Frequently Asked Questions

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1. General Questions
2. Booking your tour
3. Preparing for a tour
4. Customizing a tour

General Questions

Where do tours start? And how about hotel pick-up?

Unless otherwise specified, our tours start at the Fish Fountain right on Marienplatz. Since Your Local Friend Tours Munich specializes in private guided tours, you may always suggest a central meeting point that would suit you best. 

If you are staying at a hotel or apartment that is located in the city center, we will be happy to meet you at the lobby and start our tour from there. In this case, please indicate the name and address of your hotel during the booking process.

Do I need to bring cash on my walking tour?

In general, we recommend you always carry some cash when visiting Germany. While the bigger shops and most restaurants and ticket offices will take credit cards, there will be some places where only cash is accepted. Before you enter shops or restaurants, see if you can find display stickers on the doors to know which cards are accepted.
 You will need Euros at snack or souvenir stands, for the use of public toilets and tips.

In our opinion, the easiest and usually cheapest way to exchange money is to use an ATM. You will find them (ask for a “Geldautomat” if you want to say it in German) in many places in German cities, e.g. at airports and train stations and pedestrian zones. They usually operate 24/7 and have an English language option to make using them easy for you.

What about public toilets in Munich?

Almost all restaurants, cafés and bigger stores have bathrooms that can be used free of charge by customers only. There are a few public toilets that usually charge something between 50 cents to 1 Euro. Most public toilets have an attendant, and especially if toilet use was completely free of charge, you might consider tipping them around 50 cents.

Can I go shopping on Sundays?

We’ve found this to be one of the biggest surprises to American guests on our walking tours: on Sundays, public and bank holidays, shops in Munich are closed. And we mean almost all shops, even the grocery stores. There are exceptions for tourist areas, airports and train stations. But in general, don’t count on buying your souvenirs or foods on a Sunday. The good news is that bakeries, restaurants, cafés and museum shops are usually open. And so are the beergardens!

Booking your tour

How do I book a walking tour?

To book a walking tour, please use the "Book Tour" buttons that you will find with the respective tour descriptions on our website. If you have any questions, please contact us.

What is a single supplement?

As we only offer private exclusive group tours, we need to charge a single supplement to individual travelers who want to go solo. The minimum rate is always that of two adults. So if you are traveling by yourself, or if you are accompanied by only one child or infant, a single supplement of 100% for extras such as tickets or culinary packages will be charged. There will be no single supplement for a group that consists of at least two adults.

What is the minimum, what is the maximum number of persons for my group?

Our tours are designed for small, exclusive groups with a size of 1 to 10 persons. If your group consists of more than 10 persons, it is sometimes helpful to create two groups. In other cases, you might prefer to keep the entire party together.
Let us find the best solution for you! If you're coming with a group of more than 10 persons, please contact us.

You are welcome to book a private tour just for yourself, but please note that we will need to charge a single supplement of 100% for extras such as culinary packages or tickets.

Are Your Local Friend tours suitable for persons with disabilities?

Our walking tours do involve longer distances, but we will try to always choose accessible ways or alternative routes, and we will focus on finding a pace that everyone in the group is comfortable with. For special questions regarding accessibility of our tours, please contact us.

How about children – are your tours suitable for them?

Yes, definitely most of them! Children are welcome on any of our tours if accompanied by at least one adult. We will do our best to adjust our tours to suit all ages.

One exception: We think children should be 14 years or older when they visit the Third Reich tour or the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, as the themes covered are of an adult nature. However, this is merely a recommendation, and we leave it to parental discretion as to whether or not you think the tour and its themes are suitable for your children. We’re happy to advise should you have any questions regarding our tour contents.

Can I bring a stroller/pushchair/pram?

Yes, of course. Streets in Munich are easily accessible, and our guides will always find ways to avoid stairs and steep hills.

Please note that, for security reasons, strollers are not allowed on the Oktoberfest grounds daily after 6 p.m. and all day on Saturdays and public holidays.

Who will be my tour guide?

Your Local Friend will usually be either Synthia or Tobias, in some cases one of our trusted associated tour guides - but always a local tour guide with great expertise and perfect English language skills. Find out more about your guides in the About us section.
While you may always express a wish for a certain guide for your tour, please understand that we cannot guarantee this guide is available. In this case, we will arrange for an equally suitable guide.

I’m vegetarian or vegan. / I don’t drink alcohol: Should I still book a tour with you?

We think we know why you would ask this: At first sight, Bavaria seems like the perfect place for beer lovers who like to have their daily share of hearty meat and cheese dishes. But then again, Munich offers such a big variety of alternative food and drinks that you will never feel like you’re missing out on anything. We will always offer non-alcoholic alternatives to beer, and we will find dishes that go with your eating habits. Just let us know when you book the tour. Also, please make us aware of all food allergies before you partake so that we can arrange for alternatives.

Preparing for a tour

How do I prepare for a walking tour?

We want you to enjoy a care-free time when we are on tour together, so there isn’t really much that you would need to prepare in advance. If you are in doubt about what to wear, please check the weather forecast. In general, wearing different layers that you can put on or take off are a good option.

What if it rains?

Our tours run almost every day, rain or shine – so please dress appropriately. If in doubt, please check the weather forecast. In case of extremely severe thunderstorms or other dangerous weather, we will contact you to offer an alternative time or day for your tour. So far, we have never had to cancel a tour for bad weather as Munich is full of options where we can spend larger parts of our tours in indoor places. For our cancellation policies, please see our Terms & Conditions.

What should I bring to a tour?

You might want to bring a small bottle of water and an umbrella, depending on the weather forecast, or wear sunscreen and a hat. You should definitely bring your camera to capture the amazing moments of our walking tours.

How much “walking” do your walking tours have?

Usually quite a lot, but if you are elderly, injured, you have trouble walking or simply don’t feel like walking much, we will find a pace that everyone in the group is comfortable with. Our 2-hour Munich Walking Tour has the shortest walking distance of approximately 1.5 miles (2 km), while there will be longer walking distances on our other tours – although we will comfortably cover some parts using public transport. If in doubt about the amount of walking, please contact us.

Can I bring my dog / my cat / my guinea pig?

The answer is: it depends. Well-behaved pets are allowed on most of our tours. Please note that pets (with the exception of guide dogs) are not allowed inside churches, the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and some public buildings and restaurants, so you might need to wait outside with your pet until the tour continues outside. Feel free to bring your guinea pig on tour. Just don’t tell anyone. Let’s keep that our little secret.

Please contact us if you have questions on a specific tour.

Customizing a tour

How can I customize a tour?

At Your Local Friend, we did our best to curate our personal and well-balanced walking tours for you. But we know that sometimes you need to do your own thing. Because who knows yourself better than you? Tell us about your plans and what you are most interested in. All our tours are designed to be as flexible as possible to meet your personal needs. You may pick one of our curated tours and add your favorite culinary add-on. If you’re celebrating a special day like a birthday or an anniversary, we will make sure to include some festive elements. But you may also make up your personal itinerary. So if, for example, you have been to Munich before, and you want to discover places that we did not list in our tour descriptions, we will be happy to advise and create your personal tour for you. Simply contact us!

Do you do thematic tours? I want to see Oktoberfest or the Christmas markets.

Yes, we offer thematic tours for special events such as the Oktoberfest and during the Christmas season. We are always happy to customize your tour according to your personal plans and ideas. You will find further information here: Seasonal tours

And how about layover tours?

We sure do! Please contact us and tell us about your plans. We will then try to arrange a customized tour especially for your layover in Munich.

Do you do tours in other languages than English?

Yes, for example in German! For private tours in Spanish, Russian, Italian, French or Greek, please contact us.