Things to do in Munich

Home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, this Bavarian capital is rich in food, culture, and history.

Our most recommended things to do in Munich

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.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

2. 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.

From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Half-Day Trip

3. 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

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

From Munich: Rothenburg and Nördlinger Ries Day Trip by Bus

6. From Munich: Rothenburg and Nördlinger Ries Day Trip by Bus

Take a trip down the Romantic Road, a famous 220 mile route linking some of Bavaria's most exquisite architectural gems on a guided tour from Munich. Discover the natural beauty of the region, and the charming town of Rothenburg. After departure from Munich, travel first to Harburg which is one of the oldest and best-preserved castle complexes in Germany. This perfectly situated castle with its surrounding village retains the feel of the middle ages. Be enchanted by its historic flair and delve deep into its history. After visiting the castle, and pausing for coffee, you will drive on through the wondrous scenery of the Nördlinger Ries – the giant depression left by an ancient meteor in the Swabian landscape. Travelling via Dinkelsbühl, with its towers and spires, you will reach Rothenburg, a perfectly restored mediaeval town. Take some free time here for extensive exploration. Wander through the beautiful streets and alleyways, which are full of the charm of past times. Your return to Munich will take you through the largest hops-growing region in the world, the Hallertau. On this tour, be amazed by the beautiful region of southern Germany.

Munich: Viktualienmarkt Gourmet Food Tour

7. Munich: Viktualienmarkt Gourmet Food Tour

From Weißwurst (traditional Bavarian white sausage) to pretzels, from beer to cheese – the possibilities for eating and drinking at the Viktualienmarkt seem virtually endless. On this tour of the Viktualienmarkt in Munich, open up your senses with tasty delicacies and fascinating stories. This gourmet tour begins at Marienplatz. From here you’ll go directly to the Viktualienmarkt, where you’ll stop at several stands to sample the many delicacies and discover stories about the food and the market traders. Find various types of sausages, cheese, bread, and exotic fruit, and you’ll finish off the tour with some pickled Bavarian delicacies.

Munich: Night Watchman's Rounds Guided Tour in German

8. Munich: Night Watchman's Rounds Guided Tour in German

In the late hours of the evening, join the costumed night watchman on his rounds of Munich's old town. Immerse yourself in a lovely and mysterious long-forgotten world and experience the history of the city firsthand. The night watchman is much more than just a tour guide with a lantern in his hand. When the denizens of Munich sleep, the night watchman must maintain peace and order in the alleyways and darkened corners of the city.  He knows all the winds of the maze of the city and is the trusted bearer of dark stories and clandestine societies.  He disdains the modern era, chastises the guests when they don't know about the patron saints of the city, but is always happy to answer when someone asks, "Why does one need so many taps here in Munich?" His response: "For the beer!" The night watchman shepherds his flock at Marktplatz, yet he so scorns the lively nightlife gathering after 21:00 - law-abiding citizens are in bed by then. Head to St. Peter's Church and take a look at the tops of the towers – the night watchman will explain why they stand askew. On the south side, see the old churchyard and hear stories from the gravestones: funeral customs and epitaphs, decomposing corpses, and missing church pews.  At the tower of the Altes Rathaus on the historic "Salzstraße," the old Stadttor comes to life and complains of its rebuilding in the '70s. Here, he questions visitors' piety. Patron saints holy Onuphrius and Henry the Lion will protect the people from sudden death. Continue past the torture chamber and prison to the Alter Hof, built by Louis II. Learn why this ruler was regarded as so harsh, how the House of Wittelsbach came to Munich, and from where the Zwingerstock's name came. Follow the city walls from the 12th century and head west from Wasserburg. At Gruftgasse, hear Alois tell the spooky story of Waller in Walchensee, of the young lady and her golden ring.  And in the Schäfflergasse, learn why wine, rather than beer was the drink of choice in the Middle Ages. At the cathedral, set your sights higher to the symbols of the city, the two towers. Hear about the rich widow's epitaph and Fanny von Ickstatt's unlucky fall from the north tower of the Frauenkirche as the tour of the inner city draws to a close. Then continue to Promenadeplatz with the old "Salzstadel".  Pass the Palais Porcia and Palais Holstein as the night watchman tells the story of the sovereign lord Karl Albrecht, who had the palaces built for his mistress. At the Salvatorkirche, learn about the enormous host desecration and the love story of Henriette Adelaide, the consort of electoral prince Ferdinand Maria, at the "Theatinerkreuzgang." After 10 years, the long sought-after heir to the throne was born, at which point the Theatine Church was built. Finally, the night watchman lets his herd loose into the night to continue his rounds.

Munich: City Tour & FC Bayern Munich Soccer Arena Tour

9. Munich: City Tour & FC Bayern Munich Soccer Arena Tour

On this football tour, see the most important sights of Munich and visit the training-grounds of FC Bayern München and the most modern stadium in Europe, the Allianz Arena. First, embark on a bus tour through the city of Munich, where you learn about the most important sights of the city. Afterwards, you will visit the home of one of the most popular football clubs in the world. The Allianz Arena, the temple of football in the north of Munich, is the third and most spectacular home of the long-standing football club Bayern Munich. Take a tour of this iconic stadium and learn all about the history of the team. After the stadium tour, enjoy the opportunity to immerse yourself in the FC Bayern Museum, an exhibition exploring the history of the championship record-holders. Discover cups, players, and curiosities dating back over 110 years to the foundation of the club.

Munich: TimeRide VR Time Travel Experience Ticket

10. Munich: TimeRide VR Time Travel Experience Ticket

Your journey through time starts in the magical library of Georg Aloisius Linnebach. In his library you get to know the most important historical stations from Bavarian´s eventful history. How did Bavaria develop and how did it become what it is today? The highlight of your visit is the Virtual-Reality-Experience. Fly through 7.000 years of Bavarian history. Take a seat in the flying vehicle Ludwig has always dreamed of. He had the vision of a flying peacock wagon. Georg Aloisius Linnebach has made this dream come true and takes you on an unique journey through time by using Virtual Reality technology. After the VR-Tour you have the possibility to get further information in our exhibition room about the single stations you have seen before. In addition, you can take a look behind the scenes. We prepared a making-of film for you about the creation and building of our TimeRide Munich.

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What people are saying about Munich

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 21,302 reviews

The tour is excellent. Just the kind of tour when you enjoy not only the locations you visit, but absolutely all the way to them. The views of the Alps are incredible. Salzburg is interesting and beautiful, but it's hard to talk about the Alpine lakes - you need to see it. I also liked the work of the guide, a very professional and interesting woman. I would really add a visit to Hallstatt to this tour - it is too close to the visited locations. But the overall impression is excellent. Thanks to the organizers.

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.