Ride Overview - King Ludwig Drive
A horse-drawn carriage vacation in Germany! Be prepared to climb aboard coaches from yesteryear to be transported back in time as your drivers take you on a scenic drive through Bavaria. You will travel through medieval towns and along calm lakes, flowing rivers and quiet farming roads to King Ludwig’s famous castles nestled in the impressive Alps. Hearty traditional German cuisine will complete your immersion into the Bavarian culture and land.
“The trip was spectacular. We enjoyed our fellow travelers. I can’t say enough about the scenery, the roads, the farms, the meals, the villages, the mountains, the roads, the coachman, and most of all the horses. The journey more than exceeded my expectations. You really opened my eyes as to where you can go and what you can do with a coach.” E.J. U.S.
Ride Itinerary - King Ludwig Drive
Day 1: (Pre-tour)
Transfer from Munich Airport to Kaiserin Elizsabeth Hotel in Feldafing.
You will be transferred from your hotel to the coaches. Your journey begins with a drive to over rolling hills to the Ammer Valley. Lunch-break is in the small farm village of Eberfing at a post inn: no mass tourism, just good Bavarian food. After lunch, the carriages drive through open farm land and endless forests drawing closer and closer to the mountains. Around 06.00 PM, your group will arrive at the hotel “Metzgerwirt” inside the little town of Bayersoien or at the Parkhotel in Bayersoien. Surrounded with moorland and ferns, this beautiful hotel has a wonderful view of the mountains. Dinner on your own in the hotel.
You will follow the old Roman road, “Via Claudia Augusta” to the picturesque town of Saulgrub. You will retrace the steps of King Ludwig II as under the cloak of darkness, he hastened on the 120-year-old King’s Road from castle to castle. Midday, you will arrive at Wies Church, the most beautiful rococo church in Germany, to dine in the former residence of the church’s builder. Then your coach will travel through solitary forests and across green mountain pastures with grazing herds of cattle and horses. Ludwig’s royal castles, nestled in the Alps, will come into view as you skirt around the pristine lakes of Forggensee and Bannwaldsee. Around 6.00 PM, your group will arrive in Hohenschwangau to overnight in the Hotel Müller with a view of both castles. Dinner on your own in the hotel dining room with a lovely view of Neuschwanstein.
In the morning, there is an opportunity to visit the castle of Neuschwanstein or Hohenschwangau or the new museum of the Bavarian Royalties. The carriages start from Hohenschwangau around noon or later on agreement with the passengers. The route leads through open farm land and along the river Lech. Lunch-break is in a small country inn near Prem (Gasthof Lechaue) or, weather permitting, a picnic at the bank of the river. Early afternoon, your group will arrive at the little farmers’ town, Urspring, for lodging at the country hotel, Drei Mohren, where you will have dinner and spend the night.
During the late morning, the carriages drive through moor-lands and along dairy-land to the Dosswald forest near the town of Schongau. In this medieval town, you will stay the night near the market place in a cozy Hotel Roessle. You will have plenty of time to walk around this picturesque market town, where less than 200 years ago the last witch has been burned.
The horses clip-clop on the cobble stones leaving Schongau. For the first few hours, the carriage road leads through dense forest and ferns. After leaving the wooded area, you will arrive at the former monastery of Wessobrunn, once the center of the craftsmen und artists who created all of the beautiful churches, monasteries, and castles in the area. Your group will stop in front of a former Post relay station for a lunch break. Close to the inn, there is a stone with the oldest written document dated 814 A.C. in the German language. After two hours, you will leave Wessobrunn for the very last stage of your journey. Your carriage will cross the Ammer River Valley to climb up a steep road back into the forests around Kerschlach. Your arrival to the stable will be around 6.00 PM. Return transfer will be provided for your final post-tour overnight(optional) in the lovely old fashioned Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth in Feldafing, where some 100 years ago the Austrian Empress Sissi spent her holidays away from the Vienna court for more than 20 years. Dinner on your own.
Transfer to the Munich Airport.
Ride Details - King Ludwig Drive
Dates: Regular: Thursday – Wednesday May 13th – May 19th, May 20th – 26th, July 1st – 7th, July 8th – 14th, July 15th – 21st
Guides: English, German, Italian
Meeting Place: Munich Airport or Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth in Feldafing
Coaching Days: 5
Coach: Four-in-hand Mail Coach
Horse: German Oldenburg and Austrian Kladruber
Group Size: 4-15
Accommodations: 4**** hotels
Price: $2,575.00 per person, double occupancy $150.00 single supplement
*Prices are based on USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.
Includes: 5 days horse-drawn coach, driver, 6 nights accommodations, breakfasts, luggage transfers, transfer to and from Munich Airport
Not Included: airfare, lunches and dinners
King Ludwig Drive: Gallery
King Ludwig Drive