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Munich: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

1. Munich: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy the freedom to explore Munich your way with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour that brings you right outside important landmarks. Take in the view from the top deck and travel from Munich Central Station to Au-Haidhausen on the 1-hour Panoramic City Tour. Need more time? Get the 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off tickets. 1-Hour Panoramic City Tour:Jump on the Red Line for a 1-hour tour that's perfect for short trips. Start at Munich Central Station and admire picturesque views of the Frauenkirche and the New Town Hall near Marienplatz as you ride through the city. Listen to pre-recorded commentary available in 8 languages before arriving in the charming Bavarian village of Au-Haidhausen. Hop off the bus to explore this trendy area with old-school pubs. 24-Hour and 48-Hour Tickets:Gain access to two additional routes with the 24-hour and 48-hour Hop-on Hop-off tickets. Experience the Blue and Purple Line as you discover thriving areas of Munich. Head into the leafy, chic area of Schwabing-Freimann on the Blue Line. Once known as a distinguished artists' enclave, you can now wander the rows of boutiques and charming cafes. Head into Leopoldstrasse and visit the Alte Pinakothek art museum. Enjoy easy transportation to the Olympiapark on the Purple Line and hop off anytime along the way to find the Nymphenburg Palace. Listen to audio commentary as you go to learn about the history of these iconic sites.

Munich Residenz Concert

2. Munich Residenz Concert

The Residenz in the heart of Munich was the city palace, once the seat of the Dukes, Princes, and Kings of Bavaria. The extensive complex is the largest city palace in Germany and contains some of the most lavish interiors in Europe. With its art collections and treasury, it is without a doubt the most important cultural site in all of Bavaria. A particular highlight awaits you every Saturday and Thursday in the Munich Residenz. The Residenz Soloists, together with members of the Munich Philharmonic, give a concert in the Hofkapelle where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself once played. The concert program is changed weekly and offers masterpieces of the Baroque and Classical periods by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Haydn, and works produced by Mozart as a guest composer at the Bavarian court.

Passau: Veste Oberhaus Castle Entrance Ticket

3. Passau: Veste Oberhaus Castle Entrance Ticket

To start your tour, you will explore the extensive grounds of the Veste Oberhaus, which is located high above Passau and is one of the largest and at the same time best-preserved castle complexes in Europe. Then head inside the more than 800-year-old castle walls, where history comes alive in a unique way. Walk in the footsteps of the Passau prince bishops, who once resided in the rooms in which today the Oberhaus Museum presents exciting exhibitions from the Middle Ages to recent history. An absolute highlight is the visit to the newly opened observation tower with multimedia presentation on the multifaceted history of the castles and palaces in the Inn-Salzach-Dona region. A spectacular panoramic view of Passau and the surrounding area awaits you on the top platform. The new Veste Oberhaus app accompanies you on a virtual adventure tour "in the footsteps of knights and prince bishops" through the castle complex. For example, the former drawbridge comes back to life, a panoramic tour shows the most beautiful vantage points and the treasure hunt invites you to discover objects from ancient times at authentic sites. Finally, a visit to the Batterie Linde lookout point is recommended, from where you can enjoy the most beautiful view of the picturesque old town and the famous confluence of the Danube, Inn, and Ilz rivers.

Munich: Residenz Palace, Museum and Treasury Private Tour

4. Munich: Residenz Palace, Museum and Treasury Private Tour

Join this exclusive tour to explore the nooks and crannies of the Residenz, the largest palace complex in Germany, with a Licensed Guide. Step inside to admire the stunning interiors and learn about its former inhabitants. Visit the Residenz Museum, Treasury and Cuvilliés Theater and enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town. Choose a basic 2-hour option to see the highlights of the Residenz: the Palace, Museum, and Treasury. Follow in the footsteps of Bavarian kings, dukes, and electors who served in this royal residence from 1508 to 1918. Take a journey through the periods of Renaissance, to early Baroque, to Rococo, to Neoclassicism. Admire the lavish rooms and art collections that provide the distinguished taste and political ambition of the Wittelsbach dynasty. As a museum, the Residenz explores the ages of humanism, Counter-Reformation, the Enlightenment, the divine right of kings and constitutional monarchy. In the Treasury, you will find a remarkable collection of crown jewels, royal insignia, goldsmith's works, swords, goblets, and other expensive items. The 3-hour option includes a private car transfer between your accommodation in Munich and the Residenz. This solution is perfect when you don't want to walk too far or use public transport. After the tour, you will be driven back to the address provided when booking. Opt for the extended 3.5-hour to visit the Residenz and the Cuvilliés Theatre. Admire the opulence of the auditorium that Elector Maximilian Joseph III built as his new opera house. Hear about the lavish opera productions and the first performance of Mozart’s Idomeneo that premiered here. Explore also Hofgarten, the formal court gardens of the royal residence. See the Bavarian Government, Marstall Theater, and the Grand State Opera. The 5-hour tour also includes a walking tour of Munich’s Old Town. Take a stroll from the Residenz to Odeonsplatz to see the Feldherrnhalle monument and Theatine Church, and hear about the infamous Beer Hall Putsch that took place here. Step inside the proud Frauenkirche (Munich Cathedral) and hear the legend of its Devil's footprint. Follow your private guide to the city-center square Marienplatz to admire the magnificent New Town Hall as well as the Old Town Hall, Fish’s Fountain, and St. Peter’s Church, the oldest church in the city.

Munich Residenz: Private Tour with Artist Paul Riedel

5. Munich Residenz: Private Tour with Artist Paul Riedel

The Munich Residenz is more than a museum. This is the place where important events in Bavarian history actually took place. Tour the 139 rooms of this architectural marvel with a local artist, granting you a unique perspective on the history and setting. Enter the Munich Residenz with your private group and artist Paul Riedel. Hear about the early years of Munich's royal family, the Wittelsbachs. See where and how they lived. Wander the verdant garden of King Ludwig II while reflecting on the historical events that unraveled here. Your guide will present different paintings and explain their technical background in the Green Gallery, a real highlight of the residence. After touring the interior, learn about the exterior of the palace, which was nearly destroyed during WWII.

Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds: Entry Ticket

6. Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds: Entry Ticket

Visit the Documentation Center at the Nazi Party Rally Grounds, which are currently being remodeled. Explore an interim exhibition that provides a comprehensive picture of the history of the site and of the Nazi Party Rallies. The National Socialists held their Party Rallies in Nuremberg from 1933 to 1938. Even today, the remnants of the huge structures they built bear witness to how these propaganda shows were staged. Signboards dispersed throughout the Rally Grounds themselves – which spread across some 4 square kilometers or 1.5 square miles – explain the history of various local destinations in German and English.

Munich: Gala Concert in the Cuvilliés Theatre

7. Munich: Gala Concert in the Cuvilliés Theatre

Experience a concert by the Residenz soloists in one of the most beautiful and important Rococo theaters in Europe where Mozart’s Idomeneo was premiered and where Napoleon was a guest for a performance of Don Giovanni in 1806. The ensemble, consisting of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, performs selected masterpieces of classical music, leaving long-lasting impressions and wonderful memories for the audience.

Munich: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

8. Munich: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Learn the facts and legends of fascinating Munich city on a private walking tour. On one hand it’s a city full of history, on the other very modern and lively. See the highlights and learn from your professional guide. Start your 2 hour guided walking tour at the Marienplatz and admire the amazing New Town Hall, the golden statue Mariensäule and Altes Rathaus. Move toward St. Peter’s Church, the oldest church in the city with a huge observation tower. On the way you will also be able to spot St. Michael’s Church and visit Asamkirche with its beautiful paintings and ceilings. Explore more on the 3 hour option and visit Frauenkirche. It impresses all with its size and domed towers, also known for its legendary Devil's footprint. See the monumental gates of town at Sendlinger Tor and Karlsplatz, as well as Wittelsbach Fountain and then walk along the promenade. Extend to 4 hours and stroll down Bayerische Staatsoper, the exterior is just outstanding. Follow your guide to Odeonsplatz, pass the Residenz and explore Theatinerkirche. From the outside, the facade is plain in yellow, in Rococo style. It has an impressive interior with a high altar, sculptured columns, statues, and iconic stucco. On the 6 hour option you enter the top attraction - the Residenz. It includes Residenz Museum, Treasury and Theater. There you will see Ancestral Gallery, Porcelain Cabinet, Court Chapel and Royal Apartments, jewels and goldsmith's work, enamels, crystal objects and ivories and the marvelous auditorium of a theatre.

BambergCard: 3-Day, 9 Museum Discovery Pass

9. BambergCard: 3-Day, 9 Museum Discovery Pass

With the fantastic BambergCard, see the city's most interesting attractions for 3 days at a great price. Join Bamberg experts on a discovery tour of the town and experience the fascinating World Heritage Site. On a 2-hour tour, admire the significant monuments, works of art, and charming details. Visit as many of the 9 best museums in the town as you wish – with the large selection there is something to suit everyone. Learn everything about religion at the Diocesan Museum and literature enthusiasts can enjoy visiting E.T.A. Hoffmann's House. Immerse yourself in history at the Historical Museum or discover where jeans are made at the Levis Strauss Museum. Nature lovers can visit the Natural History Museum or the Gardener and Hackers Museum. See beautiful ceramics and tableware from the 18th century at the Ludwig Collection. You can easily visit these fascinating museums with any number of journeys in the entire route network of the Bamberg transport company and the surrounding area.

Munich: Evening Concert at Schleissheim Palace

10. Munich: Evening Concert at Schleissheim Palace

Experience a special evening of classical music at Schleissheim Palace. The palace attracts visitors with its picturesque Baroque gardens built by the elector Max Emanuel based on the model of the popular Versailles, in the hope of attaining imperial honor. In the magnificent setting, you can enjoy a classical concert with outstanding Residenz soloists and members of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Sit back and listen to the sounds of great master in the beautiful park of the palace. June 10 - 7:30 PM Mozart: Symphony No. 38 "Prager" in D major KV 504 Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Suite Schubert: "Unfinished" – Symphony No. 8 in B minor Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Residence Soloists June 17 - 7:30 PM Mozart: Symphony No. 35 "Haffner" in D major KV 385 Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Suite Mendelssohn: "Italian" – Symphony No. 4 in A major Gershwin: "Summertime" Residence Soloists June 29 - 7:30 PM Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 "Jeune home" Bizet: Carmen-Suite Andreas Skouras: Piano Residence Soloists July 15 - 7:30 PM Mozart: "Musical Fun" Mozart: Oboe Concerto Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Suite Brahms: Hungarian Dances Gershwin: "Summertime" Residence Soloists July 20 - 7:30 PM Mussorgski/Ravel: "Pictures at an Exhibition" Haydn: Symphony No. 104 "Londoner" Verdi: Rigoletto Paraphrase Gershwin: "Summertime" Andreas Skouras: Piano Residence Soloists August 4 - 7:30 PM Vivaldi: "Four Seasons" Pachelbel: Kanon Albinoni: Adagio Mozart: Serenade in G major KV 525 "A Little Night Music" Rossini: Serenade for Strings "Aria of Figaro" Residence Soloists September 9 - 7:30 PM Mozart: "Musical Fun" KV 522 Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor Brahms: Hungarian Dances Gershwin: "Summertime" Andreas Skouras: Piano Residence Soloists

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One hour concert goes quickly. The musicians were excellent and it was wonderful to listen to the program in such glorious surrounds of the Residenz Chapel. Note that there is no guide to meet you, just walk through the Lions Gate to the ticket office at tue entrance to the chapel where your tickets are waiting. Afterwards we went 20m to the Pfalzer Residenz Weistube, a wine bar in the courtyard of the Residenz, and had the famous pflammekuvhen. Recommend! Perfect evening.

Paul was so personable and fun to experience Munich. He’s been there for 40 years and seen a lot of changes. We enjoyed learning about the people, culture, and of course beer and food. He educated us on how to really taste beer properly so we can appreciate all the flavor nuance. Two thumbs up for our time spent with Paul.

Marianne was great and modified the tour so we focused on what we wanted. She helped us figure out how to see additional sights on Berlin, including taking us on the Metro to the art museum and coordinating a different pick up location with the driver.

Bamberg Card booked online. Definitely print it out! 2-hour guided tour factual and very informative. The interior of the cathedral is not visited. Museums- The exhibits explained briefly and precisely Diezösanmuseum- The madness- a must!!

Easy to find . The venue was so true to the performance and knowing that Mozart had played there well I rest my case