Nestled in the heart of Bavaria, Munich stands as a city steeped in history, culture, and educational opportunities. But it’s also a fascinating city where two worlds collide: lederhosen and Bavarian tradition feel just as at place here as the city’s modern urban landscape.
Planning a school trip to Munich might initially appear daunting due to the multitude of activities available, but with this blog we're here to guide you through the process. We'll delve into the numerous learning opportunities scattered across the city, recommend cost-effective activities to enrich your schedule, and outline the everyday expenses you can expect.
Get ready to immerse yourself in the cultural and historical wonders of Munich as we present a comprehensive guide to an exceptional school trip experience.
Learning objectives covered by a Munich school trip
Take your students on an unforgettable experience with our unique school trip to Munich. Some of the most prominent sites of the Second World War reside here, such as the Eagle’s Nest and Dachau Concentration Camp, offering your group further context to your classroom teachings on the rise of far-right politics and resulting domination of the Nazi Party in the early 20th century.
A hugely welcoming destination for language students, Munich is a highly popular school trip for our German-studying groups, who are presented with abundant opportunities for improving their linguistics. From touring art galleries, science museums and the farmers’ market, to conversing with locals on the sobering history of the Munich Olympic Games, students will come away with increased confidence in their abilities – as well as an unforgettable trip under their belt.
Free things to do in Munich for schools
Munich offers a wide variety of free and educational activities that are suitable for school groups. These options should offer a balance of cultural, historical, and recreational experiences for students without breaking the budget.
English Garden (Englischer Garten)
Explore one of the largest urban parks in the world with a visit to Munich’s famous Englischer Garten. Here, student groups can enjoy a retreat from their busy itinerary to watch the surfers at the waves of the Eisbach river, and appreciate the serene beauty of the park.
Glockenspiel on Marienplatz
One of the 20 top attractions in Munich, the famous Glockenspiel reenacts two stories from Munich’s vast history through 43 bells and 32 life-size figures. Built into the mighty tower of the city’s Town Hall (Neues Rathaus), in Marienplatz, Munich’s central square, this is a cultural and historical experience that’s not to be missed.
Visit this vibrant 200-year-old outdoor market and experience Munich's culinary culture as you browse Bavarian fortes with your students. While purchasing snacks and souvenirs is of course an option, simply wandering through the stalls can be a sensory-rich experience.
Munich Court Gardens
While there may be an entrance fee for the Munich Residenz itself, the splendid gardens that surrounds it are free to enter. Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the beautifully landscaped grounds as you discuss the Bavarian dukes, electors, and kings that resided in the residence from 1508 to 1918.
Nymphenburg Palace Gardens
This 180-hectare park is considered a masterpiece of garden art, and features not only a canal running towards the palace itself, but the opportunity to ride on it by gondola. There’s also the Pagoda Castle, Monopteros Round Temple, and the Amalienburg and Badenburg castles – all beautiful sights that offer an excellent backdrop for a picnic.
St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)
Visit the oldest church in Munich, St. Peter's Church, and enjoy panoramic views of the city from its tower. While there may be a small fee for the tower, entering the church itself is usually free.
Street art across the city
From Werksviertel-Mitte and Schlachthofviertel, to the tunnel beneath the Friendensengel, Munich is awash with vibrant street art, offering students a creative way to engage with the city’s urban culture.
Remember to check the opening hours and any specific guidelines for these attractions, as policies may change.
How much do every day items cost in Munich (2023)?
- Single ticket on the U-Bahn: €3.70
- Coffee: €3.72
- Burger and fries in a fast food restaurant: €10
Ready to book your school trip to Munich?
With its broad variety of educational opportunities, Munich promises to leave an indelible mark on the minds of your students. Whether delving into the city’s history, or German language opportunities, trips to this Bavarian gem offer a diverse range of experiences for all.
To find out more about our school trips to Munich, or enquire about booking a school trip, please call us on 01273 648248. You can also fill out our webform, and our school trip experts will get back to you as soon as we can.