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Night Watchman's Rounds Through Munich

1. Night Watchman's Rounds Through Munich

In the late hours of the evening, join the costumed night watchman on his rounds of Munich's old town. Immerse yourself in a lovely and mysterious long-forgotten world and experience the history of the city firsthand. The night watchman is much more than just a tour guide with a lantern in his hand. When the denizens of Munich sleep, the night watchman must maintain peace and order in the alleyways and darkened corners of the city. He knows all the winds of the maze of the city and is the trusted bearer of dark stories and clandestine societies. He disdains the modern era, chastises the guests when they don't know about the patron saints of the city, but is always happen to answer when someone asks, "Why does one need so many taps here in Munich?" His response: "For the beer!" The night watchman shepherds his flock at Marktplatz, yet he so scorns the lively nightlife gathering after 21:00 - law-abiding citizens are in bed by then! Head to St. Peter's Church and take a look at the tops of the towers - the night watchman will explain why they stand askew. On the south side, see the old churchyard and hear stories from the gravestones: funeral customs and epitaphs, decomposing corpses and missing church pews. At the tower of the Altes Rathaus on the historic "Salzstraße," the old Stadttor comes to life and complains of its rebuilding in the '70s. Here, he questions visitors' piety. Patron saints holy Onuphrius and Henry the Lion will protect the people from sudden death. Continue past the torture chamber and prison to the Alter Hof, built by Louis II. Learn why this ruler was regarded as so harsh, how the House of Wittelsbach came to Munich and from where the Zwingerstock's name came. Follow the city walls from the 12th century and head west from Wasserburg. At Gruftgasse, hear Alois tell the spooky story of Waller in Walchensee, of the young lady and her golden ring. And in the Schäfflergasse, learn why wine, rather than beer was the drink of choice in the Middle Ages. At the cathedral, set your sights higher to the symbols of the city, the two towers. Hear about the rich widow's epitaph and Fanny von Ickstatt's unlucky fall from the north tower of the Frauenkirche as the tour of the inner city draws to a close. Then continue to Promenadeplatz with the old "Salzstadel". Pass the Palais Porcia and Palais Holstein as the night watchman tells the story of the sovereign lord Karl Albrecht, who had the palaces built for his mistress. At the Salvatorkirche, learn about the enormous host desecration and about the love story of Henriette Adelaide, the consort of electoral prince Ferdinand Maria, at the "Theatinerkreuzgang." After 10 years, the long sought-after heir to the throne was born, at which point the Theatine Church was built. Finally, the night watchman lets his herd loose into the night to continue his rounds.

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Munich: Spooky Tour of Old Town in German

2. Munich: Spooky Tour of Old Town in German

Munich does not only offer vibrant life full of light and atmosphere, but also a different, darker side. On this city tour, you explore the uncanny places of the northern Old Town, between the posh Kreuzviertel district with its Promenade Square and the aristocratic Graggenau district with the world famous Wittelsbacher residence. The tour starts at the Frauenkirche, where you meet the devil himself right in the beginning. Learn how he, trying to impede the building of the cathedral, duped himself and left the infamous devil's footprint. But that's not all: Hear about a spooky encounter with a ghost wearing a pointed cap on the cemetery, a cold-hearted scrooge on the Promenade Square and the fat ghost of the gate Maxtor. Probably the most eerie spot of the tour is the tower Jungfernturm, where atrocious screams from those tortured to death were supposedly overheard. Look out for the spooky spots in the city center, meet devils, demons, heretics and the doomed and find places, at which horrifying crimes took place and where alleged witches sighed out their soul. Whether you are a long-established inhabitant of Munich or a newcomer, a tourist on a short visit or staying in the city for longer, young or old – this tour offers something to everyone. Because of the spooky contents, the tour is recommended for participants 12 years and up.

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Third Reich & WWII Tour Walking Tour

3. Third Reich & WWII Tour Walking Tour

Take a 2-hour walking tour of Munich to discover one of the darkest moments in the city’s history, learning of the birth of Nazism, the rise of Hitler, and the infamous Third Reich. In 1919, Germany was emerging from World War I as a defeated and humiliated nation, with Munich in the grips of hyperinflation and Bavaria dominated by revolution and assassination. Out of this fertile soil of chaos rose the Nazi movement, and one of history’s most powerful dictators, Adolf Hitler. Follow the inception of Nazism, from the first mass meeting at the Hofbräuhaus to the failed attempt to seize power at the Feldherrenhalle. You will go to the site of party rallies at Königsplatz, and stop in the Hofgarten to talk about The White Rose Resistance Movement. The tour covers all the important facts and sites that played a role in the origin of this dark chapter, which ended with the beautiful city of Munich in ruins and the second world war cutting deep wounds across Deutschland.

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From Munich: Small-Group Dachau Memorial Guided Tour

4. From Munich: Small-Group Dachau Memorial Guided Tour

After meeting your guide in Marienplatz, take an S-bahn train to Dachau Bahnhof and then a short bus ride to the memorial site. On the way, learn about the rise of the Nazi Party throughout the 1920s up to Adolf Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor in 1933. Hear about the introduction of concentration camps and the role Dachau played as a model for other camps. Start a guided tour of all the areas and buildings open to the public. Visit the SS training facility, the bathhouse, and the main gate with the infamous ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ slogan. See the perimeter fence, several religious memorials, and the bunker, which acted as a prison within the camp. Your guide will explain the methods of torture and punishments used in the camp, and the various medical experiments carried out on prisoners. Hear what daily life was like for prisoners and their guards. Learn about Georg Elser, the man who almost killed Hitler and was executed at Dachau. Visit the former gas chamber and crematorium. Watch a short color film of Dachau in the hours following its liberation, and hear about what happened afterwards. You will then walk back to the visitor center and start the return journey back to Munich.

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Munich: Haunted City Exploration Game and Tour

5. Munich: Haunted City Exploration Game and Tour

Discover Munich by following clues and solving puzzles while exploring Marienplatz, Frauenkirche, and other haunted places. Using an interactive city exploration app on your phone, follow a step-by-step guide to the cursed buildings and monuments of Munich whilst listening to stories about these horrific locations. Solve each clue to unlock the next destination and wander around the city streets visiting some of the most iconic landmarks including Marienplatz, St. Peter’s Church, and more. As you explore, discover the hidden legends and haunted tales, and listen to spine-tingling stories from start to finish. This tour is designed for travelers looking to see the city of Munich from a different perspective, and have an experience unlike any other. Along the way, you’ll find locations that even the locals don’t know about, and see sights you might have otherwise missed on a traditional tour experience. Benefit from the freedom to complete the tour at your own pace, and pause the game at any time. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own voucher. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

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From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Half-Day Trip

6. From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Half-Day Trip

Take a 5-hour tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, a place of memory and of education. To visit it can be a challenge, but also a deeply moving and memorable experience. A professional guide, trained and authorized by the Memorial site, will organize all travel arrangements, taking you on the return journey by train and bus from Munich. You will get a comprehensive tour of the entire area, including all the surviving original buildings, the museum exhibition center, and the cinema, which screens an English language documentary film. The guides are trained to convey often difficult and disturbing material to you with sensitivity, with dignity, with respect for the victims, and without recourse to cheap sensationalism.

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Munich: Viktualienmarkt 2-Hour Tour with Food Tastings

7. Munich: Viktualienmarkt 2-Hour Tour with Food Tastings

Enjoy regional and international specialties alike at the Viktualienmarkt in Munich. Tour the Viktualienmarkt and hear stories about the various market stalls. Find out more about the history of the market and its evolution over time, before enjoying the chance to sample a variety of culinary delights and enjoy the various delicacies. Enjoy a welcome drink at the Isartor, sample hearty sausage specialties, or munch on crispy country bread. Taste different types of beer with pretzels, fine cheeses, and Bavarian antipasti.

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Munich's Beer Halls and Breweries: 3-Hour Guided Tour

8. Munich's Beer Halls and Breweries: 3-Hour Guided Tour

Munich has long been hailed as the beer capital of the world and every year plays host to the uproarious party known as the Oktoberfest. Regardless of whether you can tell a pilsner from a lager, this guided tour of the city’s beer halls and breweries will satisfy your thirst for beer and your thirst for knowledge of Munich’s brew-making history and its famous beer. Led by a knowledgeable guide, your group will visit several traditional beer halls favored by Munich residents. Learn the secrets of making Weissbier, Munich’s traditional beer specially brewed in Munich’s oldest commercial brewery. Here you’ll also get to sample traditional German dishes. Finally, toast to your newly-acquired knowledge with a liter of beer at Hofbräuhaus, one of the city’s most popular beer halls. Enjoy two complimentary beers (0.5 liters each). Don't miss out on this beer tour of the beer capital!

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Munich City & English Garden Walking Tour in English

9. Munich City & English Garden Walking Tour in English

Pulsating with energy and commerce, yet charmingly wedded to its historic past, Munich is an exciting city to visit and a charming town to walk around. On this 2-hour tour with an expert guide you will be introduced to many of its major attractions and told about some of the city’s legends. Start at the large open square of Marienplatz, dominated by the Old and New Town Hall. Stroll through the inner city and see sites such as the Frauenkirche and the former royal palaces of the Munich Residenz. Along the way you will learn about the city’s colorful 850-year history, stopping at sites that have witnessed events of not just local, but worldwide interest. See some of its famous beer halls and move on to its green attraction, the massive English Garden. Larger than New York’s Central Park, you will walk among oak and maple trees and discover where people can surf, despite being 6 hours from the nearest sea!

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Munich: 3-Hour Culinary Nightwatch Tour

10. Munich: 3-Hour Culinary Nightwatch Tour

Enjoy an evening tour through Munich’s old town with a night watchman dressed in a historical costume as your guide. Travel through a long-forgotten world brimming with life and adventure as you experience the city's history first hand. The night watchman will meet you at Marktplatz. Shortly afterwards you’ll visit a quaint Munich tavern, where you can enjoy a hearty drink with meat and bread to gather strength for the tour. You’ll then explore the city, making sure to keep the alleys free from dishonorable folk. Along the way the night watchman will recall interesting stories from previous centuries. See St. Peter’s Church and hear stories about the cemetery including funerary customs, epitaphs, foul-smelling corpses, and missing church pews. Visit the Old Town Hall on the historic street Salzstraße and learn about the old city gate and the reconstruction of the spire in the 1970s. Passing by a torture chamber and prison, you’ll reach the Old Court. Following along the trail where the original city wall from the 12th century once stood, you will leave the moated castle and head west. Hear gruesome tales on Gruftgasse and explore Schäfflergasse, where you’ll find out that in medieval Munich, wine was the drink of choice, not beer. You can then admire the two towers of the Frauenkirche, one of the landmarks of the city. You’ll also pass by Promenadeplatz, Palais Portia, and Palais Holnstein along the way. Hear about the shocking host desecration at Salvatorkirche, while at the Theatine Church you will learn about the life of Henriette Adelaide, whose son made sure that the Theatine cloister was built. Finally you’ll return to the tavern and can end the evening in style with a hearty dessert and a nice drink.

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What people are saying about Munich

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This is a must see when you are in Munich. Our guide, Craig, explained the significance of the site and the memorials dedicated to those who went through Dachau. He was acutely aware of the suffering of the prisoners and helped his audience empathize with the events.

The guide was very knowledgeable, clear and generous with stories. I recommend the tour to anyone willing to listen and learn. Anyone visiting Germany should go on these tours even if you well know it’s history.

Very surreal experience touring the Dachau concentration camp. Really brings things back into reality.

Very informative and interesting. Great way to see dinner of the city's highlights too.

very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide, excellent tour