GALA offers two tours for delegates and their companions: one on Sunday, 24 March and one on Wednesday, 27 March. You will be able to register for either or both tours when you register for the conference. Guests are welcome (payment required) and must be added by contacting GALA staff directly. Please let us know if you'd like to register a friend or family member and we'll help. Tour guides will speak English.
Pre- and post-conference tours are not only a great way to see the highlights of the host city — they are also a great way to network with other conference participants.
Sunday, 24 March
Neuschwanstein Castle and Lunch
Commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat, Neuschwanstein Castle is situated at the southwest border of Bavaria and is surrounded by Alpine foothills. Reported to be the inspiration for Disneyland's famous Sleeping Beauty Castle, it welcomes 1.3 million visitors per year, making it one of the most popular tourist sights in Europe. The architecture and the exterior views are breathtaking. Participants will arrive in Schwangau and take a shuttle bus to Mary's bridge, providing amazing photo opportunities. After a short walk to the palace entrance, participants will enjoy a guided tour of the interior. After departing the castle, participants will enjoy a traditional Bavarian (late) lunch at Schlossbrauhaus Schwangau. The journey from Munich to the castle takes approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes and participants will enjoy socializing and networking in the comfort of a private coach. The tour will begin and end at the Westin Grand Munich.
Cost: US$ 125 + 19% VAT. Lunch, transportation, and castle admission included.
Wednesday, 27 March
Walking Tour of Historic Munich + Museum + Dinner
Discover the old town of Munich by foot. This walking tour will depart from the Westin Grand Munich by coach. After a short transfer, participants will start with the noble Maximillian street, the opera, the residence of the royal family, Odeon's square and its Italian architecture, plus the Ludwigstrasse and the Frauenkirche. We'll stop at the Museum Alte Pinakotek for about 60 minutes with an English-speaking guide to view masterpieces of European painting from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo periods. We'll wrap up the tour, and the day, with a traditional Bavarian meal at a local restaurant, Ratskeller Munich. The tour will end with a short coach transfer back to the Westin Grand Munich.
Cost: US$ 125 + 19% VAT. Dinner and museum admission included.