Guided Walking Tour of Munich's Old Town
- Marienplatz: Munich's main square since 1158, you'll see both old and new Town Hall and the Marian column. Watch the Rathaus-Glockenspiel's daily show.
- Munich monuments: The Siegestor (a three-columned triumphal arch) and Feldhernhalle are monuments to man. The Gothic Frauenkirsche (with its onion domes) and Theatiner Church are monuments to God. Check them both out on this walking tour.
- Shopping and suds: Maximilian Street and Funf-Hofe features luxury shopping, Viktualienmarkt is a popular farmer's market, and Hofbrauhaus is the best beer hall. Beer and shopping? Yes please.
- Munich streets: From the royal avenues of Ludwig Street in Schwabing to Maximilian Street and the winding Platzviertel, see how these roads give this Bavarian capital character.
About this Munich Tour
Munich got its start as a monastery way back in the Middle Ages. Its name means "by the monks." That area became what is known as Old Town, the site of this tour. Marienplatz, the local plaza that was created in 1158, was the area's square, complete with a Town Hall. It was originally named Schrannen, but was renamed Marienplatz (St. Mary's Square) as a tribute to the Virgin Mary, so that she would protect the town from a cholera epidemic.
That isn't the only tribute to Mary in the square. A Marian column, or Mariensaule, was built in the center of the plaza in 1638 to honor Mary for protecting the region after a Swedish invasion. The Marienplatz also has both the Old and New Town Halls. Another religious attraction in the area is the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), which was consecrated in 1494 and can hold 20,000, even though there were only about 13,000 townspeople then.
The Promenadeplatz features worshipping of another sort. A fan-created Michael Jackson memorial was created in 2009 and is maintained by his devoted fans. (Jackson once stayed at a hotel in the plaza.) Just past there is the Odeonplatz, a large central square with the Felderherrnhalle (Hall of the Marshalls), the site of Adolf Hitler's Beer Hall Putsch, a 1923 skirmish with police that sent him to jail. The Theatiner Church is near here, as is the grand Ludwig Street.
The Siegertor triumphal arch, built to commemorate Bavaria's win in the Napoleonic wars, is one of the more inspiring sites of Old Town, as is the Alter Hof, a former imperial residence. In this tour, you'll also see how the Munchner drink their beer at the Hofbrauhaus and shop at Maximilian Street and the Viktualienmarkt. Since this is a personal, private tour, feel free to pepper your guide with lots of question, or ask for more time to explore Munich favorites.
Glocked and loaded
The Rathaus-Glockenspieltells a story all its own andit chimes 43 bells daily (three times in summer) with 32 life-size figures recreating two 16th-century narratives. The top part shows the decadent wedding of Duke Wilhelm V to Renata of Lorraine, complete with jousting (the Bavarian always wins). The bottom is a tribute to the Coopers' Dance that signified the end of the Plague. Stay until the end to see a rooster crow and try to fly.
Please make your own way to Fischbrunnen at Marienplatz. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
Bring small local coins for the bathroom. Take a rain coat and/or umbrella in case of rain. Don't miss out on tasting the original Munich "Weisswurst" and a famous "Mass" Bier. Munich is famous for its local shops but you can also find a lot of global brands (shopping is possible before/after tour and not during the tour).
Travelers must be able to walk approximately 1.8 miles (roughly 2 hours) over paved surfaces, steps and inclines with several photo stops along the route.
Cultural, Walking Tour, Family Friendly, Scenic, Private Tour
English, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
We can accommodate you if your mobility is limited and you use a folding wheelchair with at least 7 days advanced notice, providing you are not travelling solo and have someone along to assist you. Not all venues may be accessible.
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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