Munich tours and excursions

Munich tours

Bicycle tours

Mike's Bike Tours offers a number of sightseeing tours on two wheels. The classic four-hour tour departs from the Old Town Hall and visits the Old Town and Englischer Garten, while the longer 16km (10 mile) tour fits in the Olympic Park and Nymphenburg Palace. Mike's also offers trips to Schloss Neuschwanstein and Dachau, with other themed routes available. Tours include a pit stop in a Munich beer garden.

Telephone: +49 89 2554 3988.
Boat tours

Oceans away from you typical boat tour, IPS München Sightseeing & Events organises summer rafting tours of Munich on the River Isar. Aboard a log raft, complete with a Bavarian brass band and plenty of local beer and food, this seven-hour excursion harks back to routes sailed in the 12th century. Tours tackle locks and navigate around huge rocks, but mainly they’re about the drinking.

Telephone: +49 89 871 2399.
Bus tours

CitySightseeing offers one-hour ‘Munich Highlights' city sightseeing trips in eight languages. These depart from Bahnhofsplatz, in front of the Hertie department store, and cover all the main sights in Munich, including the areas of Königsplatz, Schwabing and Maximilianstrasse. Tickets are valid during the whole day and holders can hop on and off at thirteen different stops.

Food tours

For those that think Munich is all sloshing beer steins and sauerkraut, Eat The World offers a taste of something different. Tours around the chic neighbourhood of Haidhausen, as well as Maxvorstadt and Schwabing, have gourmands gushing over modern meals, hidden cafés and tiny snack bars. Guides ensure there’s plenty of culture and history plated up as well.

Telephone: +49 30 2062 29990.
Walking tours

Stattreisen München, Nymphenburger Str. 149, offers a number of two-hours walking and tram tours in German. Tours in English are available for groups, but must be booked in advance. Themes include the city's role in the rise and fall of Nazism and the history of the city's brewing industry. Departure points vary depending on the tour chosen.

Telephone: +49 8954 404 230.

Excursions from Munich


About 15km (9 miles) northwest of Munich, and easily accessible by public transport, the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau makes for an unmissable, if emotionally draining, excursion. The free Konzentrationslager-Gedenkstätte (Concentration Camp Memorial) is open daily 0900-1700 and the library and the archive can be visited Tuesday-Sunday 0900-1700.

The complex consists of a central building housing a poignant museum, reconstructed barracks and the camp crematorium (including a gas chamber that was mercifully never used). Memorials to the victims can be found throughout the grounds. The entrance to the site is still guarded by the iron gates with their infamous message - Arbeit macht frei ('work makes you free').

Audio-guides are available in a variety of languages and there are also introductory talks and guided tours.

Telephone: +49 8131 669 970.
Lake Starnberg (Starnberger See)

Munich's nearest lake, 35km (22 miles) southwest of the city, is a popular place for locals to escape to at the weekend. Many German TV stars and politicians own properties around this picturesque and quiet lake, which makes it a perfect location for celebrity-spotting. The S6 S-Bahn line stops at a couple of towns along the lake, from where Bayerische Seen Schifffahrt (tel: +49 8652 96 360; one- to three-hour boat cruises.

Telephone: +49 8151 90 600.

Famous for its Passion Play, the small village of Oberammergau, 60km (37 miles) south of Munich, off the A95 toward Garmisch, is an attractive destination for a day trip, offering an Alpine setting, rural charm, elaborately painted houses and a heritage of woodcarving. The tradition of the play began in 1634 (as a thanksgiving for deliverance from the plague) and is performed once a decade, in years ending with a zero (i.e. the next play is in 2020).

Telephone: +49 8822 922 740.
Schloss Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein Castle is one of three castles built by 'mad' Ludwig II of Bavaria, who was born in 1845 and died in 1886. This fairytale castle perches among the natural splendour of the Alps. Its neo-Romanesque architecture imitates that of a medieval castle and, in turn, Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for Disney's Magic Kingdom. Built between 1869 and 1886, only about a third of the castle was actually completed as Ludwig II was found to be mentally unfit to conduct government business. Nearby Marienbruecke (Mary's Bridge), which spans a deep gorge, provides magnificent views of the castle.

The castle can be reached by car on the A95 toward Garmisch, then west on the B23 and the B17 (direction Füssen) to Schwangau. Follow signs to the village of Hohenschwangau where you can park and walk to Neuschwanstein (around 30 minutes) or take a horse-drawn carriage.

Telephone: +49 836 293 0830.
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