Being a former travel agent, I try my best to get the most out of my money by getting discounted rates for groups or checking with my previous contacts for referral. Since our trip to Europe last year was planned in haste, I did not have enough time to knock around former clients and friends who have visited Munich, Germany.
The best I could do was to just head to the nearest Tourist Centre at the Haufbanhoff area in Munich. My husband bought the tickets for us so I was not sure if we got a good deal. I forgot how much he paid for but I quite knew that it was not as hefty as the ones we have viewed from the internet prior to our arrival in Munich, Germany. Knowing my husband who has a knack for getting good deals as well, he would not pay for something ridiculously overpriced!
The Hop-On Hop-Off day tour we booked was for a day with a duration of 4 hours. There were many stops for picturials and a lady tourist guide provided the info for every scenic places in our itinerary. We were given a chance to alight a particular area if we wanted to and could get on the next bus according to our destination and program. We paid for the longer day tour so we needed to make sure we check the other incoming tour buses banner first because some have shorter itinerary. We were tagged on our wrists with colorful bands to indicate the kind of tour we paid for so the conductor and the driver of the other buses of the same tour line would know if we were riding on the right bus.
Our first stop was Karlsplatz (the old town) and next to Marienplatz where the big Glockenspiel was. We stayed there for an hour to watch and hear the chimes of the wonderful clock tower. Next stop was the Nymphenburg Castle were we got off again and stayed for 2 hours admiring the beautiful expanse of the garden and landscapes. The next on the itinerary was the brewery. We did not get off there because our daughter was with us and she could not enter the premise. We headed off to the second to the last place which was the Olympic Park. Right across the park was the famous BMW Museum and headquarter. We stayed here for an hour and went to the high tower to get a good view of Munich. Last stop was Schwabing where the English Gardens were. It was getting late and pressed for time, we didn't explore the area.
The tour was fun. I just felt like the open top of the double-decker bus was too much on mid-day. Although the weather was very pleasant at the time of our visit (late August...almost fall there), the sun was still very hot on the skin at noon. I wish there was a provision for a shade should the passengers wish to get covered. We wanted to sit on the first level only knowing that it would be too hot during the height of noon but we didn't get seats in the first level. However, it did not really matter that much where we sat because we got the chance to see Munich.