Munich, Germany Munich, Germany

Essential Munich

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The perfect introduction to Munich at an uncommon value, Essential Munich is designed to introduce you to some of the sites you need to see on your first trip to the city.

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Day 1
Arrival | Munich Munich, Germany

Upon arrival in Munich, meet your driver and assistant for your transfer to your hotel in the city center. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Founded as a fortified trade settlement on the bank of the Isar River in the 12th century, Munich was later granted a monopoly in the salt trade, which was so important in the Middle Ages, thus gradually growing in wealth and importance. In the early 16th century, it became the capital of Bavaria and reached its greatest growth in the 19th century. Famous for hosting the annual Oktoberfest beer festival, Munich also has a multitude of architectural monuments, excellent historic sights, museums, and shopping.

Exeter Services: Arrival Transfer

Hotel: Rocco Forte The Charles or Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten

Day 2
Munich | Munich Munich, Germany

This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel to take you on an overview walking tour of Munich’s Old T own.

You will first head to Marienplatz (Mary’s Square), which has been Munich’s focal point since it was first laid in the 1300s. It is here where the famous Glockenspiel Clock can be seen! Next, you may wish to see the historic Frauenkirche church, whose towers were the only parts that survived the war bombings. It is one of Germany’s largest Gothic buildings, able to accommodate a congregation of up to 20,000.

Your guide will also take you to Viktualienmarkt, the open-air food market frequented by locals and tourists alike. It’s a great place to pick up a fresh pretzel for a snack. On your way there, you may want to step inside St. Peter’s Church, the oldest parish church in the city and referred by locals as “Old Peter”. If you are interested, you can climb the 300 steps to the tower to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city center, reaching as far as the Alps during clear days.

Continue your tour with a stop at Feldherrnhalle – Field Marshals’ Hall, a monumental loggia modeled after the one in Florence, and mostly known for being the site of the brief battle that ended Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch in 1923.

You will finally reach The Munich Residenz – the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs and the largest palace in Germany. You will be taken on a tour of the palace and the treasury today, having the opportunity to see its beautiful architecture, room decorations, and displays from former royal collections.

Exeter Services: Guide (4 Hours)

Hotel: Rocco Forte The Charles or Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten

Day 3
Bavaria | Bavaria Munich, Germany

This morning your driver will meet you in your hotel lobby for a drive deep into Bavaria and into the Alps. Today you may visit Neuschwanstein, one of the most recognized symbols of Bavaria. It took 17 years and over 6 million Gold Marks to turn “Mad” King Ludwig II’s fantasy into reality. Set in one of the world’s most beautiful locations, the castle overlooks the idyllic 700-year-old medieval village of Füssen. The views from the castle and from the nearby town are priceless.

Although the castle is still, to this day, unfinished, the interior is stunning. Neuschwanstein is designed in the authentic style of old German knights’ castles and is decorated in themes from Wagner’s operas.

The castle is extraordinarily busy all summer long. We avoid lines as much as possible by booking a pre-set entrance time. Please note you will tour with other participants. You will also have tickets to get to the castle in the horse and carriage system operated by the castle administration.

After your visit, your driver will take you to the village of Oberammergau for a bit of exploration. Oberammergau is most known for its Passion Play – first performed in 1634 and still performed once every 10 years. Come back in 2020 to see the next performance! It’s a very picturesque village, as residents have a tradition of painting frescoes on their houses with scenes from fairy tales, folk life and bible scenes. If you want to pick up a souvenir here, Oberammergau is famous for its wood carving.

If you wish, you can also visit the Wies Church (Wieskirche), a UNESCO-protected baroque landmark. Completely unassuming from the outside, the interior of this church is magnificently decorated and is a highlight of Bavarian rococo architecture.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (10 Hours)

Hotel: Rocco Forte The Charles or Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten

Day 4
Berchtesgaden | Berchtesgaden

Enjoy the day at leisure or choose from one of the following suggested day trips from Munich.

Option 1:

This morning your driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and will transfer you to Salzburg (the drive takes about 2 hours). Upon arrival you will meet your local guide who will take you on an overview walking tour of the city. Salzburg’s Old Town with its world-famous baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centers in Europe and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Hohensalzburg fortress, strategically located on a hill overlooking the old town, is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Originally built in the 11th century as a simple bailey with wooden walls, the structure was gradually expanded and strengthened in the following centuries. Because the fortress actually never came under a military siege and was surrendered without a fight to Napoleon’s army, this is one of the best-preserved castles in Europe.

You will also see the Salzburg Cathedral, a 17th-century Baroque building which was the site of Mozart’s baptism. You can also see the Benedictine St. Peter’s abbey, the oldest monastery in Austria. The Romanesque abbey church, still in use today, was dedicated in the 12th century. Its interiors were refurbished in the Rococo style in the 18th century. The abbey also houses the oldest library in Austria including 800 ancient manuscripts and some 100,000 volumes, focusing on medieval church history, art history, and items relating to the local history of Salzburg.

Salzburg’s most famous son is of course Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and you will get a chance to visit his birthplace. His family lived here for 27 years and today you can see items from Mozart’s childhood.

All throughout your sightseeing today, you’ll also be noticing sites from The Sound of Music, including Mirabel Gardens (“Do-Re-Mi”), the abbey and the cemetery where the family hid from the Nazis.

In the afternoon, you will journey back to Munich. Upon arrival, enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Option 2:

This morning meet your driver and guide and head south and east for approximately two hours to reach Hitler’s mountain retreat at Berchtesgaden – Eagle’s Nest. This mountaintop chalet remains today in its original

condition. You’ll have to take a local, specially-equipped bus to the top of the mountain to reach it, then take an elevator built directly into the mountain.

Eagle’s Nest was a gift from the Nazi Party to Hitler for his 50th birthday and he used it to entertain friends and high-ranking party officials. After the heavy bombing during the war, it was captured by the 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles.

After admiring the spectacular views, you can also see the remains of Hitler’s main residence, the Berghof. The building is now gone, and they have planted trees so densely that it is impossible for neo-Nazis to create a memorial. This area also once had the houses of some of the other top people in Nazi Germany, including Göring, Speer and Bormann, but most have been demolished. Next, you will visit the Eagle’s Nest along the steep rock walls and deep gorges. There are gorgeous views along the ride. Afterwards, you take the original brass-lined elevator directly to the building of Eagle’s Nest, originally built as a teahouse for Hitler. The building is now a restaurant with panoramic mountain views.

In the afternoon, you will journey back to Munich. Upon arrival, enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Exeter Services:Option 1: Vehicle & Driver (9 Hours); Local Guide (4 Hours) Option 2: Vehicle, Driver & Guide (8 Hours)

Hotel: Rocco Forte The Charles or Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten

Day 5
Departure | Departure Munich, Germany

This morning after check-out, your driver will meet you in the lobby of your hotel for your transfer to the airport to catch your onward flight.

Exeter Services: Airport Transfer

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