Munich Private Layover Tour
©München Tourismus Foto: Rudolf Sterflinger
You have a stopover in Munich and want to see more than just the airport shops and restaurants? Then this Private Munich Layover Tour is the perfect choice for you!
Lean back on our drive to the city and get a first overview about Munich and Bavaria. Once in Munich you will discover the city on a private walking tour as well as by car and if you feel hungry there will be time enough to enjoy some local food.
Together we will travel through time from Munich’s very beginnings as small medieval market place to the present as Germany's third largest city. Experience what happened in the last 800 years both with well-founded facts as with entertaining stories and meet the corresponding sights. Dive into the vibrant atmosphere of the Hofbräuhaus, watch the famous Glockenspiel and crazy Eisbach river surfers or enjoy the view from the Olympic Tower.
And of course at the end of the tour I will make sure that you are back at the airport on time for your next flight. For more information about this Munich Private Layover Tour have a look at the video or see the additional information on this page.
Tour details at a glance
4 - 5 hours
Travel time to main destination:
2 pm at the latest
Start / end point:
Munich / Munich airport
Price of private tour:
including transportation, guides service with private walking tour, insurance, bottled water - entrance fees and other personal expenses are not included
Tour starts with arranged pick-up time at the airport.
Sights of Tour by Car
The Allianz Arena is the first sight in Munich that you will see on your ride into the city. As the home of FC Bayern Munich, it is a "holy" place for many locals in Munich, with a capacity of around 75,000. The Allianz Arena is also a real highlight from an architectural point of view. The iconic facade consists of around 2,800 air-filled cushions made from a plastic sheet that is only 0.008 inches thin. This makes the facade of the Allianz Arena the largest membrane shell in the world. But the Allianz Arena is most impressive at night, because the around 300,000 LEDs in the facade with their 16 million colors can transform the stadium into anything. For example, an oversized burger, a present box or the flag of the USA.
Munich Olympic Parc
Munich's Olympic Parc is not only a top attraction for visitors but at the same time a recreational area for the locals who have continued to use the Olympic Park and its facilities since the XX. Summer Olympics in 1972. The main structure, the Olympic Stadium serves as Munich's largest open air stage, the Olympic Hall is used for exhibitions and concerts, so there is always something going on in the Olympic Parc. A highlight for visitors is definitely a visit to the Olympic Tower, from which one has a fantastic view of the whole city. And when the weather is fine, you can even see the snow covered summits of the Alps as far as Austria.
Opposite the Olympic Park, just on the other side of the road is one of the most popular attractions in Germany, the BMW Welt, which is visited by around 3 million people a year. Due to its iconic architecture, the BMW Welt is not only an attraction for car enthusiasts and makes it a must see on your layover tour in Munich. The BMW Welt has many different functions, it's a showroom for the various brands of BMW including the motor bikes, it's an event locations and customers can pick up their brand new vehicles there. All of this takes place under one roof and makes the BMW Welt the "automotive cathedral" of Munich.
On our Munich Private Layover Tour we pass one of the largest palace complexes in Europe, Nymphenburg Palace, the former summer residence of the Bavarian ruling family. The beginnings of the imposing complex go back to the 17th century and due to ongoing expansions, the palace today even has a larger span than Versailles Palace. In addition to the palace itself, Nymphenburg has an extensive park, an important porcelain collection and one of the most important museums for historical carriages to offer.
Eisbach Surfers and Englischer Garten
One of the world's largest inner-city parks is situated in Munich, the English Garden. Various beer gardens, walking paths with a total length of 50 miles and numerous streams make it popular with visitors and locals alike. Probably the most famous part of the Englischer Garten is right at its beginning where the Eisbach surfers pursue their passion. A standing wave is used all year long by them, so don't be astonished if you meet people in neoprene suits with surfboards in the city even in winter.
Sights of Walking Tour
Munich Town Hall and Glockenspiel on Marienplatz
The New Town Hall on Munich's Marienplatz combines two top sights in the middle of the city. An observations deck in the town hall tower provides a fantastic view of the entire city from a height of 90 yards. If the weather is nice, the view extends as far as the Alps and Austria. One floor below a second highlight is located, the world-famous Munich Glockenspiel, that attracts thousands of spectators every day. The carillon consists of two parts. The upper half shows scenes from a wedding celebration that took place in Munich in the 16th century and lasted 18 days. In the lower part, barrel makers in their colorful costumes perform a traditional dance that is said to have been performed for the first time at the beginning of the 18th century in order to lure people out of their homes after a plague epidemic.
Viktualienmarkt (Munich Food Market)
The Viktualienmarkt is the largest and most central of the permanent food markets in Munich. In over 120 stalls, the merchants offer an infinite range of foods, from local specialties to delicacies from all over the world. Let yourself be captured by the lively atmosphere and the smells on the Viktualienmarkt and enjoy a bratwurst under the shady chestnut trees with a cold beer in Munich's most central beer garden. And if you are looking for unusual and fancy souvenirs, you are guaranteed to find something suitable at the Viktualienmarkt.
Over 400 years ago, the Bavarian Duke Wilhelm V founded the Hofbräuhaus because he was heavily in debt and had to reduce his costs. So he started brewing his own beer and ended the expensive beer imports from northern Germany. Today the Hofbräuhaus is an attraction for locals and tourists alike, who all have a common goal, namely to enjoy the Hofbräuhaus beer. Like all other beers in Munich, it has been brewed according to the purity law for over 500 years, which allows only water, hops, malt and yeast as ingredients. When the weather is nice, an idyllic beer garden with chestnut trees in the courtyard of the Hofbräuhaus invites you to take a short break. And if you like it a little livelier, a live band with Bavarian brass music provides the necessary atmosphere in the beer hall of the Hofbräuhaus.
One of Munich's landmarks was built almost 600 years ago, the Frauenkirche with its two church towers and distinctive domes. Even today, the building, which was built entirely from bricks in just 20 years, is decisive for the Munich skyline. More than 10 years ago, the people of Munich decided that no buildings should be erected in the city center that overtop the towers of the Frauenkirche.
Munich National Theater
With the National Theater, Munich has an opera house of superlatives. A different opera is performed here almost every evening, so the people of Munich can choose between 250 and 300 different operas each year. The operas are performed on one of the largest stages in the world, with a total area of around 3,000 square yards.
The Munich residence was the seat of government and residence of the Wittelsbacher, a dynasty that ruled Bavaria as dukes and kings for more than seven centuries. Today the residence is the largest inner-city castle in Germany. Over 130 rooms from various eras await the visitor, as the residence has been expanded again and again over the centuries. Enjoy the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Classicism, all under one roof.