Munich history in a nutshell

A walking tour

The centre of Munich has just the right size to be conveniently explored on an easy walking tour. Starting from your hotel or at Marienplatz in the very heart of Munich, you will be made familiar with the city centre, get an overview and information on Munich’s many offerings and attractions and find your way to landmarks and shopping districts. We stroll across Munich’s world famous food market and visit old St Peter’s Church where you will have the opportunity to take pictures of the Cathedral Church of Our Lady. Of course you won’t miss Munich’s most famous landmark: the Carillon on the town hall tower. Finally, you will enjoy a cup of coffee right next to the Royal Palace or a beer at the Hofbräuhaus, Munich’s best known beer hall – a relaxed prelude of your time in Munich.

Bavaria's capital at its best

Explore Munich by bus including Nymphenburg Palace

This classic sightseeing tour invites you to have a a charming look at Munich’s people and their unique lifestyle. It also gives you an overview of Munich’s history and development, of traditions and future perspectives. Founded over 850 years ago as a medieval emporium for salt, the Bavarian Capital is still a flourishing and attractive business location. On our bus tour you will visit the most interesting landmarks of the old city centre and have time for some ‘Kodak moments’ at Nymphenburg palace, the former royal summer residence. Finally you will explore the area of the 1972 Olympic Summer Games, an impressive landmark of modern architecture. The tour also includes places of Hitler’s Nazi movement like Königsplatz.

The splendour of rococo

Highlights of local baroque art

Explore the treasures of downtown Munich on an easy historical sightseeing tour. Munich’s churches like the Cathedral Church of Our Lady with its characteristic towers or old St. Peter's Church rank among the town’s most famous landmarks. Another highlight are the rococo masterpieces by the brothers Asam, who created small but unique jewels of local rococo like Trinity Church or the tiny Asam Church. Not only churches but also palaces and private buildings were richly ornamented in the overwhelming 18th century late baroque style. A most famous example is the old Cuvilliés-Theater, an opera house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart staged and conducted the premiere of his opera “Idomeneo”.

Spirit of Munich

Shopping and lifestyle tour

A city as bustling and cosmopolitan as Munich is, of course, bound to be the perfect shopping place. On an easy walking tour you will get to know the diversity and offerings of Munich’s most significant shopping areas, explore the familiar atmosphere of the open food market, taste some delicious specialties, walk over to “Dallmayr”, Munich’s most frequented hall for exquisite delicacies, famous for its coffee department, and continue to exclusive boutiques for local costumes or elegant evening wear. The catching ambiance of Maximilianstraße, Munich’s haute couture boulevard, won't leave anything to be desired.

Bohemien life of poets and students

The artist's scene of Schwabing

A real must for everyone interested in literature and the history of fine arts. Follow the traces of world famous writers, artists and actors who lived and found inspiration in Munich’s artists’ quarter Schwabing, nowadays mostly known for its night life. Get to know where Thomas Mann wrote his novels, where Wassily Kandinsky and his friends took up abstract painting, where cabaret was born and political opposition found its expressions. The walk also takes you to the English garden, Munich’s most scenic park close to the University district. The English Garden offers picturesque views at Munich, and its beer gardens are most inviting ...

Political structures in Bavaria's capital

City Council and State Government

As a Federal Republic, Germany consists of 16 States each having its own political centre. A walking tour will make you familiar with Munich’s history and present as Capital of the Free State of Bavaria. Our tour starts at Munich’s town hall (which functioned as headquarters of the American authorities after the end of World War II), where you will get the opportunity to visit the rooms of the city council. Passing by the Ministries of Finance and the Interior you will find your way to the “Staatskanzlei”, the modern office building of Horst Seehofer, Bavaria’s present governor. Special attention will be paid to the question under what circumstances the Bavarian constitution was adopted under American control as early as 1945.

Beneath the Swastika

Historical tour on Nazi dictatorship in Munich

After World War I Munich was the place where Adolf Hitler founded the Nazi Party. Munich became base for his troops’ operations and therefore was named “Capital of the Nazi Movement” by Hitler himself. This tour gives you an insight into the political ambiance in Munich during the 1920s and 1930s, when crises, frustration and incertitude led to radicalism and allowed for Hitler’s reign of terror to be established. We will follow the route of the main propaganda parades, from the old town hall, where the ‘Night of Broken Glass’ started in November 1938 . You will also be given information on daily life under Hitler’s reign, on resistance activities and on Jewish life in Munich then and today.

Duke Henry the Lion and Munich's foundation in 1158

Munich in the Middle Ages

Bremen, Braunschweig, Lübeck and Munich: eminent locations of trade and power, connected to the name of Duke Henry the Lion, the mightiest and most contested of all princes of the 12th century. Duke and Landlord of Saxony and Bavaria, equipped with kinglike power, supporter of economy and reformer of administration, noble knight, warlord and pilgrim: Henry the Lion was one of the most fascinating rulers of the Middle Ages. By founding Munich 850 years ago he established facts that have been determining Bavaria’s history ever since. This guided tour follows the early days of Munich and provides an idea of political connections and strategies in the High Middle Ages.