We cannot deny the fact we love a bus tour. The hop on hop off Munich sightseeing tour was a great way to the Munich with kids. It gets you to the sights quickly and with little fuss. It is great in the summer when it is boiling hot and brilliant in the winter when it is freezing cold. Our girls absolutely love them as double decker buses are not common in our part of the world. And riding up the top with no roof causes near hysteria when they board. If the very front seat is free Marley is in it in a flash! Wherever we go we try to go on at least one sightseeing tour to see the city quickly especially if we have limited time or one of the girls are tired at that stage of the trip.
We try to go on the first couple of days to see places that we can then seek out for a longer visit or decide whether a place is worth going back for another longer visit. There have been a few times that the hop on, hop off bus has saved us lining up at a place and other times it has cemented a return visit.
Hop on hop off Munich bus tour is great for kids
We had very limited time in Munich on our last trip and we had some plans to see things we had missed on previous trips. So we thought the best way to stay warm and see as much as we could was to get a Gray Line hop on, hop off bus for a Munich city tour. Even after visiting Munich four times we jumped at the chance to go on the Grayline Munich Bus Tour. There is always something new to see in a city like Munich and after the sightseeing tour had ended we realised just how much of Munich we had totally missed. Thank you, Grayline hop on hop off Munich Bus Tour for showing us!
Where do we stay in Munich
When we stayed in Munich we choose to stay at Meininger City Centre. Meininger featured family rooms, games room, bar, chill out area with free wifi. Meininger was close to a train connection to the airport. The city centre was a 10-minute walk away.Select THIS button for the latest Meininger prices For more Munich accommodation option CLICK this button!
Munich hop on hop off bus gives you access to all the sights
We met the Munich City Sightseeing bus at Haptanbarnhof which was just down from the amazing hostel that we were staying in called Meininger and straight away I was impressed that the bus was already there waiting to start. Next, to the bus the guides were chatting to people about what the Munich city tour covered, the time it went for, how long the stops at each place where and what route that it would be taking on that day. As it was winter the routes were slightly different with fewer buses going between the stops. We were able to listen into some of the conversation before showing our confirmation letter and getting out tickets printed.
We got a map and decided to go straight to Nymphenburg Palace to see it in the snow as that was the longest route going that day. Nymphenburg Palace is also the first Palace we ever visited when I first came over to Europe and my dream has been to see in covered in snow so to make sure we got there with our limited time, that was stop number one for us. Seeing Nymphenburg Palace covered in snow was top of the list of things to do in Munich with kids.
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It was mighty cold that morning in Munich, so when those doors finally opened it was a mad rush to get on there, get a seat and most important of all get warm! As we passed our driver Angelo we all said hello and looked for our headphones you normally get on the hop on, hop off buses. I asked him for some but he smiled at me and said that there was none. I found this quite odd but thought that they may be waiting for some new ones to come before the bus tour started. We climbed the stairs and found our seats easily (Marley was not impressed that she missed out on the front set!) and sat down in preparation to leave. The bus was already lovely and warm. Perfect for winter in Munich!
The next thing that really impressed me and that I noticed straight away was that the windows were clean. We would have to take pictures out of them as we went and the windows did not open. As 10 am rolled around we were off! This is where my absolute love for the Gray Line München Bus Tour was cemented.
The Munich sightseeing bus keeps you warm on a winter tour
You know those little headphones that you plug in, the ones I didn’t get on the way onto the bus? The ones that never work or don’t have your language or when you plug them in the volume is so loud you just can’t bear it?…These were not going to be a problem for us at all on the Grayline hop on hop off Munich Tour.
We had a REAL LIFE PERSON speaking to us and her name was Heidi! She was absolutely magnificent. Heidi gave us the personalised touch that other sightseeing tours had just missed with the tiny headphones. As we cruised the streets she gave us little facts, quirky stories and funny things she had noticed around the city. Heidi also included some of the histories in what she was telling us, she did not gloss or ignore some of the things that had gone on in parts for the city in the past. We could ask her questions and she answered as best as she could.
Dachau Concentration Camp Half-Day Tour from Munich
Take a 5-hour tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial, which today displays the authenticity of the original environment. It is a place of memory, of pilgrimage, and of education. To visit it can be a challenge, but also a deeply moving and memorable experience.For the latest prices and details on this AMAZING tour CLICK this button!
I loved it and so did the girls. We were all finally getting the same stories at the same time rather than fighting over a set of headphones or trying to relay what was being said to the rest of the family.
Our stop came all too quickly and we hopped off the bus at Nymphenburg Palace. As we got off Heidi reminded us of the time for the next bus and that the pick up was right where we were being dropped off. We hopped off and we were off to explore the carriages museum.
Watching the time we realised that the next pick up was getting close so we left the museum to wait at the stop. The bus was due at 11.15 am and it was only 5 minutes late which was fantastic! There are so many reasons that they can be late but 5 minutes is absolutely nothing! This time we had a different lady who was telling us about Munich. While she was good she just was not Heidi! We ended up getting off this time near the Munich Residenz and spent a lot of time wandering that area. We then walked up to Marienplatz to get on the bus again and who should be on that bus? Heidi and Angelo!
We stayed on the bus this time for nearly an entire lap to see as much as we could as the girls were finding the cold very hard on this day. I really enjoyed Heidi and her commentary again. After awhile both the girls had enough so when we got back to Hauptenbarnhof Mark decided to go back to the hostel with them while I got off the bus to wander down to a section of Munich I wanted to take pictures of. (This was the closest stop) As I got off the bus Heidi gave me directions and a fresh map just incase I needed one that had no writing on it.
As I set off I got a toot and a big wave from Angelo as he passed me a little down the street. This made me smile and really put me in a brilliant, confident mood to go and explore some of Munich by myself.
Gray Line Hop on Hop off Munich Bus Tour
Explore Munich at your own pace on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. Get on and off the double-decker bus as often as you please with your full-day ticket. Get on sit down and let the bus take you to all the tourist hot spots including, Olympic Park, BMW, Sealife, Schloss Nymphenburg, Odeonsplatz, the Pinatheken, and Marienplatz.For the latest prices and information click the button.
Thank you, Gray Line Munich Bus Tour for a fabulous day and for a wonderful afternoon exploring
amazing sites of Munich that you had shown me on your Munich Bus Tour.
Great family activities in Munich that you can book here. Just click the highlighted text!
- Ride the Munich Hop on Hop off Bus and see the city
- Get a Munich city tour card HERE for discounts all across the city
- Reserve your amazing Day trip to Neuschwanstein
- Oktoberfest (If it is on when you visit )
- Visit Allianz Arena Tour for all football lovers
- A Segway tour is fun for the whole family
- Book a Bike tour or rent Bike