On this page you will get general information on opening times and admission charges. For current details about individual palaces and castles please have a look on the page of the building you are interested in or on the pdf-file "opening hours and admission charges".
Most of the buildings administered by the Bavarian Palace Department are open continuously, in summer from 9 am to 6 pm and in winter from 10 am to 4 pm, many are also open on Mondays. The exact opening times are given with the description of each building.
Public holidays: most of the the buildings are closed on 1 January, Shrove Tuesday and 24, 25 and 31 December.
Exception: Neuschwanstein Castle is open on Shrove Tuesday.
Last entry to almost all the buildings is 30-45 minutes before the stated closing time.
During the summer season, long waiting times can be expected at the royal castles.
Special guided tours can be arranged but must be booked in advance.
Children and young people under 18 are admitted free of charge. Also children at secondary schools and further education colleges are admitted free of charge, on production of their pupil identity card (or other document proving attendance at the relevant school). Students at language schools and adult education centres are not admitted free of charge.
Tour guides (1 tour guide per 25 paying group participants) and drivers employed by the tour companies are also entitled to free tickets.
Following persons or groups will get reduced admission charges:
Tour groups and other groups with a minimum of 15 paying participants (the concessionary tickets must be all be purchased at the same time and invoice by the tour guide)
Groups on company outings (authorization by the company or office required; the concessionary tickets must be all be purchased at the same time and invoice by the tour guide)
Members of the Verband Deutscher Kunsthistoriker e.V.
(Association of German art historians)
Members of the (German) Berufsverband Bildender Künstler
(Professional association of visual artists)
Members of the (German) Schutzverband Bildender Künstler
(Association for the protection of the rights of visual artists)
Students and "Goethe Institut" course participants (verification with a German or international student card required)
Persons completing a voluntary social or ecological year (verification required)
Persons completing national or community service (verification required)
The disabled (verification required); their helpers are admitted free of charge if the necessity of an escort is registered in the verification.
Groups of under 15 participants if they are being paid for entirely or in part by charitable organizations, or for other exceptional reasons
Personen over 65 (ID card).
Subject to alteration!
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