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Alter Hof, Munich

Alter Hof, Munich: Our most recommended tours and activities

Munich: Night Watchman's Rounds Guided Tour in German

1. Munich: Night Watchman's Rounds Guided Tour in German

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 happy 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 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.

Munich: Immersive Middle Ages Tour with Night Watchman

2. Munich: Immersive Middle Ages Tour with Night Watchman

Experience cemeteries and interrogations, silver pennies and executions as you step back to the Middle Ages. Meet Wolfram, your night watchman guide in the central square of Marienplatz. They'll be carrying a lantern, halberd and horn to help immerse you in the world of medieval Munich. Walk with your group to Munich's 12th century city wall, and learn about the executions and beheadings of the middle ages. Smell incense in the ancient remains of St. Peter's church, and learn about the punishments for bad bakers at Metzgerzeile. Witness the closing of the Talburg Gate and a fight with a halberd. Learn about the terrifying torture techniques used in medieval prisons. You'll also explore the city's castle and the Schwabinger Gate, as you discover the fascinating and gruesome history of middle age Munich.

Munich: 3-Hour Pedicab Tour of Old Town and English Garden

3. Munich: 3-Hour Pedicab Tour of Old Town and English Garden

Enjoy a fun and unique tour experience as you explore Munich in a Pedicab. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way. Visit the top highlights of Munich's old town and enjoy the beauty of the English Garden. See the Marienplatz and the New Town Hall and admire its neo-Gothic style. Discover the first castle in Munich, the Alter Hof, and head to the colorful Viktualienmarket. Stop by the old Munich city wall and gates, the world famous Hofbräuhaus, and the Hard-Rock Café. Learn about the Opernplatz with the National Theater and Maximiliansstrasse, and admire the beautiful inner courtyards of the Wittelsbacher Residenz. Ride through the baroque courtyard garden of the Residenz with the Hofgarten temple and Bavarian State Chancellery, before you enter the beautiful English Garden with a visit of the Japanese tea house, the Monopteros, and the Chinese tower.

Munich: Walking Tour with the Bavarian Night Watchman

4. Munich: Walking Tour with the Bavarian Night Watchman

Meet your Bavarian night watchman guide, clad in his white and blue doublet, and diamond flag, and follow the light of his lantern through Munich’s dark alleyways. Learn about Munich’s famous sights at night from your Bavarian guide. Enjoy the Bavarian dialect and humor as you discover the spot where executions used to take place and the first brewery in town. Visit St. Mary's Square with its town hall and the St. Mary's Column. See the medieval cemetery, the Church of Saint Peters, and the spot where Munich’s first city wall once stood.  Learn the stories of the city’s dungeon and the first residence of the Wittelsbach family, with its famous Monkey Tower. Take in the history of the 15th-century Frauenkirche, Munich's Gothic cathedral.

Munich: Customized Private Tour

5. Munich: Customized Private Tour

Discover the most important sights of the old town of Munich and take a trip through time from its origins to today with exciting and insightful anecdotes and stories. Wander down the classic route through the old town from Marienplatz, past St. Peter's Church and Viktualienmarkt to the Hofbräuhaus then further to the Alter Hof, past the Munich Residence to Odeonsplatz. Alternatively, follow your own wishes to see other highlights, with themes such as "Sayings and Myths," "Notable Nobility" or "Life in the Middle Ages." Should you prefer a tour through greenery, let your guide show you the English Garden along the Isar. Alternatively, head off the beaten path for a discovery tour of the Haidhausen, Schwabing or the colorful and lively Glockenbachviertel neighborhoods. Enjoy a city tour tailored directly to your individual wishes and interests and at a start time of your choice.

Munich: Highlights of the Old Town Tour

6. Munich: Highlights of the Old Town Tour

Embark on a journey to explore Munich's most important sights. Begin in Marienplatz, the former market square, and hear stories about the Marian Column and the New Town Hall with its carillon. Make a stop at the Old Peter, which is the oldest church in Munich's Old Town. Stroll to the Viktualienmarkt with its diverse culinary delights. At the Platzl, learn interesting anecdotes about the Hofbräuhaus. Continue on to Alter Hof, the former residence of the family Wittelsbach. Take a look at the imposing towers of the Frauenkirche and then head towards the new residence. Listen to the interesting and exciting anecdotes about the fortunes of the Wittelsbach family. The tour ends at Odeonsplatz, with a wonderful view of the Ludwigsstraße and the magnificent Theatinerkirche.

Munich in Riddles: Tour and Interactive Game

7. Munich in Riddles: Tour and Interactive Game

Experience a city tour unlike any other and discover the city of Munich in a playful and innovative way. Learn more about the city's history and the meaning of monsters at the Mariensäule. Hear whether there really used to be monkeys in the city and debunk so many local myths. Walk from the wonderful Marienplatz past the Frauenkirche and Alter Hof - the residence of the Wittelsbachs - to St. Peter's Church and the Viktualienmarkt as you enjoy the rich history and amusing anecdotes.

Munich: Private Highlights Tour by Car for 2/3/4 Hours

8. Munich: Private Highlights Tour by Car for 2/3/4 Hours

Make the most of your time in Munich with a personalized tour of its hotspots in the company of a private guide. Visit sites as old as Karlstor and as recent as the New Town Hall. Choose between 2, 4, and 6-hour options to customize your experience and see all the places you wish to. Meet your driver and guide at your accommodation and head out to explore the city by car. By having another person as a driver, your tour guide can focus fully on telling you about each area, planning your preferred route, and checking if you’d like to stop and walk around. The 2-hour tour will give you a panoramic drive, while the 4-hour and 6-hour options offer a combination of a walk around the city center and a drive to sights outside of it. Drive by world-famous locations, like the beautiful Nymphenburg Palace or the English Garden. Stretch your legs at areas like the Marienplatz to find historical gems that are worth seeing up close. Deepen your understanding of Munich’s past as you pass the Old Town Hall, the Hofbräuhaus, or Odeonsplatz. Marvel at the spectacular New Town Hall and some of the city's churches. Seize the opportunity to shop for souvenirs or grab some refreshments with at least two breaks in each tour. With the longer tour options, you can even see the Olympic Stadium, BMW World, BMW Museum, or the Allianz Arena. Let your guide know what your main interests are and create your own route.

Munich: The Beginning of Art and Culture Walking Tour

9. Munich: The Beginning of Art and Culture Walking Tour

Discover Munich's art and culture scene with a guided walking tour of the Old Town. Get up close and personal with the origins of contemporary art in the city, while viewing beautiful and iconic places such as the Theatinerkirche, Asam Church, the Royal Residence, and Hofgarten. Find out all about the first impressions of contemporary art in the city of Munich. Meet your guide in Old Town and enjoy a leisurely stroll. Ask any questions and have interesting discussions while viewing iconic places. As you walk, hear exciting stories about Munich and its history, get exclusive tips about what to do in the city, and sink deeper into the origins of art. Witness the development of the city through its architecture and artistic expressions. Enjoy many stops for unforgettable photos, and begin to understand how the city was reconstructed from the rubble of WWII.

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What people are saying about Alter Hof, Munich

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 127 reviews

What a great way to see Munich…we had a wonderful bike/guide Falk…he was terrific. He knew the history of the places we visited, stopped for photo taking…our three hours went by so fast! Wish we’d had even more time to keep on the tour. We saw every place we hoped to see. Can’t recommend him or this company any higher!

Our pedicab tour was the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Munich. We got great up-front views of historic sites and beautiful scenery. Our guide was very knowledgeable, easy-going, and funny.

Entertaining and interesting tour! The night watchman spoke very sympathetically! Would I book again!

A quick and easy way to see the major sites of Munich. Very thorough and informative.

Very friendly, very spontaneous, interactive travel agent Elsbeth.