Munich

Overview

From Andrew Harper

The capital of Bavaria is famous for its Oktoberfest, but Munich is also a high-tech hub with a lively arts scene and splendid architecture. The central square of the Old Town is Marienplatz, and there, the famous 43-bell Glockenspiel rings out daily from the New Town Hall. Munich’s museums rival those of Berlin. The Alte Pinakothek houses one of the world’s finest collections of Old Master paintings. The Neue Pinakothek covers 19th-century art. And the recently opened Pinakothek der Moderne exhibits contemporary works. When the warm weather arrives, residents and visitors alike head for the Englischer Garten park.

 

Hotels

All recommended hotels in Munich

Munich, Germany
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich

Landmark hotel of 297 rooms along the fashionable Maximilianstrasse near many exclusive shops, the Bavarian State Opera House and other attractions.

Louis Hotel
Louis Hotel

Stylish boutique hotel just off the Marienplatz, with 72 rooms featuring dark oak floors, retro armchairs, handcrafted furnishings and leather-topped teak desks.

Mandarin Oriental, Munich
Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Renowned 73-room luxury hotel in the heart of the old quarter, a short walk from the Hofbräuhaus, Marienplatz and boutiques of Maximilianstrasse.

Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel
Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel

Contemporary 160-room hotel in a serene garden setting at the heart of the city, near Königsplatz, the Old Town and upscale shopping areas.

Dining

All recommended restaurants in Munich

DER PSCHORR
No visit to Munich would be complete without a visit to one of its legendary beer halls. This one overlooking the charming Viktualienmarkt, or main food market, is our favorite for its goulash soup and homemade bratwurst seasoned with beer and served with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut.
Viktualienmarkt 15
Munich 80331
Germany
US$30
EDERER

Chef Karl Ederer is a leading proponent of new German cooking, which looks around the world for inspiration and ingredients. The handsome, high-ceilinged dining room has several woodburning fireplaces and is decorated with modern art. Ederer’s menu evolves constantly, but dishes such as zucchini flowers stuffed with polenta, mushrooms, eggplant and mint; anglerfish with olive oil, lemongrass and thyme; and roast duckling breasts with goose-liver sauce and garnishes of white cabbage and potatoes exemplify his style.

Kardinal-Faulhaber-Strasse 10
Munich 80333
Germany
US$90
KAFER-SCHANKE
Elegant surroundings on the second floor of the leading Käfer delicatessen enhance a menu of traditional regional cooking. Expect dishes such as bouillon of crayfish with thyme and dill, and braised lamb chops in an herb broth. Closed Sundays.
Prinzregentenstrasse 73
Munich 81675
Germany
US$75
SCHUHBECKS IN DEN SUDTIROLER STUBEN

Regional Bavarian cookery is enlivened by international fusion techniques at celebrity chef Alfons Schuhbeck’s remarkable restaurant. Innovative dishes run the gamut from marinated tuna fish with caviar and vegetable jelly to saddle of veal with asparagus and celery purée. Attentive service and a distinguished wine list help justify the lofty price tag.

Platzl 6
Munich 80331
Germany
US$135
SPATENHAUS AN DER OPER

This very popular place with a rustic décor of arched paneled walls and wooden tables overlooks the opera house on Max Joseph Platz and serves delicious Bavarian comfort food. Try dishes such as sausage salad with red cabbage, crispy suckling pig in beer sauce, and kaiserschmarrn, a sugar-dusted pancake with almonds, raisins and fruit compote. Closed for renovation until September 2013.

Residenzstrasse12
Munich 80333
Germany
US$60

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