When you think of Munich, Oktoberfest likely comes to mind. As the largest beer festival in the world, this iconic event (which historians believe to have begun in 1811) draws roughly six million attendees from around the globe. However, to get an accurate view of what Munich's culture and daily life is like, Chris and I recommend visiting Munich in the Summer--prior to the festival and while the weather is at its prime. Munich's architecture is what makes this city so spectacular. Munich provides a feast for your eyes through its abundance of colossal castles, visually stimulating museums, and breathtaking churches whose steeples contribute to Munich's distinct skyline. Craving something a little more fast-paced? Be sure to head across town to Maisach to the BMW Driving Academy--a must stop for the man in your life!
Mandarin Oriental Munich
Set on a quiet street off the renowned Maximilianstrasse, Mandarin Oriental, Munich is praised for its historic setting and proximity to popular sights. This award-winning hotel redefines luxury as the only hotel in Germany with a Forbes Five Star award, voted among the top ten in Travel + Leisure's 100 World's Best Hotels. Beyond the exclusive location, one of the hotel's highlights is the roof terrace with a unique view over Munich toward the Alps. A culinary highlight at the hotel is Matsuhisa Munich, the first restaurant by Nobu Matsuhisa in Germany.
WIT Tip: Don't miss the Pinakothek der Moderne museum, which rivals the Haus der Kunst as the city's foremost showcase for modern art.
Sofitel Munich Bayerpost
Go big and bold in Bavaria’s capital at Sofitel Munich Bayerpost. The city’s former royal post office has been reimagined as an ultramodern hotel that uses a striking mix of colors, materials, high technology, and avant-garde artworks to make a sensory impact. Natural stone spa bathrooms are just one highlight of the 339 enticing rooms and 57 design suites. For the rock-star lifestyle, choose a retro-chic Prestige Suite, each of which is individually appointed and spread over two floors. Wake up to the city’s best weisswurst at Schwarz & Weiz restaurant. The peaceful So Spa puts one instantly at ease.
WIT Tip: Fitness fanatics can book one of two So FIT Suites, which include a treadmill and other gym equipment, so they can work out in privacy while gazing at the Alps.
The Charles Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel
Do yourself a favor when staying at The Charles Hotel and choose one of the sumptuous suites; amenities include packing and unpacking services, in-room check-in, and exclusive city experiences. Such custom comfort is natural for this cosmopolitan hotel, set close to the Königsplatz, in the heart of the city. Top-notch service, up-to-date facilities, and individual design are all hallmarks of the Rocco Forte group. Don’t miss Sophia’s Restaurant & Bar with its sun terrace overlooking the Old Botanical Garden.
WIT Tip: At dinner, you simply must try the seasonal four-course menu paired with matching wines at Sophia’s restaurant!
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich
Since 1858, guests from all over the world have enjoyed the royal lineage of Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich, originally built for King Maximilian II. It is located among luxurious shops in the most elegant part of the city, and Munich's sights and attractions are just a stroll away. The lavishly designed rooms and suites have been carefully updated throughout the centuries, never losing their charm or history. Head to the enchanted paradise of Kempinski The Spa, on the top floor, to take in the city skyline views and state-of-the-art facilities, or enjoy young Bavarian cuisine at the Schwarzreiter Tagesbar & Restaurant.
WIT Tip: Explore the hotel’s newly renovated gastronomic area!
Enjoy the architectural beauty of Munich and its impressive history as you stroll the city streets, refuel on traditional Bavarian cuisine, and as for one last tip from Chris: be sure to catch a football match at the famous Allianz Arena while you're there!