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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 coach 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, of his turbulent times and of the obsession that drove him to build his fantasy castle in the mountains and ultimately destroyed him. 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 enter this amazing fantasy world.

From Munich: Small-Group Dachau Memorial Guided Tour

5. 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.

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.

Third Reich & WWII Tour Walking Tour

7. 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.

Munich: Oktoberfest 2022 Ticket, Tour, Lunch and Drinks

8. Munich: Oktoberfest 2022 Ticket, Tour, Lunch and Drinks

Experience Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival on this guided tour. Get an entry ticket that not only allows you to access the Hofbräu-Festzelt party tent but guarantees seating at one of its tables. Enjoy walking around with your guide and fellow beer lovers, ride the Ferris wheel, eat lunch, drink beers, and have a blast. Meet your guide and fellow partygoers in the center of Munich to begin this beer feast. Take the metro to Oktoberfest to have the best day of your life. Don't worry; what happens in Oktoberfest stays in Oktoberfest.  Get access to all areas in the world's biggest party with your newfound drinking buddies. Experience the electric atmosphere of Bavaria's traditional beer culture. Hop from tent to tent, enjoy 2 liters of the finest German beer, and take a ride on the Ferris wheel. Drink, dance, and cheer beer with the locals. Feeling hungry? No worries - tuck into a chicken lunch. This beer festival is right up your street if you enjoy drinking, dancing, and meeting easy-going people. 

Munich: Old Town & Viktualienmarkt City Walk in German

9. 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.

Romantic Road and Rothenburg from Munich

10. 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.

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 16,809 reviews

Michelle was an excellent guide! It rained in the morning, which made the trip up to the castle a little more challenging than normal, but Michelle did a great job adapting. The castles and the views are as expected, awe inspiring and majestic, but it was the tour, and especially Michelle, that made it a wonderfully, memorable day.

Alex was such a great guide..he was friendly and informative and I learned about the city amd about Hitler's movement..it went great with the dacha tour.

Our tour guide Wolfgang was amazing, he was so knowledgeable and insightful. The tour was a great introduction to the city, would recommend!

Professional tour guide Comfortable tour bus Very smooth schedule Thank you

Our guide was amazing, and the beer was wonderful.