Germany's wealth generator, Munich is home to BMW and Siemens and is soon to be a base for Microsoft. The Herzog de Meuron ‘Allianz Arena’ attests to world-class football, while Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival, is just one of the highlights of a diverse culture.
Stylish and perfectly formed, the new Aloft Munich (alofthotels.com) sits opposite the Hauptbanhof. The multifunctional reception and lounge encapsulates the brand, offering open plan arrangements and the popular W XYZ bar. In the mid-range bracket, the Tulip Concorde (tulip.com) located next to the city’s focal point, Marienplatz, is clean, comfy and functional.
A patchwork of crisp white linen dressed tables, set for fine dining, welcomes guests to enjoy neo- Bavarian cuisine at Schubeck (schubeck.de). Next door, Hofbräuhaus (hofbraeuhaus.de) offers an authentic Bavarian experience with hearty dishes of meat and Knödel dumplings washed down with steins of beer.
Munich’s best-kept secret, Goldene Bar (goldenebar.de), is hidden at the back of Haus der Kunst. Step inside the elegant interior where the walls are bedecked with wooden (and golden) panelled artwork. Below Goldene Bar, P1 Club opens its doors in the evening for those wishing to continue their night out.
EasyJet operates to Munich from London’s Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports, plus Manchester and Edinburgh. Lufthansa flies up to eight times a day from London Heathrow to Munich, and three times a day from both Manchester and Birmingham. British Airways flies up to eight times a day from Heathrow to Munich. In addition, Flybe flies from Cardiff to Munich and bmi regional from Bristol.
The underground U-bahn, overground S-bahn and tram services are efficient and there are plenty of taxi services available too. From Munich Central Station there are direct services to and from the airport taking just over 30 minutes each way.
Munich is GMT +1hr. The currency is the Euro. £1 = €1.42. See muenchen.de
Walk around the Allstadt (old town) to admire the neo-gothic Neue Rathaus (New Town Hall) in Marienplatz Square; nearby is the gothic Frauenkirsche (cathedral) and the city’s Church of St Peter, known affectionately as Alter Peter.
Art lovers can visit Germany’s biggest modern art museum Pinakothek der Moderne. Head to the Olympic Park and Tower to view the city from above
Adjacent to BMW Welt is a cluster of modernist architecture including the BMW museum and their cylinder shaped HQ. Relax and unwind in Englischer Garden, the sprawling green lung of Munich.
A return flight from London Heathrow to Munich covers 2,052km and produces 0.2 tonnes of CO2. You can offset this with The Carbon Neutral Company starting from £2.