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Discover Central Munich with Sandeman FREE Walking Tour

By  Wednesday, 4.11.2015, 17:43    Day Trips In and Around Munich

You can't get cheaper than a free tour, right? But free does not have to mean cheap, far from it in the case of the famous Sandeman's New Munich Tours free walking tour of central Munich. 

The guides are not paid by the company either, and so are reliant on the brilliance on their tours to generate their daily bread from satisfied tourists. And with the tours currently rates as number two on TripAdvisor for Tours and Activities in Munich, it would appear that this is an arrangement which suits everybody. 

One blogger posted some snippets of her tour below to give you a flavour.

The free walking tour is just one of many that the company offers, and with more than 5 million guests since it started operations in 2004, Sandeman claims to be one of the biggest walking tour companies in the world. What is definitely true is that an awful lot is packed into this three hour tour, which takes place daily whatever the weather. The company website explains:

We begin the tour on Marienplatz (Mary’s square) and watch the most famous Glockenspiel in the world. We then head through the medieval heart of Munich admiring the simple beauty of the Frauenkirche whose twin towers dominate the city’s skyline before hearing tales of the Bavarian royal family, the turbulent 20th century and the early days of the Nazi Party. Of course no visit would be complete without discussing why beer matters so much to Bavarians and why it tastes so good – there’s even time to see the world’s most famous beer hall. You’ll discover a vibrant, historic city centre that combines modernity and proud traditions with one of the highest qualities of life in Europe.

The Feldherrnhalle
Kristallnacht (Night of the Broken Glass)
Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady)
The National Theater & Opera House
Marienplatz (Mary’s Square)
Origins of Oktoberfest
Hitler´s Beer Hall Putsch
The Hofbräuhaus
Mary´s Column
The Royal Residence
Church of St. Peter
The Glockenspiel
…and much more!

The tours run twice daily, at 10:45 and 14:00 from in front of the large column in Marienplatz, and there is also an optional pickup at 10:00 from the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) in front of the Starbucks by platform 11. Look out for the guide in company red t-shirt. 

For more information about this and all the other tours offered, click here.

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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, 

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