Derived from the German word for “by the monks,” Munich was founded as a monastery that grew into a walled town. Today, Munich is the capital of Bavaria and third-largest city in Germany—as well as one of its fastest-growing. Yet, it retains its small-town charm, and the Old Town remains compact and easily accessible. Explore the historic city center, world-class museums and galleries, beautiful lake-studded parks—and, of course, the lively beer gardens. The best time to visit is from June through October, when the beer gardens and street cafés are in full swing. The famous Oktoberfest, held on the Theresienwiese fairground, starts in September and lasts until the beginning of October (September 22 – October 7, 2018), (September 21 – October 6, 2019). Munich is also perfectly positioned for memorable day trips, with the German Alps and pristine lakes just an hour’s drive away.
Available only with the International Air Package.
DAY 1: Begin your Optional Extension in Munich
This morning, transfer to the Luxembourg Airport for your flight to Munich. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Our transfers are arranged by Taxi Guide Munchen, telephone: +49 175 481 2848 outside Germany or 0175 481 2848 within Germany. If you do not see your driver, please wait a few minutes by the “Erdinger Sportsbar,” which is directly in front of the exit into the arrival hall after you’ve left the customs security area.
Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.
VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations for what to see and do in Munich. If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 p.m. You may store your luggage at the front desk.
After settling in, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Perhaps you’ll walk to the nearby Nymphenburg Palace and Gardens.
At 3:00 p.m., a local guide will meet you at the hotel for a walking tour. He or she will show you how to buy tram tickets for your ride into Munich’s center and the city’s main square, the Marienplatz. Then, enjoy an informative walk through the historic streets thronged with street musicians and artists and past magnificent buildings. You’ll no doubt want to return to visit many of them in more detail during the next two days. Your guide will point out restaurants where you can enjoy dinner this evening.
Hotel: Hotel Laimer Hof
DAY 2: Independent exploration of Munich
You have a full day of independent exploration ahead of you today. A logical starting point is the city’s central square, the Marienplatz. Here, you can view St. Mary’s column and many historic buildings, including the New and Old Town Halls. If you’re here at 11:00 a.m., noon or 5:00 p.m., you’ll hear the carillon in the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) clang into action. Close by you’ll find the city’s oldest church, the Peterskirche, notable for its grisly relics of St Munditia, patron saint of single women, and for the view from its tower (up several hundred steps but worth the climb on a clear day!). The Marienplatz is also ideal for people-watching, with its many restaurants, cafés and shops.
Munich also has many fascinating museums to discover, including the Deutsches Museum with its masterpieces of science and technology; the Bavarian National Museum, one of Europe’s most important museums of decorative arts; and the BMW Automotive Museum. Nearby, you can take in Olympic Park, site of the 1972 Olympic Games. Walk through the lovely park, visit the modern stadium, and take in great views from the Olympic Tower.
Hotel: Hotel Laimer Hof
DAY 3: Independent exploration of Munich
Today, you might venture out of the city on a day trip. There are a number of options that you can reserve through your Munich hotel. For a poignant and moving experience, visit the site of Germany’s first concentration camp at the Dachau Concentration Camp and memorial on the northern edge of the city. Another significant nearby World War II site is Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s mountain retreat built at 6,148 feet (1,873.9 meters) atop Mt. Kehlstein. Here, you can see the southern headquarters of the Nazi party—as well as some of Germany’s most mesmerizing views of the Alps. Another mountaintop attraction is “Mad Ludwig’s” storybook Neuschwanstein Castle. You can see the castle—as well as a nearby lake, the equally beautiful Hohenschwangau Castle and the waterfall gorge—on a day trip to the enchanting Old World town of Fussen, set in the foothills of the Alps.
Or stay put in Munich and bask in the city’s more tranquil side. Munich is renowned for its many parks and gardens. Perhaps you’ll visit the city’s largest natural park, the English Garden. Here, you can admire its bucolic settings, indulge in one of its beer gardens or join the locals for a swim in the river that runs through the park.
Hotel: Hotel Laimer Hof
DAY 4: Munich extension concludes / Depart for home
After breakfast*, transfer to the airport for your flight home.** Please be sure that you are waiting at the designated transfer time and in the lobby of the hotel.
*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the Front Desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.
**VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” The transfer is prearranged by VBT and is prepaid. VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.