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Munich: Gala Concert in the Cuvilliés Theatre

1. 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: Concert in the Court Chapel of the Residenz

2. Munich: Concert in the Court Chapel of the Residenz

The Baroque Court Chapel of the Wittelsbach family was once the wedding chapel of Ludwig I. It is one of the jewels of the Munich Residenz. Here Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed frequently with his early piano concertos and the Missa brevis. The Court Chapel itself is primarily known for its wonderful acoustics. Hear the amazing acoustics for yourself and attend a concert in the Chapel.

Munich 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

3. Munich 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Explore the vibrant city of Munich in an active way. On this 3-hour guided bike tour you will learn many interesting stories about the history of the city. The bike allows you to quickly and easily reach the famous sights in the city. Take in the special atmosphere of the city as you cycle together through Munich’s streets and listen to your guide’s interesting stories. During the tour you will make a stop at the Hofbräukeller beer garden. Enjoy a cold beer before you continue cycling along the Isar River. The bike ride takes you along Marienplatz, past the Hofbräuhaus, and down Maximilianstrasse, through Königsplatz, past the Pinakothek der Moderne, through Schwabing, and to the English Garden. At the end, the tour returns to the starting point.

Munich Highlights by Segway 3-Hour Tour

4. 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.

Munich: Classical Concert Recital in Max-Joseph-Hall

5. Munich: Classical Concert Recital in Max-Joseph-Hall

The best things come in small packages! With wonderful stucco works and crystal chandeliers inside, Max's Joseph Hall is for many a small pearl in the residence and forms the perfect frame for classical concerts. Live chamber music also helps animate the intimate character of the space. The Munich Residence served as the seat of government and residence of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings from 1508 to 1918. What began in 1385 as a castle in the north-eastern corner of the city (the Neuveste, or new citadel), was transformed by rulers over the centuries into a magnificent palace, its buildings and gardens extending further and further into the town. The rooms and art collections span a period that begins with the Renaissance, and continues via the early Baroque and Rococo epochs to Neoclassicism. Here you can bear witness to the discriminating taste and the political ambition of the Wittelsbach dynasty.

Munich Residenz Concert

6. 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.

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

7. 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 City: Marienplatz and English Garden Walking Tour

8. Munich City: Marienplatz and English Garden Walking Tour

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 tour, you will be introduced to many of the city's major attractions and told about some of it’s legends from your guide. 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.

Munich Residenz: Master Concert in the Hercules Hall

9. Munich Residenz: Master Concert in the Hercules Hall

Experience a special evening concert devoted to famous artists of classical music. The concert features masterpieces by Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi, and Bach in the impressive Hercules Hall of the Munich Residenz. The Hercules Hall was originally the throne room of Louis I and was built after the reconstruction as a concert hall. It served as a substitute for Klenze’s destroyed Odeon and was the most important concert hall in Munich up until the opening of the Philharmonic Hall in Gasteig. It got its name from the tapestries on the wall that depict the legend of Hercules and were commissioned by Albrecht V in 1556. With a new concert series, the renowned "Residenz Soloists" want to offer a stage in the cultural capital of Munich to the young, international rising stars of symphony. Under the title of "Star Concerts," these young, passionate talents play an ambitious and diverse program of selected masterworks, symphonies, solo evenings, and gems of chamber music in the Hercules Hall. March 23 - 7:30 PM Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" in E-flat major Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 "New World" Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Residence Soloists May 4 - 7:30 PM Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 "Fate" in C minor Verdi: Rigoletto Paraphrase Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major "Coronation Concerto" Andreas Skouras: Piano & Residence Soloists November 24 - 7:00 PM Vivaldi: Double-Concerto "The Winter" Albinoni: Oboe Concerto Haydn: Trumpet Concerto Händel: "Water Music" Trumpet Gala

Munich: Residenz Palace, Museum and Treasury Private Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Munich Residenz

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The tour around Monaco was amazing! The guide (a guy from Bressanone) speaks German and Italian VERY well!! The guide was very kind and the stories about Monaco were so interesting! Absolutely recommended! Cesare Bek

Concert was moved to another location in the palace complex due to heating issues in the chapel. The new location was another chapel within the complex. We should have been notified of this change in locationl.

Our guide Gabrielle was very friendly and informative recommend

Wonderful venue and performance. Great way to kickstart 2023.

nice experience in a nice environment! we liked it a lot!