Our tour starts at Marienplatz. At the Old City Hall, we will remember how a speech by Joseph Goebbels marked the launch of the so called crystal night, the Reichspogromnacht of 1938, against the Jewish population. You will hear how the famous Munich beerhalls once hosted the first small gatherings of the Nazis.
When Hitler tried to overthrow the government with his Beerhall Coup in 1923, he was stopped at the Fieldmarshall’s Hall. We will explain how, only a few years later, Hitler and his Nazi party had gained power, leading to one of the darkest chapters in the history of Munich. At the Royal Residence, we will discover the traces of the allied bombings that leveled half of the city.
Walking past the former head quarter of Gestapo, Hitler’s secret police, we will reach Karolinenplatz, former home district to influential patrons who gave Hitler entry to bourgeois circles. We will then move on to Königsplatz where the mass Nazi gatherings were held. Today, the NS Documentation Center keeps the memory of the crimes of the Nazi era alive.
As the bus takes us to the other side of the city, we will have a coffee break and talk about the German resistance movement: the Weiße Rose, among others, led by a group of students and a professor at the University of Munich.
On our way to Prinzregentenplatz, Hitler’s former private residence, we will see the Haus der Kunst, an art museum with Nazi Germany’s first monumental structure used for propaganda, and more buildings of Nazi architecture from this era. We will take our time as we walk back to the center, leaving enough room for personal talk and for your questions – because we really want you to understand this part of German history.
This half day tour starts twice a day: In the morning at 09:00 a.m., and in the afternoon at 02:00 p.m.
Bookings can be made 24 hours prior to the day.
Duration of the tour: 4 hours
Our tours usually take off at the Fish Fountain right on St. Mary’s Square/Marienplatz. If you are staying at a hotel in the city center, please let us know if you prefer to be picked up there. Along with your booking confirmation, you will be given detailed information on where and when we will meet.
– Four hours in Munich with Your Local Friend
– Tickets for public transport
– A freshly baked pretzel and a taste of delicious Obazda, a traditional cheese delicacy
– A sweet or savory pastry
– A small glass of beer, softdrink or coffee