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Marienplatz Tours and Activities

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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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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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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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Munich Small-Group Half-Day Guided Walking Tour

Munich Small-Group Half-Day Guided Walking Tour

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Pair Munich signatures with off-the-path gems on this small-group walking tour that’s simply jam-packed with local insights. Stroll sights including St. Peter’s Church, the New Town Hall, the Marienplatz, the Munich Residence, the Bavarian State Opera, and the Victuals Market as your guide tells tales of the city ancient and modern. With a maximum of 10 travelers on the tour, don’t hesitate to ask for personalized travel and food tips.
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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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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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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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  • 2 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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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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  • 4 hours
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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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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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  • 1 hour
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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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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
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Munich Highlights 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

Munich Highlights 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

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See the sights of Munich with your own private guide for a group of up to eight people, and enjoy a pickup direct from your accommodation. The 3-hour tour takes in all of the Bavarian city's showpiece sights including the Royal Residence, Marienplatz, and the Ohel Jakob Synagogue, along with commentary about the history of each landmark. Finish up near the Viktualienmarkt food market -- a perfect setting for a Bavarian lunch.
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  • 3 hours
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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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Private Tour: Bavarian Beer and Food Evening in Munich

Private Tour: Bavarian Beer and Food Evening in Munich

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Munich is the unofficial beer capital of the world, home to the legendary Oktoberfest as well as hundreds of beer halls, gardens and cellars. Get a taste of Bavarian beer culture at its very best on this private, 3.5-hour walking tour, led by your own personal guide. Immerse yourself in the convivial atmosphere at a local beer hall; sip a stein at the renowned Hofbräuhaus; and learn about the techniques used to make Bavarian brew at the Beer and Oktoberfest Museum. Receive one-to-one attention from your private guide throughout.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Kickstart Your Trip To Munich With A Local: Private & Personalized

Kickstart Your Trip To Munich With A Local: Private & Personalized

You’ll join or local Munich host for a snapshot of the city. Get an overview of what Munich and get a few handy local tips (like knowing your S Bahn from your U Bahn). Along the way you can see some landmarks like Marienplatz , walk through the lively streets of Altstadt (Old Town) and enjoy a beer at the iconic Hofbräuhaus, which happens to be the largest beer hall in Munich. Kick-start your trip to Munich with a warm welcome and local insight. 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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  • 3 hours
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Private Munich City Tour in Mercedes S-Class

Private Munich City Tour in Mercedes S-Class

Within the city area we’ll pick you up at the place you are staying – you’ll make yourself at home in the car and enjoy your own customized Munich sightseeing tour. The route is leading through Munich’s old town with all its famous sights: The Royal Residence Munich, the Hofbräuhaus and the Viktualienmarkt. On we go to King Ludwig I. classicist Königsplatz and to Nymphenburg Palace. Nymphenburg is a great opportunity for a short stop to take a look at this impressive palace and its park – Munich’s second largest park by the way. Next stop: the Olympic Park and the buildings of Bavarian motors works: BMW World, BMW Museum and BMW Headquarters. In Schwabing/ Max Vorstadt the buildings are lining up: Ludwig-Maximilian’s University, St. Ludwig’s Church, the Bavarian State Library or Duke Max Palace (the birthplace of the Austrian Empress “Sisi”). On our way there we have another “must stop”: the “Eisbach Surfers” right alongside “House of Arts” housing the famous “P1” discotheque.
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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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Historical Walk of Munich with a Local

Historical Walk of Munich with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Discover the historical side of Munich with a passionate local who wants to share all the historical and fun facts about Munich. Our excursion starts at the Asam church in the heart of the city! Learn about how the city has grown and changed over time. From visiting the churches to discovering the history behind the Residence or even the Frauenkirche, discover unique sites that your ordinary tourist tour won’t show you. We always knew travelling was the best way of learning, but having a knowledgeable Local by your side to give you insider tips and share local secrets is even better! Of course, if you want to learn about something in particular or have a special interest, just let me know and I will adjust the itinerary for you!
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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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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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Self-guided Discovery Walk in Munich: History and Beer

Self-guided Discovery Walk in Munich: History and Beer

Want to make new long-lasting memories while exploring Munich’s Old Town? Curious locals, Max and Ray, created this playful walk for you to enjoy the thrill and the beauty of discovery. Misplaced kings, Nazi history, cryptic numbers - that’s just some of the intriguing stories you’ll get to know by solving location-based riddles. Along the way, you’ll explore a different side to Old Town’s landmarks and some hidden spots too. During this experience you will: - Explore Munich during this interactive and fun discovery walk - Keep a comfortable distance from other people throughout the experience - Learn about the history and local stories of the city centre in a playful way - Solve location-based riddles to unlock directions to your next stop along the route - See popular sights from a different angle and discover hidden local spots This discovery walk is for friends, couples, families with kids, curious locals, visitors, and team building. All while staying in your own group.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Open Group Munich City Immersion Tour

Open Group Munich City Immersion Tour

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For 14 years our motto is, "Let's get you local." Our City Immersion Tour is the foundation of every tour we offer. We offer a unique immersion style Munich tour, as we take you through history to current events to familiarize you with contemporary Munich. We cover history, the Third Reich, culture, current events, and the only tour to offer a Bavarian food & beer immersion element as a standard to our city tour. By the end of the tour, you are familiarized with many aspects of local life, including navigation/city layout, public transportation system, basic laws/customs, and so on, so that you are able to relax, enjoy the city at leisure, and fine-tune what to include further on your Munich holiday. After 14 years, word of mouth remains one of our biggest marketing tools. Join us and see why.
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  • 4 hours
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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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