The Best Guided Tours to Take in Munich, Germany

The cityscape of Munich, Germany
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Guided city tours are a great introduction to a new city; here is a list of recommended Munich tours, which highlight Munich's most popular sights and attractions as well as offer insights into Munich’s history, culture, and cuisine. Besides traditional walking tours, you can also tour Munich by bus, bike, and even segway.

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    Double Decker Bus,Munich,Bavaria,Germany
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    This bus tour is perfect if you are visiting Munich for the first time: Sit back, listen to a multilingual audio guide, and let the open-top buses bring you to all the big ones on your sightseeing list. You can take the bus tour as a whole or hop and off as often as you like at all places of interest. You can choose between a 1-day Express Tour (non-stop tour 1 hour) or 1-day or 2-day Grand Tours (non-stop tour 2.5 hours) of Munich.

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    'Isar Cycle Route, Monopteros in background, English Garden, Munich, Upper Bavaria, Germany'
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    Munich is a perfect city to explore by bike, and in this 3-hours guided bike tour, you’ll see much more than you would on foot. The tour takes you through Munich’s Old Town, along the green banks of the river Isar, and to royal parks and gardens. You’ll also ride through Munich’s famous English Garden, where you’ll stop in one of the city’s best beer gardens.

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    The focus of this historic walking tour is Munich’s dark past as the “Capital of the Nazi Movement”. From monuments, squares, and buildings that trace the history of the Third Reich, to memorials to those who opposed the regime, you’ll see where Hitler and his party got their start in Munich.

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    Annual Oktoberfest Beer Tasting
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    This culinary tour introduces you to Munich’s famous beer culture. You’ll learn about handcrafted Bavarian beer, visit a traditional beer garden, take a private tour through Munich’s Beer and Oktoberfest Museum, and top off your evening in one of Munich’s best traditional beer halls, the Hofbraukeller. Along the way, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to sample beer and Bavarian treats such as veil sausage, dumplings, and roast pork.

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    This tour brings you to the concentration camp of Dachau, 10 miles northwest of Munich; the camp, built in 1933, was one of the first concentration camps in Nazi Germany and would serve as a model for all subsequent concentrations camps in the Third Reich. The tour includes visiting the memorial site and the museum, as well as seeing a documentary film about the camp.

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    Allianz Arena Football Stadium
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    For soccer fans: After seeing the main sights and attractions in Munich’s city center, this tour brings you to the impressive Allianz arena, the home ground of Munich's soccer team FC Bayern Muenchen, one of Germany’s most famous soccer clubs. After touring the arena, you can buy some soccer memorabilia in the fan shop.

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    This tour is not only about what you’ll see, it’s about how you'll get around: On a segway, a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle. After learning to navigate your segway in a 30-minute orientation class, you’ll cruise down Munich’s pedestrian streets and see all of Munich’s main sights and attractions; groups are small (up to 5 people) and tours take around 4 hours.