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Germany : Munich - June 2010

Country Code: Dial ++49 for Germany

This month gets off to a bright start with the explosive Pyro Festival (see below), and with streets filled with sunshine, trendy shops and great restaurants, Ben Knight can see why Germans think of Munich as their most Italian city

Getting around

Hamburg Airport

Bus: Buses leave for the city centre every 20 minutes, from 6am to 10pm. A single ticket costs €10, and a return costs €16.
Train: The journey from the airport to Hauptbahnhof (Munich’s central station) takes 40 minutes. The S1 and S8 trains run every 10 minutes and a single ticket costs €8,80.
Taxi: The average taxi fare to the city centre is €55 (€65 during rush hour).
Tourist information: There are two offices, at the main station (2 Bahnhofsplatz) and in the town hall (Neues Rathaus) in Marienplatz (tel. (0)89 2339 6500, www.muenchen.de).

ALTSTADT-LEHEL

Spreading out from the magnificent neo-gothic town hall on Marienplatz, Munich’s old town is a semi-medieval joy.

Sleep soundly – If you love luxury, the Louis Hotel (6 Viktualienmarkt, tel. (0)89 4111 9080, louis-hotel.com, rooms from €195), a sumptuous and intimate new boutique hotel, should fit the bill.

Must eat – Famously hearty Bavarian cuisine doesn’t come any finer than in the Bayerischer Donisl (1 Weinstrasse, tel. (0)89 220184), while Italian Cupido (8 Bruderstrasse, tel. (0)89 2166 7721) is a local secret for excellent, cheap food. Try the homemade tagliatelle with white truffles.

Shop til you drop – The four-storey Eckerle (3 Theatinerstrasse) is Munich’s mecca for men’s fashion.

MAXVORSTADT/SCHWABING

This district is both the traditional haunt of young artists and intellectuals – fostered by the nearby university – and high-living young professionals.

Sleep soundly – The Hotel Biederstein (18 Keferstrasse, tel. (0)89 389 9970, hotelbiederstein.de, rooms from €95) is ideal for summer, with its terraces and proximity to the lovely Englischer Garten.

Must eat – Seehaus (3 Kleinhesselohe, tel. (0)89 381 6130) boasts one of the most spectacular and charming locations in Munich: by the side of a picturesque lake in the city’s huge and magnificent parkland. Serving mainly German cuisine, the Sunday brunch is extraordinary.

Must drink – The Green Room Bar (13 Leopoldstrasse) displays Schwabing’s trendier side, with a shisha lounge, terrace and live DJs mixing ambient sounds. Or the down-to-earth Irish Folk Pub (11 Giselastrasse) serves the best Guinness in town and hosts regular whisky-tasting events.

GLOCKENBACHVIERTEL

Munich’s recognisable party zone and gay district, this is the area to find the city’s wild young things.

Sleep soundly – Excellent budget option the Pension Haydn (9 Haydnstrasse, tel. (0)89 531119, pension-haydn.de, rooms from €39) is a simple and tasteful little place situated neatly among some of Munich’s more fascinating areas.

Culture vultures – Another fantastic evening destination is the Jazzbar Vogler (17 Rumfordstrasse), a live venue that has established a reputation for music, readings and panel discussions.

Must eat – The Schnelle Liebe (12 Thalkirchnerstrasse, tel. (0)89 2157 8752) is a very popular restaurant that offers some amazing vegetarian options.

Dance the night away – Probably one of the more exclusive, but still friendly, clubs in Munich, head to Ksar Barclub (31 Müllerstrasse) to sip exquisitely made cocktails among beautiful people.

HAIDHAUSEN

This is where Munich’s ethnic and cultural diversity comes into its own.

Sleep soundly – The recently renovated Hotel Christl (103 Rosenheimerstrasse, tel. (0)89 459 9443, hotel-pensionchristl. de, rooms from €80) has a bold and eye-catching new look, with simple, elegant furnishings.

Culture vultures – On 3 June the Pyro Festival Sternenzauber (Trabrennbahn Daglfing, sternenzauber.info) promises a mind-blowing summer celebration. It’s a fireworks competition between three masters of the pyrotechnical arts, who each put on huge, music-accompanied displays for the edification of the crowd and an expert jury. It might get loud.

Shop til you drop – The Century Box (73 Steinstrasse) sells bizarre and wonderful 20th-century antiques – it’s more of a museum than a shop.



Compiled by Ben Knight

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