Things to do in Bavaria

Our most recommended things to do in Bavaria

From Munich: Small-Group Dachau Memorial Guided Tour

1. From Munich: Small-Group Dachau Memorial Guided Tour

After meeting your guide in Marienplatz, take an S-bahn train to Dachau Bahnhof and then a short bus ride to the memorial site. On the way, learn about the rise of the Nazi Party throughout the 1920s up to Adolf Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor in 1933. Hear about the introduction of concentration camps and the role Dachau played as a model for other camps. Start a guided tour of all the areas and buildings open to the public. Visit the SS training facility, the bathhouse, and the main gate with the infamous ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ slogan. See the perimeter fence, several religious memorials, and the bunker, which acted as a prison within the camp. Your guide will explain the methods of torture and punishments used in the camp, and the various medical experiments carried out on prisoners. Hear what daily life was like for prisoners and their guards. Learn about Georg Elser, the man who almost killed Hitler and was executed at Dachau. Visit the former gas chamber and crematorium. Watch a short color film of Dachau in the hours following its liberation, and hear about what happened afterwards. You will then walk back to the visitor center and start the return journey back to Munich.

Augsburg: Walking Tour with Fuggerei and Golden Hall Entry

2. Augsburg: Walking Tour with Fuggerei and Golden Hall Entry

Explore Augsburg's rich history on a guided walking tour of its main attractions. Visit the Golden Hall in the town hall and the Fuggerei — the world's oldest social settlement — and stop by many UNESO World Heritage Sites. Learn about the city's famous personalities, including Mozart and Brecht. Stroll through the city center and the charming streets of the old town. Pass by several UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Lech canals and magnificent fountains, including the ornate 16th-century Augustus Fountain. Explore the city and the traces of its famous personalities, such as the Fugger family — a German upper bourgeois family that was historically a prominent group of European bankers – as well as Mozart, whose father was born in Augsburg, and Brecht.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

3. From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

Discover one of Bavaria's most scenic landscapes on this tour from Munich by train and van. Marvel at the stature and delicate architecture of Neuschwanstein Castle standing proud atop a hill and surrounded by forested mountains. See the sprawling valley from the foot of the castle walls and learn about its history from your guide along a walking tour of the grounds. Located 2 hours from Munich, the enchanting old-world town of Füssen lies in the foothills of the Alps, framed by one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the world. Towering far above the village, seemingly sculpted out of the very mountains that rise magnificently to the heavens, is a sight made from the stuff of dreams: the fabulous and ethereal Neuschwanstein Castle. This glorious folly was built in the 19th-Century by the famed "mad" King Ludwig II, a man intoxicated by mythology and who himself became a legend. The shimmering white towers of the castle among the clouds are instantly recognizable to many who haven’t ever heard the name Neuschwanstein. It is the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle and is famous the world over as the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang castle. To visit it is to step inside a fairy tale. On this full-day tour from Munich, your guide will take you by train or bus and accompany you uphill to the castle’s lofty perch, where it sits gleaming above a spectacular panorama of mountains, lakes, and valleys. It’s not just about the castle – it’s also about its wonderful location. You will go to the best vantage points and explore the lake. If time and weather permits, you can even enjoy a swim. Get postcard-perfect views of the equally beautiful Hohenschwangau Castle, the waterfall gorge, and the stunning Marienbrücke Bridge, suspended high above it all. While you are marveling at the beauty, your guide will tell you the engaging story of King Ludwig’s renowned and tragic reign, his turbulent times, and of the obsession that drove him to build his fantasy castle in the mountains that ultimately destroyed him. If you choose to purchase a ticket on the day, skip the long lines for the separate internal tour of the king’s private chambers by a specialist castle guide. The tour is the most practical way to admire this amazing fantasy world.

Nuremberg: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

4. Nuremberg: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

The prosperous city of Nuremberg provided the ideal basis for an active cultural and intellectual life, as well as a lively arts scene. Even today, numerous buildings, monuments and artworks still reflect the city's former importance. Your guide will provide information and insights on the churches, castle, and fountains you see, as well as on the city itself, past and present. You will also visit the Main Market Square.

Bamberg 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

5. Bamberg 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Explore Bamberg and see more than 2,400 historic buildings, picturesque winding streets, and medieval churches that make the town a work of art. Bamberg was awarded its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 – and not without reason. Enjoy a walking tour of the town and experience the successful combination of impressive architecture and Baroque town houses for yourself. See just how unique Bamberg is on an extensive tour. Feel the magic of the past as you stroll through the town and admire the Cathedral, churches, and monasteries as well as beautiful bridges, narrow streets, wide squares, half-timbered houses, and Baroque facades. See the Old Court, the New Residenz, the Rose Garden, and “Little Venice.”

Passau: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

6. Passau: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the history and architecture of Passau on this guided walking tour of the Old Town. Navigate through charming narrow alleys to uncover hidden gems. Enjoy the vibrant colors of the Höllgasse Artists Alley.Meet your guide at the docks and begin your walking adventure. Stroll over the brightly painted cobblestones in the Höllgasse Artists Alley and capture a picture of this unique space. Pass by the ornate clock tower of the Town hall and view the murals of knights in armor on its grand façade.Follow your guide to the banks of the mighty Inn River. Pass through the narrowest alley in town before arriving at the back of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Listen as your guide tells you the story behind this baroque cathedral which towers at a height of 100 meters.Get local recommendations for lunch, which museums to visit, and where to get the best ice cream in town before bidding your guide farewell.

From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Half-Day Trip

7. From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Half-Day Trip

Take a 5-hour tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, a place of memory and of education. To visit it can be a challenge, but also a deeply moving and memorable experience. A professional guide, trained and authorized by the Memorial site, will organize all travel arrangements, taking you on the return journey by train and bus from Munich. You will get a comprehensive tour of the entire area, including all the surviving original buildings, the museum exhibition center, and the cinema, which screens an English language documentary film. The guides are trained to convey often difficult and disturbing material to you with sensitivity, with dignity, with respect for the victims, and without recourse to cheap sensationalism.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Premium Tour

8. From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Premium Tour

Take a scenic ride to the castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof with skip-the-line entry. Experience the lush beauty of the German countryside and learn the history of the area from your local guide. In the morning, travel in comfort from Munich to Linderhof Palace for a guided tour. Discover the history of the castle before continuing to the picturesque town of Oberammergau. Explore the village and hear about traditional crafts from the local woodcarvers. At noon, head along the Romantische Straße (Romantic Road) to Neuschwanstein Castle. Stop for lunch (not included) on arrival or go directly to the Marienbrücke bridge. In the afternoon, explore Neuschwanstein Castle, before a relaxing ride back to Munich.

Würzburg: Sightseeing Train Tour

9. Würzburg: Sightseeing Train Tour

Explore the historic city of Würzburg on a picturesque sightseeing train. Enjoy a ride through the city center, departing from the Würzburg Residence. Pass the Cathedral, travel along the river Main, and see Marienberg Castle. Enjoy panoramic views of the sights from the comfort of your seat. In addition, learn more about the history of the city and uncover its secrets and legends from your informative audio-guide. During this tour, you will be able to see all of the city's highlights in just 40 minutes and afterwards, explore the city at your own pace.

Munich Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 1-Day or 2-Day Ticket

10. Munich Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 1-Day or 2-Day Ticket

Embark on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Munich and learn about the city with an onboard audio guide. Admire city highlights, including the fourth-largest chimes in the world, the full-body relic of the Holy Munditia, and the historic Old Town. Choose from three different routes to suit your preferences and interests. On sunny days, benefit from an open-top upper deck and feel the sunshine on your face. Hop on and off as you please, or stay on board for fascinating explanations from your audio guide, offered in ten different languages. Choose from three routes: the City Tour, the Nymphenburg Olympic Park tour, and the Schwabing tour, with each route taking one hour. Pass important sights, such as Nymphenburg Palace, Olympic Park, the English Garden, the historic Old Town, Odeonsplatz, Marienplatz, and more.

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This was a fun easy excursion from Salzburg. The salt mine tour guide only spoke German. We were given audio devices to hear the tour in English. I could tell we were missing a lot by not understanding the live tour guide. The tour included a mine train and two slides as well as a funicular. At the end of the tour we were taken to Berchtesgaden for lunch. The round trip took a little more than 5 hours. My only complaint is that the GetYourGuide directions to the meeting point were wrong. We luckily figured it out before we missed the bus. I am sure GetYourGuide would blame the tour company and visa versa. My point is that someone needs to own the problem and correct it. The directions in app need to be accurate.

Had a wonderful day at Salzburg. Elisabeth was a great guide. She shared the most fascinating facts and stories about Austria and Munich and she made sure everyone on the tour was accounted for.

Very informative. Learnt a lot about pre-WW2 history that I didn’t know before! Tour guide was engaging. Definitely worth it!

Well informed, easy trip by a very competent driver. Great experience

Informative and interesting guide tour for a fair price.