School Trips & Tours to Munich
School Trips & Tours to Munich
Renowned for its beautiful Bavarian heritage, Munich is a spellbinding blend of traditional architecture, cutting edge innovation and modern art. A city steeped in history, Munich played a pivotal role in the Second World War, alongside its neighbouring city Nuremberg, and was home to some of Nazi Germany’s first concentration camps. An eye-opening experience for any student, the city offers numerous opportunities for pupils to immerse themselves in the Bavarian culture, discover Munich’s rich history and even explore fairy-tale castles nestled into Bavaria’s breath-taking landscape. We offer the following school trips to Munich:
Bavaria’s second largest city, Nuremberg was a focal point of Nazi Germany, providing the backdrop for the infamous Nazi Party conventions from 1933 – 1938, known as the Nuremburg rallies. History students can wander the vast rally grounds which were used for the Nazi’s notorious propaganda campaigns, as well as delve deeper into the city’s past by exploring the Museum of Fascination and Terror, as well as the Memorium Nuremberg Trials.
Dachau Concentration Camp
Germany’s first concentration camp, Dachau’s horrific prison, which opened in 1933, was set up on the grounds of an abandoned munitions factory. During the Nazi rein, the camp expanded to include 100 sub-camps and by the end of 1944, contained over 63,000 prisoners. Subject to brutal treatment and catastrophic living conditions, there were over 32,000 documented deaths in the camp and thousands later died of infection even after they were freed. Students can take a guided tour of the camp, learning about its chilling history during its 12-year operation.
Tucked away in southwest Bavaria, Neuschwanstein Castle was once the residence of King Ludwig II. Framed by its picturesque setting, the opulent castle was opened up to the public after the King’s death in 1886 and now attracts more than 1.3 million visitors per year. The fairy-tale fortress also provided the inspiration for Disneyland’s iconic Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, as well as providing the setting for numerous films, such as ‘The Great Escape’ and ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’.
Munich offers a great range of youth accommodation which can be based in the centre, or further into the outskirts if you prefer somewhere quieter. We prefer to use accommodation which is as close as possible to public transport links so you can easily access all the major sights, whilst still offering good recreational facilities.
When you’re in a city, eating out is often part of your evening entertainment and Munich is no different. There’s a Hard Rock Café here, or you can eat in the famous Hofbräuhaus where you’ll sample some great traditional German food. There’s also other Italian or American diner style restaurants to choose from.
If you are tempted by a few traditional Bavarian dishes however, you definitely won’t be disappointed. Our favourite hearty local eats are big, doughy pretzels studded with salt; schweinshaxe, which is roasted pork knuckle often served with potato and cabbage; and schnitzel, flattened meat covered in breadcrumbs and fried until golden.
The world’s largest museum of science and technology, the Deutsches Museum is home to a whole range of thrilling exhibitions, from their lightning show to their liquid nitrogen demonstration. A tour of the museum’s unique collection of original exhibits is a fascinating experience for any student, not to mention a great place to put their German language skills to the test.
Located in Munich’s central square, Marienplatz, the Viktualienmarkt is the city’s daily food market, selling a whole host of delicious dishes, vibrant ingredients and unusual delicacies to sample. The perfect opportunity for budding linguists to practise their German vocabulary, students can get to grips with their German by conversing with stall owners as they explore.
Situated in the mountainside town of Berchtesgaden, Obersalzberg was one of Adolf Hitler’s former residences. Otherwise known as the ‘Eagle’s Nest’, the Alpine retreat was the location of many high profile Nazi meetings and where numerous history defining decisions were made. Students can explore the Documentation Centre and the underground bunker system to gain an unparalleled insight into the life of Hitler.
WST Support in Munich
We arrange support in Munich with our local team of guides. To ensure a smooth start to your trip, you’ll be met on arrival at the airport and our representative will travel with you to your hotel, assist with check-in and help with any questions you may have.
A walking tour is a must in Munich. The city centre is so compact and it’s a great way to introduce yourselves to the city in a short space of time. Jeff Cox and his team of guides will tailor-make your guided tour to suit your study themes and learning objectives. If Munich is new to you, then Jeff will give some great advice on the best sights to visit.