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Marienplatz Tours

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A public plaza in the center of Munich, Marienplatz is full of history—it’s been the city’s main square and central heart of Munich’s Old Town (Altstadt) since 1158. Marienplatz is a popular gathering spot and possibly the busiest location in all of Munich, with crowds of locals and tourists visiting its landmarks, shops, and restaurants on foot from early morning until late at night.

The Basics
The pedestrian-only Marienplatz is at the center of Munich—both literally and figuratively—and is bordered by a variety of historic structures and shopping markets. In the middle of the square is St. Mary’s Column (Mariensaule), topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary, and a trip up to the top of the New City Hall (Neues Rathaus) tower offers panoramic views of Munich; on clear days, you can see all the way to the Bavarian Alps. Historic city tours often begin at Marienplatz, and most bike tours, walking tours, and city sightseeing tours pass through the square as well.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Head to Marienplatz to watch the famous Rathaus-Glockenspiel’s 43 bells and 32 figures perform their song and dance. Shows are at 11am and 12pm year-round, as well as at 5pm in summer. 
  • The best views of the Glockenspiel show are from the top floor of the Hugendubel bookstore and the Cafe Glockenspiel.
  • While there are some flat cobblestones, Marienplatz is widely wheelchair-accessible.
  • For the quintessential Munich experience, be sure to visit a hofbrauhaus (beer garden) close to the square.

How to Get There
Marienplatz is located in the heart of Munich’s Old Town. All of Munich’s major landmarks are easily accessible from the centrally located Marienplatz subway station. 

When to Get There
Marienplatz is a public square, with varied opening times for the different businesses located there. During the holiday season, one of Munich’s most celebrated Christmas markets is held on the plaza. In summer, the square hosts viktualienmarkt (farmers markets) and musical buskers. 

Neues Rathaus and the Glockenspiel
At the top of the Neues Rathaus’ tower is the famous Glockenspiel clock. Every day it chimes at 11am and noon, as well as 5pm in summer. The Glockenspiel portrays two stories from the 16th century, with the top half of the clock acting out the marriage of the local duke (Wilhelm V) to Renata of Lorraine and the bottom half telling the story of the Schafflertanz, or Coopers’ Dance. Legend says that Munich’s coopers danced through the streets during the plague of 1517 to bring vitality to the city.
Address: Altstadt-Lehel, Munich 80331, Germany
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Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Get acquainted with Munich the easy way on a fun, flexible hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Choose a 24-hour Express Tour to check out Munich’s main highlights or a 24-hour or 48-hour Grand Tour ticket to widen your sightseeing net. Either way, settle aboard an open-top double-decker bus, listen to the enlightening onboard commentary, and enjoy panoramic views of sites such as the Marienplatz, Hofbrauhaus, Viktualienmarkt and more. Hop off at the stops that interest you, explore on foot and then re-board the bus at any stop you wish.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Hitler and the Third Reich Munich Walking Tour

Hitler and the Third Reich Munich Walking Tour

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Delve into Munich’s dark past and the birth of the Nazi ideology on a revealing 2.5-hour city walking tour. Led by a knowledgeable guide, discover the sites that provided backdrops to Adolf Hitler and his followers as they set about founding the Third Reich, giving Munich its title as the ‘Capital of the Nazi Movement.’ See beer-halls where Nazi brown shirts first gathered, buildings from where Hitler delivered speeches, and memorials to opposers of the movement, all as your guide charts the events that saw Hitler take power in 1933.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small Group Munich Old Town Walking Tour

Small Group Munich Old Town Walking Tour

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First time in Munich? Take in the best bits of the Bavarian capital on this 2-hour walking tour of Munich’s Old Town. Admire architectural wonders like the Old Town Hall, St Peter’s Church and the Munich Residenz; stroll through the lively Viktualienmarkt; and see the world-famous Hofbräuhaus beer hall. Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll have ample opportunities to learn more about Munich’s history, cultural heritage and beer-brewing legacy, while walking between the central squares of Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz.
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  • 2 hours
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$19.12
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Guided Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Tour with Train from Munich

Guided Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Tour with Train from Munich

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Explore Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site on this half-day tour from Munich. Travel by train from Munich to Dachau with a guide, and visit the former concentration camp. During your guided tour, gain insight into the brutality of the Nazi regime and learn of the 42,000 innocent prisoners who lost their lives there. Explore the history of the Third Reich in the visitors' center, and read of the camp’s historical context from the prisoners’ perspective.
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  • 5 hours
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Panoramic Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Munich by Double-Decker Bus

Panoramic Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Munich by Double-Decker Bus

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Marvel at Munich’s monuments, parks, and famous beer halls on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Combine the ease of a tour with the flexibility of independent travel and see the city sights at your own pace with a 24- or 48-hour pass. Choose from multiple routes that pass all the city’s most popular attractions including the Nymphenburg Palace, Odeonsplatz, and Olympic Park. Listen to the on-board audio commentary or jump off to explore the English Garden, stroll around lively Marienplatz, or enjoy a beer (own expense) at the legendary Hofbräuhaus beer hall.
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Munich 3-Hour Third Reich History Walking Tour

Munich 3-Hour Third Reich History Walking Tour

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Trace the origins and history of Adolf Hitler and Germany’s infamous Third Reich in Munich during this 3-hour guided walking tour. Learn about the central role this Southern German city played in Hitler’s movement as you explore World War II-era landmarks like the Führerbau, the former Gestapo headquarters, Haus der Kunst, and much more.
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  • 3 hours
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The Ultimate Munich History Experience: Private & Personalized

The Ultimate Munich History Experience: Private & Personalized

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Discover Munich’s historic landmarks, architectural gems, and WWII sites on a tour tailor-made for history buffs. Get to know the city with a private guide and enjoy a personalized itinerary tailored to your interests. Explore the atmospheric neighborhoods; see sites such as Nymphenburg Palace, the Residenz, and St. Peter's Church; and get a local perspective on the city.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Munich Old Town and Third Reich Walking Tour

Private Munich Old Town and Third Reich Walking Tour

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See some of Munich’s top attractions and discover its days of Third Reich rule on this private, guided, 2-hour walking tour around the city’s Old Town. Learn about the history of Munich as well as the Third Reich’s rise to power here. This tour features visits to historic landmarks like Marienplatz, Frauenkirche and the Viktualienmarkt. Then explore those sites associated with Adolf Hitler, the leader of the Nazi party, like the building where he first joined the Nazis, the former headquarters of the Gestapo and much more.
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  • 2 hours
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$185.21
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Munich Sightseeing Bike Tour

Munich Sightseeing Bike Tour

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Hop in the saddle for a half-day bike tour of Munich, and discover the charms of the Bavarian capital as you explore it on two wheels. With a local guide, you’ll pedal past landmarks such as Odeonsplatz with its Italianate architecture and the landscaped English Garden. Hear fun facts about life in the city as you go, and enjoy an hour-long stop at the Chinese Tower beer garden for food and drink (own expense).
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Small-Group Munich Beer and Street Food Tour

Small-Group Munich Beer and Street Food Tour

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See a more modern side of Munich’s historic center on this evening beer and food tour. Soak up sights from the Hofbrauhaus beer hall to the Alter Hof palace and the Michael Jackson Memorial as you enjoy three 1-pint (500-millilter) bottles of beer from very different breweries, with street food, pub classics, and even ice cream. Numbers are capped at 15 travelers for a more intimate experience.
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  • 3 hours
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$159.60
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Munich City Pass: Admission to 45 activities and Public Transport

Munich City Pass: Admission to 45 activities and Public Transport

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Combine entrance to more than 45 Munich attractions with public transportation access in a single purchase: the Munich City Pass. This all-inclusive pass is available in versions from one to five days, which means it fits every schedule and budget. Save time by not waiting in ticket purchase lines at many of the attractions, proceeding inside to begin exploring right away.
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  • 1 to 5 days
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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site And Third Reich Day Tour From Munich

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site And Third Reich Day Tour From Munich

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Explore Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and take a Third Reich walking tour of Munich on this full-day, small-group tour. Visit Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp in Germany during the Holocaust. Learn how it served as a model for all the other camps that followed it and listen to the heart-wrenching stories of Dachau’s many prisoners. Then, return to Munich to see sites associated with Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, and gain insight into this dark period of Munich's past. This tour includes transport and the services of a guide.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Munich Walking Tour

Private Munich Walking Tour

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Discover Munich with a private guide, exploring the enchanting Old Town squares and hearing the city's history. During a walking tour, you'll learn about landmarks such as the Glockenspiel, Munich Hofbräuhaus, and the Royal Residence, and hear tales of wartime history. Find out fun facts about the beer purity law and the annual Oktoberfest, and enjoy photo stops aplenty as you walk your way around the city. The tour is led by a private guide, and the meeting point and start time can be chosen by you.
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  • 3 hours
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Private And Personalized Experience: See Munich With A Local

Private And Personalized Experience: See Munich With A Local

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There's so much to experience in Munich and while you couldn't possibly see it all in a few hours, you could have fun trying with one of our hosts! And you don't have to worry about time constraints because your host will create a personalized experience according to your schedule. Whether you have 2 hours, half a day or a full 8 hours to explore, we’ll match your pace and vibe. Wander through the open square that is Marienplatz, chill out in The Englischer Garten or stop by Hofbräuhaus or a leafy beer garden. The choice is yours! Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
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A Half Day In Munich With A Local: Private & Personalized

A Half Day In Munich With A Local: Private & Personalized

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You’ll join one of our local Munich hosts to explore the city that’s immersed in the dreamy Bavarian culture. Wander through the Altstadt (Old Town) or the Englischer Garten. Stop by Hofbräuhaus or a leafy beer garden and feast on pretzels bought from the market just a few steps away. Watch the animated clock in Marienplatz play out its legendary Glockenspiel while your host shares tips on the best places to visit while in Munich. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host who will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.77
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Small-Group 2-Hour Munich and The Third Reich Walking Tour

Small-Group 2-Hour Munich and The Third Reich Walking Tour

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Step into a dark time in Munich’s past with a 2-hour walking tour of the city’s most significant Third Reich sites. Learn about German history and culture as you stroll the broad Marienplatz, and get a local perspective on how and why the Nazi party was founded here. See the Hofbrauhaus where Hitler gave early speeches and the site of a failed revolt against the ruling party. Follow a route past other Nazi landmarks then finish your tour near a new museum that explores the history of National Socialism.
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  • 2 hours
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$35.85
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Munich Macabre Group Walking Tour

Munich Macabre Group Walking Tour

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Delve into the dark history of Munich on this fascinating historical and archeological tour, expertly researched by a British archaeologist. Instead of ghost stories and mysteries, find out about gruesome tales of real-life events that happened in the city, such as witch trials, burial rites, and The Black Death. It’s a fascinating way to find out about information that would take hours to research. Highlights include seeing armor, ancient architecture, and trying a medieval beer.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Munich Public Walking Tour

Munich Public Walking Tour

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Get a feel for all that Munich has to offer on a short walking tour of the city’s highlights, including the Clock Tower, Theatine Church, Max-Joseph-Square, and the royal brewery. In addition to navigating, your guide offers historical information rarely heard by visitors, from stories about Munich’s famous residents to haunting narratives of World War II. The tour departs from a convenient central meeting location.
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  • 2 hours
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Munich Christmas Markets Tour

Munich Christmas Markets Tour

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Soak up the holiday spirit with a 2-hour tour of the Munich Christmas markets. With more than 20 holiday markets across the city, follow a guide through Munich's Old Town to explore the city's festive offerings, including Christkindlmarkt in Marienplatz. Shop for handmade Bavarian gifts, sip on glühwein (mulled wine), and try lebkuchen, the gingerbread cookie that has been a local Christmas staple since the 14th century.
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  • 2 hours
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Munich Christmas Market Private Walking Tour

Munich Christmas Market Private Walking Tour

Meetingpoint: in front of Munich Town Hall or Meeting Point at hotel possible if central, without extra charge Duration: 2h End location: Any central point in the city Maximum 25 participants per Guide You will learn about • History of Christmas market • Christmas tradition in Germany • Traditional bavarian experience • Tales and culinary arts • History of the Town Hall • Lebkuchen, a tasty gingerbread cake • Glühwein (mulled wine) • Story of the Medieval Market • History of Crib Market • History of the royal Residenz
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  • 2 hours
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$183.65
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Munich New Town Hall Tour

Munich New Town Hall Tour

The Neo-Gothic Town Hall in Munich has more to offer than just its world-famous Glockenspiel. Our professional guide will take you through its grand rooms and to the building’s balcony, the backdrop for FC Bayern’s championship celebrations. The route will also take you through the reading room at the Law Library. Do you know for which films it has been used as a setting? During the tour, you will learn about the history of the Town Hall and the stories behind some of the city’s historical figures who adorn the Neue Rathaus’ facade.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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A Full Day In Munich With A Local: Private & Personalized

A Full Day In Munich With A Local: Private & Personalized

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Book a Münchner to discover Munich on this completely personalized tour. A local host listens to your preferences and interests and creates a fully customized tour just for you. Follow your guide and visit some of Munich’s main attractions as well as some hidden gems. Learn about the history of the city and what interests you and get insider tips from your local guide as you discover Munich.
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  • 8 hours
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$167.63
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Original Munich Christmas Market Food Tour - all tastings included

Original Munich Christmas Market Food Tour - all tastings included

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Christmas market season is the best time of year in Munich for festive foodies, and this is Munich's ORIGINAL Christmas Market Food Tour. Join us as we guide you through all of Munich's best Christmas markets and serve you all the delicious holiday goodies they have to offer, as we make our merry way around the old city. And, YES, all the food and hot mulled wine is included. The perfect gift for the foodie on your Nice List!
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  • 3 hours
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$91.92
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Munich Card with public transport: Save at attractions & tours!

Munich Card with public transport: Save at attractions & tours!

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Buy your Munich card in advance for the utmost convenience and flexibility in sightseeing while you're in town. The card gives you access to all of the must-see museums and attractions, as well as full use of the city's public transportation system. The Munich card is available in anywhere from 1- to 5-day increments, so you can choose what's suitable for your budget and timetable.
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  • 1 to 5 days
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$20.19
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