Munich Travel Guide

The capital of Bavaria is a wonderful city visit, with cultural complexity and historical significance at every turn.

Munich school trip travel guide

An introduction to Munich

Munich is famed for beer, football and motor cars, but whilst these all have their place, it is a city of many other contrasting themes and an excellent destination for a school trip focusing on German or History.

As capital of Bavaria you'll find beautiful countryside on tap just minutes out of the city and the alpine foothills not much further on. Back in the city, there are literally dozens of architectural jaw-droppers such as the Frauenkirche and Neues Rathaus, a long list of world class museums and art galleries, along with many theatres and music venues showing different plays and performances.

For History tours, use Munich as a base and visits to Dachau concentration Camp and Nuremburg are within easy access, and on a slightly lighter note a trip to Neuschwanstein Castle is a little further, probably 2-3 hours by coach, but well worth it for the stories of the King Ludwig II, his megalomania and to see probably the most photographed castle on the planet.

All visits are covered by our externally verified Safety Management System and are pre-paid when applicable. Prices and opening times are accurate as of May 2018 and are subject to change and availability. Booking fees may apply to services provided by Voyager School Travel when paid on site.

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History

Marienplatz

Marienplatz is the central square in Munich, it has been the city's main square since 1158. Marienplatz was named after the Mariensäule, a Marian column erected in its centre in 1638 to celebrate the end of Swedish occupation. The pedestrian zone between Karlsplatz and Marienplatz is a crowded area with numerous shops and restaurants. You will also find the spectacular New City Hall in this square.

Munich Residenz

The Munich Residenz served as the seat of government and residence of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings from 1508 to 1918. What began in 1385 as a castle at the north-eastern corner of the town (the Neuveste, or new citadel) was transformed over the centuries into a magnificent palace, its buildings and gardens extending further and further into the town. 

The architecture, interior decoration and works of art collected in the Residenz range in time from the Renaissance, via the early Baroque and Rococo periods to the neoclassical era. They all bear witness to the discriminating taste and the political ambition of the Wittelsbach dynasty. 

Munich Residenz

 

The Residenz houses a number of museums and monuments maintained by the Bavarian Administration of State-owned Palaces, Gardens and Lakes (the Residenz museum itself, the Treasury, the Cuvilliés-Theater and the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche) along with other cultural institutions. The complex as a whole is one of the largest museums in Bavaria.
residenz-muenchen.de

Price Free
Opening times 24 March-21 October: 09.00 to 18.00
22 October-23 March: 10.00 to 17.00

White Rose Monument

This monument, tucked in a corner of the gardens adjacent to the main palace - Hofburg Gardens - is worth a stop. Dedicated to the memory of the non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany, consisting of students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor.

The group became known for an anonymous leaflet and graffiti campaign, lasting from June 1942 until February 1943. This makes a meaningful spot to stop and contemplate the enormity of the movement that had its roots in this city - and those brave enough to speak up. The gardens also have a wonderful biergarten worth a stop on your explorations.

Odeonsplatz

The Odeonsplatz is a large square in central Munich which was developed in the early 19th century by Leo von Klenze and is at the southern end of the Ludwigstraße, developed at the same time.

The square is named for the former concert hall, the Odeon, on its southwestern side. The name Odeonsplatz has come to be extended to the parvis (forecourt) of the Residenz, in front of the Theatine Church and terminated by the Feldherrnhalle, which lies to the south of it.

The square was the scene of a fatal gun battle which ended the March on the Feldherrnhalle during the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch.

Frauenkirche

The Frauenkirche or “Cathedral of Our Dear Lady” is a major landmark and is considered a symbol of the Bavarian capital city. It is located in Munich’s Old Town. In WWII, the Frauenkirche was very heavily damaged by air strikes but was later rebuilt and renovated. The south tower of the cathedral can be climbed and offers a unique, wide view across the rooftops of Munich and on to the Alps.
dmuenchner-dom.de

Price Free
Opening times 07.30 to 20.30 daily

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial

On March 22, 1933, a few weeks after Adolf Hitler had been appointed Reich Chancellor, a concentration camp for political prisoners was set up in Dachau. This camp served as a model for all later concentration camps and as a "school of violence" for the SS men under whose command it stood.

In the twelve years of its existence over 200.000 persons from all over Europe were imprisoned here and in the numerous subsidary camps. 41.500 were murdered. On April 29 1945, American troops liberated the survivors.
kz-gedenkstaette-dachau.de

Price 90€ for a group guided tour
Opening times 09.00 to 17.00

Nazi Rally Grounds - Nuremburg

The Nazi Party Rally Grounds - as a total entity and as individual buildings - were intended to demonstrate National Socialist power to the world without and to those within. With their gigantic dimensions, the grounds and the architecture were meant to suggest to the individual visitor to the Nazi Party Rallies that he was participating in something major and significant, while at the same time conveying the impression of his own insignificance.
museums.nuernberg.de

Price £1.50
Opening times Mon – Fri 09.00 – 18.00. Sat & Sun 10.00 – 18.00.

Neuschwanstein Castle

King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.4 million people visit “the castle of the fairy-tale king”. In the summer, around 6,000 visitors a day stream through rooms that were intended for a single inhabitant.

The setting of Neuschwanstein could not be more idyllic. However, it must be consistently preserved to protect it from the erosion of the elements.insignificance.
neuschwanstein.de

Price

Students: Free

Adults: 13,00€ 

Opening times April to 15 October: 09.00 – 18.00
16 October to March: 10.00 – 16.00

 

Linderhof Palace

100km from Munich, but well worth the journey is the Linderhof Palace. This pint-sized palace was the favourite home of Bavaria’s “fairy tale king”, Ludwig II, and is blessed with a hall of mirrors and spectacular park grounds containing the amazing ‘Venus Grotto’.
schlosslinderhof.de

Price

Students: Free

Adults: 8,50€

Opening times April-15 October: daily 09.00 – 18.00
16 October- March: daily 10.00 – 16.30

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

This mountain resort town was the site of the first Winter Olympic Games games to feature alpine skiing. Nearby is Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze, 9714 ft high.

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Science

German Museum

Experience the world of science and technology, from their origins to the present day, in 50 exhibition areas covering some 50,000 square metres. It is the world’s largest museum of science and technology, with approximately 1.5 million visitors annually.
deutsches-museum.de

Price £4
Opening times 09.00 to 17.00 daily

 

BMW Welt

BMW Welt (World), is a multi-functional customer experience and exhibition facility. Next door to the BMW Headquarters and the Olympiapark, it is designed to present the current products of BMW, be a distribution centre for BMW cars, and offer an event forum and a conference centre.
bmw-welt.com

Price

BMW Welt : Free

BMW Museum: Adult 10€ / Reduced 7€
Groups (min. 5 people): 9€

Factory:180€ for a school group

Opening times

BMW Welt: Monday to Saturday from 07.30 to 00.00.
Sunday from 09.00 to 00.00

BMW Museum: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00
Factory: Monday to Friday 09.00 – 16.30

 

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Art

Pinakothek Galleries & Museums

Munich is blessed with a rich and vast art collection mainly focused in the Pinakothek Galleries & Museums. The Alte Pinakothek features collections from the 14th -18th century. The Neue Pinakothek covers nineteenth-century art, and the recently opened Pinakothek der Moderne exhibits modern art.
pinakothek.de

 

 

Price Free
Opening times 10.00 to 18.00 daily
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Recreation

Allianz Arena

The home of Bayern Munich, what makes the Allianz Arena the world’s finest football arena? Find out for yourself! Take an Arena Tour for a behind the scenes insight into this extraordinary and unusual stadium. Experience the atmosphere of the Allianz Arena from the point of view of a professional footballer in the players’ areas and discover the exciting details of this unique structure. This and many other highlights await.
allianz-arena.de

Price Arena tour 182€ for 30 people
Opening times English language tour at 13.00 daily

Olympic Park

Munich hosted the Olympic games in 1972 and on a tour of the park you can see the Olympic stadium in detail and learn more about its background. Especially worthwhile is a look at the former dug-outs of FC Bayern München and TSV 1860 München football clubs. You can also step up to the plate and try your luck at the goal wall!
olympiapark.de

Prices

Stadium tour:

Students: 6€
Adults: 8€

Trip up the tower:
Students 5€
Adults 7€

Opening times Please check the website for details

 

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