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Every December Munich gets in a cozy mood with the various Christmas markets from each district, that invite to shop handmade intricacies or drink mulled wine. A special highlight is the Schwabinger Weihnachtsmarkt close by at Münchner Freiheit, where many local artists display their handicrafts. The Pink Christmas Market of Munich's LGBTQ+ Community in Glockenbach district offers a varied programme of comedy and music. On the Theresienwiese (famous location of Oktoberfest), you can stroll across the Tollwood Winter Festival and enjoy vegetarian delicacies, theater, music, and much more.
Oktoberfest | Wiesn
The Oktoberfest, locally called "Wiesn," will take place again in 2023. From September 16 until October 3, Munich will host the world's largest fair, a tradition begun 1810 as a wedding celebration of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Six million visitors come to Munich to experience this event brimming with local culture. Make memories to last a lifetime - be a part of it this 2023.
Munich Attitude to Life
With a green tailwind
Munich by bike is perfect: moving around, stopping here and there and looking. With our stylish Andaz bikes and picnic basket in tow, it is the ideal way to discover the city. In cooperation with Sushi Bikes, we also have bicycles with an electric tailwind available. Bike rental through our Andaz hosts. Bike rental €12 half day / €20 full day.
Start in Schwabing & explore the neighborhood
Let us start with the Schwabing neighborhood. The lively and colorful district between Münchner Freiheit and the English Garden was once considered a district of artists, writers and bohemians. Back then, Munich was the most important art metropolis in Europe, alongside Paris. Today, Schwabing offers the modern version of the bohemian lifestyle with its bars, galleries, cabaret theaters, Art Nouveau buildings and boutiques, and is a popular residential and nightlife district.
Kunstareal München & Königsplatz
The museum district in Maxvorstadt measures 66 hectares and is unique with over a dozen museums, exhibition halls, a large number of galleries and six universities. A special eye-catcher is the Könisplatz around the Pinakotheken, probably the most famous museum in this area. Many people from Munich come here to relax, read and soak up the sun in summer and listen to open air events.
Through the English Garden to the Isar River
Another highlight with a bike is the English Garden. For over 225 years, people from Munich and well-traveled visitors have come here to enjoy a piece of Munich's attitude to life. Worth seeing in the southern part are the beer garden at the Chinese tower, the round temple Monopterus with a view over the city and the Teahouse. Continue your tour through the park to the Isar River. It is a popular meeting place for sunbathing, cooling off in summer or for a fairytale walk during the cold season.
Art + Culture
Pinakothek der Moderne
A must-see for design lovers: Opened in 2002 and designed by Stephan Braunfels, the Pinakothek der Moderne is a firm favourite for Munich's vernissage-goers. The building, with its minimalist facade, is home to four museums: The Collection of Modern Art, the Bavarian Graphic Collection, Museum of Architecture and the Neue Sammlung. The Neue Sammlung was founded 100 years ago and is said to be the oldest design museum in the world. Today the museum houses the biggest design collection in the world with 80,000 exhibits ranging from industrial design and applied arts to graphic design.
German painter Franz von Lenbach had this Italian renaissance style villa built in the 19th century overlooking the Königsplatz. Today the palazzo houses the art works of the Blauer Reiter: Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky, August Macke, Paul Klee and Gabriele Münter. With the picturesque garden and the “Ella” restaurant housed in the impressive extension from 2012, the Lenbachhaus belongs to the firm favourites of Munich's residents.
A cultural visitor magnet inmidst of the cool shopping-world of Fünf Höfe. The Kunsthalle is located in the second floor of the stunning building by reknowned architects Herzog & de Meuron and hosts ever-changing exhibitions focussing on interdisciplinary topics from fashion, pop culture and contemporary art.
Haus der Kunst
The museum, originally constructed by the Nazis, focusses on social topics and hosts political discussions. In recent years it has hosted exhibitions by Ai Weiwei, Gilbert & George and Andreas Gursky. The building became famous housing the legendary P1 nightclub and being located next to the Eisbachwelle, where Munich's surfers brave the water in summer and winter.
The shopping arcade between the Theatinerstrasse and Prannerstrasse with its light-flooded courtyards was designed by Swiss star-architects Herzog & de Meuron. With over 60 stores, restaurants and cafes to explore, it's not just a tip for rainy days.
Where Munich’s heart is beating: right at Viktualienmarkt in the city center. This huge open-air food market with its fresh regional and international produce is a daily inspiration for Munich citizens and definitely a must-see. Stroll through the various food stalls tasting healthy potato dishes at Caspar Plautz, a freshly grounded espresso at Viktualienmarkt Coffee Roasters, alpine cheese varieties at Tölzer Kasladen and many more… Just immerse yourself & enjoy the atmosphere with all your senses!
Lavish, royal urban planning gifted Munich with one of its most beautiful and most luxurious shopping streets: In 1850 King Maximilian II launched an architecture competition to design the entire street. In the following decades stately buildings in the Gothic Revival and Renaissance style were built, lining the street between the Residenz and the Isar river. Today the street is home to all global luxury brands and Munich’s No. 1 shopping street.
The shopping hotspot is located in the heart of the city center and features an exciting mix of fashion, accessories, design, sports and shops for everyday needs. In the beautiful shopping arcade you will find international brands as well as creative young designers and stylish boutiques. You can also indulge in a culinary journey, with a diverse range of options on offer.
Lacoste Schwabinger Tor
True to the motto "Life is a Beautiful Sport", customers and fans of the French brand - known for the legendary polo shirts with the crocodile logo and sporty, elegant premium casual wear - can discover the world of Lacoste and the latest collections for women and men in the boutique at Schwabinger Tor. Hotel guests will get a 15% discount at the store.
The APROPOS concept stores unite phantasy and tradition with beauty and art while creating a unique lifestyle. For 30 years now, the two owners Klaus Ritzenhöfer and Daniel Riedo have been providing exclusive fashion by international designers as well as beauty and interior products, constantly proving their extraordinary taste for style and beautiful things.
Green Oasis in the City
Directly behind the terrace of The Lonely Broccoli restaurant you will find the Andaz Garden with plants, benches and a fountain. A meeting point for our guests and our neighborhood in which to switch off, get some fresh air and get together.
Retreat with a view of the Alps
The Spa at the Andaz overlooks the rooftops of Munich and measures more than 2,000 sq m (21,527 sq ft). It is the largest spa area in Munich, where active city dwellers can indulge themselves from head to toe and enjoy a fabulous view of the Bavarian Alps. In addition to the fitness equipment, sauna and pool, the luxurious retreat offers locally inspired treatments and soothing massages that refresh body and mind. A sunny place to slow down and relax.
Munich's green lung – The English Garden
Spanning 375 hectares, the English landscape park is one of the largest city parks in the world and is worth a visit at any time of the year. Here you can have wonderful walks, go running or simply breathe in away from the hustle and bustle of the city while having a relaxed picnic. An insider tip for those seeking peace: the less frequented northern part of the park.
Botanical Garden – Nymphenburg
One of the most important botanical gardens in the world, which cultivates around 19,600 species. It is a place which touches all the senses. In the jungle-like orchid house, tropical plants thrive and tiny frogs and free-flying butterflies create a jungle atmosphere. Discover themed gardens, rare birds and insect species.
Bavarian State Opera
It is one of the leading opera houses in the world and looks back on 350 years of history. The varied program offers over 40 operas from five centuries and more than 20 ballets from the nineteenth century to the present, as well as concerts and recitals. The classicist National Theater is Germany's largest opera house and one of the most beautiful in Europe.
GOP Varité Theater
The modern Varité Theater, with its stylish ambience, is located on Maximilianstrasse. Experience world-class artists and entertainers who touch the heart and the senses. Experience a variety of contemporary artworks - humorous, artistic and spectacular.
Since 1972 the architecturally unique Olympic Park has been an international event center, sports and leisure park and world-famous tourist attraction. Be it daytime or under star-studded skies, the park is a must-visit all year round. Climbing the Olympic hill, the impressive view of the vast park includes the 190 m (623 ft) high Olympic Tower, the Olympic Stadium with its iconic tent roof architecture and the tranquil Olympic lake, all of which lie right in front of you. Do not forget to take a stunning picture here! Reachable from the hotel in just ten minutes by car or by bike.
At Alte Utting they say ahoy and welcome on board. The former excursion steamer MS Utting was built in 1950 and has since become part of the Bavarian sea fleet. After the traditional ship retired at the end of 2016, it became an art and cultural object and was moved from the water to the city. Today Alte Utting is located on a railway bridge and is a beer garden, winter garden, event location, venue and restaurant in one. A popular meeting place for young and old.
Restaurants & Bars in Munich
Fine Dining in an urban street art atmosphere? Mural restaurant is located in a former industrial building right in Munich’s Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art MUCA, and is all about regional and sustainable produce. Dinners are set as five- to six-course experiences with a twist, lunch is easy and informal. The young and creative restaurant team has just been awarded its first Michelin Guide star.
Have you ever wondered where you can find a two-star restaurant in a car showroom? In Munich, of course! In Käfer's Esszimmer, located on the third floor of the BMW Welt, you can look across the car manufacturer's exhibition whilst enjoying excellent food. Embedded in modern architecture, its warm colours and classy interior design lead to a perfect mix of luxury and cosiness.
Die Goldene Bar
This is what the atmosphere on a luxury liner of the Hamburg-America-Line must have been like: The Goldene Bar at Haus der Kunst invites its guests to indulge in gold, mahogany and warm light. The name of the bar refers to paintings of Karl Heinz Dallinger from 1937 lining its walls. The garden terrace overlooking the Englischer Garten was already popular back then – and has remained so in the 21st century, with hip, cosmopolitan guests starting their day here with a good breakfast or enjoying cocktails on summer nights.
The bar shares its name with the brand of a whole generation. Anyone who was involved in design, art or media in the 80s – or wanted to be – spent their evenings in the bar of bon vivant Charles Schumann. Today the owner and inventor of the Swimming Pool Cocktail is the subject of books and films. But Schumann stayed Schumann. Even though his bar moved to the Hofgarten – a location much more royal than the Maximilianstrasse and the perfect place for the king of bar culture.
Day Trips for the weekend
At 2,962 metres, the Zugspitze is Germany's highest mountain. Catch a gondola directly next to the tropically blue Eibsee to comfortably cover 2,000 metres of height. The “Panorama 2962” restaurant at the peak of the mountain allows for gorgeous alpine views across four countries.
Starnberger See, Tegernsee, and Chiemsee
The rolling hills and shimmering lakes around Munich are leftovers from the last glacial period. The picturesque mountain scenery of the Tegernsee and its traditional villages are the main reasons for being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. Starnberger See, the biggest lake around Munich and Empress Sissi of Austria’s birthplace was popular amongst Bavaria's kings. Chiemsee with its Herrenchiemsee Palace built by King Ludwig II. excites visitors from near and far with amazing alpine views, secret swimming spots and its rich cultural treasures.
Artist town Murnau am Staffelsee
This market town is an inspiring destination for art lovers. Since the beginning of the 19th century, this place near the Staffelsee has developed into one of the most important art-focused locations. Some of the most famous artworks of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were created here. It is not just the Franz Marc Museum that is worth seeing. Even today, Murnau is a lively place for artists and the center of contemporary studios and galleries.
This place in the Allgäu Alps is something straight from a fairytale. King Ludwig II ordered the construction of a medieval-style castle in 1869, died before its completion, however. Neuschwanstein became famous worldwide after Walt Disney used it as an inspiration for the movie Cinderella and turned the castle’s silhouette into Disney’s iconic brand logo. Don’t miss to climb the canyon for a superb view of the castle and the Alps.