Munich

Munich, with a population of more than 1.5 million, is Germany’s third-largest city, after Berlin and Hamburg. It is the state capital of Bavaria, the country’s southernmost region, and its inhabitants tend to see themselves as relaxed and almost Southern European in their outlook. Like many German cities, Munich was heavily bombed during World War II and up to 90% of the historic centre was destroyed. However, war- damage has been lovingly and meticulously restored and it really is hard to believe that the buildings you are seeing date only from the mid-20th century. Munich is best known for its world-famous Oktoberfest, but it is a major tourist attraction all the year round. The city has a host of interesting tourist attractions and in addition its hinterland offers some interesting day excursion possibilities.

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Hotel Whispers

Hotel Drei Lowen  Website Trip Advisor Page Hotel Drei Lowen is a stylish hotel located very near Munich’s main railway station and only 10 minutes’ walk from Marienplatz, the centre of Munich. The hotel’s features include a decent restaurant serving traditional Bavarian dishes and a relaxing lobby bar. The buffet-style breakfast is above average and will set you up for the day and the staff are generally efficient and helpful. (Schillerstrasse 8, 80336 Munich) Hotel Eder  Website Trip Advisor Page Hotel Eder is a decent budget option also located near the railway station. The hotel is family-run and has the look and feel of a Bavarian-style guest house. The rooms are of an adequate size and are perfectly clean and comfortable. The breakfast buffet is great value for a hotel of this price and the staff are welcoming and friendly. Be aware however - the hotel has four floors but no lift. (Zweigstrasse 8, 80336 Munich) K&K Hotel am Harras  Website Trip Advisor Page The K&K Hotel am Harras is a stylish, modern hotel located about 2.5 miles south-west of Marienplatz, 5 stops on the U-Bahn from the nearby Harras U-Bahn station. It can be expensive, but deals are sometimes available. The staff is friendly and highly professional and the bedrooms are elegantly appointed and very comfortable indeed. Other facilities include a bar, bistro and wellness area. (Albert-Rosshaupter-Strasse 4, 81369 Munich)
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Augustiner  Website Trip Advisor Page A bustling bar/restaurant located in an attractive Art Nouveau building in the heart of the pedestrian area, with a pleasing customer mix of locals and tourists. Good, solid, meaty Bavarian food and some international dishes. The excellent beer is its own Augustiner brand and there is a good selection of wines by the glass, carafe or bottle. Good-natured staff given how busy it all is. This people-watchers’ paradise is well worth a try. (Neuhauserstrasse 27, 80331 Munich) Hofbrauhaus  Website Trip Advisor Page A visit to the Hofbrauhaus, whether for a meal or just for a drink, is a “must-do” when in Munich. It is a huge beerhall/restaurant on three floors with live music every day and, like Augustiner, attracts large numbers of locals as well as hordes of tourists. The food - an array of Bavarian meaty dishes and some vegetarian options - is surprisingly good, considering the scale of the operation. Another people-watchers’ paradise. (Platzl 9, 80331 Munich) Tarullo’s  Website Trip Advisor Page A real find, this Italian restaurant is near Sendlinger Tor, on the edge of the tourist area. The extensive menu includes all the Italian favouites and in addition there are daily specials. The food and drink prices are very reasonable indeed and the service is friendly, although the restaurant (which has inside and outside tables) gets very busy at times. The decor is that of a quaint, old-fashioned trattoria and the atmosphere when crowded is amazing. (Kreuzstrasse 18, 80331, Munich) Weisses Brauhaus  Website Trip Advisor Page A busy bar/restaurant just east of Marienplatz. The decor is old-fashioned Bavarian and the waiting staff are also in traditional dress. Similar to Augustiner and the Hofbrauhaus, but with more locals and less tourists in the customer mix. The menu of traditional Bavarian dishes is very extensive indeed and the quality of the food is excellent. Service is efficient and polite, but can be a bit brusque in the Bavarian way. “No nonsense” probably describes it best. Well worth a visit. (Tal 7, 81673, Munich)
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Hotel Drei Lowen Hotel Eder K&K am Harras Drei Lowen Eder K&K am Harras In a Munich brauhaus or beerhall, the “tables” generally consist of long wooden benches and it is common practice that tables are shared, so don’t be surprised if someone asks to share your table. Also, sometimes a table will have a sign on it saying “Stammtisch” - this means that this table is reserved for regulars. Augustiner Hofbrauhaus Tarullo's Weisses Brauhaus
Marienplatz Munich Residenz Michaelskirche Frauenkirche Deutsches Museum            Dachau Neuschwanstein Castle Linderhof Palace Oberammergau Rothenburg   Out of Town Greatest Hits Worth a Look Alter Hof Alte Pinakothech Englischer Garten Viktualienmarkt Nymphenburg Palace As in many European cities, the area around Munich’s main station is a bit run-down and at night looks on the seedy side, although it is safe enough. The Hotel Drei Lowen and Hotel Eder are both in this area, so if you have any concerns the K&K Hotel am Harras is an excellent alternative, although less centrally located.
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Munich
Munich
Munich, with a population of more than 1.5 million, is Germany’s third-largest city, after Berlin and Hamburg. It is the state capital of Bavaria, the country’s southernmost region, and its inhabitants tend to see themselves as relaxed and almost Southern European in their outlook. Like many German cities, Munich was heavily bombed during World War II and up to 90% of the historic centre was destroyed. However, war- damage has been lovingly and meticulously restored and it really is hard to believe that the buildings you are seeing date only from the mid- 20th century. Munich is best known for its world-famous Oktoberfest, but it is a major tourist attraction all the year round. The city has a host of interesting tourist attractions and in addition its hinterland offers some interesting day excursion possibilities.
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Hotel Drei Lowen

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Hotel Drei Lowen is a stylish hotel located very near Munich’s main railway station and only 10 minutes’ walk from Marienplatz, the centre of Munich. The hotel’s features include a decent restaurant serving traditional Bavarian dishes and a relaxing lobby bar. The buffet-style breakfast is above average and will set you up for the day and the staff are generally efficient and helpful. (Schillerstrasse 8, 80336 Munich) Hotel Eder  Website Trip Advisor Page Hotel Eder is a decent budget option also located near the railway station. The hotel is family-run and has the look and feel of a Bavarian-style guest house. The rooms are of an adequate size and are perfectly clean and comfortable. The breakfast buffet is great value for a hotel of this price and the staff are welcoming and friendly. Be aware however - the hotel has four floors but no lift. (Zweigstrasse 8, 80336 Munich) K&K Hotel am Harras  Website Trip Advisor The K&K Hotel am Harras is a stylish, modern hotel located about 2.5 miles south-west of Marienplatz, 5 stops on the U-Bahn from the nearby Harras U-Bahn station. It can be expensive, but deals are sometimes available. The staff is friendly and highly professional and the bedrooms are elegantly appointed and very comfortable indeed. Other facilities include a bar, bistro and wellness area. (Albert-Rosshaupter- Strasse 4, 81369 Munich)
Augustiner  Website Trip Advisor Page A bustling bar/restaurant located in an attractive Art Nouveau building in the heart of the pedestrian area, with a pleasing customer mix of locals and tourists. Good, solid, meaty Bavarian food and some international dishes. The excellent beer is its own Augustiner brand and there is a good selection of wines by the glass, carafe or bottle. Good-natured staff given how busy it all is. This people-watcher’s paradise is well worth a try. (Neuhauserstrasse 27, 80331 Munich) Hofbrauhaus  Website Trip Advisor Page A visit to the Hofbrauhaus, whether for a meal or just for a drink, is a “must-do” when in Munich. It is a huge beerhall/restaurant on three floors with live music every day and, like Augustiner, attracts large numbers of locals as well as hordes of tourists. The food - an array of Bavarian meaty dishes and some vegetarian options - is surprisingly good, considering the scale of the operation. Another people-watcher’s paradise. (Platzl 9, 80331 Munich) Tarullo’s  Website Trip Advisor Page A real find, this Italian restaurant is near Sendlinger Tor, on the edge of the tourist area. The extensive menu includes all the Italian favouites and in addition there are daily specials. The food and drink prices are very reasonable indeed and the service is friendly, although the restaurant (which has inside and outside tables) gets very busy at times. The decor is that of a quaint, old-fashioned trattoria and the atmosphere when crowded is amazing. (Kreuzstrasse 18, 80331, Munich) Weisses Brauhaus  Website Trip Advisor Page A busy bar/restaurant just east of Marienplatz. The decor is old-fashioned Bavarian and the waiting staff are also in traditional dress. Similar to Augustiner and the Hofbrauhaus, but with more locals and less tourists in the customer mix. The menu of traditional Bavarian dishes is very extensive indeed and the quality of the food is excellent. Service is efficient and polite, but can be a bit brusque in the Bavarian way. “No nonsense” probably describes it best. Well worth a visit. (Tal 7, 81673, Munich)
Weisses Brauhaus Tarullo’s Augustiner Hofbrauhaus Marienplatz Munich Residenz Michaelskirche Frauenkirche Deutsches Museum            Dachau Neuschwanstein Castle Linderhof Palace Oberammergau Rothenburg   Out of Town Greatest Hits Worth a Look Alter Hof Alte Pinakothech Englischer Garten Viktualienmarkt Nymphenburg Palace As in many European cities, the area around Munich’s main station is a bit run-down and at night looks on the seedy side, although it is safe enough. The Hotel Drei Lowen and Hotel Eder are both in this area, so if you have any concerns the K&K Hotel am Harras is an excellent alternative, although less centrally located. In a Munich brauhaus or beerhall, the “tables” generally consist of long wooden benches and it is common practice that tables are shared, so don’t be surprised if someone asks to share your table. Also, sometimes a table will have a sign on it saying “Stammtisch” - this means that this table is reserved for regulars.
K&K am Harras