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Munich: Museum City Masterpieces

Munich is among Germany’s best-loved destinations, a sophisticated city where Bavarian tradition and outspokenness meet Italian flair and elegance. Founded in 1158 by Henry the Lion, this ‘metropolis with a heart’ offers a unique blend of architectural styles, from Gothic to Baroque and from Greek Revival to Jugendstil. For centuries Munich has been a haven for culture with a vibrant arts scene and its numerous museums are largely the result of the Wittelsbach dynasty who combined political ambition with artistic patronage. Museum collections range from outstanding ensembles of Classical sculpture to world-class picture galleries that include works from all periods, with old German Masters being particularly well represented. Away from the heart of the city, among beautifully verdant manicured surroundings at the grandiose summer residence of Nymphenburg, the Wittelsbach courtly elegance is at its most spectacular.

6 days from £2,600pp Departure Dates

Your Tour Includes

  • Scheduled return flights (economy class) with BA between London Heathrow and Munich
  • Transfers and excursions in Germany by private coach
  • 5 nights' in the 4-star Hotel Torbrau
  • Two dinners and one lunch
  • Guided visits to monuments and museums listed in the programme
  • Services of the lecturer and a tour manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes
  • All entrance fees, taxes and gratuities for coach drivers and waiters
Tom Abbott

Tom Abbott

Tom Abbott studied psychology and art history in the US before completing his graduate research in the history of art and architecture in Berlin, where he now lives. Tom also studied at the Louvre School of Art History in Paris and has lectured around the world, specialising in architecture and art from the Renaissance to the Baroque and beyond.


Morning flight with BA from London Heathrow to Munich. By private coach to the centre of Munich and our centrally located four-star hotel. Introductory orientation walk before our welcome dinner together.

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A day on foot to explore Munich’s centre: the neo-Gothic Flemish-looking ‘new’ town hall overlooking the Marienplatz, the huge Gothic Frauenkirche characterised by its onion-domed belfries, the majestic church of St Michael built in the style and spirit of the Roman Counter-Reformation, and the theatrical Late-Baroque gem of the Asamkirche, the private church of the artist brothers Cosmas Damian and Egid Quirin Asam. After lunch, visit the labyrinthine Residenz, vast home of the dukes and later kings of Bavaria. Built over three centuries, it includes grottoes, ballrooms and a fabulous treasury with 1000-year-old goldwork. The precious Rococo Cuvilliés Theatre offers a delightful contrast to the imposing Early Baroque of the Theatinerkirche court church nearby.

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Munich Neo-Gothic 'New' Town Hall

A day dedicated to Munich’s principal picture galleries: at the Alte Pinakothek, we will study some of the highlights including works by Leonardo, Dürer, Rubens and many others. After lunch, the Neue Pinakothek awaits with masterpieces from Romanticism to Impressionism, with a focus on 19th-century German art.

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Alte Pinakothek

A day on foot exploring the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum. In the morning and early afternoon, we will take time to sample the museum’s rich and varied collections – from Carolingian ivories to virtuoso Renaissance limewood carvings, and 17th-century costume to Jugendstil furnishing. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure with free time for you to explore the city.

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Bayerisches Nationalmuseum

Among Munich’s most striking architectural ensembles is the Neoclassical Königsplatz, created by King Ludwig I of Bavaria in the first half of the 19th century. Here, the Glyptothek is home to major works of Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture assembled by the philhellenic monarch. The Lenbachhaus across the road was the Italianate home of Franz von Lenbach, Munich’s prince of painters at the turn of the 20th century. This handsome villa, now a museum, houses the stunning collection of paintings by the Blaue Reiter group of Expressionist painters, from August Macke and Franz Marc to Vassily Kandinsky.

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Neoclassical Königsplatz

In the morning, drive along Maximilianstrasse, Prinzregentenstrasse and Ludwigstrasse, the main boulevards of Munich’s great 19th-century town planning projects, before going for a stroll at Nymphenburg, the glorious country house of the rulers of Bavaria, with extensive gardens and pavilions, among them the Amalienburg, epitome of Rococo building and ornament. After lunch at a restaurant in the palace grounds, coach transfer to the airport for a mid-afternoon flight with BA to London Heathrow.

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Includes Lunch

Included Highlights

Nymphenburg, Munich

Please note that it is necessary to have a good level of fitness as there will be at times extensive walking and inevitably some long periods of standing.


You will stay for 5 nights at the 4-star Hotel Torbrau.

Hotel Torbräu

Hotel Facilities

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  • 4 Star
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe Box
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Wifi
  • Room Service Available
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available