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Best Tours and Day Trips from Munich

Here is a list of my favorite excursions from Munich for you to discover not only the city, but also its surroundings

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

8 min read

Best Tours and Day Trips from Munich

The roofs of the historic center of Munich | ©Klaas Brumann

The capital of the German state of Bavaria is known for being one of the cities with the best quality of life in the world, but it also has an important cultural and tourist load that takes the form of guided tours and excursions such as these:

1. Third Reich Guided Tour through the center of Munich

Marienplatz | ©@felixtriller
Marienplatz | ©@felixtriller

Munich is the third largest city in Germany and as such it is logical that it played an important role in the Second World War. To this day, Munich retains many remnants of what was one of the darkest eras in history; all of them are reviewed on the Third Reich guided tour through the center of Munich.

This is a three-hour guided walking tour in which an expert guide shows you mythical places in the city of Munich that were very significant during this historical period. Some of them are:

Marienplatz

It is the starting point of the tour and is where the guide will explain an overview of how Nazism settled in these and other cities. Near this square you will see several monuments commemorating the victims of the Third Reich.

Fuhrer Building

It is the "Leader's Building". A purpose-built building of great historical importance for Hitler.

Platz der Opfer des Nationalsozialismu

It is the Square of the victims of National Socialism. Near this square there are also monuments that, in addition to honoring the victims, exalt the work of the German resistance movements.

Ehrentempel

Temples of Honor, built by the Nazis in 1935; today only the remains remain.

Haus der Kunst

It is the House of Art. One of the few buildings built by the Nazis that is still standing since the city of Munich was mostly destroyed during World War II.

Information of interest

  • This tour is available in Spanish, English and German. The organization of the tour guarantees that the groups will be a maximum of 30 people; this way you will be able to make the most of the guide's explanations.
  • To reserve your place, just apply online and choose the day and time you prefer to take the tour (if your plans change you can cancel with cost up to 24 hours before). Children under 13 years old can take this tour for free.

You will like this activity if...

You are passionate about history and want to know more about this historical period and the influence it had on the city.

2. Guided tour through Munich's Old Town

Church Frauenkirche | ©Caitriana Nicholson
Church Frauenkirche | ©Caitriana Nicholson

If you are looking for a general tour of Munich to make sure you don't miss anything, this is a good option. During the tour, your guide will take you to the most important places in the city and tell you the history of each of them without focusing on a specific historical period.

The tour lasts two hours, is on foot and is available in English and Spanish. It is designed for 25 travelers at the most; this way you get the most out of the guide's explanations. A tip: don't hesitate to ask your guide anything you want to know about the city, its customs and the best places to eat or store during your visit.

What you will see on this tour

  • Karlsplatz
  • Frauenkirche Church
  • Carillon Rathaus-Glockenspiel
  • Marienplatz
  • Viktualienmarkt
  • St Peter's Church
  • Residence of the royal family Wittelsbach
  • Odeonsplatz

You will like this activity if...

If you have little time available and what you are looking for is to make the most of it by seeing the most important places in Munich but without renouncing to explanations that will give you a more specialized and complete vision of the city.

3. Guided bicycle tour through Munich

Odeonsplatz | ©Kamyar Adl
Odeonsplatz | ©Kamyar Adl

In Munich, the bicycle is a very popular means of transportation and a very practical way to get around the city and cover longer distances. This tour of Munich by bike includes the bike rental and the services of a specialized guide who will lead the group through the most important places in Munich while explaining about them.

The approximate duration is three hours, when you book online, you can choose to do the tour in English, Spanish or German. The best thing about this bike tour in Munich, is that it allows you to see places farther away than you would normally see on a walking tour such as the famous beer garden of the Chinese Tower.

What you will see on this tour

  • Konigsplatz, built by Ludwig I.
  • Germany's highest university
  • The Odeonsplatz
  • The Eisbach Surf Wave
  • The world's largest urban park
  • The garden of the Chinese Tower

You will like this activity if...

You want to tour Munich in a different way and take the opportunity to get some exercise while combining green spaces with urban monuments.

4. Guided tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp

Entrance to Dachau concentration camp | ©David Pursehouse
Entrance to Dachau concentration camp | ©David Pursehouse

Inevitably, the history of Germany will always be linked to one of the darkest periods of humanity: Nazism. To this day, there are different concentration camps that have been converted into museums and are a tribute to the memory of the victims. One of these camps is Dachau, which can be seen on a guided tour of the Dachau concentration camp from Munich.

The experience includes transportation and the services of a professional guide who accompanies you on the visit of the field, something very necessary to put into context everything you are going to see there. The transportation is adapted for people in wheelchairs and the minimum age for this visit is 14 years old. You can do the tour in English or Spanish.

After a journey of about 35 minutes by train from Munich (you will receive the tour voucher and information about the meeting point in the center of Munich by e-mail when you book online), you will arrive at the Dachau camp.

What you will see on this tour

  • SS training camp
  • The monument to Nandor Glid
  • The counting square
  • The monument to the unknown prisoner
  • Religious memorials
  • The administration building

You will like this activity if...

If you are interested in the historical period of the Second World War. You can learn more about the details of this guided tour if you read this article about the visit to the Dachau concentration camp from Munich.

Ana's Traveller Tip

Most of the excursions and tours from Munich do not include food, you can bring your own picnic or eat in the surroundings of the destination.

5. Day trip to Salzburg

Salzburg | ©zhang xiaoyu
Salzburg | ©zhang xiaoyu

If you've seen "The Sound of Music", the Austrian city of Salzburg, on the German border, is sure to arouse your curiosity. It is located two hours from Munich and you can get there and back in one day with an organized guided tour. The day trip to Salzburg from Munich is available in English and Spanish.

The first thing you have to do is to make your reservation online choosing the day on which you want to do the excursion. You will receive a voucher in your email as a receipt of the activity and information about the time you have to meet your guide at the central train station in Munich where your trip will start.

What you will see on this tour

  • The view of the Alps from the Salzach river
  • Mirabell Palace and Gardens
  • Salzburg Cathedral
  • Mozart's birthplace
  • The old part of the city

You will like this activity if...

If you are one of those who want to maximize your trip to get to know other cities. Salzburg is a beautiful and charming city that will fascinate culture lovers.

6. Day trip to Rothemburg and Harburg

Rothemburg | ©I Do Nothing But Love
Rothemburg | ©I Do Nothing But Love

If you want to have a contrast to the city of Munich during your trip, this day trip to Rothemburg and Harburg is the perfect choice for you. Here you will see the so-called "romantic route of Germany " full of castles, mountains and villages. The beauty of these landscapes is ideal for a day trip and with an organized excursion you will make the most of your time with the explanations of an expert guide.

One hour and a half from Munich by road is the city of Harburg and at the same distance from this stop (another hour and a half drive) is Rothemburg. By booking this tour online you will make this trip in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle from which you can admire the fabulous scenery you will find along the way. All along the way you will be accompanied by a guide in the language of your choice at the time of booking.

What you will see on this tour

  • The mountains and forests of Bavaria
  • The 11th century Harburg Castle
  • The medieval town of Rothenburg

You will like this activity if...

If you are a sightseeing lover and feel like a day of disconnection and tranquility away from the big city of Munich.

7. Guided tour of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles

Neuschwanstein Castle | ©Rob Faulkner
Neuschwanstein Castle | ©Rob Faulkner

Germany is famous for the tale castles that can be visited; two of the most important ones can be seen with this organized excursion to Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. Using only one day and departing from Munich in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, you will not only see these castles, but also the beautiful scenery that surrounds them.

The tour includes round-trip transportation from Munich and the services of a multilingual specialized guide, but not the entrance fees to both castles and meals, which are to be paid by the traveler.

These two castles were built by Ludwig II and each of them has something special. The Linderhof was built as a hunting lodge and has a Moorish pavilion inside. Neuschwanstein, meanwhile, is said to have inspired Disney's famous Sleeping Beauty castle and features a magnificent gazebo.

You will like this activity if...

If you are a lover of fairy tales and medieval stories and if, in addition, you are curious about the Bavarian landscapes that you will see during the tour.

8. Other recommended activities

Tour bus through the streets of Munich ©Paul Burroughs
Tour bus through the streets of Munich ©Paul Burroughs

Besides touring Munich on foot, a very good way to get to know the city is to take a tour of Munich by bus Hop On Hop Off. It's comfortable, easy, and allows you to get a overview of the city and then delve into each of its neighborhoods on your own.

One of the most popular excursions from Munich is the Neuschwanstein Castle, a medieval fantasy that I recommend you not to miss. You can read more about this experience here: How to Visit Neuschwanstein Castle.

And last but not least, I recommend you read more about Dachau Concentration Camp tours before booking this tour, as you will know all the details about this terrible and impressive place and why it is a must-see on your trip to Munich.