Tour Options

Munich is an amazing city! Here are some options you can ask about when you schedule your tour. If a few of them really grab you, just mention them to your guide in advance, and he will try to accommodate your requests. Keep in mind this may be difficult if some of the locations are very far apart, or if the weather and timing don’t work out.

  • Outdoor walking tour of downtown monuments, by foot and/or by public transport
  • Climbing up the best downtown tower to get a good photo-overview
  • Visiting the English Garden to photograph Munich’s relaxation / leisure scenes, and possibly to visit a Biergarten (the Maß, or 1-liter beer glass, provides fantastic photo possibilities!)
  • Taking action shots (easily combined with English Garden): football [= soccer] players on evenings/weekends; surfers on the Eisbach
  • Going to a beer hall like Hofbräuhaus; techniques to ask someone “can I get a photo with you?”
  • Learning how to use aperture to create nice background blur (if your camera allows it), and find out the difference between good and bad “bokeh”
  • Taking great local-color photos at Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s outdoor food market
  • Traveling to the Olympic Park to see the city from a distance (best on a clear day), and photograph Müncheners in their native environment: one of the city’s many grassy parks
  • Going to museums or castles (those which allow photos) to learn about indoor photography: white balance, perspective, and similar topics. Note that we are not certified tour guides, so may not be able to explain all the sights inside the museum. Some museums that allow photos: BMW Museum, Fishing and Hunting Museum, …etc. Most museums do not allow flash photography, so you’ll learn how to turn off your flash and use the “high sensitivity” mode of your camera. (Museum admission is not included in the standard tour price)
  • Your guide can take photos of your family/group for you, just ask away
  • Sunset tour: if the weather cooperates, take pictures of the sunset from a good vantage point. Learn general sunset tips, including how to photograph the famous “Green Flash” that sometimes occurs when the sun sets over the ocean (of course, that’s for your next trip, not Munich)
  • Nighttime tour: how to take pictures in the dark using a tripod. Easily combined with the Sunset option
  • Photo touch-up crash course: at the end of the tour, stop somewhere for a beer and have your guide show you how to touch up photos or make panoramas using software available for free on the internet. (notify your guide in advance so he is prepared with a laptop!)
  • Camera shop visit: if you’re planning to buy a new camera, your guide can go to the store with you and help you find a good model for your needs
  • Discuss with your guide how to prepare a travel slideshow that your guests will want to watch, instead of falling asleep during an endless parade of 1,327 “vacation snapshots”