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Third Reich Munich Walking Tour (Self Guided), Munich

It was in Munich that Hitler had made his first attempts at grabbing power. The walking tour explores the places and events that are related to the Nazi movement. It traces the events from the first mass meetings at the Hofbräuhaus to the failed attempt to seize power at the Felderrnhalle.
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Guide Name: Third Reich Munich Walking Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Munich (See other walking tours in Munich)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: clare
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Fuhrerbau
  • Feldherrnhalle
  • Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall
  • Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)
  • Sterneckerbräu
  • Hitler's Early Residence in Munich
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Fuhrerbau

1) Fuhrerbau

The Führerbau - translated as "the Führer's building" - is a Nazi party building located in Königsplatz and was built from 1933 to 1937 after the plans of architect Paul Ludwig Troost. The first plans were made in 1931. The building was completed three years after Troost's death by Leonhard Gall. During the Nazi times, the building served as a representative building for Adolf Hitler. The Führerbau has historical significance for being the place where Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler signed the Munich treaty in September 1938. Architecturally speaking, the Brienner Strasse is a symmetry axis - at the Katharina-von-Bora-Strasse 10, a very similar building stands: The "Verwaltungsbau der NSDAP" (Administrative Building of the NSDAP). After the German surrender, the US occupation forces used both buildings as the "Zentrale Sammelstelle" (central collecting place) that cared about the looted pieces of art that were stolen by Nazis in the whole of Europe. Today, the building houses the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (University of Applied Sciences of Music and Theatre). Its congress hall now serves as a concert venue.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Feldherrnhalle

2) Feldherrnhalle

The Feldherrnhalle or Field Marshall’s Hall is a large loggia built to commemorate two brave Bavarian military leaders and the soldiers who laid down their lives during the Franco Prussian War. It is best remembered for the skirmish between the Bavarian Police and Hitler’s followers in 1923, called the Beer Hall Putsch.

The Feldherrnhalle was commissioned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria and designed by Friedrich von Gartner. It was built between 1841 and 1844 on the site of one of the old city gates, the Schwabinger Tor. The design was modeled along the lines of the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. It is located at the southern end of Ludwigstrasse, near the Palais Preysing.

The Feldherrnhalle has large bronze statues of two revered Bavarian military heroes, Johann Tilly and Karl hilipp von Wrede, created by sculptor Ludwig Schwanthaler. In 1882, another sculpture to pay tribute to the Bavarian army’s exploits in the Franco Prussian war was created by Ferdinand von Miller Jr. and placed at the center. The steps leading up to the monument has two lions sculpted by Wilhelm Ruemann in 1906. The growling lion sculpture faces the Residenz Royal Palace while the other lion, with its mouth closed, faces the church. It was at this spot that Hitler and his followers were arrested by the Bavarian police after the Beer House Putsch.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall

3) Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall (must see)

The Beer Hall is probably the best-known beer hall in Munich. Date all the way back to 1589, the famous Hofbräuhaus in Munich was founded by the Duke of Bavaria, Wilhelm V. Originally, the Hofbräuhaus building was not open to the public, but in 1828—lucky for both tourists and locals alike!—the building opened its doors to the masses. Today, it is a warm place, thick with traditional atmosphere and friendly vibes, where you can come to eat typical Bavarian food, listen to the Oompah band play loudly on stage, and gulp down the rich Hofbräuhaus beer in large, one-liter steins, which the Germans call a Mass.

In 1516, the “Bavarian Beer Purity Law” was passed, which states that only natural ingredients can be used to brew the beers. To this day, the beers of Munich, Hofbräuhaus beer included, are held to that high, delicious standard of beer manufacturing.

Available in the gift shop of the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl in downtown Munich, you can bring home one of the large, traditional glass Hofbräuhaus beer steins. Just don’t tell any Germans that you will probably be filling it with something other than the pure, golden Hofbräuhaus beer. Cost: around 10 to 15 Euros.

Opening Hours: daily 9:30 - 23:30

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Massive in size, the beer hall is steeped in history and on 24 February 1920, Adolf Hitler organized one of his first propaganda events here.
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Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)

4) Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)

The Old Town Hall was the seat of the Municipality of Munich until the construction of the Neues Rathaus in 1874. It stands on the eastern side of Marienplatz and was left untouched, unlike many other buildings that were demolished to make way for the New Town Hall.

The Old Town Hall was built between 1470 and 1480 based on a design by architect, Jörg von Halsbach. The renowned architect also designed the Frauenkirche in Munich. It had a late Gothic style at the time of its construction. It was remodeled several times and was altered to a neo-Gothic style between the years 1861 and 1864. Two tunnels were built through the building to make way for traffic between 1877 and 1934. The Altes Rathaus was severely damaged during the World War II bombings and was extensively restored based on its 15th-century design.

The Altes Rathaus, today, hosts the offices of the city council, some administrative offices and a Toy Museum set in four rooms in its tower. There is a souvenir & gift shop on the first floor that sells unique souvenir items – in particular replicas of the wooden sculptures called The Morris Dancers by Munich sculptor, Erasmus Grasser.

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The impressive buildings in the center of the city and it also played an important role in the Nazi’s seizure of power. This is the place where Joseph Goebbels gave the speech that inspired Kristallnacht on November 9, 1938. A pogrom against Jews throughout Germany, Kristallnacht led to the destruction of many Jewish-owned businesses and the arrest of thousands of Jewish citizens. Kristallnacht, or “the night of broken glass,” is generally considered the start of the Final Solution and the Holocaust.
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Why You Should Visit:
One of the finest historical buildings to see at Marienplatz. Just as with the other ('new') town hall, you can go up the stairs to the top. The inside on the ground floor is absolutely gorgeous too, looking exactly how many expect German buildings to look.

Tip:
The Altes Rathaus tower now serves as a Toy Museum (Spielzugmuseum) and providing yet another bit of fun is the Juliet Capulet Statue, located on the side of the building. This was a gift from the city of Verona to Munich in the 1970s.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sterneckerbräu

5) Sterneckerbräu

The Sterneckerbräu was a brewery in Munich, Germany. The associated inn served as a meeting place for the first branch of the German Workers' Party (DAP), which later changed its name to the Nazi Party (NSDAP). Similar to the Bürgerbräukeller, it was a place of pilgrimage for the Nazi movement. The building is now used as a residential and commercial building and is a registered monument on the Bavarian monument list.

The German Workers Party (DAP) of Anton Drexler met once a week in the restaurant on the first floor of the new building. On 12 September 1919, Adolf Hitler attended a meeting of the DAP on behalf of the intelligence command of the army. The meeting took place in a meeting room of the Sterneckerbräu. Drexler invited him to join the DAP. Hitler accepted on that date, becoming the party's 55th member. In October 1919, the first branch of the DAP, which in February 1920 changed its name to the Nazi Party (NSDAP), was set up in a side room of the Sterneckerbräu.

In 1921, the Bavarian nationalist and royalist league In Treue fest was founded at the Sterneckerbräu. It was banned by the Nazis on 2 February 1933, and later re-established in 1952.

On 8 November 1933, Hitler opened the Museum of the Nazi Party at the Sterneckerbräu, which was also mentioned in the Baedeker. The first inventory and office furniture, as well as the members' rooms, can still be viewed there.

The building survived World War II. In 1957 the restaurant was closed and the first floor was converted into a store.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Hitler's Early Residence in Munich

6) Hitler's Early Residence in Munich

After Hitler was discharged from the German Army in March 1920, he returned to Munich and went to work full-time for the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party), which was headquartered in that city. He rented a small bedroom in Thierschstrasse from 1920 to 1929. Later, he rented a second room to use as an office. In 1936, the Munich city council placed a plaque on the building which read, "Adolf Hitler lived in this house from 1 May 1920 to 5 October 1929". The building still stands; Hitler's former room is used for storage.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Munich, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Munich

Create Your Own Walk in Munich

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Old Town Walking Tour

Old Town Walking Tour

Marienplatz is a prominent public square located in the heart of Munich's old town. In the past, the square served as a salt and grain market, but today it is a magnet for visitors who gather here from all over the world to admire the Gothic facade of the town hall and other nearby attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Art District Museums & Galleries

Art District Museums & Galleries

Kunstareal is known as the art district of the city. This small district is home to some of the best museums and galleries in the world. Each of these museums portrays art forms from distinctly different eras. Located just north of the main train station, the artistic treasures here rivals the best in the world.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Kreuzviertel Walking Tour

Kreuzviertel Walking Tour

Kreuzviertel is one of the four quarters of Munich Alstadt. Historically here was located the centre of the clergy as there was a particularly high number of monasteries. Take this tour to admire the beautiful palaces and churches located in this area, and explore interesting shopping spots and museums.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Old Town Souvenir Shops

Old Town Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Munich without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Munich, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit. You find them in the shops located in Munich Altstadt, all within a pleasant walking distance.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Top Religious Sites Walking Tour

Top Religious Sites Walking Tour

Religion has been an important part of Munich's life for a long time and this is reflected in the city's numerous churches, chapels and cathedrals. During the 18th and the 19th century, many of them were reconstructed into Baroque and Rococo styles to represent the wealth and greatness of the city. This self guided tour takes you to the magnificent religious edifices of Munich.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles

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