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How to Spend 1 Day in Munich

How to Spend 1 Day in Munich

Germany’s third city and the capital of Bavaria, Munich delivers so much more than the annual Oktoberfest beer frenzy and adorable Christmas markets. A bewitching blend of historic architecture, green parks, and contemporary arts and style, Munich belies its staid reputation. Here’s how to get a decent taste of the city in just one day.

Morning: City Circuit

Start the day by orienting yourself in the city, perhaps on a Segway tour, a hop-on hop-off bus tour, or a bike tour. Check out historic architecture such as the Munich Residence palace, the Old Town Hall, and the Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady (Frauenkirche); amble scenic squares such as Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz; and soak up the fresh air in the vast English Garden (Englischer Garten) park. Along the way, be sure to stop for a Munich ritual: coffee and cake (kaffee und kuchen). Don’t miss indulgent treats such as Bavaria’s favorite Prinzregententorte sponge, with chocolate buttercream and apricot jam.

Afternoon: The Dark Side

Munich played a central role in Hitler’s rise to power. It was here that he first attempted to take control of Germany, during the Beer Hall Putsch of 1923, and many Nazi-era landmarks survived the bombing during World War II. A walking tour of Third Reich Munich is a fascinating journey into the city’s—and Germany’s—dark past. Alternatively, travel a little way out of the city to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, where the Nazis opened their first concentration camp in 1933. Tens of thousands died here, while many more were sent to their deaths at Auschwitz.

Night: Bavarian Brews

Even if you miss Oktoberfest (which, despite the name, runs from mid-September to early October), an encounter with Bavaria’s No. 1 export—beer—is a must. A trip to a classic beer hall, perhaps the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus, is essential. Soak up the atmosphere as dirndl-clad waitresses and lederhosen-sporting waiters bear foaming steins, an oompah band plays, and hearty Bavarian faves from pork knuckle to sausage steam up the kitchen. In summer, don’t miss the city’s vast beer gardens. If time permits, check out Munich’s burgeoning craft beer scene, with contemporary beer joints as stylish as anything you’ll see in Berlin or Austin.

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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Tour from Munich by Train

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Tour from Munich by Train

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Gain insight into the Holocaust of World War II on this half-day tour of Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site from Munich. Travel by train and bus to the memorial site, and take a guided tour of the compound, a place of memorial and education dedicated to the thousands who were imprisoned and lost their lives there between 1933 and 1945. Learn how Dachau provided a model for all Nazi camps, and see the exhibitions and memorials, together with the reconstructed barracks and cells, as your guide provides illuminating, informative and sensitive commentary.
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  • 5 hours
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Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich

Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich

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Get a dose of Bavaria's iconic beer culture with this food and beer tour in Munich. Home of Oktoberfest and a collection of famous beer halls and beer gardens, Bavaria's beautiful capital invites visitors from around the globe with its promise of fun and camaraderie. Partner with a savvy guide for an insider look at this tradition of imbibing. You’ll hit local haunts and enjoy Bavarian nibbles in the company of fellow beer aficionados.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Hitler and the Third Reich Munich Walking Tour

Hitler and the Third Reich Munich Walking Tour

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Delve into Munich’s dark past and the birth of the Nazi ideology on a revealing 2.5-hour city walking tour. Led by a knowledgeable guide, discover the sites that provided backdrops to Adolf Hitler and his followers as they set about founding the Third Reich, giving Munich its title as the ‘Capital of the Nazi Movement.’ See beer-halls where Nazi brown shirts first gathered, buildings from where Hitler delivered speeches, and memorials to opposers of the movement, all as your guide charts the events that saw Hitler take power in 1933.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Get acquainted with Munich the easy way on a fun, flexible hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Choose a 24-hour Express Tour to check out Munich’s main highlights or a 24-hour or 48-hour Grand Tour ticket to widen your sightseeing net. Either way, settle aboard an open-top double-decker bus, listen to the enlightening onboard commentary, and enjoy panoramic views of sites such as the Marienplatz, Hofbrauhaus, Viktualienmarkt and more. Hop off at the stops that interest you, explore on foot and then re-board the bus at any stop you wish.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Munich Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour

Munich Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour

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First time in Munich? Take in the best bits of the Bavarian capital on this 2-hour walking tour of Munich’s Old Town. Admire architectural wonders like the Old Town Hall, St Peter’s Church and the Munich Residenz; stroll through the lively Viktualienmarkt; and see the world-famous Hofbräuhaus beer hall. Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll have ample opportunities to learn more about Munich’s history, cultural heritage and beer-brewing legacy, while walking between the central squares of Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz.
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  • 2 hours
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Munich Small-Group Bike Tour

Munich Small-Group Bike Tour

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Get to know the best of Munich on this guided bike tour. Learn the history of this popular city, along with fascinating stories and facts, while riding around its wide open parks, elegant plazas, meandering riverbanks and winding, medieval alleyways. This tour includes stops at gathering spots like Marienplatz, Königsplatz, the Odeonsplatz and much more. Ride through Englischer Garten, Europe’s largest city park and stop at the Chinese Tower beer garden for a beverage.
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  • 3 hours
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Skip-the-Line Neuschwanstein Castle Half-Day Tour from Munich

Skip-the-Line Neuschwanstein Castle Half-Day Tour from Munich

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Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairy tale castle on which Disney’s Cinderella castle is based, is a must-see when in the Munich area. Wait time for tours can take several hours; this ‘skip-the-line' tour is essential for making the most of your time in Bavaria. Hauptbanhof, Munich’s Central Station, is your convenient pick up and drop off spot for this round-trip tour. Your informative driver will guide you through the castle, so you won’t miss a thing.
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  • 7 hours
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Private Munich Old Town and Third Reich Walking Tour

Private Munich Old Town and Third Reich Walking Tour

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See some of Munich’s top attractions and discover its days of Third Reich rule on this private, guided, 2-hour walking tour around the city’s Old Town. Learn about the history of Munich as well as the Third Reich’s rise to power here. This tour features visits to historic landmarks like Marienplatz, Frauenkirche and the Viktualienmarkt. Then explore those sites associated with Adolf Hitler, the leader of the Nazi party, like the building where he first joined the Nazis, the former headquarters of the Gestapo and much more.
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  • 2 hours
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Shared Arrival Transfer: Munich Airport to Munich Central Station

Shared Arrival Transfer: Munich Airport to Munich Central Station

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Begin your stay in Munich with ease with this stress-free, one-way shared transfer service from Munich International Airport to Munich Central Station. After landing, cross the Munich airport arrivals hall and head outside to board the shared, air-conditioned shuttle bus. Then, enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey to the station, with the option to hop out at Schwabing North on route. If you need a return transfer to the airport at the end of your time in Munich, upgrade to a round-trip transfer service when you book.
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  • 40 minutes
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Munich Bike Tour with optional Königsplatz and Olympia Park

Munich Bike Tour with optional Königsplatz and Olympia Park

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Get to know the best of Munich on this guided, 4-hour bike tour. Learn the history of this popular city, along with fascinating stories and facts, while riding around its open parks, elegant plazas, meandering riverbanks and winding, medieval alleyways. This tour includes stops at gathering spots like Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz, plus Englischer Garten for a break at the Chinese Tower beer garden. Upgrade to a 5-hour tour and see Königsplatz, or a 7-hour tour to visit Olympiapark, BMW Welt and Nymphenburg Palace. Use of a bike and helmet included.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Munich Segway Tour

Munich Segway Tour

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Wind through Munich’s bustling neighborhoods and parks on a fun and educational Segway tour! On the self-balancing device, you’ll follow an expert guide through pristine gardens and vibrant markets, past famous residences and some of the city’s great museums. Along the way, take pictures, stop at favorite sites, and hear fascinating facts and stories about this contemporary city with ancient roots.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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