History School Trips to Munich, Germany
This charming city’s idealised Germanic past is blemished with a brutal history.
Whilst Bavaria’s capital is brimming with old-world charm, Munich was the city that gave rise to National Socialism. Chart the rise of Hitler and the Nazis in German politics, as you witness the sites where the leader made his early speeches and attempted his failed Putsch of 1923.
In contrast to one of the city’s darkest moments, Munich is also home to some of the more heroic incidents of human behaviour, including the story of siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl who joined their friends to create the White Rose resistance group to Nazism. Memorials to both them and the group’s activities promise a moving experience and are an essential part of a Munich trip.
Bring history to life
A helping hand from a History Tour Guide.
Expert knowledge, an understanding of your students’ educational and social needs and in-the-field assistance are just three of the benefits of opting for a History Tour Guide. We have carefully selected a guide who is experienced in leading History Trips to Munich.
“A fantastic and diverse historical experience.”
“All excursions were very good, but the day in Nuremberg was the best trip by far.”
Hitler’s Stomping Ground
What makes a visit to Munich all the more interesting is the chance to delve deeper into the life and mind of Adolf Hitler and the people he kept close to him. As his stomping ground after WWI, during his party’s rise to power and during WWII, many of the sites in and around the city help your students to uncover more about the man himself.
Munich may be the latest addition to our selection of History Trip destinations but it’s quickly shaping up to be one of the favourites.
Did you know?
The start of 2013 marked 80 year since Hitler’s accession to Reich Chancellor.
Our quick, online quote form allows our specialists to provide you with a bespoke quotation for a trip tailor-made to your group’s individual requirements.
Munich Fact File
All secondary school students
- Medieval and imperial history
- German history across time
- The Holocaust
- Weimar Germany
- Nazism and the Second World War
- Policies of peace and the Cold War
- Modern German history
Munich History Study Visits
The Bavarian capital is brimming with study visits that will help students explore The Third Reich and the rise of the Nazi party. Here you can discover just some of our most highly recommended visits.
Walking tour of the city
Munich is one of the great sightseeing cities in Germany. An expertly guided tour of the city allows you to find out more about the interesting culture, diverse history and famous landmarks of Munich. Walk through the Altstadt (Old Town) and visit the city’s oldest church, the Peterskirche, pass by the New Town Hall with its famous Glockenspiel and stand in awe of the distinct architecture found at the Frauenkirche – a great first excursion to get your bearings of the city!
A very experienced native English historical guide, Jeff Cox, can provide many exciting possibilities within Munich and further afield. His ‘Third Reich’ 3-hour walking tour focuses on landmarks of specific relevance to Adolf Hitler and National Socialism, including a walk past the party headquarters, Odeonsplatz and the world famous Hofbräuhaus beer hall.
He can also offer an extended 5/6 hour tour to cover the old premises of Hitler’s photographer, the White Rose University movement and Georg Elser’s assassination attempt and resistance. This extended tour includes lunch in Schelling Salon, an old hangout of Hitler. Jeff’s services can also be beneficial on a tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp or Nuremberg Documentation Centre.
Groups have the opportunity to travel into the beautiful mountainous region of Bavaria, approximately 75 miles to the south east of Munich and close to the border with Austria. Here, groups can take the picturesque journey to the mountainside retreat of Obersalzberg, located just above the market town of Berchtesgaden. In 1923, Obersalzberg became Hitler’s mountainside holiday retreat.
Groups can take an organised guided coach tour up from Berchtesgaden to Obersalzburg. The area was expanded after 1933 and became a second seat of government and a Nazi party base. Groups will see the many buildings where Nazi party officials / SS officers stayed and worked and where the, now destroyed, Berghof once stood. Depending on the weather they can also take a special bus up to Hitler’s famous teahouse, the Eagle’s Nest.
The Obersalzberg Documentation Centre is a must for students visiting the area and contains a permanent exhibition documenting the history of Obersalzberg and the Nazi Socialist dictatorship. There are over 950 photos, documents, posters film and sound recordings included in this fascinating exhibit, some of these have never been shown previously. The exhibit is free for school groups to visit or audio guides and guided tours can be booked for a small cost.
Groups can also tour the adjoining underground bunker complex which was built in case the overground buildings fell into enemy hands or were destroyed.
(Nazi Rally Grounds and Documentation Centre)
This beautiful, medieval Bavarian city, located approx 100 miles north-west of Munich, was restored and rebuilt after severe bombing in the Second World War. After a cultural flowering in the 15th and 16th centuries made Nuremberg the centre of the German Renaissance, the city sadly fell into decline until, under Hitler, Nuremberg made its second and most famous mark on German History. After he seized power in 1933, Hitler made Nuremberg the Nazi party’s permanent convention and rally site.
This is an essential visit for students of the Third Reich. Groups can visit the site of the Nuremberg rallies, the excellent Documentation Centre on the site of former Nazi Party Rally Grounds and the memorial of the Nuremberg Trials (Room 600) where the famous post war trials of Nazi leaders were held in 1945. The documentation centre is fascinating with masses of information and you can have guided tours or audio-guides. The students will watch a film which gives you a virtual tour of the Nazi architectural plans of the rally area. Following a visit to the centre, groups can take a guided tour of the enormous grounds to see where the rallies were orchestrated and the platform where Hitler made his speeches. Students will see the huge scale of these events and how many German people were swept away by the inspirational propaganda. The memorial of the Trials offers a historical exhibit detailing the trial events and repercussions at the original location. Recordings, films and parts of the original dock provide a detailed background and, when not in session, students can view the court room.
Dachau concentration camp
On March 22, 1933, a few weeks after Adolf Hitler had been appointed Reich Chancellor, a concentration camp for political prisoners was set up in Dachau. This camp served as a model for all later concentration camps and as a “school of violence” for the SS men under whose command it stood. In the twelve years of its existence over 200,000 persons from all over Europe were imprisoned here and in the numerous subsidiary camps. 41,500 were murdered. On April 29 1945, American troops liberated the survivors.
Today, the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site commemorates the dead with a museum, an archive and a library. It was opened on May 9th, 1965, as a place of learning on the 20th anniversary of the day of liberation of the camp by American soldiers. The Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Culture and science oversees the memorial site. Groups can visit at their own pace and choose to reserve audio guides or book an English guided tour of the site.
White Rose Memorial
In front of the main building of the Ludwig Maximilians University, the memorial for the White Rose depicts the group’s flyers and is one of the most moving sites in Munich.
It was while they were studying at university that brother and sister, Hans and Sophie Scholl, along with their friends, created the White Rose resistance group to Nazism. Both Hans and Sophie were executed for their activities in distributing anti-Nazi propaganda and memorials to the group’s activities are an essential part of a Munich tour.
It’s a clear reminder of those who had the bravery to challenge the Nazis and Nazism, even though it led to their execution.
Munich Sample Itineraries
Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itineraries created for two of our clients below.
Dates: 12th – 15th December
Departure airport: Manchester Airport
Passengers: 21 students and 3 teachers
Accommodation: The A&O Hostel Munchen Hackerbrucke
Board Basis: Bed and Breakfast
Overview of visits: Third Reich History Trip, Nymphenburg Palace, Olympic Tower, Christmas markets, Dachau Concentration Camp and Memorial site, Nuremberg Documentation Centre.
After a lunchtime flight the group arrived in Munich to be met by their coach before being taken to their home for the duration of their stay, the A&O Hostel. After check-in and unpacking their belongings, it was time to start their trip off with an evening meal at Munich’s lively world-famous beer hall the Hofbrauhaus, for their first taste of Munich’s hearty cuisine.View the full day-by-day itinerary
Today started with a Third Reich History Trip of Munich with their guide Jeff Cox. The group took in the historical sights of Munich including Hofgarten and the sites of mass party rallies at Konigsplatz along with the many examples of museums, churches and historic buildings. Once lunch had been eaten it was onto the Nymphenburg Palace; the baroque palace of the Bavarian monarchs. Using public transport it was then onto the Olympic Tower for breathtaking views of the city and the Alps beyond from a staggering 190m up. For a festive end to the day it was onto the centre of Munich for a visit to the Christmas market at Marienplatz before the group returned to the hotel. The group enjoyed a much needed nights rest.
“All excursions were very good, but the day in Nuremberg was the best trip by far.”
The group ate breakfast and then collected their packed lunch before meeting up with their tour guide for their departure to Dachau Concentration Camp and Memorial site. The students learned of the many experiments that were carried out at this camp, which made it an extremely revealing and moving experience. The group returned to Munich for some much needed relaxation, a visit to the Christmas markets provided just this opportunity, before dining at the Donisl Restaurant for their early evening meal.
The group checked out of the hostel and loaded the coach before departing for Nuremberg and the Documentation Centre, the intended future headquarters of the Nazi party. The group then took a guided tour of Nazi Party Rally grounds plus Nuremberg city sites before their departure home and arrival back in the UK.
We have a number of hotels and hostels in and around Munich which are perfectly suited to school groups. Here are just a few of our favourites:
This friendly family run hotel is located right in the City centre with excellent links to all the major public transport networks, providing easy access to the attractions of this Bavarian capital. All rooms come with private bathroom facilities and flat screen TV.
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