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By Bus

CitySightseeing (www.citysightseeing-munich.com) offers a 1-hour Stadtrundfahrt (City Tour) on double-decker, open-top buses, with hop-on, hop-off service at 13 different stops. Tours depart daily (10am–5pm) about every 20 minutes from Bahnhofsplatz in front of the main train station; cost is 20€ adults, 8€ children. Buy your ticket onboard or get a discounted price online. The same company also offers daily tours to Schwabing, Nymphenburg, and Olympiapark. To go farther afield and visit major attractions in Munich’s environs (such as Neuschwanstein, Ludwig II’s famous castle), contact Sightseeing Gray Line, Schützenstrasse 9 (tel. 089/54907560; www.grayline.com). All tours have miltilingual commentary.

By Bike

For a more active experience, tour Munich by bicycle with the English-speaking ex-pats at Mike’s Bike Tours (tel. 089/2554-3988; www.mikesbiketours.com). The 4-hour tour (25€ adults, 18€ children) spins around the sights of central Munich, including an hour in a beer garden (lunch not included), departing daily Mar–Apr 14 and Sept–Nov 10 at 12:30pm; Apr 15–Aug daily at 11:30am and 4:30pm. All tours meet 15 minutes before setting off, under the tower of the Altes Rathaus on Marienplatz. No need to reserve, just show up. Tour price includes bike rental and helmet. In the winter there is a Saturday tour at 12:30, reservations mandatory.

On Foot

Munich Walk Tours (tel. 0171/274-0204; www.munichwalktours.de), conducted in English, include a daily 10:45am City Walk tour (also 2:45pm high season) and a 2 1/2-hour Hitler’s Munich tour (Nov–Mar daily 10:30am). Tours cost 12€ adults, 10€ under 26, free for kids under 14. All walks meet at the New Rathaus directly under the Glockenspiel on Marienplatz. No need to reserve; you pay the guide (identifiable by a yellow sign).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.