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Munich Highlights by Segway 3-Hour Tour

1. Munich Highlights by Segway 3-Hour Tour

Glide through the streets of Munich on this Segway tour. Learn how to manage a Segway and visit all the major city attractions, including the Maximilianeum and the Theatine Church. After getting the hang of riding a Segway, start your tour at Artur-Kutscher-Platz. Then, head towards the English Garden and along the Isar River to the Angel of Peace. Continue to the Maximilianeum, the seat of the Bavarian Parliament. This building was constructed between 1857 and 1874 by the architect Friedrich Bürklein and fits in with the surroundings by the Isar River. Up the river, see Museum Island with the Deutsches Museum and the parish church of St. Maximilian on the west bank of the Isar River. Head along Maximilianstraße past the Residenz Theatre at Odeonsplatz and admire the Feldherrnhalle and the Theatine Church.  Glide past the Munich Residenz together with the Hofgarten as well as the Bavarian State Chancellery towards the Eisbach. From there, swing around the Siegestor back to the starting point.

Munich Residenz Concert

2. Munich Residenz Concert

The Residenz in the heart of Munich was the city palace, once the seat of the Dukes, Princes, and Kings of Bavaria. The extensive complex is the largest city palace in Germany and contains some of the most lavish interiors in Europe. With its art collections and treasury, it is without a doubt the most important cultural site in all of Bavaria. A particular highlight awaits you every Saturday and Thursday in the Munich Residenz. The Residenz Soloists, together with members of the Munich Philharmonic, give a concert in the Hofkapelle where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself once played. The concert program is changed weekly and offers masterpieces of the Baroque and Classical periods by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Haydn, and works produced by Mozart as a guest composer at the Bavarian court.

Munich 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

3. Munich 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Explore the vibrant city of Munich in an active way. On this 3-hour guided bike tour you will learn many interesting stories about the history of the city. The bike allows you to quickly and easily reach the famous sights in the city. Take in the special atmosphere of the city as you cycle together through Munich’s streets and listen to your guide’s interesting stories. During the tour you will make a stop at the Hofbräukeller beer garden. Enjoy a cold beer before you continue cycling along the Isar River. The bike ride takes you along Marienplatz, past the Hofbräuhaus, and down Maximilianstrasse, through Königsplatz, past the Pinakothek der Moderne, through Schwabing, and to the English Garden. At the end, the tour returns to the starting point.

Munich City: Marienplatz and English Garden Walking Tour

4. Munich City: Marienplatz and English Garden Walking Tour

Pulsating with energy and commerce, yet charmingly wedded to its historic past, Munich is an exciting city to visit and a charming town to walk around. On this tour, you will be introduced to many of the city's major attractions and told about some of it’s legends from your guide. Start at the large open square of Marienplatz, dominated by the Old and New Town Hall. Stroll through the inner city and see sites such as the Frauenkirche and the former royal palaces of the Munich Residenz. Along the way you will learn about the city’s colorful 850-year history, stopping at sites that have witnessed events of not just local, but worldwide interest. See some of its famous beer halls and move on to its green attraction, the massive English Garden. Larger than New York’s Central Park, you will walk among oak and maple trees and discover where people can surf, despite being 6 hours from the nearest sea.

Munich Residenz: Master Concert in the Hercules Hall

5. Munich Residenz: Master Concert in the Hercules Hall

Experience a special evening concert devoted to famous artists of classical music. The concert features masterpieces by Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi, and Bach in the impressive Hercules Hall of the Munich Residenz. The Hercules Hall was originally the throne room of Louis I and was built after the reconstruction as a concert hall. It served as a substitute for Klenze’s destroyed Odeon and was the most important concert hall in Munich up until the opening of the Philharmonic Hall in Gasteig. It got its name from the tapestries on the wall that depict the legend of Hercules and were commissioned by Albrecht V in 1556. With a new concert series, the renowned "Residenz Soloists" want to offer a stage in the cultural capital of Munich to the young, international rising stars of symphony. Under the title of "Star Concerts," these young, passionate talents play an ambitious and diverse program of selected masterworks, symphonies, solo evenings, and gems of chamber music in the Hercules Hall. March 23 - 7:30 PM Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" in E-flat major Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 "New World" Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Residence Soloists May 4 - 7:30 PM Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 "Fate" in C minor Verdi: Rigoletto Paraphrase Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major "Coronation Concerto" Andreas Skouras: Piano & Residence Soloists November 24 - 7:00 PM Vivaldi: Double-Concerto "The Winter" Albinoni: Oboe Concerto Haydn: Trumpet Concerto Händel: "Water Music" Trumpet Gala

Munich: Gala Concert in the Cuvilliés Theatre

6. Munich: Gala Concert in the Cuvilliés Theatre

Experience a concert by the Residenz soloists in one of the most beautiful and important Rococo theaters in Europe where Mozart’s Idomeneo was premiered and where Napoleon was a guest for a performance of Don Giovanni in 1806. The ensemble, consisting of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, performs selected masterpieces of classical music, leaving long-lasting impressions and wonderful memories for the audience.

Munich's Old Town by Segway 3-hour Tour

7. Munich's Old Town by Segway 3-hour Tour

All beginnings are difficult – not on a Segway! Before you start your tour of Munich, you'll learn how to ride the Segway and realize that it's actually very easy. Experience shows that every customer gets to grips with riding a Segway within minutes. After the initial training you can get on your way and start your tour of the city. The tour starts at Artur-Kutscher-Platz. From there you will head towards Isator. Ride through Tal towards Viktualienmarket and Marienplatz. See Königsplatz and admire its Neo-Classical buildings. Marvel at the impressive Neo-Gothic New Town Hall. See highlights of Munich's oldtown such as Feldherrnhalle and the Theatine Church. End your tour back at the starting point.

Munich: Classical Concert Recital in Max-Joseph-Hall

8. Munich: Classical Concert Recital in Max-Joseph-Hall

The best things come in small packages! With wonderful stucco works and crystal chandeliers inside, Max's Joseph Hall is for many a small pearl in the residence and forms the perfect frame for classical concerts. Live chamber music also helps animate the intimate character of the space. The Munich Residence 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 in the north-eastern corner of the city (the Neuveste, or new citadel), was transformed by rulers over the centuries into a magnificent palace, its buildings and gardens extending further and further into the town. The rooms and art collections span a period that begins with the Renaissance, and continues via the early Baroque and Rococo epochs to Neoclassicism. Here you can bear witness to the discriminating taste and the political ambition of the Wittelsbach dynasty.

Munich: 3-Hour Private Segway Tour

9. Munich: 3-Hour Private Segway Tour

Create your ideal segway tour of Munich with this customizable private tour. Either choose one of your guide's recommended routes or select which sites you want to see based on your preferences and interests. Start your tour with a demonstration of how to ride the segway, then you'll be on your way. The tour begins at Artur-Kutscher-Platz. From there, head towards the picturesque English Garden and along the Isar River to the Angel of Peace. Continue on to the Maximilianeum, the seat of the Bavarian Parliament. Further up the river, see Museum Island with the Deutsches Museum and the Parish Church of St. Maximilian on the west bank of the Isar River. Later, head along Maximilianstraße past the Residenz Theatre at Odeonsplatz. There, admire the Feldherrnhalle and the Theatine Church. Pass by the Munich Residence, the Hofgarten, and the Bavarian State Chancellery as you make your way towards the Eisbach, a scenic river located in the heart of the city. From there, make your way through the Siegestor back to the starting point.

Munich Residenz: Private Tour with Artist Paul Riedel

10. Munich Residenz: Private Tour with Artist Paul Riedel

The Munich Residenz is more than a museum. This is the place where important events in Bavarian history actually took place. Tour the 139 rooms of this architectural marvel with a local artist, granting you a unique perspective on the history and setting. Enter the Munich Residenz with your private group and artist Paul Riedel. Hear about the early years of Munich's royal family, the Wittelsbachs. See where and how they lived. Wander the verdant garden of King Ludwig II while reflecting on the historical events that unraveled here. Your guide will present different paintings and explain their technical background in the Green Gallery, a real highlight of the residence. After touring the interior, learn about the exterior of the palace, which was nearly destroyed during WWII.

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What people are saying about Munich Residenz

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,157 reviews

Our pedicab tour was the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Munich. We got great up-front views of historic sites and beautiful scenery. Our guide was very knowledgeable, easy-going, and funny.

Our guide Mr. Wolfgang was amazing. He's passionate about history and shared l such rich insights with the group and socialized well with the whole group. I highly recommend!

Exellent tour! Noel was full of great stories and made a point to make everyone feel included. Highly recommend!

A quick and easy way to see the major sites of Munich. Very thorough and informative.

Good pace, took a lot longer than anticipated but it was nice.