"There are many tour guides, but I have never experienced one like Tobias!! So much passion and expertise, combined with an amusing and charming way. You have to search for a long time to find something comparable."
Joaquin from Washington, USA


A day with Tobias

Viktualienmarkt Merchant
Munich Glockenspiel Behind the Scenes

I love to start the day with a walk over Viktualienmarkt, chitchatting with the merchants like my friend Max, who sells fruit and veggie. Even though I’ve seen it a hundred times: Whenever I have the chance, I enjoy watching my beloved Glockenspiel in Munich’s City Hall. Finally in the evening I call it a day at Weisses Bräuhaus. Prost.


Who are you?

I call myself a “Bavarian Cosmopolitan”. My deep Bavarian roots give me an immense appreciation for the beautiful landscapes, heavenly delights and genuine folks that I associate with this magical place. But I also love to travel the world and experience all the colorfulness and diversity life offers. Like in a new age novel, a trip to India triggered a significant change in my life. Specifically, a walking tour in Old Delhi with the famous guide, Dhruv Gupta, inspired me to become a tour guide myself. Dhruv calls himself "a local friend" and because of his loveable personality and experienced tour guide skills, he became my role model. Fast forward: I abandoned my career as a graphic designer that kept me unhappily tethered to an office desk. After completing an intensive Munich tour guide training program, I worked for one of the city´s largest tour companies and as an independent tour guide in Munich. Finally, with Synthia, I cofounded our own small walking tour company – Your Local Friend. Since day one we have had a single goal: to offer you the most immersive and authentic experiences in Munich, like only your local friend can.


I cherish a late afternoon walk along the stretch of the Isar River that runs close to the city center. This almost-absurd mix of nature and urban life that maybe only cities like Vancouver and Sydney can offer is so enjoyable. I watch children playing in the shallow water, dogs jostling for a stick and people relaxing after a day at work.


I will never get enough of the ceiling frescoes at the Church of the Holy Spirit. Not ever! What beauties they are, revealing their ancient stories. Sit down in a pew, lean your head back and marvel!


Guess what. I love beer! Enjoying a cold one at Orlando´s next to the Hofbräuhaus while watching the pedestrians passing by is my favorite "Feierabend movie". If you don´t know what a "Feierabend" is, you should come on a tour with me and I promise to tell you!

Tobias Röckl Tour Guide Munich Your Local Friend Stadtführer München

The best feedback to me is when my guests tell me after the tour that they “understood” Munich. The way it has developed, how our culture evolved and how we’re living today. With all of our heritage. From ancient nobility over dark times to a modern “village of millions”.


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