10.5 - 11 hour(s)
If you had to describe Munich tourism with only three words, they would be “art, beer, and castles.” The Bavarian capital’s name comes from an old word that means “by the monks,” which refers to the site of the city being an old Benedictine monastery, which soon grew into the historic Old Town of Munich. Today the city is a cultural center and one of the fastest-growing cities in Germany, and its museums and attractions, Oktoberfest and pubs, and its historical sites all contribute to it being a great tourist destination. Book our 2015 tours and activities to jump into the Munich adventure.
Jump on a hop on hop off tour of Munich and go sightseeing across the city in your own time. Visit the main attractions of the city, like the Pintakotheken art museums, the Hofbrauhaus, the National Theater with the Royal Palace, and the colorful Viktualien market. Go forward in time as you see the BMW Museum, BMW Car World, and Sea Life at the Olympic Grounds. Grab a spectacular of the city from atop the Olympic Tower, a 291-meter tall observation tower built for the 1972 Summer Olympics, with a revolving restaurant, an observation deck, and a rock and roll museum.
Take our castles of Munich tour and visit the Royal Castles Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, designed by the “Swan King” Ludwig II. Move on to Linderhof Castle, a German structure in the rococo style of France, inspired by Versailles and surrounded by beautiful gardens. Stop by the quaint village of Oberammergau, where you can go shopping and take photos. Afterwards, enter Castle Neuschwanstein and experience the so-called castle of the fairy-take king, the inspiration of Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty castle.
Take a stroll into the darker side of the city’s history and learn about Munich under the Third Reich and the Resistance. Go on a combination bus and walking tour to different locations that in their time contributed to the rise of the National Socialist Party, which has its origins in Munich. Also see some of the places where the German Resistance began, including the “White Rose” intellectual resistance group which started in the University of Munich with a philosophy professor and his students, and who are now among the greatest heroes of Germany.
Immerse yourself in Munich and its beer with an excursion to the Paulaner brewery, where you can explore the city’s unique heritage as the city of beers, breweries, beer festivals, and beer gardens. Learn more about the beer and its creation from master brewers, who follow the original Bavarian Reinheitsgebot, or “Order of Purity,” the oldest food law in Europe, having been created in 1516. After your guided tour, enjoy the beer whose history you’ve just gone through, and a light snack.