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

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From Munich: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle Full-Day Trip

1. From Munich: Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle Full-Day Trip

Travel to the magnificent castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Hohenschwangau (not included) and take a small detour through the picturesque town of Oberammergau. Choose to buy your castle tickets on the bus on the day or to buy them in advance as part of the day trip. Board an air-conditioned bus and set off to discover the castles of Bavaria. First, visit the fairy-tale Linderhof Palace, the only castle that Ludwig II lived to see completed. Explore the castle and its grounds with your guide. Then, head to the quaint town of Oberammergau for photos and shopping. Next, stop at Hohenschwangau Castle, Ludwig's childhood home, for lunch (not included) before moving on to Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled in the foothills of the Alps. Admire one of the most impressive sights in Germany and immerse yourself in the fairy-tale world of Ludwig II for the afternoon.

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

2. 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.

Munich: Third Reich & WWII Tour Walking Tour

3. Munich: Third Reich & WWII Tour Walking Tour

Take a 2-hour walking tour of Munich to discover one of the darkest moments in the city’s history, learning of the birth of Nazism, the rise of Hitler, and the infamous Third Reich. In 1919, Germany was emerging from World War I as a defeated and humiliated nation, with Munich in the grips of hyperinflation and Bavaria dominated by revolution and assassination. Out of this fertile soil of chaos rose the Nazi movement, and one of history’s most powerful dictators, Adolf Hitler. Follow the inception of Nazism, from the first mass meeting at the Hofbräuhaus to the failed attempt to seize power at the Feldherrnhalle. You will go to the site of party rallies at Königsplatz, and stop in the Hofgarten to talk about The White Rose Resistance Movement. The tour covers all the important facts and sites that played a role in the origin of this dark chapter, which ended with the beautiful city of Munich in ruins and the second world war cutting deep wounds across Deutschland.

From Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Trip

4. 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

5. 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: 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: City Bus Tour & FC Bayern Munich Allianz Arena Tour

7. Munich: City Bus Tour & FC Bayern Munich Allianz Arena Tour

Discover the highlights of Munich on a bus tour, followed by a guided visit to the home of European footballing giants FC Bayern München. Explore the Allianz Arena and the training ground where the team prepares for their games. First, embark on a bus tour through the city of Munich to see the most important sights of the city. Learn about the history of the capital of Bavaria and its importance as a cultural and financial center of Germany. Pass by the training grounds to see where the current squad prepares for their games. Afterwards, visit the Allianz Arena, the temple of football located in the north of the city. Admire the unique design of its exterior, notable for being the first stadium in the world with a changeable exterior. Take a tour of this iconic venue and learn all about the history of Bayern Munich, one of Europe's most successful football teams. After the stadium tour, make your way to the FC Bayern Museum. Discover a collection of trophies, kits, and memorabilia that showcase the proud history of the Bundesliga record-holders, and learn more about the footballing greats that have worn the Bayern jersey.

Munich: Airport Transfer by Bus

8. Munich: Airport Transfer by Bus

Enjoy the convenience of this fast and comfortable transfer running between Munich City and the airport. With service every 20 minutes, 7 days a week, the Lufthansa Express Bus makes two stops in Munich City (Munich Main Train Station & Munich North / Schwabing) and four stops at Munich Airport (Munich Airport Terminal 2, Munich Airport Terminal 1A, Munich Airport Center (MAC), and Munich Airport Terminal 1D). Arrival and departure points are located directly in front of the terminals. All buses have air conditioning, free Wifi and free newspapers, and are open to passengers traveling with any airline.

From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Full-Day Tour

9. From Munich: Dachau Memorial Site Full-Day Tour

Learn the history of Dachau Concentration Camp on a guided tour from Munich. Learn about its significance as the first permanent concentration camp of the Nazi regime, which lasted for the full 12 years of its rule. Meet your guide in Munich and travel by public transportation to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. During the tour, your guide will provide detailed commentary on all aspects of camp life and death for the prisoners that passed through the gates from 1933 to 1945. Find out why the camp was opened and the first prisoners to arrive. Learn about the 3 phases of the Camp, plus its evolution and development. Hear about the daily operations of the camp from registration to new prisoners to their trials in torture and punishment. See important sites such as the S.S. Training Facility - also known as the School of Terror, Jourhaus, the entrance building, and gateway into the camp, with its infamous Arbeit Macht Frei sign, Appellplatz, the Bunker, Barrack X, and more. After your tour the guide will return with your group to the Marienplatz meeting point, arriving in the late afternoon.

CityTourCard Munich: Public Transport & Discounts

10. CityTourCard Munich: Public Transport & Discounts

With the CityTourCard Munich, you can go anywhere in Bavaria’s beautiful capital city. Exchange your voucher for the CityTourCard at the S-Bahn Customer Service Center at the airport or central station. Upon validation, you will have 24 or 48 hours; or 3, 4, 5, or 6 days to explore the entire city with free and unlimited access to public transportation. Transportation methods include all metro, trams, regional trains, and buses within the city of Munich (Zone M) or the entire MVV network including the airport (Zone M-6). The CityTourCard Munich also allows you to visit some of the city’s most important sights and attractions. Get discounts from plenty of Munich’s museums, exhibitions, theaters, concerts, shops, cafés, and restaurants. If you are traveling as a family, you are in luck. A group is up to 5 adults, with two children between 6- and 14-years old counting as one adult. Munich is waiting for you! Have a look at the Flyer for more detailed information, inlcuding a QR Code for listed discounts.

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The tour guide Johnny was very informative and helpful and the driver Errol was careful. Neuschwanstein Castle & Linderhof Palace are must see beautiful attractions. While at Neuschwanstein Castle it’s worthwhile to go to Marienbrucke (bridge) for the best view of the Castle by bus or a very long steep walk uphill. The bridge is a bit shaky with loose planks so not ideal for those afraid of heights but there’s a pretty waterfall beneath it. From the bridge you walk to the castle. The tours of both Neuschwanstein and Linderhof are led by people who work at those locations and visitors use audio guides. The staff are just there to move you along and don’t interact or add anything to the tour. They don’t even ask if you have questions before shuttling you to the next space which is unfortunate. I didn’t realize that Hohenschwangau castle is in the same complex as Neuschwanstein Castle or I would’ve chosen a tour that included it as well. However I would still recommend this tour.

A great tour led by Ulrich. He was very knowledgeable, informative and insightful. It was chilling to stand at the same places where Hitler and the nazi machine once were walking, but it is essential to learn from the past.Ulrich was excellent talking about Munich’s key role during the rising of National Socialism. Personally, it made me reflect a lot about the stupidity of any war. Well done!

The tour was very informative thank you to Nic, who also provided a broader perspective of what was happening across Europe. It is clear Nic is passionate about history and bringing all that he can to his audience. I would highly recommend Nic as your guide.

Our tour guide Nic was excellent. He is extremely knowledgeable and eloquent, and he really filled out the picture of the historical significance of the camp.

a wonderful excursion that I recommend to all castle lovers... well organized and excellent value for money... extremely punctual