Luxury Munich tours
History, culture and delicious beer lay the foundations for any visit to marvellous Munich
Germany’s third-largest city and the bustling capital of beautiful Bavaria, Munich is one of Europe’s most exciting, artistic and historic cities. Located in Bavaria’s south on the River Isar, the city is often referred to as the ‘City of Beer and Art’, and its culinary heritage and rich portfolio of cultural attractions are characteristics that every visitor will come to appreciate during their time in Munich.
- Absorb the stunning landmarks surrounding Marienplatz.
- Experience Munich’s atmospheric Christmas market.
- Sip Bavarian brews during the vibrant Oktoberfest celebrations.
- Visit one of the city’s famous palaces.
- Wander around the peaceful and scenic English Garden.
- Head to the various art museums found at Konigsplatz.
- Explore Munich’s modern BMW Museum.
For lovers of art, there’s no better place to descend on than The Kunstareal, Munich’s art quarter which is home to four major venues that display everything from works of art from true masters, through to more modern-day designs. For classic pieces from Dutch, Flemish, Italian and French masters, opt for Alte Pinakothek, while those hoping to see modern works from the likes of Picasso and Warhol should head to the Pinakothek der Moderne – there’s a venue for all tastes.
If art comprises half of Munich’s identity, the other half is very much defined by beer. Functioning as an integral part of day to day Munich life for centuries, the city’s historic brewing tradition is just as significant today as it has been throughout Munich’s history. While you can sample some of these world-class brews in countless pubs, bars and beer halls, the headline act of Munich’s annual beer appreciation is the famous Oktoberfest, when over six million people descend on the city to consume over seven million litres of beer. The festival and numerous beer halls are also great places to sample traditional Bavarian cuisine, including its range of tasty sausages and schnitzels.
Munich is also a very walkable city, with many landmarks to be discovered within its old town, including its main square, Marienplatz, which is surrounded by the likes of the New City Hall and Old City Hall, as well as being the host to the city’s famous Christmas market. From an expansive square to expansive gardens, Munich’s English Garden, or Englischer Garten, is the perfect place to escape to on a sunny day, where one can enjoy walks through pristine nature, alongside nine kilometres of winding streams and an artificial lake.
Despite its history and heritage, as well as its rich Bavarian cultural identity that can be detected throughout the city, Munich is also one of Germany’s most innovative cities, recognised as something of a hub of technology. Nowhere showcases this better than the BMW Museum and the Deutsches Museum, both a nod to Munich’s scientific and technological significance.
You can surf in a river, there are more than 100 art galleries and there are in excess of 60 beer gardens. This is all true! This place is vibrant, young, full of opportunities for outdoor fun. And yet, its cultural, elegant, and so green... You can simply do it all in Munich, and you should!
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Our favourite places to stay in Munich
Bayerischer HofA sublime and striking hotel dating back to the 1840s, offering a combination of its past affluence and the modern influences of the present day, Bayerischer Hof will immediately showcase luxury and splendour to those who walk through its doors. Blessed by a superb location, guests at the hotel will be just steps from Munich’s central square, Marienplatz, as well as the city’s old town and the best of its shopping scene, ensuring it serves as an ideal base for discovering Munich’s highlights. The hotel’s 19th-century façade is the first thing that will greet guests, with this sense of classical grandeur continuing within its interior in the shape of striking furnishings and architectural styles, while many of the rooms take on a historical theme. Despite this, there’s a significant modern edge also to be found throughout the hotel, courtesy of the vision of a renowned designer. This ensures that there’s a mixture of heritage and contemporary features found across the hotel’s 337 rooms and suites, all enjoying plenty of space, as well as a warm and tranquil vibe, with stylish bathrooms being another bonus. The hotel is blessed by a range of fantastic facilities, including a collection of superb dining avenues, of which the three Michelin-starred ‘Atelier’ rules the roost. Here, guests can enjoy a choice of a five or seven-course menu, serving up some of Europe’s most exciting and innovative cuisine. Of the six on-site bars, including one found in the hotel’s very own night club, the award-winning ‘Falk’s Bar’ is the most fascinating, found in the famous Hall of Mirrors, which dates back to 1839 and is the only room at the hotel to have survived WWII unscathed. The benefits don’t end there, as guests can also do everything from being pampered in the wonderful spa and taking a soak in the inviting swimming pool, to enjoying a comedy show at the in-house theatre and catching a film at the cinema.
Mandarin Oriental MunichLong renowned among travellers and locals and recognised as one of Munich’s most rewarding central hotels, the Mandarin Oriental promises a luxurious, relaxing and convenient stay at the heart of Munich’s Old Town. The hotel is located in easy reach of both atmospheric Marienplatz and some of Munich’s most inviting shopping streets, while the presentation of the hotel itself is in keeping with the brand’s ‘oriental’ style, further blessed by features such as bespoke furnishings and original artworks. The prestige of this Mandarin Oriental hotel is evident in all of its 73 guest rooms and suites, with a distinctly boutique character defined by its decor and furnishings, including the likes of attractive cherry-wood features and striking pieces of artistry. They enjoy plenty of space and light too, with many boasting lovely views of the city, while state-of-the-art features, such as Bang & Olufsen televisions, present a modern influence in the layout of the rooms. Guests at the Mandarin Oriental will benefit from some fantastic dining opportunities, primarily in the aromatic offerings of the Nobu Matsuhisa’s renowned new style Japanese-Peruvian cuisine. During the summer months, The Terrace offers al fresco dining and cocktails, while The Lounge is an ideal place to relax and mingle with other guests. Ory is another appealing bar, with its chic design and delicious cocktails, making it the perfect space for an evening of indulgence. For those hoping to get active during their stay, an on-site fitness centre is the place to go, while the sauna and steam rooms will help to relax you after your workout.
Vier Jahreszeiten KempinskiRebuilt after the Second World War and capturing the grandeur of its former self, Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski is one of Munich’s most historic hotels. Originally opened in the 1850s, today the hotel showcases its classicist-gothic origins, but with a touch of modernity in its interiors and amongst its facilities. Located amid the splendour and affluence of Maximilianstrasse, with its high-end boutique stores, Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski effortlessly rubs shoulders with the luxurious character of this renowned street, all while providing a great base for discovering the rest of Munich. During a stay at Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, guests will have a choice of 230 rooms and 67 suites, all offering plenty of living space, as well as touches such as refined decor and attractive pieces of art and furnishings. Despite its classic heritage, guest rooms also benefit from modern touches, with the likes of iPads found in every room, alongside television and Hi-Fi facilities. Indulgence comes easy courtesy of the hotel’s numerous wining and dining avenues, beginning in the grand and breathtaking hotel lobby, where guests can enjoy everything from a pre-dinner cocktail to an afternoon tea experience. Casual drinks can also be sipped in the Jahreszeiten Bar, while Bavarian-style dining is best experienced at the Schwarzreiter Tagesbar & Restaurant, which looks out across Maximilianstrasse. For another type of indulgence, head to the superb spa for a range of rejuvenating treatment options, while the fitness centre and swimming pool are also ready to make your stay extra rewarding.
Beyond by GeiselEach of the hotel’s 19 individually decorated rooms have been designed as places of comfortable retreat in the middle of Munich’s vibrant city centre. Not only are they spacious and outfitted with state-of-the-art technology, but they also boast stunning city views. here you are invited to relax in luxurious surroundings while still feeling like you’re ‘home’. The modern bathrooms all have rain showers, some also have a bathtub, selected rooms have balconies, and the roof suite has access to a large terrace. The hotel’s lobby area is a living room and library where you’re invited to make yourself comfortable. And adding to the feeling of being at home, the open kitchen ensures you always have access to snacks and beverages. The open-plan Gaggenau kitchen caters for everything from gourmet breakfasts to midnight snacks. And there’s also the opportunity to watch the chef at work. Visit the wine lounge to browse the bottles on offer or simply to enjoy the view out over Marienplatz.