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Munich Guided Walking Tour - Birthplace of the Third Reich

1. Munich Guided Walking Tour - Birthplace of the Third Reich

In the not-so-distant past, Munich bore the official title, “Hauptstadt der Bewegung” - Capital of the Nazi Movement. This was the city that the Allied Supreme Commander General Eisenhower called “the cradle of the Nazi beast.” Unknown to the casual tourist, many of Munich's buildings carry the mysteries of a dark past, and this 2.5-hour walking tour will uncover those secrets. You will learn how Munich became the birthplace of the Nazi Party and the stage upon which some of the Nazis' most notorious crimes were launched, from Hitler's failed putsch to the horrific Kristallnacht - the largest anti-Semitic pogrom seen in western Europe for centuries, and a dismal milestone on the road to the Holocaust. You will visit the beer-halls that hosted the first small gatherings of the fanatics who one day would lead the Third Reich, and the places where Hitler made his first major speeches. Walk through the streets where Hitler and his Brownshirts fought their way to power, and learn just how they did it. You will go to the official Nazi Headquarters from where Hitler bullied the world, and see buildings that bear the scars of the Second World War. The irony is that while much of central Munich was devastated by Allied bombing, many Nazi buildings survived and still stand today. And standing alongside them are memorials to the city's many victims of Nazism, including those who sacrificed their lives in opposing its hateful ideology.

Eagle's Nest Tour from Munich: Groups of 4 or More

2. Eagle's Nest Tour from Munich: Groups of 4 or More

Take a full-day tour from Munich to Hitler’s mountain retreat, located in the mountains above Berchtesgaden. Presented to him in 1939 as a 50th birthday present, the mountain chalet took 13 months to complete and includes an elevator bored through a tunnel in the rocks to reach the entrance. You will depart from Munich and drive along some of the most scenic roads in the German Alps. On arrival, a special bus will take you up to the Eagle´s Nest entrance area, where you will ride the elevator to the mountain peak, and into Eagle´s Nest itself. Look at beautiful views over the Alps, with free time on your own to explore. The lower rooms can be visited with an English-speaking guide, and offer views of the building's past through plate-glass windows. Graffiti left by Allied troops is clearly visible in the surrounding woodwork. A large fireplace in the restaurant shows severe damage along its lower edges, where soldiers have smashed off small shards of marble as souvenirs. Hitler's small study is now used as a store room for the cafeteria. After the tour, you will get more free time to go to the NS-Documentation-Center in Berchtesgaden, before the drive back to Munich.

Munich Third Reich Tour

3. Munich Third Reich Tour

Take a walking tour of Munich and examine the infamous streets where some of the darkest stories of human history took root. Hitler referred to Munich as “Die Hauptstadt der Bewegung” (“Capital of the Movement”) and the city and its surrounds were central to the Nazi leader’s rise to power. During the tour, you will examine how a nation of people known for their level-headed thinking allowed what is perhaps the greatest tragedy of the 20th-Century to unfold, and how the world lay sleeping while the Nazis built their war machine and solidified power. You will discover how Munich has emerged from almost complete destruction during the Allied bombings and has been restored to its former glory. You will visit the famous Hofbräuhaus, the world's most famous beer hall, and the birthplace of the Nazi Party. You will also go to the Feldherrnhalle, Brienner Straße - home of the Nazi Party's powerbase – Führerbau – where the infamous Munich Agreement took place - Altes Rathaus, sites of the German resistance movements, memorials to victims of the Third Reich, and much more.

From Munich: Nuremberg Day Trip by Train

4. From Munich: Nuremberg Day Trip by Train

In Nuremberg the Third Reich strutted in all of its pomp in the city’s grandiose marching grounds, and years later an international war crimes tribunal held that same Nazi leadership accountable for its actions. There is much more to see here, however. This is an old and beautiful city with a rich and vibrant history. You’ll see the massive medieval fortifications of the striking old town, magnificent gothic churches, colorful marketplaces, and the hilltop castle of the old imperial city. Your expert guide will accompany you on the 90-minute train journey from and to Munich, and provide a comprehensive tour through Nuremburg. The city’s history is fascinating. It was the unofficial capital of the First Reich, or the first Germanic Empire, which dominated central Europe for a thousand years. It was here that the Imperial Diet of the Holy Roman Empire was hosted. It was a center of cultural and intellectual vitality at the crossroads of major imperial trade routes. Nuremburg also played a key role in the Reformation, and in the printing and scientific revolutions that shaped the modern world.

Munich Residenz: Private Tour with Artist Paul Riedel

5. Munich Residenz: Private Tour with Artist Paul Riedel

The Munich Residenz is more than a museum. This is the place where important events in Bavarian history actually took place. Tour the 139 rooms of this architectural marvel with a local artist, granting you a unique perspective on the history and setting. Enter the Munich Residenz with your private group and artist Paul Riedel. Hear about the early years of Munich's royal family, the Wittelsbachs. See where and how they lived. Wander the verdant garden of King Ludwig II while reflecting on the historical events that unraveled here. Your guide will present different paintings and explain their technical background in the Green Gallery, a real highlight of the residence. After touring the interior, learn about the exterior of the palace, which was nearly destroyed during WWII.

Munich: Third Reich Guided City Walking Tour

6. Munich: Third Reich Guided City Walking Tour

Trace back the political origins of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi movement on a guided walking tour in Munich. Discover Munich’s past as you visit the historical locations during the events of the Third Reich. Begin your guided tour in Marienplatz. From there, take a walk through the most important events of the Third Reich. After making your way to Odeonsplatz, visit the Hofbräuhaus and delve into the history of Hitler's putsch and the origins of the National Socialist German Workers' Party. Continue to the front of the Haus der Kunst, which was the first propaganda building in Nazi Germany. Hear stories from your guide about the influence of the regime on art and the banning of degenerate art. Discover the German Resistance Movement and learn about protagonists such as Georg Elser and the White Rose. Afterward, reach the Führerbau, the place where the Munich Agreement was signed in 1938, before concluding the tour at Königsplatz.

Munich: Third Reich and World War II Private Guided Tour

7. Munich: Third Reich and World War II Private Guided Tour

Take a walking tour of Munich and hear about the city's past from a local professional guide. Visit a curated collection of destinations. Follow your guide through parts of the city related to WWII and the history of the Third Reich. Explore the Old Town, home to the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus), which was damaged during the Second World War and since reconstructed. Hear 43 bells, admire 32 life-sized figures, and see the Mariensaule column. Hear about Munich's Nazi history, how the Third Reich began, and information about Adolf Hitler. Continue toward Odeonsplatz and Feldherrnhalle, the location where Hitler attempted to storm the Bavarian Defense Ministry in the Beer Hall Putsch. Pass the Hofgarten and learn about the White Rose Resistance Movement. Visit Königsplatz, which served as a square for the Nazi Party’s mass rallies. Extend to the longer option and also visit Munich Documentation Center (NS-Dokumentationszentrum). View documents and photos from the time of the Nazi regime as you listen to live commentary.

From Munich: Dachau Concentration Camp Private Trip

8. From Munich: Dachau Concentration Camp Private Trip

Experience the past at Dachau Concentration Camp, the first established Nazi concentration camp. Follow your private guide through the camp and hear about the tragic events that took place there. Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Munich by your expert guide. Hear about the death camp where countless thousands of Jews and innocent people died from malnutrition, disease, overwork, and execution. Learn about how the slave labor at the camp manufactured weapons and other materials for Germany’s war efforts. Hear the somber details of how some Dachau detainees were subjected to brutal medical experiments by the Nazis. Look around this special place devoted to all the prisoners. Miss nothing as your expert guide will provide detailed commentary on all aspects of camp life. Finally, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Munich.

From Munich: Private Day Trip to the Berchtesgaden Alps

9. From Munich: Private Day Trip to the Berchtesgaden Alps

Since this is a private tour, the itinerary can be adjusted based on what you wish to visit. Be picked up at your accommodation in Munich and start the scenic journey to Berchtesgaden in a comfortable VW minivan. An early pick-up time, no later than 8:00 AM, is recommended to avoid possible crowds in peak season. Follow the German Alpine road and see views of the Bavarian Alps and lakes. You’ll have the opportunity to stop along the way to take photos. Take in the Alpine scenery around Watzmann mountain, the second-highest in Germany. Learn about the history of the region. While you can choose which attractions to visit, of the 3 most popular attractions, Eagle’s Nest, Lake Königssee, and Herrenchiemsee Palace, it is recommended that you choose to visit maximum 2 of the 3. Experience the panoramic views from the Eagle’s Nest and learn about the history of the location. Learn about the remnants of the Nazi regime at nearby Obersalzberg and explore the extensive network of bunkers. Visit the village of Königssee and enjoy the diversity of shops in the surrounding area. Take an optional boat ride on the lake to hear the famous Königssee Echo. Next, head to the historic town of Berchtesgaden. If you wish, you can go down the panoramic road where the final scene of the "Sound of Music" was filmed. Travel to Lake Chiemsee, enjoy a relaxing ferry over Bavaria’s largest lake and visit the king's most magnificent palace, Herrenchiemsee Palace.

Munich: The Inception of the Nazi Movement City Game

10. Munich: The Inception of the Nazi Movement City Game

Explore the history of WWII in Munich on a self-guided exploration game via an app on your smartphone. Solve puzzles to unlock clues that will lead you to your next location, passing by famous sights along the way. Engage in an interactive game with your loved ones as you learn about history. Start your exploration adventure at Königsplatz and make your way around the city. See and learn about iconic WWII sights as you make your way to the final location of the game: the Old Town Hall. Solve challenges, watch the story unfold on your app, and follow the exact directions on your phone that will guide you to the next location. Best of all, explore at your own pace, pausing the game for a coffee or a meal and resuming it anytime from the location where you paused it.

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Our guide Katrin was very knowledgeable and very sensitive to our personal needs. She went out of her way to meet a personal request we had to individualize our tour itinerary. We greatly enjoyed sharing our day with her and felt like we had made a new friend at the day’s conclusion.

Great tour. Our guide , Josh, was so knowledgeable and took time to answer questions. A really good experience.

Josh was so nice, clear and truthful about everything that time flew even under the rain. Worth every euro!!

Out tour guide was Josh who was extremely animated and made the tour very interesting.

Great trip to the Eagles Nest and Marion , our guide and driver, played a blinder.