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Ways to Beat the Crowds in Munich

Ways to Beat the Crowds in Munich

With vast green spaces, nature on its doorstep, and plenty of sunny beer gardens and cozy beer halls, Munich is an ideal spot for a laid-back city break. And while the Bavarian capital can get crowded, there are also peaceful pockets for escape—provided you know where to look. Here’s how to beat the crowds in Munich.

Go to green spaces.

When you need some time away from the urban bustle, head to a Munich park. The English Garden (Englischer Garten) is bigger than Central Park, with plenty of room to stretch out without bumping elbows. Or walk or picnic on the banks of the tranquil Isar River.

Book tickets in advance.

While you can’t avoid crowds at top attractions, you can minimize wait times by purchasing tickets in advance. Prebook tickets for Neuschwanstein Castle to avoid lengthy lines (and potentially getting turned away) at the ticket office. Make an Oktoberfest reservation well in advance to avoid wading through the crowds and searching for a seat.

Time your visits carefully.

Choosing when to visit Munich is as important as where to visit. Nighttime sightseeing tours are a great way to see top sights when many other travelers are off the streets. If you want to experience Oktoberfest without the biggest crowds, avoid opening and closing weekends. Better yet, try going early on a midweek morning when most locals are at work.

Escape to mountains and lakes.

Give city crowds the slip on day trips out to the Bavarian countryside and the Austrian Lake District (Salzkammergut). Lakes such as Chiemsee and Wolfgangsee make serene day-trip getaways, while Herrenchiemsee Castle is a crowd-free alternative to the popular Neuschwanstein Castle.

Avoid Oktoberfest.

Munich is busiest for Oktoberfest when more than 6 million visitors pour into the city. The crowds, noise, and buzz are all part of the Oktoberfest fun, but it’s not for everyone. If you want to explore the city without big crowds, it’s best to visit at another time of year. 

Explore by bike.

Public transport is often busy at rush hour, as are roads. It’s often quicker and less stressful to explore Munich by bike. Bikes allow you to explore more of the city in less time, and there are lots of well-kept bike routes to follow. Opt for a stress-free bike tour for a seamless experience.

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Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich

Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich

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Travel from Munich to Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle on this day trip that includes round-trip transportation by train. Often known as Germany’s "Cinderella castle," Neuschwanstein was actually the inspiration for a different Disney story, the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ castle at Disneyland. Take a guided tour of the castle, and hear stories about the "Mad" King Ludwig II, who commissioned it. The entrance fee is not included, but skip-the-line access is, so you won’t wait in the main admission queue.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.72
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$65.72
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Small Group Munich Bike Tour

Small Group Munich Bike Tour

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Get to know the best of Munich on this guided bike tour. Learn the history of this popular city, along with fascinating stories and facts, while riding around its wide open parks, elegant plazas, meandering riverbanks and winding, medieval alleyways. This tour includes stops at gathering spots like Marienplatz, Königsplatz, the Odeonsplatz and much more. Ride through Englischer Garten, Europe’s largest city park and stop at the Chinese Tower beer garden for a beverage.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$38.24
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Private Herrenchiemsee Castle Tour from Munich with Cruise and Carriage Ride

Private Herrenchiemsee Castle Tour from Munich with Cruise and Carriage Ride

Check out the grand Herrenchiemsee Castle on a private day trip from Munich. After traveling to the banks of Lake Chiemsee, you'll cruise across the water to Herrenchiemsee Island where the sprawling castle estate is set. Switch to a horse-drawn carriage to travel in style to the gates, then take a guided tour of the premises and a lunch break before heading back to your Munich hotel.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$734.08
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Munich Oktoberfest 2021 Tickets and Tour

Munich Oktoberfest 2021 Tickets and Tour

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Experience Munich's famous beer culture on an Oktoberfest tour and guaranteed seating in the festival’s biggest Hofbräu tent. Get an insider look at this world-famous event with your savvy guide, starting with a narrated walk through the festival grounds and a spin on the Ferris wheel. Then grab your seat in the lively Hofbräu-Festzelt tent and soak up the raucous festival culture while indulging in twp liters of beer and a half a roast chicken—all included!
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$191.18
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Munich by Night including Dinner at Hofbrauhaus and Olympic Tower Ascent

Munich by Night including Dinner at Hofbrauhaus and Olympic Tower Ascent

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See Munich’s night lights come to life, plus enjoy dinner at the famous watering hole Hofbräuhaus, on this private sightseeing tour. Munich is the capital of Bavaria and one of Germany’s most popular destinations. Start with a tour of the city’s popular squares, monuments, fountains, and buildings while they are illuminated for the evening. Then enjoy dinner and a show at Hofbräuhaus before traveling to the top of the Olympic Tower for a spectacular panoramic view of the city and a farewell drink.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Munich Austrian Alps, Hallstatt, and Salzburg Private Day Trip

Munich Austrian Alps, Hallstatt, and Salzburg Private Day Trip

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Admire Austria’s Alpine landscapes and towns on this private day trip from Munich. Sink into a deluxe private sedan, cross the border into Austria, and drink in the Salzkammergut region’s peaks, pastures, and villages on route to Hallstatt on Lake Hallstatt. After lunch (own expense), continue past Lake Fuschl to Salzburg for a walking tour, and optional visits to the Hohensalzburg Fortress, Mozart’s Birthplace, and more. Onboard WiFi, refreshments, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,164.24
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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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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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$20.31
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Munich Lake Konigssee and Berchtesgaden Salt Mine Private Tour with Lake Cruise

Munich Lake Konigssee and Berchtesgaden Salt Mine Private Tour with Lake Cruise

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Delight in southern Germany’s Alpine scenery on this private full-day tour from Munich. Travel into Schonau am Konigssee near the Austrian border, and ride a boat on Lake Königssee to admire the views. Choose an optional walk to a waterfall, savor a restaurant lunch, and visit Berchtesgaden’s salt mine, descending a slide into the depths, cruising an underground lake, and discovering the centuries-old mining methods. Private transport and Munich hotel and airport pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,164.24
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$1,164.24
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