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Munich

Home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, this Bavarian capital is rich in food, culture, and history.

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From Munich: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle Full-Day Trip

1. From Munich: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle Full-Day Trip

Travel to the magnificent castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Hohenschwangau and take a small detour through the picturesque town of Oberammergau. Board an air-conditioned bus and visit Neuschwanstein Castle. Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, admire one of the most impressive sights in Germany. Take 4 hours to explore the grounds (ticket not included). Arrive at Linderhof, the only castle that Ludwig II managed to complete. At noon, stop at Hohenschwangau Castle, Ludwig's childhood home, for lunch (not included). If time permits, continue to Oberammergau and lose yourself in the quaint streets of this picturesque town.

Munich Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 1-Day or 2-Day Ticket

2. Munich Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 1-Day or 2-Day Ticket

Munich is a city of happy faces, plenty of sunshine, brass-band music, delicious beer, and tasty sausages. There's always plenty to see here, such as the fourth-largest chimes in the world, or the full-body relic of the Holy Munditia, the patron saint of single women. Join this hop-on hop-off city sightseeing tour of the Bavarian capital and experience the so-called village of a million! When the weather is good, the comfortable double-decker buses will have their roof open, giving you a clear view of Munich's most beautiful sights. Get to know this world-famous city at your own pace, with fascinating explanations about its history and landmarks offered on the bus in 10 different languages. See Nymphenburg Palace, Olympic Park, the English Garden, the historic Old Town, Odeonsplatz, Marienplatz, and much more as you zip around the city. There are 3 tours for you to choose from: the City Tour, the Nymphenburg Olympic Park tour and the Schwabing tour, with each route taking one hour. 3 routes, with 16 stops throughout the city, for one great price. Hop on and off the bus whenever you like!

Munich: City Tour & FC Bayern Munich Soccer Arena Tour

3. Munich: City Tour & FC Bayern Munich Soccer Arena Tour

On this football tour, see the most important sights of Munich and visit the training-grounds of FC Bayern München and the most modern stadium in Europe, the Allianz Arena. First, embark on a bus tour through the city of Munich, where you learn about the most important sights of the city. Afterwards, you will visit the home of one of the most popular football clubs in the world. The Allianz Arena, the temple of football in the north of Munich, is the third and most spectacular home of the long-standing football club Bayern Munich. Take a tour of this iconic stadium and learn all about the history of the team. After the stadium tour, enjoy the opportunity to immerse yourself in the FC Bayern Museum, an exhibition exploring the history of the championship record-holders. Discover cups, players, and curiosities dating back over 110 years to the foundation of the club.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

4. From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

Located 2 hours from Munich, the enchanting old-world town of Füssen lies in the foothills of the Alps, framed by one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the world. Towering far above the village, seemingly sculpted out of the very mountains that rise magnificently to the heavens, is a sight made from the stuff of dreams: the fabulous and ethereal Neuschwanstein Castle. This glorious folly was built in the 19th-Century by the famed "mad" King Ludwig II, a man intoxicated by mythology and who himself became a legend. The shimmering white towers of the castle among the clouds are instantly recognizable to many who haven’t ever heard the name Neuschwanstein. It is the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle and is famous the world over as the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang castle. To visit it is to step inside a fairy tale. On this full-day tour from Munich, your guide will take you by train or bus and accompany you uphill to the castle’s lofty perch, where it sits gleaming above a spectacular panorama of mountains, lakes, and valleys. It’s not just about the castle – it’s also about its wonderful location. You will go to the best vantage points and explore the lake. If time and weather permits, you can even enjoy a swim. Get postcard-perfect views of the equally beautiful Hohenschwangau Castle, the waterfall gorge, and the stunning Marienbrücke Bridge, suspended high above it all. While you are marveling at the beauty, your guide will tell you the engaging story of King Ludwig’s renowned and tragic reign, his turbulent times, and of the obsession that drove him to build his fantasy castle in the mountains that ultimately destroyed him. If you choose to purchase a ticket on the day, skip the long lines for the separate internal tour of the king’s private chambers by a specialist castle guide. The tour is the most practical way to admire this amazing fantasy world.

Munich: Old Town & Viktualienmarkt City Walk in German

5. Munich: Old Town & Viktualienmarkt City Walk in German

Discover the sights of central Munich on an informative guided city walk. See Marienplatz, the Frauenkirche and the Staatliches Hofbräuhaus brewery. Visit the cathedral and Theatine Church. Get a glimpse of the endless shopping opportunities by popping into the Fünf Höfe shopping mall. Pass the Dallmayr store and Schuhbeck's restaurant and stroll across Odeonsplatz. Finally, visit the famous Viktualienmarkt. Enjoy the special atmosphere in one of the typical beer gardens or stroll through the stalls selling flowers, cheese, spices, and other produce. Listen to interesting stories and anecdotes told by your guide, and learn more about the state capital of Bavaria and its citizens.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Premium Tour

6. From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Premium Tour

Take a scenic ride to the castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof with skip-the-line entry. Experience the lush beauty of the German countryside and learn the history of the area from your local guide. In the morning, travel in comfort from Munich to Linderhof Palace for a guided tour. Discover the history of the castle before continuing to the picturesque town of Oberammergau. Explore the village and hear about traditional crafts from the local woodcarvers. At noon, head along the Romantische Straße (Romantic Road) to Neuschwanstein Castle. Stop for lunch (not included) on arrival or go directly to the Marienbrücke bridge. In the afternoon, explore Neuschwanstein Castle, before a relaxing ride back to Munich.

Munich Guided Walking Tour - Birthplace of the Third Reich

7. Munich Guided Walking Tour - Birthplace of the Third Reich

In the not-so-distant past, Munich bore the official title, “Hauptstadt der Bewegung” - Capital of the Nazi Movement. This was the city that the Allied Supreme Commander General Eisenhower called “the cradle of the Nazi beast.” Unknown to the casual tourist, many of Munich's buildings carry the mysteries of a dark past, and this 2.5-hour walking tour will uncover those secrets. You will learn how Munich became the birthplace of the Nazi Party and the stage upon which some of the Nazis' most notorious crimes were launched, from Hitler's failed putsch to the horrific Kristallnacht - the largest anti-Semitic pogrom seen in western Europe for centuries, and a dismal milestone on the road to the Holocaust. You will visit the beer-halls that hosted the first small gatherings of the fanatics who one day would lead the Third Reich, and the places where Hitler made his first major speeches. Walk through the streets where Hitler and his Brownshirts fought their way to power, and learn just how they did it. You will go to the official Nazi Headquarters from where Hitler bullied the world, and see buildings that bear the scars of the Second World War. The irony is that while much of central Munich was devastated by Allied bombing, many Nazi buildings survived and still stand today. And standing alongside them are memorials to the city's many victims of Nazism, including those who sacrificed their lives in opposing its hateful ideology.

Romantic Road and Rothenburg from Munich

8. Romantic Road and Rothenburg from Munich

This trip down the Romantic Road, a famous 220 mile route linking some of Bavaria's most exquisite architectural gems, will first take you to the Harburg: one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved castle complexes in southern Germany. This perfectly situated castle was first mentioned in documents of the 11th century and, with its surrounding village, retains the feel of the middle ages. Be enchanted by its historic flair and delve deep into its history. After visiting the castle, and pausing for coffee, you will drive on through the wondrous scenery of the Nördlinger Ries – the giant depression left by an ancient meteor in the Swabian landscape. Travelling via Dinkelsbühl, with its towers and spires, you will reach Rothenburg, a perfectly restored mediaeval town. Here you will have time for extensive exploration. Meander through the beautiful streets and alleyways, which are full of the charm of past times. Pick up a treasure or two in the boutiques, or have a meal in an exclusive restaurant. Your return to Munich will take you through the largest hops-growing region in the world, the Hallertau. On this tour you will surely see one of the most beautiful regions of south Germany.

Munich Highlights by Segway 3-Hour Tour

9. Munich Highlights by Segway 3-Hour Tour

Glide through the streets of Munich on this Segway tour. Learn how to manage a Segway and visit all the major city attractions, including the Maximilianeum and the Theatine Church. After getting the hang of riding a Segway, start your tour at Artur-Kutscher-Platz. Then, head towards the English Garden and along the Isar River to the Angel of Peace. Continue to the Maximilianeum, the seat of the Bavarian Parliament. This building was constructed between 1857 and 1874 by the architect Friedrich Bürklein and fits in with the surroundings by the Isar River. Up the river, see Museum Island with the Deutsches Museum and the parish church of St. Maximilian on the west bank of the Isar River. Head along Maximilianstraße past the Residenz Theatre at Odeonsplatz and admire the Feldherrnhalle and the Theatine Church.  Glide past the Munich Residenz together with the Hofgarten as well as the Bavarian State Chancellery towards the Eisbach. From there, swing around the Siegestor back to the starting point.

Viktualienmarkt 2-Hour Gourmet Food Tour: Munich

10. Viktualienmarkt 2-Hour Gourmet Food Tour: Munich

From Weißwurst (traditional Bavarian white sausage) to pretzels, from beer to cheese – the possibilities for eating and drinking at the Viktualienmarkt seem virtually endless. On this 2-hour tour of the Viktualienmarkt in Munich, open up your senses with tasty delicacies and fascinating stories. This gourmet tour begins at Marienplatz. From here you’ll go directly to the Viktualienmarkt, where you’ll stop at several stands to sample the many delicacies and discover stories about the food and the market traders. Here you’ll find various types of sausages, cheese, bread, and exotic fruit, and you’ll finish off the tour with some pickled Bavarian delicacies.

Frequently asked questions about Munich

What top attractions are a must-see in Munich?

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Munich?

    If you're just going to tick the city off the list, then 3 days will satisfy any tourist's sightseeing needs. But for a more relaxed trip and to really get to know the city, a week's stay will be much more suitable.

  • Where to stay?

    With public transport being so efficient, location depends on what you want your experience to be. If you want to be close to the main sights, then look for something in Altstadt. For a more modest budget, look in Ludwigsvorstadt near the Hauptbahnhof and the Oktoberfest grounds. Or if you're in the city for the nightlife, then Schwabing, Maxvorstadt, and the Gärtnerplatzviertel-Glockenbachviertel areas will be your best bet.

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    From March to May the temperatures are mild and the crowds are minimal. But if you're coming for Oktoberfest (late September through early October) plan accommodations well in advance, be prepared to pay more, and bring a jacket!

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What people are saying about Munich

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 17,261 reviews

I went solo on the morning tour with Geoff who was an excellent guide and really painted a picture of the history being discussed. Lots of walking which was great, and a small group. There were other solo travellers too if you’re keen to meet people. I wish I’d had time to do some of their other tours! Thanks for a very interesting tour.

Really wonderful evening with the Night Watchman on his rounds locking down the wall in Munich. Enjoyed learning about mid-evil Munich and seeing the sights. Wolfgang is a fantastic guide and really knows the history, plus he is very entertaining and enthusiastic about the tour. Highly recommend the tour.

El tour es muy interesante y aunque triste. Creo que el tiempo es perfecto, ni muy poco ni demasiadisimo peor lo mejor es el tour guide Marcin, increible su conocimiento y capacidad de story telling. Nos encantó

Keith did a good job of telling us the history of the camp memorial and how it came to be established. He was a good balance of engaging and respectful, and answered questions well

Wonderful!!! Excellent and informative and entertaining!