This post lists the best free walking tours you can take in Munich, the German city known for its beer gardens and festivals, including self-guided and audio tours.
These walking tour companies run their guided walks on a pay-what-you-like basis, which means there is no upfront fee to join a tour.
At the end of the tour, they’ll ask you to pay what you think the experience was worth or what you could afford.
However, although these companies often get very good reviews, their affordability and popularity mean that, during the busy season, these walks are generally at capacity.
While free tours are often led by entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides, the tour group usually large enough to prevent you from interacting with your guide like you could in a small group.
So, for travelers who want to take tours with fewer people, we recommend paid small group tours.
Below is a calendar of some of the great free walking tours available in Munch. Click on the entry below to expand the listing for more details.
TIP: If you want to cover more ground, you can take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour through the city!
These tours come with audio guides in up to nine different languages (English, Spanish, German, and French included), and make stops at the most popular points of interest in Munich.
FREE TOURS WITH THE MUNICH TURBOPASS
If you’re considering buying an attraction discount pass, the all-inclusive Munich TurboPass includes a 1.5-hour walking tour through Old Town as well as several other walking tours.
The travelcard option gives either a free ticket or a 20% discount! This tour’s normal price is €15 per adult and €13 per teen, young adult, or senior over 65.
This walk runs at least once a day, every day of the year except for December 25! It is the perfect overview of Old Town.
CITY CENTRE WALKING TOURS
Here is a list of companies that provide pay-what-you-like walking tours in the city. You can usually expect to visit some of the following historic locations on these outings:
- State Opera
- And more!
If you want to see or learn about any of these locations, or even just find out where they are, consider taking one of the following free walking tours in Munich!
Sandemans New Europe Munich
The free tour of Munich with Sandemans is a 2.5-hour walking overview of this beautiful German city starting at Marienplatz and ending close by.
Your local guide will make sure to show you all the must-see points of attraction, including the Glockenspiel, Frauenkirche, and the Hofbrauhaus.
The walks begin at 10:45 am and 14:00 (2:00 pm) every day in both English and Spanish.
You can also take paid tours and day trips covering specific topics and attractions.
This company also offers a pay-what-you-want walking tour of Munich, this one specifically focusing on the Old Town sector of the city.
You can expect to see a lot of the most notable sites in the city centre, including several historic locations over the course of this 2.5 hour tour.
This tour is offered daily at 10:45 am in both English and Spanish. There is also a second Spanish tour every day at 11:45 am.
Aileen is an experienced tour guide who has decided to offer her own tours of Munich. So far, she has a fantastic rating and has impressed a lot of tourists,
This is an introductory tour which covers the most historically relevant landmarks in the city. While discovering all of these sites, you'll learn about subjects ranging from what inspired past kings of Bavaria to the darker history of the Third Reich.
You can take this tour in English every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 10:30 am.
SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOURS
Self-guided walking tours are perfect for when you prefer to explore the city at your own pace or if you cannot find the right option for your schedule.
Either way, here are some written guides to Munich that will allow you to be your own guide.
Rick Steves Audio Tour
Rick Steves is well-known for his many, many city guides and tours. Luckily, his team offers one audio city walk for Munich, which is downloadable and comes with a downloadable map as well.
The audio guide runs for just over one hour and features 20 stops.
Free Tours By Foot
Even if you don't have the earbuds for an audio tour, you can still use our self-guided walking tour of Munich as long as you have a smartphone.
This outing closely follows a similar path to the Rick Steves audio tour, but it's a bit shorter in length. That said, we provide a lot of interesting details about each of the stops included, as well as directions to help you find your way to every location.
Best of all, just like our name says, it's entirely free to use this self-guided tour!
If you prefer to make your own route and are planning on purchasing public transportation tickets already, you can buy the CityTourCard for Munich that comes with a map and pocket guide to the city as well as discounts for certain card partners.
Haunted Munich Self-Guided Game
Discover the spookier side of Munich as you explore the city at your own pace and learn about some of the most haunted locations and stories as you attempt to solve a mystery.
This is an interesting alternative to a traditional tour, and although it's not free, at just €10 for up to 4 people, it costs about as much as you might tip for a pay-what-you-wish walking tour.