On the Munich Grand Circle Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, you have the freedom to plan your own sightseeing itinerary. The eleven stops cover not only the city center but also some important places such as the Nymphenburg Palace and the Olympic Park, away from the heart of town.
Your ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours (depending on the option chosen) from the time when you first board one of the blue double-decker buses.
Your ticket allows you unlimited use, which means you can hop on and hop off as often as you like at any of the designated stops. Or you can stay on the bus for the full 2 ½ hours and listen to the live commentary in German and English.
The eleven stops are described below:
1. Hauptbahnhof: The tour starts at the Central Train Station of Munich. The bus stop is in front of the department store Karstadt.
2. Art galleries: Munich has a lively arts scene and a large number of excellent galleries representing all a wide range of art from classical to contemporary.
3. Odeonsplatz: A large pedestrian square on the north side of Munich’s old town. Every year in July, an open-air classical concert is held here.
4. Max-Joseph-Platz: Named after the first king of Bavaria, King Max I. Joseph, this square was laid out when Bavaria became a kingdom in 1806. Stop here for the National Theater, Opera House, and Residence Museum with Treasure Chamber.
5. Marienplatz / Tal: In the Middle Ages, this square was a market place where tournaments and festivities took place. Hop off here for: New City Hall with famous Chimes, Old City Hall with Toy Museum, Cathedral, Church St. Peter, New Jewish Cultural Centre, Beer Hall.
6. Karlsplatz: (Known as Stachus): Entrance to historic city and pedestrian precinct. Great place to start a shopping trip along Neuhauser and Kaufinger Straße. This square has a big fountain in the summer and an open-air ice rink in winter. There is also an underground shopping center.
7. Hauptbahnhof: Central Train Station of Munich.
8. Palace of Nymphenburg: This Baroque palace was the main summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria. See the famous carriage museum (Marstallmuseum), the porcelain collection, the Royal Gardens and the Rococo Amalienburg (18th century hunting lodge).
9. Olympic Park: The Park constructed for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Stop here for the Olympic Stadium, Olympic Tower, Sea Life Aquarium, BMW Museum / BMW World / BMW World Headquarters.
10. Schwabing / Siegestor: Trendy area known as the ‘Artists’ District’. Full of excellent restaurants and open-air cafes. Also, the stop for the ‘Walking Man’ – a giant sculpture, and for the ‘English Garden’ – a huge public park.
11. Hauptbahnhof: Central Train Station of Munich.
The tour ends at your convenience.