There are different types of tickets you can purchase to tour the castle. Decide which works best for you. A “long visit ticket” may prove too long for little kids.
* A note to the reader, the castle may appear closer than it really is. You may find that your mid afternoon stroll turns into a walk filled with tears and ice cream bribes. It’s recommended, by me, a fellow “let’s walk – it looks close” person, to just take the tram.
Palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia
The grounds of the Sanssouci Palace reminded me of the Palace of Versailles, seemingly going on forever. Potsdam is just outside Berlin and home to many summer Palaces. The above picture does not do justice. The grounds are immaculate with multiple Palaces scattered throughout.
You can buy tickets for a guided tour upon arrival. The area is crawling with tourists during the summer, but we found the lines were manageable. If find yourself in Berlin and need a break from the city touring, I can highly recommend taking a break in Potsdam.
It’s only fair if I make a comparison to the Palace of Versailles, I also review it. Home to Louise XIV The Palace of Versailles is fascinating. For our kids it was also a great history lesson regarding the French Revolution. The grounds are just as amazing as the inside. I found this castle to be so ornate in detail, unlike the inside of the Neuschwanstein castle.
Buying your ticket ahead is highly recommended. This is a definite must see while in Paris.
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg – Orschwiller, France
Overlooking the Alsace valley of France, this Chateau has a breathtaking view. The few time we have visited, spring and summer season, we have had no problems with the lines. You can purchase your tickets upon arrival and go on a self guided tour.The castle has some impressive furniture inside its apartments. Our kids were kept entertained with the drawbridges and cannons along the tour.