An introduction to the history and sites of the city

Munich is a city of great beauty, nestling on the banks of the river Isar. People have lived in the area for millennia: Celts, Romans and other peoples and tribes.  However, the first documentary evidence we have for a substantial settlement here dates to June 14th, 1158.  The document in question was a Charter which makes mention of a market next to, or near a Monastery or Church.  This is the origin of the name München (in English “Munich”), which is a corruption of Mönche – Monks.  Since then, Munich has grown and developed into the beautiful city we see today.

marienplatz old
“The Market (now Marienplatz) in Munich, by Michael Wening, 1718. The onion domes belong to the cathedral, while in the middle of the square you can see Mary´s Column.(Public Domain)

The story of this development has many twists, turns and intrigues.  Religion, royalty, politics, trade and industry, disease and war as well as fashion and trends have all played a hand in the creation of the city we see today. On this introductory tour we cover the highlights of the historic heart of Munich and discover some facts that your guide book would have overlooked.

Our tour is a great introduction to Munich and an ideal way to get your orientation and bearings.

We visit the following must-not-miss sites:

  • The Frauenkirche

    New Town Hall and Mary´s Column
  • Marienplatz and Mariensäule
  • The Old Town Hall
  • The New Town Hall and world famous Glockenspiel
  • “Alte Peter” and the Peterskirche
  • Viktualienmarkt
  • The “Alte Hof”
  • The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl
  • Max-Joseph Platz and the National Opera House
  • The Residenz
  • The Feldherrnhalle
  • Odeonsplatz

In addition you will also learn about:

  • Just why beer and pretzels are so important here
  • Traditional food, dress and customs
  • The origins of the Oktoberfest
  • 20th Century: Hitler, the Nazi’s and WW2
  • Just why is Munich known as “The most Northern town of Italy” and as the “Athens on the Isar”?

And much more besides


Just check our great rates …

1 to 4 persons – €160, inclusive of 19% German Sales Tax (MwSt).

5 or more persons: price on application.

For single travellers or couples we are happy to try and fix you up with another small group to keep your costs down if you so wish – but we make absolutely no guarantees that this will be possible.

Concessions (max of 2 per group) of €5 given to students (of any age) seniors (65 and over) and serving or ex-military and first responders.

More than 4 in your group? Please ask for a quote.

Interested in booking this tour? Send us an email with your preferred date(s) and we will get back to you within 24 hours.


This is a walking tour – please wear suitable footwear.