Dark Tourism: Darkest and Unique Places In Munich You Can Actually Visit
People say that Munich is a wealthy and a bit snobbish city. People from other parts of Germany hate the place, mostly because they secretly want to move here. The city isn’t dirty and falling apart like Berlin or rough around the edges like Cologne, but if you know where to look, you can find a little bit of dark and weird. Here are our best suggestions for dark tourism in Munich.
Deutsches Jagd und Fischereimuseum
People with weak stomachs should not go to the German Museum of Hunting and Fishing. There are rows of taxidermied animal heads and displays full of hybrid animals like the Wolpertinger, which is a small mythical mammal like a rabbit or squirrel to which wings, antlers, tails, and fangs from other animals have been added. It’s kind of a shrine to hunting and the traditions that go along with it, which makes sense since the museum is in a church from the 1300s.
In Europe, St. Nicholas has a lot of scary helpers. The jobs of the Dutch Zwart Piet, the Swiss Schmutzli, and the North German Knecht Ruprecht are to go with Saint Nicholas on his journey and punish children who don’t behave. In the Alps of Bavaria, Austria, and Italy, bad Santa is called Krampus. Krampus is a half-demon, half-goat creature that scares bad kids.
In the first week of December, there is a Krampus Run in Munich and a few mountain towns and villages. Up to 300 young men dress up in elaborate Krampus costumes and run screaming through the Christmas markets while shaking chains. The prices range from €1,800 to €2,500, and the costumes can weigh up to 10 kilos. Definitely a sight you won’t soon forget.
On the S2 line, the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site is about 25 minutes outside of Munich. Dachau was first opened in 1933 as a camp for political prisoners. It later became the model for all other concentration camps and a place where the SS learned how to run them. During the 12 years the camp was open, about 41,500 of the 200,000 prisoners who were kept there were killed. A self-guided tour takes about half a day and is free. Two-and-a-half-hour tours with a guide cost €3 per person. Audio-guide tours cost €3.50
Hitler’s Munich Tour
Most of the buildings that Hitler hung out in while he was in Munich have been torn down so that Neo-Nazis can’t turn them into some kind of relic or monument. Still, a guided tour of the Hofbrauhaus, where the first Nazi mass meeting was held, the Feldherrnhalle, where the Nazis tried to seize power but failed, the Konigsplatz, where party rallies were held, and the Hofgarten, which was important to the White Rose resistance movement, really helps to connect what you read in the history book to real places. The tour starts every day at 10:15 a.m., lasts for 2 1/2 hours, and costs €15.
Scary Munich Tour
There are ghosts in every town. Take a guided tour at night to find out where the ones in Munich like to hang out. By lantern light, you can walk through dark alleys and the haunted town square and hear stories about murder, executions, burning witches, and all kinds of other mysteries. The tour begins by the Frauenkirche.
Munich Ghost Tour
From April to December, every Saturday night at 8pm, gravedigger Joseph Grundlgruber takes tourists who are brave enough to meet the doomed Radish Woman, check out haunted houses, see a strange thing happen in a graveyard, and meet the Black Lady at Promenadeplatz. Meeting point: Sendlinger Tor; Cost: €24.
Walpurgis Night Tour
In Munich, the arrival of spring is marked by fire, magic, and old rituals. On May 1, witches gather in remote places and do wild dances to honor the devil. Don’t they? At the Isartor, a wise woman in white is waiting, and you follow her down the Westenriederstraße to the old city wall for a cleansing ritual. Later, at Trinity Square, a hangman helps a woman who is looking for something very badly in the cemetery. Several things are also set on fire. On a Walpurgis Night Tour, you’ll hear scary stories about witches from the past.
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