Play every decade.
Opening Hours for Schloss Linderhof Palace in Bavaria
Schloss Linderhof Palace has long opening hours. The palace may be seen daily with opening hours from mid-March to mid-October from 9 am to 6 pm and mid-October to mid-March from 10 am to 4 pm. Most of the smaller buildings and grotto in the garden are only open in summer.
Schloss Linderhof Palace is closed on December 24, 25, and 31, January 1, and Faschingsdienstag (Mardi Gras).
The water features in Linderhof Park are in use from early April to mid-October. The main fountains and cascades in front of the Schloss are operated every half hour.
Buying Tickets to Visit Schloss Linderhof Castle
Admission tickets for Schloss Linderhof Palace are bought in person from the ticket center at the entrance to Linderhof Park. From here, it is a few minutes stroll to the palace itself inside the park.
The interior of the palace may only be seen on 30-minute guided tours – available in German or English. Times of the tour are stamped on the admission ticket allowing visitors to roam the garden and see other sites while waiting for the tour to start.
Admission tickets to Schloss Linderhof are €8.50 for the palace and structures in the garden and €7.50 in winter when only the palace is open. Admission is free for children under 18. In contrast to the very popular Schloss Neuschwanstein, tickets for Schloss Linderhof are in much lesser demand. Reservations for individuals are seldom essential but at €2 is a good option for travelers with limited time.
At end 2020, reservations are highly advisable as tour group sizes were reduced. Reservation requests for individuals should be emailed at least a week before a planned visit. It is a manual process so a confirmation to any request is usually only received several days later.
Admission to Linderhof Park itself is free. The park is suitable for wheel chairs and strollers but the palace itself is not.
Big savings on sightseeing is possible in Bavaria using one of the combination tickets:
- Königsschlösser Kombiticket – is €26 and gives admission to Linderhof, Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Herrenchiemsee. The ticket is valid for six months.
- Bavaria Castles and Parks Season Tickets – gives admission to more than 40 top sights in Bavaria. It is available for two weeks – €30 solo or €56 for a family of two adults and own children under 18, or a year for €45 solo / €75 family. This ticket is great value, often not clearly advertised but available from any site.
Transportation to Schloss Linderhof in Bavaria
A private car is the easiest way to reach Schloss Linderhof, Linderhof 14, 82488 Ettal, but bus services are also available. When on a day-trip from Munich, a car or tour allow Linderhof to be seen on the same day as Schloss Neuschwanstein and other sights such as the Wieskirche, Oberammergau, and Ettal.
By Car to Schloss Linderhof
Schloss Linderhof Castle is on a small country road 10 km (6 miles) from the monastery town Ettal, which is near Oberammergau and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Ample parking is available. This lovely road continues to Reute in Austria and is a useful short cut when traveling to Füssen and Schloss Neuschwanstein. Snow could be a problem in winter months.
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Public Transportation to Schloss Linderhof
Schloss Linderhof can be reached a few times per day on Bus 9622. This public bus runs from Oberammergau station via Ettal to Schloss Linderhof a few times per day. Services are limited, especially on weekends, so double check timetables before setting out. From Garmisch-Partenkirchen use bus 9606, which runs to Füssen via Oberau, Oberammergau, Wieskirche, and Schwangau, and change to bus 9622 in Ettal.
The closest train station to Schloss Linderhof is Oberammergau although Oberau (on the mainline from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen) is often the better choice for changing to the local bus. Change in these towns to the bus as described above.
Check timetables at German Railways (Deutsche Bahn): Munich-Linderhof Schloß, Ettal. The bus stop closest to the palace is: Linderhof Schloß, Ettal. (Copy & Paste if necessary.)
Visit Schloss Linderhof and Schloss Neuschwanstein on Bus Tours
Day trips are available from Munich to Schloss Linderhof. It is possible to combine both Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Linderhof on a single day trip when taking a bus tour. Visiting both castles on the same day is near impossible when using public transportation but easy on a tour or by own car.
Schloss Linderhof Palace is a popular day-trip destination from Munich (München). However, many pleasant hotels (see Tripadvisor on Oberammergau) are available in this lovely part of Bavaria. Further popular sights in the region include Schloss Neuschwanstein, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Ettal, Oberammergau, Füssen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and Zugspitze.
King Ludwig’s most expensive palace, Schloss Herrenchiemsee Castle, is on the opposite side of Munich towards Salzburg and also worth the journey.