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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, Bavaria 80331, Germany
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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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Munich Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour

Munich Old Town Small-Group 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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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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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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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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Munich Bike Tour with optional Königsplatz and Olympia Park

Munich Bike Tour with optional Königsplatz and Olympia Park

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Get to know the best of Munich on this guided, 4-hour bike tour. Learn the history of this popular city, along with fascinating stories and facts, while riding around its open parks, elegant plazas, meandering riverbanks and winding, medieval alleyways. This tour includes stops at gathering spots like Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz, plus Englischer Garten for a break at the Chinese Tower beer garden. Upgrade to a 5-hour tour and see Königsplatz, or a 7-hour tour to visit Olympiapark, BMW Welt and Nymphenburg Palace. Use of a bike and helmet included.
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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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Small-Group Munich City and Oktoberfest Tour Including Reserved Oktoberfest Tent Table

Small-Group Munich City and Oktoberfest Tour Including Reserved Oktoberfest Tent Table

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Enjoy Oktoberfest in Munich during this full-day experience that includes a Munich city tour and a guaranteed spot inside a tent. Beginning with a walking tour, learn about the city’s history and brewing customs, and hear about the 200-year-old festival at Theresienwiese. Then, take a seat at your reserved place in one of the major Oktoberfest beer tents, where you receive two liters of beer and chicken.
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  • 7 hours
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Munich Walking Tour: English Garden and Colorful History and Culture in the City Center

Munich Walking Tour: English Garden and Colorful History and Culture in the City Center

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Combine city sightseeing with a scenic stroll in the park on this 2-hour walking tour of Munich. Admire landmarks like the Frauenkirche cathedral, the Glockenspiel and the City Palace; hear stories of the Third Reich in Munich as you walk through Odeonsplatz; and browse the stalls of the lively Viktualien market. After taking a peek at the legendary Hofbräuhaus beer hall, head to the tranquil English Garden, one of Europe’s largest urban parks, to watch the surfers along the Eisbach river.
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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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The Ultimate Munich History Experience with a Local: Private & Personalized

The Ultimate Munich History Experience with a Local: 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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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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Private History and Culture Munich Tour - English Garden, Marienplatz & more

Private History and Culture Munich Tour - English Garden, Marienplatz & more

Embrace the original Munich with our personalized walking tour with a local guide. You can ask about going anywhere you like and your guide will take you daydreaming through the fairy-tale streets of Munich with great enthusiasm. Learn about interesting places, cultural peculiarities, and the best restaurants, explore the city’s non-evident but wonderful sights and get an incredible experience of complete immersion. • Learn everything you’ve always wanted about the city with a private local guide • Let your guide design an itinerary especially for your personal preferences • Follow your new friend to reveal some hidden paths of this beautiful city • Make Munich a place where you would like to come back
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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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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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EXCLUSiVE MUNiCH & Surroundings ALL-IN-ONE Culture, Nature and History Tour

EXCLUSiVE MUNiCH & Surroundings ALL-IN-ONE Culture, Nature and History Tour

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TRAVEL*SAFE & WITH CONFIDENCE: MORE ABOUT OUR COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS IN "Additional Info"! Make the most of your day: experience the cultural riches of the city of MUNICH as well as the breathtaking LAKE DISTRICT. Immerse yourself in history: visit historical sites in Munich and/or the DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP. Let Stefan, your guide, take care of all the details to make the tour smooth and easy for you. This MY*GUiDE Tour offers you all the mentioned PLUS: + Perfect balance of culture, history & nature – no need to choose, you can have it all in one day! + Possibility to customize details & length of the tour (7 or 10 hrs) + Professional all-round-care, always at your fingertips but never intrusive + Option to go off the beaten track, get insider tips on local highlights > Know that your day tour is planned & conducted by a friendly and experienced expert tour guide. > Enjoy the perfect symbiosis of travelling in relaxed comfort and fully leveraging your precious vacation time.
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Private 3-hour city tour of Munich with driver/guide with Hotel pick up

Private 3-hour city tour of Munich with driver/guide with Hotel pick up

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Munich is known for its beautiful parks, many museums, and beautiful palaces. Make the best of your time in the city and discover the 3rd biggest city of Germany with your local guide, comfortable in your private vehicle.
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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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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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Private Munich Ghost Tour: Haunted City Exploration Game

Private Munich Ghost Tour: Haunted City Exploration Game

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Embark on a quest around Munich by solving clues that will take you to the most haunted places in the city, all with the help of your smartphone. Unlock new stories as you discover on your own St. Peter's Church, Marienplatz, Hofgarten, and more. + Discover the most haunted streets, villas, and squares in the city + Find out the horror stories of the people who used to live there + Solve clues on your phone while you visit the haunted Munich Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Start and stop whenever you want. Along the way, you’ll find horror stories that will give you the chills. Dare you go on this tour?
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Munich Legendary Breweries Private Tour and City Game

Munich Legendary Breweries Private Tour and City Game

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Embark on a mysterious Munich walking tour where you follow the clues and solve puzzles to discover the city’s attractions and rich history. Visit Marienplatz, Rindermarkt, and find the Wolfsbrunnen statue while visiting some of München’s oldest breweries and bars. Are you ready to discover Munich’s liquid history? Discover Munich’s fascinating history and attractions while you solve clues around the city center. Explore this charming German city by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS, or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Start and stop whenever you want.
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Drawing Munich Landscapes and Monuments

Drawing Munich Landscapes and Monuments

Have something more personal from your vacation. Make this moment unique and remember all your life creating a new picture. What you learn you'll take with you for all your life. Your painting will last longer than just usual photos.
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Foto-Safari in castle Nymphenburg

Foto-Safari in castle Nymphenburg

Have something more personal from your vacation. Make this moment unique and remember all your life creating new pictures. What you learn you'll take with you all your life. Your creations will last longer than just usual photos.
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Paul's Private Tour in Munich old City

Paul's Private Tour in Munich old City

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I offer a balanced mix between shop, actualities and history making your tour a memorable experience. I help you to have the best pictures in the city far over common places. I offer enough stops and can change the program based on your needs. The described points of the tour are flexible and can be adapted to your point of interest. Special versions from this tour may be organized for wedding, birthday or other special days.
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