Munich: Germany’s Fun & Spirited City

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One of Germany’s richest cities, Munich is well known for its many international companies (BMW, for example), and its Oktobertfest, opera and art museums. Whether you plan to visit for a day or longer, you’ll enjoy architectural sites, world famous museums such as the Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek, the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Lenbachhaus and a lively restaurant scene that includes legendary Bavarian beer halls and gardens. Spreading out over 310 square kilometers, the city is stunning, with many of its pre-war buildings restored to their former grandeur.

Walk through the tranquil Englische Garten, a huge park bigger than Central Park then discover the Old Munich neighborhood with the Asam Church, one of the most important buildings in Late Baroque in Germany.

You should then direct yourself towards the New Town Hall at the northern part of Marienplatz, an architectural Gothic Revival wonder, then stop by the Frauenkirche “Cathedral of Our Dear Lady,” a landmark with its domineering towers, widely visible every where in the city. Climb up the south tower for a unique view of Munich and the nearby Alps.

If you’re hungry, savor lunch at the Hoffbrauhaus a Bavarian culinary institution with frescoes on the walls and ceilings, and dark wood engraved paneling.

A folkloric band plays at the Hoffbrauhaus throughout the day and evening, and a lively wait staff serves food around the clock in traditional costumes. You won’t be able to resist authentic local cuisine such as Leder Knoedle Suppe, Sausages or Wienerschnitzel served with a heavy beer stein or full liter glass. It is fun, friendly and convivial and makes for an unforgettable experience.

There are many more venues where you will find copious food and constant cheer. For shopping, stroll down the Neuhauser and Kaufinger Strasse between Marienplatz and Karlplatz. In Theatinerstrasse, you’ll find many boutiques and fashion accessories shops. Munich’s latest shopping center Funf Hofe is full of shops, bistros and cafes. However for luxury shopping, you must head to Maximilian Strasse, the most exclusive shopping area with an array of fine shops and haute couture addresses.

A wonderful hotel to stay overnight near the Englishe Gartens and the City Centre is the Marriott. Recently redecorated, the hotel is chic and contemporary with a spacious lobby and international design elements. With elegant rooms, soundproof windows and spotless marble bathrooms, the hotel has a variety of options to satisfy your needs. I stayed in a beautifully furnished and efficient deluxe room with a king size bed, a large flat screen, comfortable armchairs, a full desk and easy internet access.

A gorgeous and nutritious breakfast buffet awaited me in the morning at the hotel restaurant that included American as well as continental classics. You will find salmon slices, fresh fruit and muesli, organic cereals, a display of juices including fresh-squeezed orange juice, an espresso machine that delivers any type of Italian coffee variety you may desire. The hotel includes several dining facilities such as a Munich-style steakhouse: Steakhouse Grill93, Champions Sports Bar to relax and watch sports, relaxed terrace dining in the summer and Lounge Café and Bar to sit and enjoy a quiet moment during the day.

If you want to work out, visit the Fitness Center any time of the day or night equipped with an exercise room and whirlpool and if you plan to confer with local clients don’t hesitate to meet them at one of the conference rooms in the hotel. The staff at the desk and in the restaurant is extremely courteous and helpful. Very easily reached from the airport or train station, the hotel can call you a taxi at notice. Situated at Berliner Strasse 93, it is also within 5 minutes to the subway. For more information go to www.http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mucno-munich-marriott-hotel

Though the best-known event in Munich is the Oktoberfest, the Munich Film Festival and lively bar scene attract many people every year. You’ll also be close to the Alps, fabulous ski resort Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the stunning fairy-tale like castles of Ludwig the Second of Bavaria and the city of Bayreuth with its exclusive Wagner Festival that attracts fans from across the globe. An exciting and modern city, Munich is an enjoyable place to visit and full of inimitable local flavor, friendly people and comfortable hotels. After you’ve visited once, you’ll want to return again and again.

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