Kempinski Blog Article
Throughout Munich, contemporary culture and history walk together, hand in hand. From the Olympic Park in the north to Berchtesgaden in the east, the only thing separating the past from the present is the occasional autobahn, beer hall or cobbled footpath.
The capital of the quintessentially German state of Bavaria, and home to a range of historical and cultural experiences not found anywhere else in the country, Munich offers something for every taste.
The frescoes of St. Peter's Church, the dusky spires of the Marienplatz's Rathaus, and the pretty modern façade of the Brandhorst Museum; the architectural styles running through the city tell a story of renewal, from Gothicism, to imperial prominence and finally to a state of cutting-edge modernity.
While many of Munich's marvellous historical buildings were destroyed during the mid-twentieth century, the city is by no means devoid of character. The city's English Garden affords serene strolls, delicious foods – including inimitable dumplings and roasted meats – can be sampled, and of course, Oktoberfest: an event known worldwide for its unforgettable take on night (and day) time revelry!
Ecologically speaking, Bavaria's cooler climate makes Munich and its surrounding areas a fine place to harvest root vegetables such as potatoes and beetroot – which, as a result, means both feature prominently in the Bavarian diet. Accompanying these, Munich's cuisine focusses heavily on meat – with everything from turkey, pork and lamb acting as a regular staple on hundreds of menus throughout the city.
Aside from the heavy use of meat and vegetables, pretzels also play a big part in Bavarian food. Complete with their doughy texture and salty exterior, Munich doesn't discriminate when it comes to its pretzels – meaning you can find one in a fancy restaurant while a humble vendor sells his on the street outside. Both are just as delicious in our opinion, and they are certainly worth a try!
In terms of drink, Munich is a magnet for beer fans, too. Ever since monks started brewing their own beer in the city centuries ago, Munich has rapidly evolved into one of Europe's favourite drinking spots. Famed for its beer gardens, drinking halls and steins, beer is the order of the day throughout Bavaria. But with thousands uniting for Oktoberfest in the centre of the city each year, Munich can certainly stand alone as the nation's beer capital.
As one of the continent's largest centres for sport, commerce and culture, there is naturally a great deal to explore and discover when visiting Munich.
The Allianz Arena
As any football fan can tell you, Bayern Munich are a pretty big deal and, over the years, they have won it all – so it is only right that they should play in a stadium that reflects their success. Home to both Bayern and 1860 Munich, the Allianz Arena is an architectural masterpiece. As well as having the capacity to house over 75,000 sports fans, the stadium's exterior was the first of its kind to have an outer shell that could change colour - which, as you can imagine, looks spectacular at night.
As well as the Allianz Arena, Munich also has its very own Olympic Park. Home to the 1972 Olympics, visitors can now access the Olympic Stadium and take a stroll across its roof. There is also an Olympic Tower offering breath-taking views over both Munich and the Alps for as little as €7 for adults and €4.50 for under 16s.
Breathing life into the city, Munich's 'Englische Garten' boasts everything you could want from one of the world's largest urban parks. Whether you are playing Frisbee in the park or reading a book in the shade, the English Garden never fails if you are looking for a quick break from the bustling city centre. Not only this, the park's beer garden boasts 7,000 spots, making it the second largest in the city.
Offering exhibitions, events and a contemporary customer experience, BMW Welt near Olympiapark is must for any motoring enthusiast. Invention and innovation play a big part in BMW's brand ethos, so it makes sense that everything from the building's architecture right through to its programme of events signifies modernity at each and every turn.
Being the largest city in south Germany, Munich boasts excellent transport links. Munich Airport is approximately 25 miles from the city centre and is well-connected with regular shuttle buses running both day and night – although if you are wanting the quickest route into town, it is best to use the S-Bahn.
Once you have found your hotel and are ready to explore this beautiful city, you will be able to take advantage of both the U-Bahn and aforementioned S-Bahn, as well as an excellent tram system and several bus routes. Just remember, if you are thinking of making the most out of Munich's public transport, it is worth investing in the right ticket or pass. Single day tickets are a great option for individuals travelling alone, while a partner day ticket provides a great solution for groups of up to five adults.
If you want to go it alone, a great number of Munich's main attractions are within the city centre – which means most journeys are more than walkable. However, if you are looking for something a little more independent, there are several outlets that allow tourists to rent their own bicycle. For as little as €3 per hour, bike rental provides a cost effective and eco-friendly solution to inner city travel – so it is an option that is well worth exploring.
If you're looking for somewhere to stay during your time in Munich, the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski provides all the luxury you would normally associated with a Kempinski hotel with the added bonus of a city centre location. Enjoy your stay!