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.
WHAT ARE FREE WALKING 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.
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.
FREE TOURS MUNICH
Here is a list of companies that provide pay-what-you-like walking tours in the city.
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. (Schedule may be limited in 2020)
You can also take paid tours and day trips covering specific topics and attractions.
InMunich offers daily city tours in English with local guides who really know and love their city! They begin at Marienplatz at 10:40 am.
You’ll walk away knowing so much more about the city’s history, it’s royal family, the origins of the famous beer halls, and more.
InMunich also offers a daily paid tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, which runs any day the memorial is open.
For an excellent pay-what-you-like walking tour of the city that includes some fascinating historical stories, take a tour with GoMunich’s local guides!
They run every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 10:30 am.
The tour will cover the history of Oktoberfest and beer gardens, Asamkirche, Marienplatz, and more. There’s also a quick break in the city market for snacks and beer.
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.
Big Boy Travel
Big Boy Travel has a wonderfully in-depth written guide to Old Town in Munich.
This guide offers all the information you need to know to spend either 90 minutes simply walking around the district or a full day exploring all the attractions.
It comes with an interactive map and lots of historical background information.
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.
FREE TOURS IN OTHER CITIES
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