There is much to see and to do in Berlin and in Munich. And with day trips to the Royal Castes and the Alp Mountains (from Munich) and to Potsdam and Sanssouci Palace & Park (from Berlin) you will also visit interesting towns, sights and places outside of those metropole cities.
If you do not want to pack and unpack almost every day the City Duo tour Munich & Berlin may be the right tour for you. By visiting Munich and Berlin you will see two of the most interesting cities in Germany. Munich, the Capital City of Bavaria, located all the way in the South of Germany, close to the Austrian border and the Alp Mountains, has much to offer: history, culture and landscape. Berlin, the Capital City of Germany, located all the way in Northeastern Germany, not far from the border to Poland, is also Germany´s largest city, very dynamic and vibrant. And because of a very new high-speed “ICE” rail line which opened up at the end of 2017 traveling from Munich to Berlin is easy and fast.
The tour includes a 2nd-class ticket for the new high-speed train line from Munich to Berlin (see the tableau this is already included in the price of your tour). This ticket can be upgraded to 1st-class rail for an extra of US $ 59.00 per person (including seat reservations)! Here you also find everything else that is included: transfers, rail tickets, tours and admissions.
Price per Person
|two sharing a double room||one in a single room||three sharing a triple room|
|US $ 939||US $ 1,469||US $ 819|
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Day 1 Munich Int. Airport/ Munich
Your City Duo tour Munich & Berlin starts right from Munich Int. Airport. From the airport terminal you will take the commuter rail directly to Munich Central Station, located in Munich City Center. Your rail ticket is flexible so that you can take any of the trains which run frequently (about every 15 minutes). Travel time between the airport and Munich City Center is about 40 minutes. Your hotel is located in short walking distance from the station. Drop off your baggage at the hotel and you are ready to go!
We will provide a ticket which allows you to use the public transportation system within Munich for the remainder of your first day in Munich. Also we will provide an admission ticket which covers admission to many historic sights in Munich (e.g. Munich Residence and Residence Museum, Treasury, Cuvilliés-Theatre, Hall of Fame and Statue of Bavaria, Nymphenburg Palace and Park, Marstallmuseum, Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain). And along with your tour package you will also receive walking suggestions for a self-guided walking tour through Munich City Center. Along this walking tour you will visit the Marienplatz with the New Town Hall (with the “Glockenspiel”), the Konigsplatz (King´s Square), cultural center in the 19th century and later, during the “Third Reich”, site of Nazi Party mass rallies and location of the Nazi Party headquarters in Germany, the English Garden as well as the State Opera House.
Day 2 Munich
After breakfast you have a full day for sightseeing in Munich. Also for the second day of 8-Day City Duo tour Munich & Berlin we will provide a ticket which allows you to use the public transportation system within Munich all day long. And your admission ticket which covers admission to many historic sights in Munich (e.g. Munich Residence and Residence Museum, Treasury, Cuvilliés-Theatre, Hall of Fame and Statue of Bavaria, Nymphenburg Palace and Park, Marstallmuseum, Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain) will still be valid on this day (as well as on the following days).
After you visited the sights mentioned above you may also want to visit famous churches like the Frauenkirche, “Dom zu Unserer Lieben Frau (Cathedral of Our Dear Lady), with a height of 325 ft. a Munich landmark, St. Peters Church, built in the 14th century and the Asam Church, which was built as a private chapel and integrated into a residential building.
The tour will pass by the most famous Munich shopping streets (Kaufinger street and Neuhauser street) as well as by the “Viktualienmarkt”, a traditional farmers market (open every day except on Sundays). You may want to stop by at the famous “Alois Dallmayr” luxury delicatessen and coffee store as well as to the Hofbrauhaus of course, probably the world’s most popular beer hall. This may be a great place to enjoy a hearty dinner and a fresh Mass of beer (one mug holds 33.8 US fl oz)!
Day 3 Escorted coach tour to the Royal Castles
Another highlight of your Europe Rail City Duo tour Munich & Berlin will be a visit of the world famous Neuschwanstein Castle. You will be on an all-day escorted coach tour which will first take you to Oberammergau for a photo stop (you may want take a look at the Festival Hall where the Passion Play takes place every ten years.) The coach will then take you to Linderhof Palace, the Royal Villa of King Ludwig II. The Palace and Park were inspired by Versailles and the rooms are beautifully decorated and furnished. After a short drive through Austria and back into Germany you will get to Neuschwanstein Castle. The picture of Neuschwanstein is probably present in everybody’s mind and Neuschwanstein really seems to be taken out of a fairy tale. You will join an English-speaking guided tour through the Castle. The tour of the interior, the Throne Hall, the Hall of the Singers, the Grotto and all of the private rooms which were built for King Ludwig II, will make the picture perfect! After the tour of the inside make sure to take some time to explore the castle grounds. The view of Neuschwanstein from the bridge behind the castle is like no other! Your luxury coach will take you back to Munich where you will arrive in time for dinner.
DAY 4 Alp Mountains or Dachau Memorial Site/ Munich
Today you have a choice of what you prefer to do: Option 1 is a rail tour into the Alp Mountains. Option 2 is a visit of the KZ Dachau Memorial Site (please see the information below). Option 3 is to stay in Munich for another day of sightseeing there.
If you choose Option 1 you will do a rail tour into the Alp Mountains (which are located south of Munich) you will travel to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. By direct regional rail it takes about 75 minutes to Garmisch-Partenkirchen – the alpine mountain resort is located close to the border to Austria and in midst a beautiful mountain scenery on the foot of Germany´s highest mountain – the “Zugspitze” (2971m, 9714ft.).
You can do some sightseeing in town or – if the weather is nice – visit the Zugspitze (ticket from Garmisch-Partenkirchen can be purchased right at the rail station). Another option is to take a beautiful hike into the neighboring mountains Kreutzeck (5,417 ft.) and Osterfeldkopf. Here you can walk on the AlpspiX (which is free of charge): two steel beams form a floating X over a vertical drop of more than 3,000 ft.. You have great views of the “Höllental” below and also of the (mostly) snow covered Zugspitze which is just across from the Osterfeldkopf. For details about this day trip please also see Thomas’s Blog: Alp Mountains (Zugspitz area) – Daytrip by Rail from Munich.
If the weather is not so nice you may want to stay in town and visit some of the sights in the Old Town or close by. In 1936 the Winter Olympic Games took place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and each year a variety of Nordic and alpine World Ski races are held here. The Olympic Ski Stadium was built by the Nazi Regime. It is just outside of town but you can also take a public bus to the stadium (fare is covered by the ticket you are holding). Just a couple of walking minutes from the Olympic Ski Jump you will find the Partnach Gorge, definitely worth a visit. The gorgeous gorge has been formed by the Partnach, a mountain stream – you may want to take a light rain jacket when going in there!
If you choose Option 2 you will visit the KZ Dachau Memorial Site which was the first Concentration Camp of Nazi Germany, soon erected after Hitler came into power in 1933. Rail to Dachau and the bus to the Memorial Site is included in the price of the tour, admission to the Memorial Site is free. At the site you may join an English-speaking tour organized by volunteers working for the memorial site or get an audio guide which is available in English. The 22-minute documentary “The Dachau Concentration Camp” is shown in English several times a day (free of charge). Including the travel time from/to Munich Central Station you need about 4-5 hours for a visit. For more detailed information you may also want to look at our Blog “Dachau memorial site – daytrip by rail from Munich”.
Day 5 Berlin
By high-speed “ICE” train you will travel from Munich to Berlin. Travel time is about 4.5 hours and along this rail journey you will travel from Bavaria, located all the way in the south of Germany, to the north east, where Germany´s Capital City is located. The direct train will run along a new high-speed route which was completed in December 2017. This route runs by Nuremberg, Bamberg, Erfurt, Leipzig and Lutherstadt Wittenberg. All of those towns are worth a visit and if you are interested to spend a day or two in one of those beautiful cities please let us know and we will be happy to extend this tour for you.
Your hotel is in walking distance from the station. Drop off your baggage at your hotel and you are ready to go! Germany´s capital city is a great and dynamic metropolis. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990 changed the city in many ways. Berlin fascinates visitors it’s culture and history are unique. Your tour includes the 96 hour Berlin and Potsdam Welcome Card. With this card you will have discounts to 200 museums, city tours and attractions and it includes a pass for unlimited free use of the Berlin public transportation system.
Day 6 Berlin
You may want to start this day by joining a free English-speaking 2.5 hours walking tour of Berlin (information on how to reserve this tour will be provided) There are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of your Berlin and Potsdam Welcome Card today. With your tour package you will receive Berlin Walking tour suggestions as well as information about the public buses “M100” and “M200”: the buses are public double decker buses which cover many sights of Berlin and are a perfect way to explore the city by hopping on and off those buses. They run very frequently all day from 5am until midnight and if you take both routes you will have a circle taking you from the Center of former East Berlin (“Berlin Alexanderplatz”) to the Center of former West Berlin (“Bahnhof Zoo”, “Ku´damm” shopping area). Bus M200 takes you south of the “Tiergarten” to West Berlin´s Bahnhof Zoo where you may want to visit the “Gedachtniskirche” (Memorial Church) as well as the KaDeWe, continental Europe´s largest compartment store, which is located close to the Ku´damm. Bus M100 takes you back through the Tiergarten and partly north of it, passing the “Siegessaule” (Victory Column), Bellevue Palace (built in 1786 for the younger brother of Friedrich II, Ferdinand of Prussia, today: seat of the Germany´s President), the Reichstag (German Parliament), the Brandenburg Gate and the Museum Island back to Berlin Alexanderplatz.
Day 7 Potsdam or Memorial Sachsenhausen/ Berlin
Today you have a another choice of what you prefer to do: Option 1 is a rail tour into Potsdam (which is located about 25 minutes west of Berlin. Option 2 is a rail tour into Oranienburg (which is located about 30 minutes north of Berlin) for a visit of the Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen (please see the information below). Option 3 is to stay in Berlin for another day of sightseeing there.
If you are interested in beautiful Palaces and Gardens you may want to choose Option 1 for a visit of Potsdam, Capital of the State of Brandenburg. The city was built by the Prussian Kings within a lake area and with its many cultural landmarks, in particular the Palaces of Sanssouci located in midst beautiful parks. Rail to Potsdam and back to Berlin (as well as public transportation by tram and buses within the city of Potsdam) are covered by your Berlin and Potsdam Welcome Card.
If you are interested in the infamous history during WWII you may want to choose Option 2 for a visit of the Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen. The memorial site is located in the city of Oranienburg – just outside of Berlin. The Concentration Camp (“KZ”) in Oranienburg-Sachsenhausen was built as the role-model for many Concentration Camps in Germany and Central Europe. You will need about half a day for the trip to the Memorial Site (see Day 7 of our History Rail Tour “Fascination and Terror –Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” for more detailed information). Admission to Sachsenhausen is free and public transportation by rail/bus is covered by your Berlin and Potsdam Welcome Card.
When you are back in Berlin: a nice way to see Berlin is by foot. Your tour package includes a suggestion for a free English-speaking walking tour of Berlin as well as walking suggestions for the area around the Brandenburg Gate, in case you would like to discover the city on your own. From the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag (German Parliament) the walking tour passes by the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, to Berlin´s new city center, the “Potsdamer Platz”, to “Checkpoint Charlie”, to East Berlin´s Culture- and Shopping Street “Friedrichstrasse” (site of the “golden twenties”), to the “Gendarmenmarkt”, where the German and French Cathedrals are located, via the promenade street “Unter den Linden” to the Museum Island.
The remains of the wall can be visited at Berlin´s East Side Gallery where parts of the wall have been turned into a piece of art. If you are interested in Third Reich history a “must visit” is the documentation center “Topography of Terror“. It is located at the site from where the Nazis planned and managed most of their crimes.
Day 8 Berlin/ Berlin Tegel Int. Airport
Depending on departure time of your flight take the airport bus to Berlin Tegel Airport at your convenience (the fare is covered by your 96 hour Berlin and Potsdam Welcome Card. If you have a late flight out of Berlin you may as well do some more sightseeing on that last day of your tour with us.
Please note that the City Duo tour Munich & Berlin can also be booked vice versa – starting in Berlin and ending in Munich. Of course we can add extra nights to this tour in Munich and Berlin, but also in Nuremberg, Bamberg, Erfurt, Leipzig and Lutherstadt Wittenberg (as mentioned on Day 5). It is also possible to customize the tour. If it is best for you to fly in and out of one of those cities for example. Or, if it is best to you to fly in and out to Frankfurt International Airport. Please do not hesitate to contact us about those options.
This is already included in the price of your tour
|Day 1 - Munich Int. Airport to Munich/ Munich||Unrestricted Commuter|
Rail ticket ticket (not restricted to a specific time) valid from Munich Int. Airport to Munich (the direct train takes about 45 minutes), Munich day pass ticket (free use of the public transportation system in the greater Munich City area)
|King´s Hotel Center (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Munich Central Station||Admission
Residence Museum, Treasury,
Cuvilliés-Theatre, Admission Hall of Fame and Statue of Bavaria, Admission
Nymphenburg Palace and Park, Admission Marstallmuseum and Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain
|Day 2 Munich||Munich day pass ticket (free use of the public transportation system in the Munich City area)||King´s Hotel Center (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Munich Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Munich, Admission
Residence Museum, Treasury,
Cuvilliés-Theatre, Admission Hall of Fame and Statue of Bavaria, Admission
Nymphenburg Palace and Park, Admission Marstallmuseum and Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain
|Day 3 - Royal Castles/ Munich||no rail ticket needed||King´s Hotel Center (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Munich Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Munich, All day escorted coach tour to Oberammergau and to the Royal Castles - Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace, Admission Neuschwanstein Castle (Hohenschwangau), Admission Linderhof Palace & Park (Ettal)|
|Day 4 - Alp Mountains or Dachau Memorial Site/ Munich||Day pass ticket valid for travel in the greater Munich area (incl. Dachau) or for rail to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (and back to Munich, Munich day pass ticket (free use of the public transportation system in the greater Munich City area)||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Munich|
|Day 5 - Munich to Berlin/ Berlin||High-Speed "ICE" rail ticket from Munich to Berlin (the direct ICE train takes 4:30 hours), 96 h Berlin Welcome Card (free use of the public transportation system in the greater Berlin & Potsdam City area)||Amano Grand Central (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Berlin Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Munich, 96h Berlin and Potsdam Welcome Card (free use of public transportation system; reduced admission rates to many cultural and touristic highlights in Berlin and Potsdam)|
|Day 6 - Berlin||96 h Berlin Welcome Card (free use of the public transportation system in the greater Berlin & Potsdam City area)||Amano Grand Central (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Berlin Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Berlin, 96h Berlin and Potsdam Welcome Card (free use of public transportation system; reduced admission rates to many cultural and touristic highlights in Berlin and Potsdam)|
|Day 7 - Potsdam or Sachsenhausen Memorial Site/ Berlin||96 h Berlin Welcome Card (free use of the public transportation system in the greater Berlin & Potsdam City area)||Amano Grand Central (or similar if not available), located within 10 walking minutes from Berlin Central Station||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Berlin, 96h Berlin and Potsdam Welcome Card (free use of public transportation system; reduced admission rates to many cultural and touristic highlights in Berlin and Potsdam)|
|Day 8 - Berlin to Berlin Tegel International Airport/ Berlin Tegel Int. Airport||96 h Berlin Welcome Card (free use of the public transportation system in the greater Berlin & Potsdam City area) and also to Berlin Tegel International Airport||no hotel needed||Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Berlin, 96h Berlin and Potsdam Welcome Card (free use of public transportation system; reduced admission rates to many cultural and touristic highlights in Berlin and Potsdam)|
The tour package we provide includes a day by day itinerary as well as all tickets, vouchers and information necessary to enjoy a great independent tour. It also contains general information about the cities you visit which you can downloaded from our website once your tour is confirmed.
This is not included in the price of your tour
- Airfare from/to your origin to/from Munich and Berlin International Airport
- all meals other than breakfast (which is included)
- gratuities (tips)
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