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Munich Third Reich Tour

Learn about the Nazi’s history in Munich and see scars on the city from these dark days

ABOUT THE Munich Third Reich Tour

This 2-hour Munich Third Reich Tour covers the Nazis' beginnings in the Bavarian capital, through to their downfall at the end of World War II in 1945. You’ll see former Nazi buildings, hear about the German resistance movement, and see memorials to the Nazi’s victims.


Your Munich Third Reich Tour starts and finishes at Marienplatz.


The beginnings of the Nazi party in Munich

Hitler called Munich “die Hauptstadt der Bewegung” (the Capital of the Movement) and it was here in Munich that the Nazi ideology took hold on him and he joined the party. You will hear how Hitler tried to overthrow the Bavarian government in 1923 with the failed Beerhall Putsch, as your guide shows you the remains of the Ehrentempel (Honor Temples) he built for the Nazis who lost their lives in the Putsch.

The dark days of the Nazis in power

The Beerhall Putsch may have failed, but 10 years later Hitler came to power nonetheless, beginning 12 years of terror for much of the world. On this 2-hour walking tour, your guide will show you the former Führerbau (leader’s building) built for Hitler on Königsplatz, will take you to see the former Gestapo (secret police) headquarters, and show you the Nazis first monumental structure Haus der Kunst (House of Art). You will also hear about the buildings that no longer remain, as Munich suffered near complete destruction in World War II.

Memorials today and coming to terms with the past

Today, much is discussed of the Germans and how the come to terms with the past (Vergangenheitsbewältigung). Your guide will explain this concept to you, while taking you to see the memorials to the German resistance movements and the Square of the Victims of National Socialism.

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The Munich Third Reich Tour starts at Marienplatz in front of Mary's Column

  • See Nazi-era buildings including the Führerbau (leader’s building) and the Haus der Kunst (House of Art)
  • Visit the Square of the Victims of National Socialism
  • Hear about the rise of National Socialism in Germany
  • Learn about the heroes of the German resistance movements
  • Ask about how Germany come to terms with this past today



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