If you were to imagine Germany, you are more than likely thinking about Munich.
Steins of beer? Lederhosen? Oompah music? Alpine excursions and fairy tale castles? All of these ubiquitous images are intrinsically linked to the capital of Bavaria.
Known as “Millionendorf” to the locals (village of a million people), it is very easy to forget that you are in Germany’s third largest city. Although Munich is famed for its beer halls and Oktoberfest celebrations, it still manages to give off an air of tranquility not found in most major cities. It is fair to say that this is a peaceful place that also happens to know how to throw a really good party.
Munich’s beautiful eclectic architecture and stunning green spaces have also given rise to its anglicized nickname ‘Toytown’. This is no doubt due to the stunning townhouses, the breath-taking Nymphenburg Palace, or the famous Frauenkirche in its centre. The famed cuckoo clocks and glockenspiels of the city only add to this image of picturesque, story book beauty.
Located in the south of the country, Munich is perfectly placed for day trips. The Bavarian Alps can be seen from high points throughout the city, and the wonders of Salzburg are less than 2 hours away. It is also the perfect place to be located if you are planning on visiting the fairy tale Nueswanstein Castle. Ludwig II’s over the top country home served as the inspiration for Cinderella’s Disney castle, and if you take the option of a carriage ride around the grounds, it certainly feels like a magical kingdom.
Historically, Munich has enough on offer to please even the most studious of traveller. With over 80 museums and 40 galleries there is something for everyone. Whether you choose to spend your day amongst the sculptures of the Glypothek, or the collections of the Lenbachhous, you will not be disappointed.
Munich does not try to hide its past, and as the centre of the onset of Nazism in the 1930’s, there is plenty to explore for anyone interested in WWII and the rise of Hitler. The NZ Dokuzentrum is a fascinating museum dedicated to the rise of National Socialism and a short trip north of the city will take you to the sombre memorials of Dachau. No other city played as large a role in one of the darkest moments in European history, and Munich deals with this weight in an incredibly thought provoking way.
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For many, the main draw of Munich is of course it’s famed beer and lively Oktoberfest celebrations. As the home of lager, and still bound by laws to ensure purity (which date back over 500 years), it truly is a centre of beer creation and appreciation. When Oktoberfest is in progress, the city springs to life amid drinking and dancing. With its 2000 person beer tents, you are almost certainly bound to make new friends.
Munich truly has something for everyone, so whether you are looking to explore Hitler’s rise, revel in beautiful art, bask in the glow of the world’s beer mecca or just use it as a jumping off point for trips to Vienna, Nuremburg or the Alps, we can’t wait to see you.
Visit Munich and discover why it’s world-renowned for its marvelous museums and amazing architecture. Whether you’re visiting Munich for the first time or looking to learn more about the city’s landmarks, our local guides will take you on a remarkable adventure.
We highly recommend our Munich Classic City Segway Tour (4 hours), which takes you to all the sites you’ve heard about such as the Jewish Museum and Friedensengal, as well as hidden spots off the beaten path.
Explore the city at a pace that’s perfect for you with bike and Segway tour options that let you spend anywhere from two and a half to four hours sightseeing in Munich. Our tours will help you efficiently cover ground so you can explore the city and spend more time at each location.
For those short on time, we recommend the Munich Mini Segway Tour (2.5 hours), which allows you to glide across the city and hit highlights such as Hofgarten, Königsplatz, and Englischer Garten. If you have time to spare, our Munich City Bike Tour (4 hours) is the way to go. This relaxing ride through Munich covers all the major sites as well as hidden gems often missed by most visitors.
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