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Munich City Guide

Munich, established by Benediction monks some time prior to 1158, it has a rich history and continues to play an important part in both German and European business and cultural society. Third largest city in Germany it is home to many large companies and universities and has been rated as one of the most 'liveable' cities in the world. The Wise Traveller City Guides are written for the busy traveller who needs a clear and concise overview of major cities. Catering to the business traveller, our guides are helpful to all travellers seeking an informed perspective of each city. We encourage all our readers to provide comment and help us keep our guides updated by providing personal experience.

 

 

Munich

Munich Overview

Munich is Germany’s third largest city, and a financial and publishing hub. At the heart of the city is the Marienplatz, where the new town hall is located, and Europe’s largest city park – the Englisher Garten – is one of the highlights of this city that melds the old and new beautifully.  It is in this park that you will find Germany’s answer to London’s Great Pagoda, the Chinesischer Turm, as well as English beer gardens and a Japanese teahouse.

 

The Olympic Park, which was the venue to the 1972 Olympics, now contains an ice rink, an indoor pool, a residential district and an 80,000 seat sports stadium. The Olympiaturm – a 290 metre high television tower offers spectacular views across the city.

 

BMW has its headquarters and museum in Munich, and Bavaria’s monarchs were residence at the Residenz Palace until 1918. Today the Place is a museum, reminding all of a bygone era in Germany’s imperial history. 

 

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Top Hotels In Munich

Grand Central

This hotel boasts 214 rooms, 8 suites, and 10 apartments, all decorated stylishly. Visitors benefit from add on facilities such as the Turkish baths, indoor pool, gym, and sauna. For some the bright colour schemes (oranges, lilacs, and reds dominate) may seem garish, but they work well and give a hint of the technology available to business guests. Situated just 1 km from the city centre at Arnulfstrabe 35, BY 80636 Website

The Charles Hotel

Five star luxury in the centre of the city, and one of the finest available. Its walls are adorned with artwork by 19th century artist Franz von Lenbach, a Municher by birth, and the hotel design smacks of individuality and elegance. Service is excellent, as are the corporate facilities and health club. Find peace and quiet within the botanical gardens, where this hotel lays at Sophienstrabe 28 BY 80333 Website

Hotel Leonardo

A few paces from Munich’s main railway station, the Leonardo is bright and modern, having been refurbished to a high standard. The sports bar provides evening entertainment, while its 80 rooms offer a relaxing night’s sleep with all the mod-cons you would expect from a four star hotel. Perfectly placed, at Moosacher Strasse 90, BY 80809, for easy access to Munich’s museums and theatres. Website

Flemings Hotel

Modern rooms, spacious, airy, and bright, decorated in wood panelling and neutral colour schemes foretell of the modern styling at Flemings. Fully glassed bathrooms add a touch of extra luxury, while the dining in the Brasserie is above the run-of-mill. Comfort and innovation run side-by-side in this centrally located hotel, on the south side of the main railway station at Bayerstrabe 47, 80335. Website

Sofitel Bayerpost

At the heart of the city lies a magnificent Wilhelmian building, in which is the superb Sofitel. Through the arched entrance is the modern luxury you would expect, and the hotel is ideally located with all of Munich’s attractions at hand. Views are over the city on one side, and across to the Alps on the other. Bayerstrasse 12, BY 80335. Website

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Top 5 Munich Restaurants

Tantris

A favourite among business travellers, chef Hans Haas astounds the taste buds with excellent game and shellfish entrees that tell of the delights to come. Perfect food, service, and ambience. Website

Viniaolo

With one of the best stocked wine cellars in Munich, the chef produces a concept menu that staff is proud about and that will excite diners. Slightly disconcerting to see diners dressed in suits sitting alongside those dressed more casually in jeans and t-shirt. The six-course set menu is a bargain. Website

Café Reitschule

Situated close to the university, Café Reitschule is hip and happening, a fun place for a light lunch and with a good selection of drinks to accompany dinner. Website

Austernkeller

With seafood flown in fresh daily, Austernkeller is probably Munich’s best fish restaurant. Casual dining in booth style seats, with Maryland crab cakes and sesame encrusted scampi particular favourites. Website

Ederer

An elegant restaurant in the centre of Munich, Ederer is the baby of celebrity chef Karl Ederer. It is here that he creates some of his most sophisticated international dishes, such as pan fried angler fish. A unique experience Website

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Munich After Hours

Relaxing after work is easy in Munich, with a vibrant music and club scene contrasting from the opera and theatre.

The Mandarin Bar is a place where business people gather after dark, offering cocktails and live piano music and frequented by the rich and famous. Another piano bar is the Vier Jahreszeiten, near the Kempinski Hotel, and a favourite haunt before spending the rest of the evening elsewhere.

Celebrities and CEOs frequent Schumann’s, an iconic bar and often a who’s who of the rich and famous, even though it offers a relaxing and exclusive environment.

Kultfabrick and Oprimolwerke are converted industrial sites that are now host to numerous nightclubs, while the State Opera and National Theatre will give the touch of the classical to any visit.

Munich is a city that encourages thoughts of lederhosen, and castles, yet readily accepts tablets and mobile phones. And, of course, there is always the world famous Oktoberfest.

 

Also try these web site references:

Elite Traveller - 4 Best Things To Do At Night In Munich

Reader's Digest - Top 10 Things To Do In Munich

Munich Travel Tips

Munich Travel Tips

Munich Travel Tips

Business Etiquette

As with other German business centres, and in keeping with German philosophy, business is considered a formal part of life and not often mixed with pleasure.

Business meetings and places of work are commonly reserved affairs, with formalities exchanged early and personal space respected. Business titles and surnames are used to show respect for status, and conversation should never encroach upon private life.

Plan well for meetings, as lack of punctuality of attendance and clarity during them will be met with disdain. Always dress for business, not for a casual meeting.

German companies operate a strong hierarchical system, so you should be aware of the pecking order of people with whom you are meeting.

Transport

With a population of over 2.5 million, it might be expected that Munich’s public transport system would be under strain. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, punctuality of service on its underground system is among the best in the world. Trams also serve the city, and compliment the 700 metre long pedestrian walkway, the Kaufinger Strasse, that traverses east to west from the Main Station. Walking and cycling is important in the city, and well catered for. ICE high speed trains connect Munich with Nuremburg, and motorways give easy road access across southern Germany. The Franz Josef International Airport is just a few miles from the city centre and is the second largest airport in Germany.

Safety

Munich is considered one of the world’s safest cities, though care should be taken in certain areas, such as near the Hauptbahnhof central train station, where hustlers, beggars, and pick-pockets operate. However, police continue to clamp down on such activities.

Oktoberfest is a particularly hazardous time of year, where drink induced neglect of belongings leads to opportunistic theft.

All police carry guns, which can be disconcerting for those not used to seeing this.

Smoking

Smoking is barred from all public places, and this ban also applies to electronic cigarettes, though smoking areas are generally provided.

Munich Practical Information

Helpful Telephone Numbers

Police: 110
Ambulance/Fire: 112
Tourist Bureau: +49 89 233 96 500

 

Quick Facts

Country: Germany
Region: Bavaria

Currency: Euro
Language: German

Time Zone: UTC +1/+2
Population: Approx 1.3 million

Other Links and References

TripHappy - Where To Stay In Munich

Elite Traveller - 4 Best Things To Do At Night In Munich
Reader's Digest - Top 10 Things To Do In Munich
Wikitravel - Munich
Discover Munich
Munich Tourist Information
Unlike.net - Munich

 

 

YouTube: Place To Visit by Howcast.com
YouTube: Munich's Top Attractions by WatchMojo

 

 

 

Munich City Map

Munich City Map

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Tags : Stay In Comfort, Europe, Munich
 
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