Founded in 1158, Munich has been the capital of Bavaria since 1503. Next to Berlin, it is Germany’s most popular city – yet it remains small enough to explore in one visit. It enjoys the added advantage of a great setting, with the German Alps and pristine lakes just an hour’s drive away. The best time to visit is from June through October, when the beer gardens and street cafes are in full swing. The famous Oktoberfest, held on the Theresienwiese fairground, starts on the second-to-last Saturday in September and lasts for 16 days (September 17 – October 3, 2016).
Available only with the Air Inclusive Package.
DAY 1: Depart from home / Fly overnight to Munich
Depart from home for Germany. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.
DAY 2: Arrive in Munich / Begin your Trip Extension
Upon arrival in Munich you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Our transfers are arranged by our Munich Hotel Laimer Hof, telephone: +49 89 178 03 80outside Germany or 089 178 03 80within 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 arrivals hall after you’ve left the customs security area.
If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 pm. 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. VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes recommendations for what to see and do in Munich.
At 3:00 pm, our local guide will meet you at the hotel and take you on a 3-hour walking tour. He or she will show you how to buy tram tickets for our 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 your first German dinner this evening.
Hotel: Hotel Laimer Hof
DAY 3: Independent exploration of Munich
Spend today exploring Munich today. At 11:00 am and noon, the Marienplatz fills with onlookers as the carillon in the Rathaus tower clangs into action. Close by, visit the Peterskirche, the oldest church in Munich, 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!). At the Munchener Stadtmuseum local history museum, browse a photo and film exhibit and a puppet display. North of the Marienplatz, stroll to the posh end of the city center. And from the fashionable Maximilianstrasse, the little Kosttor road leads straight to the Hofbrauhaus, Munich's largest and most famous drinking hall.
You can also enjoy the tranquility of the English Garden, Munich's largest natural area. Located north of the city, its vistas draw thousands of visitors for walks and picnics. If you'd like, you can join the locals and swim in the rivers that run through it. The park houses several popular beer gardens that provide a lovely rest stop after a day of exploring.
Hotel: Hotel Laimer Hof
DAY 4: Independent exploration of Munich
Today you may visit the interesting BMW Automotive Museum, which displays the history of the company in relation to the development of the modern automobile. Exhibits, videos, slide collections and films are highlights of the museum. Nearby, visit the neighboring Olympic Park, the site of the 1972 Olympic Games. Walk through the lovely park, visit the modern and mesmerizing stadium, and see great views from the Olympic Tower.
Or you may wish to venture out of Munich. The Dachau Concentration Camp and memorial is on the northern edge of Munich and was the site of Germany's first concentration camp. Today, it is a place of memory and pilgrimage and makes for an educational and sobering day trip.
For a longer excursion, join a full-day coach trip to Berchtesgaden, Hitler's mountain retreat and the southern headquarters of the Nazi party. The dictator's Eagle's Nest lodge here was built by the Nazis. At 6,148 feet atop Mt. Kehlstein, it has some of Germany's most amazing views of the Alps – despite its history.
Or visit the enchanting old-world town of Fussen, set in the foothills of the Alps and surrounded by one of the most breathtaking natural vistas in the world. You'll see “Mad Ludwig’s” storybook Neuschwanstein Castle, the nearby lake and a postcard-perfect aerial view of the equally beautiful Hohenschwangau Castle and the waterfall gorge.
You can reserve all these tours through your hotel in Munich.
Hotel: Hotel Laimer Hof
DAY 5: Transfer to Luxembourg / Join VBT Air Package guests
This morning, transfer from your Munich hotel to the airport for your flight to Luxembourg City.
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.
Upon arrival in Luxembourg City, you will be transferred to the Hotel Le Royal and have time to explore and have lunch on your own. VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes recommendations for what to see and do in Luxembourg City. Your hotel room may not be available until 3pm, but you may store your luggage at the front desk. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this fascinating city, capital of one of Europe’s smallest countries.
VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.
Hotel: Hotel Le Royal
DAY 6: Explore Luxembourg City
After breakfast, continue your exploration of the city. Your local guide will meet you at 10:00 am in the hotel lobby for a two-hour walking orientation tour, during which you can get some insider tips.
From the city’s setting high on a rocky outcropping, you’ll have sweeping views of the Petrusse and Alzette valleys. Explore cobblestone-arched narrow streets and small elegant palaces such as the Palais Grand-Ducal and the Chambre des Deputes. The beautiful Chemin de la Corniche is said to be Europe's most beautiful terrace, with a pleasant promenade that passes restored ancient homes. You might also explore the Casemates du Bock, a defensive labyrinth excavated in 1745 in the rocks beneath the city; it is partly open to visitors. You’ll also bask in the beauty of the city’s two major squares: the regal Place de la Constitution and the cozy Place du Marche, still used for weekly flower and vegetable markets.
Tonight, dine on your own. The city boasts more Michelin stars per square mile than any other and has a lively atmosphere in its many cafés, pubs and pizzerias. The biggest ethnic community here is from Portugal, which adds a Latin flair to the city’s menus.
Hotel: Hotel Le Royal