Important updates:

Coronavirus:

May 4th, 2022

All tours are running. However due to an ongoing archaeological excavation, I ask that you email first with your requested tour dates rather than just booking straight away.

Prices will be getting reviewed in the near future. We hate to do this but increasing costs have forced our hand.

February 15th, 2022

I tested positive today and so I am unable to personally lead any tours for the next ten days. Due to the ongoing situation I might require 24 hours to get cover for the Third Reich and City Tours in Munich. 

The Medieval tour – Munich Macabre – is cancelled for this weekend.

Sorry for any inconvenience 

February 13th, 2022

During the outside phases of tours we no longer require you to wear a mask. When entering a building – be it a church, beerhall or whatever, we still need to abide by their rules. Some places will need to see proof of vaccinations, backed up by a valid ID card (typically, your passport)

December 4th 2021

“2G+”: what it means for you and us as a tour provider

Yesterday, Friday 3rd December, we ran our first Munich Macabre tour under the new regulations. It was a learning experience for both guests and guides. 

Both guests and guide need to follow the “2G+” rules.

This means that one must be either double vaccinated or recovered (And be able to prove this with official documentation) AND have had an officially sanctioned schnell test within the last 24 hours. The test cannot be self administered. A PCR test cannot be more than 48 hours old – although this might be subject to change

Before the tour started we asked guests to show their proof of a recent negative test – we showed our own. We had a late booking – five hours before the tour was due to start – but they were unaware of the new regulations. Since the new regulations also apply to things like many bars, restaurants and certainly in museums – the frequent haunts of a visitor to Munich, we figured that they would have been briefed or otherwise been made aware prior to arrival. This was not the case and we advised them to contact their hotel for recommendations – we also made some suggestions. In the event, they were tested (negative) and were able to tour with us.

If you are considering touring with us please feel free to contact us for suggestions as to your best places to get tested or to discuss other concerns.

 

November 30th 2021

November 30th 2021 – new Government regulations, mean we have to operate under what are known as “G2 +” conditions. This means that both guests and guides need to be either vaccinated or recovered (and be able to prove with official documentation such as the German “Impfpass” ) AND also to have taken a test within the last 24 hours. The test cannot be a self-administered “schnelltest” but must be taken in one of the many test centres in Munich. After your test they will provide you with documentation as to the results. Personal I.D. is required to prove that the documentation supporting your status is actually yours.

Failure to have the required documentation in the event of being stopped by public health officials has the potential to incur financial penalties. As a small company – but also as a public-spirited one – we have to enforce this policy

 

November 6th 2021

November 6th 2021-  the Dachau Memorial has some restrictions in place – visitors must be able to prove that they are double vaccinated, recovered or very recently tested. Guides are not permitted to walk with guests through the museum.

To quote the official Memorial email we received:

Today the district of Dachau has set the hospital traffic light, according to which the corona protective measures are based, to yellow. This means that tightened measures will apply from tomorrow, Sunday 7th. In addition to an FFP2 mask requirement in all areas in which a medical mask was previously permitted, this is above all the 3G + rule. This also applies to the concentration camp memorial from Sunday. So only one PCR test is permitted; rapid tests are no longer accepted. The PCR test must not be older than 48 hours.”

The situation in both Munich and Dachau is subject to review so please, if you are considering a tour, drop us a line with your enquiry in the first instance.

                   

Christmas and New Year 2021

We are currently working on our schedule for the festive period. We will be running tours and private tours are possible for the 24th, the morning of the 25th and the period up up to the 31st. Until things go live on here, please drop us an email in the first instance with your inquiry.

Best, 

Taff Simon,

November 6th, 2021

 

We consider that an understanding of the past is vital to an understanding of the present – and certainly the past can teach us a thing or two about living in 2020.

Why “Dark History”?

By and large, the key events that have shaped the human story have not been sugar coated – natural calamity, war, disease, religious persecution – just 4 examples of the causes of change in society over the millennia. Change can be traumatic for those who experience it – whether it be the Medieval peasant facing the Black Death, or a child sheltering from bombs in WW2.

We offer a variety of off-the-peg private tours covering military and medieval history, archaeology, architecture and socio-political themes, in both Germany and the UK. We can of course tailor an itinerary to suit your particular needs and interests – whether it is a family trip, school or business group, we can put together a tour for you.

Why should we book with you?

All of our key staff have professional backgrounds in history, archaeology and museums. The tours they give were – unlike a great many offered by other firms – not learned by rote from a poorly researched script but by years of reading around the subject and thinking critically of the sources. With our WW2 tours, this research has led us far and wide, visiting battlefields and interviewing eyewitnesses to the events that shaped the world we live in.  

What type of tour is right for me?

We offer a number of off-the-peg tours on this website, which are easy to book with your credit card. These typically last between 3 -5 hours.

Extended, full day or multi-day tours, designed to you take right into the heart of the history are available on request: drop us a line with your requirements and we will get back to with some ideas and prices.

Your private tour specialists

Ever since the get-go, our focus has been on small group, private tours. Quite apart from the issues that the Corona virus has thrown into sharp focus, we have long believed that private tours allow our guests the freedom to tailor the content, timings and speed of their tour: and we’ve been doing that since 2008.

We hope to see you soon,

Taff Simon

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