Experiencing Munich in the winter season can be a bit daunting because mostly it is cold, but if you are romantic like us, and you like that wintry-idyllic, picturesque and postcard-worthy image while exploring a city, you would be mesmerized. Munich is an inspirational city that gave us a sense of freedom and energy just by looking at its beautiful architecture, palaces, and gardens. Getting to know its cultural scene, music, and art genuinely made our lives feel richer.
We bring you our edit of covetable hotels, stylish cafés and restaurants, must-see places and temporary exhibitions that are currently taking place in Munich.
WHERE TO STAY?
The Bayerischer Hof
The Bayerischer Hof, a five-star palace hotel in the heart of the city, is the historically most important hotel in Munich. Owned by the Volkhardt family for over a century, this luxurious property was built in 1841, on behalf of King Ludwig I, who wanted a comfortable place for his guests to stay.
Nestled in the city center between the Marienplatz and the Odeonplatz, the hotel is surrounded by numerous cultural hubs, like the Opera, the Frauenkirche, the Viktualien market, the Residenz, and the Hofgarten, as well as many shops and restaurants. The Bayerischer Hof comprises 340 luxurious rooms, including 60 suites which are individually and luxuriously decorated in different styles.
Presidential suite 032
The Bayerischer Hof’s spa and fitness area are among the best in the city, with the swimming pool and state-of-the-art gym, and for leisure activities, this hotel also comprises its own cinema lounge and full-fledged comedy theater!
Hotel Bayerischer Hof
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten
If you are looking for the most beautiful, honeymoon–worthy hotel room in Munich, let us narrow the field: the Ludwig Suite at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten! The most exclusive suite in the city impresses with its stunning interior decor, exclusive materials with sophisticated cognac and burgundy color palette, calfskin flooring, elegant crystal chandeliers, rich silk curtains, and breathtaking ceiling art. Its elegant furniture and curtains are designed by Victor Kim and Pierre Court.
It’s not hard to see the most distinctive design and why so many of Munich’s high-end travelers chose this hotel.
The Ludwig Suite is spread out over 190sqm, has two spacious bedrooms, a dining and living room as well as a private kitchen. Besides its own Jacuzzi, the bathroom also features a sauna to make it the perfect retreat for your honeymoon relaxation.
Enjoy the most impressive view over the Maximilianstraße when you stay in a royal suite.
The hotel itself is located in our favorite Maximilianstrasse, at the heart of the city’s high-end retail haven, and steps from the Bavarian State Opera House. The Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten is also known for a lavish spa complex with a beautiful view over Munich and a fine-dining restaurant.
For a more closer look, it is available 360° Tour.
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich
Maximilianstrasse 17, 80539 Munich
The Roomers Hotel Munich
Opened in September 2017, as an elegant and at the same time playful hotel with a pool and SPA area, and IZAKAYA Japanese restaurant & bar, Roomers Munich suddenly became the trendiest social and nightlife hub in the Bavarian capital. It is located in the heart of Westend, an upcoming neighborhood just a bit over a mile away from the city center.
A five-star property the Roomers Munich is a member of Autograph Collection Hotels. It offers exceptional comfort in 280 rooms and suites. The rooms are decorated in a manner that not only evokes that lost memories of the perfect honeymoon that happens only in dreams but also dares its guests to indulge themselves in a series of romantic activities. The Premium Deluxe room is a perfect example: in its generous 42 sqm of tastefully decorated space, the healthy amount of it is reserved for a glorious bathtub, located right next to the queen-size bed with a most comfortable mattress. Aside from the subtle sexiness of the overall design, punctuated with dim, atmospheric lighting and elegant bathrooms wrapped in black marble, all rooms are fully equipped with amenities such as free WiFi, minibar, Nespresso machine, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, Apple Tv and I-Pad.
Premium Deluxe room
Address: Landsberger Strasse 68
WHERE TO EAT?
IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar
In a setting designed to soothe and inspire, IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar is presenting a transforming concept in the dining – Japanese with South American influences. Executive Chef Hariprasad Shetty has created innovative courses that both refresh and revive. The menu features a variety of small, unconventional dishes and specialties of the Japanese Robata grill. IZAKAYA has almost instantly established itself as one of the trendiest places in Munich.
Izakaya offers a variety of different seating areas, cozy sofa corners and an outstanding 360° black stained bar with marble.
IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar
Address: Landsberger Str. 68, 80339 München, Germany
Phone: +49 89 122232000
The dining experience in Bayerischer Hof
Be sure not to miss the dining experience in Bayerischer Hof: from the Atelier, a gourmet heaven of three Michelin stars that offers finest regional and international culinary creations; Palais Keller, a place for indulging in Bavarian specialties, where its chef Tobias Heinze exclusively uses regional products from the surrounding area; Trader Vic’s, that enchants its guests with Polynesian and exotic specialties from the wok oven; and contemporary oriented Garden with beautiful summer terrace.
Hotel Bayerischer Hof
Address: Promenadepl. 2-6, 80333 München, Germany
Phone: +49 89 21200
Located on the ground floor of Mandarin Oriental, Ory is a chic cocktail bar serving unconventional drinks. Conceptualized by gastronomic visionary Maximilian Gradl, Ory is operated by his company Barschaft B17, which includes Munich’s award-winning Herzog Restaurant & Bar in its portfolio of venues. Ory has been designed by acclaimed architect Özgür Keles and his studio, Selektiv. Its dark green and gold interiors feature brass fixtures, wood panels, jewel-colored velvet seating, and large potted-plants, creating a welcoming yet sophisticated atmosphere.
Ory’s drinks menu features newly interpreted versions of famous cocktails, using different textures, such as coconut sorbet instead of cream or syrup. We suggest you try the Royal Hawaiian, a traditional tiki cocktail of gin, almond, lemon, and pineapple, refined with roasted almond and Tonka orgeat and topped off with champagne.
Ory also offers a sophisticated wine collection and selection of champagnes, including Krug by the glass poured from a magnum bottle. You may also enjoy an imaginative bar menu inspired by exotic tastes and dishes like Chicken Tandoori Skeewers with coconut mint dressing, Dream Fries with parmesan, truffle oil, and lime mayonnaise.
The bar is open from Sunday to Wednesday from 3 PM till 1 AM, and from Thursday till Saturday from 3 PM till 3 AM. Reservations can be made by phone +49 89 58 80 54 57 or email to email@example.com.
at Mandarin Oriental
Restaurant 181, the revolving restaurant in the Olympic Tower, is a must-visit when it comes to a high (pun intended) quality dining in Munich. This uplevel restaurant of international cuisine is situated at the dizzying height of 181 meters, with an impressive 360 -degree view over Munich! The whole restaurant fully rotates every 49 minutes, offering their guests an unforgettable experience and astonishing sights of the city. The 181, run by the prestigious Arena One gourmet group, used to hold a Michelin Star from 2009 to 2014 when it operated under popular German TV chef Otto Koch.
Phone: +49 89 350 948 181
WHAT TO SEE?
From the enchanting Marienplatz at the heart of the city with a dominating Neues Rathaus building and its Glockenspiel cuckoo clock with a carousel of figures that dance three times a day, to the 18.5 meters tall statue of Bavaria, patroness of the Bavarian state, commissioned by the King Ludwig I in 1837, Munich is the city of magnificent architecture and vast cultural heritage that deserves to be explored over and over again.
Field Marshals’ Hall
The Field Marshals’ Hall (Feldherrnhalle) is a monumental loggia on the Odeonsplatz. Modeled after the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence, it was commissioned in 1841 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria to honor the tradition of the Bavarian Army.
The New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) is constructed in the Flemish Gothic style. Its cathedral-like tower dominates the scenery over Marienplatz, the city’s main square. Stop to watch the nearly life-size figures of the glockenspiel dance to the music of 43 bells. The glockenspiel can be seen seven days a week at 11 am, noon and 5 pm. Short performance at 9 pm features special appearances by the Münchner Kindl (the Munich Infant), a little monk that is the symbol of the city which is led to bed by the Night Watchman of Munich and the Friedensengel (Angel of Peace).
It is also possible to take a 90-minute tour of the Neues Rathaus that will take you through its grand rooms and to the building’s balcony, the backdrop for FC Bayern’s championship celebrations. During the tour, you will learn about the history of the building and the stories behind some of the city’s historical figures who adorn the Neues Rathaus’ facade. Tickets are available directly from the Tourist Information Office in the Neues Rathaus.
The Theatine Church is the unmissable sight in Odeonsplatz. It is built in the 17th century and represents one of the most magnificent examples of Baroque architecture in Europe.
Munich’s royal palace
Munich’s royal palace (Münchner Residenz) is the largest city palace in the whole of Germany. It has influences from some of history’s most important art periods – Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassicism.
The highlight of the residence is the Antiquarium or Hall of Antiquities
One of the largest royal palaces in Europe is located on the outskirts of Munich. Built in 1664, Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg) was once the summer residence of Bavarian kings. The magnificent complex boasts a dramatic baroque facade, lavishly decorated interiors, and an expanse of stunning gardens and lakes. Among the highlights are the famous “Gallery of Beauties” commissioned by Ludwig I, the former bedroom of King Ludwig II and the impressive banquet hall with fine ceiling frescoes by Johann Baptist Zimmermann.
For the guided tour see for more information on Simply Munich.
Porzellan Manufactory Nymphenburg
Porcelain Manufactory Nymphenburg is one of the eldest and best porcelain manufactories in Europe. It is founded by Elector Max III of the House of Wittelsbach in 1747. It is located in the palace and well preserved as the royal porcelain manufactory museum. Although the china from the Porzellan Manufactory Nymphenburg is innovative both in terms of shape and style, it is still made using artisan methods that have remained unchanged since the 18th century.
The luting shop
Today, renowned designers and fine artists such as Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius, Reed Kram, Clemens Weisshaar, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood, Gareth Pugh, Carsten Höller, Olaf Nicolai and Wim Delvoye, create designs for the production of porcelain objects and works of art.
Day trip: dream castles Neuschwanstein & Linderhof
We were lucky enough that Simply Munich organized for us one of the movie-like experiences – drive through medieval villages (part of the Romantic Road) and visit of two dream castles: the
Linderhof Royal Castle and the Neuschwanstein Castle, which inspired Disney‘s legendary Sleeping Beauty castle, and also the Disney symbol displayed in the opening credits of the company’s films.
The 19th-century Romanesque Revival set against the dramatic backdrops of the Bavarian Alps
Neuschwanstein Castle in the mountains of Bavaria was the home of King Ludwig II until his death in 1886. The castle embodies both architectural fashions known as castle romanticism and Ludwig II’s immoderate enthusiasm for the operas of Richard Wagner.
Royal Castle Linderhof – Mirror Room
Although Linderhof is much smaller than Versailles, it is evident that the palace of the French Sun-King Louis XIV, King Ludwig‘s role model, was its inspiration. Everything inside the castle is very opulent: the large, continuous mirrors, the furniture, ornamented with rosewood veneer and bronze figures, the ostrich down carpet or the fine Carrara marble sculptures.
On this amazing day trip of Gray Line Sightseeing, with magnificent scenes everywhere, you may also visit Oberammergau, which is a cute little Bavarian town, whose residents perform an epic rendition of the Passion Play, using only local villagers and longterm residents as the cast of the play. The next play is scheduled to take place this year.
Munich’s three Pinakothek galleries, Old, New, and Modern, are simply a must-see. For example, in the Alte Pinakothek, dedicated to the works of the old masters, the number of priceless paintings from the Renaissance and Baroque artists like Breugel, Titian, Rubens, Van Dyck is just breathtaking. Alte Pinakothek’s highlight is, without a doubt, Albrecht Dürer’s Christ-like self-portrait, and currently, there is an ongoing exhibition of Anthony Van Dyck, that, besides Alte Pinakothek’s own collection is enriched by international loans, including drawings and oil sketches, allowing the visitor to follow the artist’s working process.
Barer Straße 27
The Neue Pinakothek, based on the private collection of King Ludwig I is currently closed due to the renovation. Nevertheless, this museum boasts an equally impressive portfolio, that includes the works of van Gogh, Goya, Renoir, Degas, Friedrich, Manet, Monet, Cézanne, Pissarro, Gauguin…
Barer Straße 27
Officially inaugurated in September 2002, the Pinakothek der Moderne is considered one of the world’s largest modern and contemporary art museums. It contains the comprehensive collections of modern and contemporary art, design, works on paper, and also the Museum of architecture.
The first floor of the museum’s west wing displays works of modern artists, such as Georges Braque, Robert Delaunay, Joan Miró, René Magritte, Oskar Kokoschka, Salvador Dalí and Francis Bacon. Very comprehensive are the collected works of Pablo Picasso and Max Beckmann. The museum also showcases collections of the German Expressionist masterpieces and international contemporary art.
Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Straße 40
The Museum Brandhorst
The Museum Brandhorst is another important venue dedicated to contemporary art. It holds the largest collection of works of Andy Warhol in Europe, as well as the other iconic Pop Artists, like Basquiat and Keith Haring. One entire floor of the museum is dedicated to the art of the American abstract painter Cy Twombly, whose artwork influenced Jean-Michel Basquiat and Julian Schnabel, among others. Pop Art and expressive painting are just a few of the numerous movements that can be found in Brandhorst, along with Arte Povera and Minimal Art. Current exhibition: “Forever Young – 10 Years Museum Brandhorst” (24 May 2019 – 26 April 2020)
daily except Mondays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Fabric of Modernity at Kunsthalle München
For the first time in Germany, the Kunsthalle München is presenting tapestries that were produced in the Gobelins Manufactory in Paris from designs created by the most prestigious artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Le Corbusier, Joan Miró and Louise Bourgeois. With innumerable large-scale wall hangings that span the period from the end of World War I to the present day, the exhibition reveals just how surprisingly modern the traditional craft of tapestry weaving truly is.
Le Corbusier Kanapee II 1963
Working to artists’ designs, the Gobelins Manufactory, which was founded during the reign of Louis XIV (1638 – 1715), and other French workshops produced not just tapestries, but also furniture and carpets of outstanding quality, examples of which are also on show in the exhibition.
The old techniques of producing and dyeing the yarn, weaving, and knotting are virtually unchanged in the making of the tapestries. From preparing the artist’s model through to the finished wall hanging, creating a large-scale tapestry still takes thousands of hours of work.
Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung
T +49 (0)89 / 22 44 12
Thierry Mugler Couturissime at the Kunsthalle München
A spectacular fashion extravaganza in the Kunsthalle München, which is presenting the work of Thierry Mugler – designer, director, photographer and perfumer par excellence – for the first time in a brilliantly staged exhibition. Over 140 creations from haute couture and prêt-à-porter, unpublished archive material and pictures by world-famous photographers highlight three decades of the Frenchman’s work. Time and again since the 70s, Mugler has succeeded in influencing pop culture and revolutionizing the world of couture. He was drawn to unusual materials such as metal, faux fur, vinyl and latex to produce his futuristic, glamorous designs, thereby creating epoch-making garments that radiate both a sensual as well as powerful femininity.
3 April – 30 August 2020
Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung
T +49 (0)89 / 22 44 12
Museum Villa Stuck: 40 Years of Vogue Germany
“Is this fashion or can it go away!?” We tried to find the answer by visiting the exhibition of the same name, which tells the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world! In monumental Villa Stuck in Munich, an exhibition is held, celebrating the 40th birthday of Vogue Germany!
Groundbreaking photographs from the Vogue archive, style-setting fashion shoots and an overview of the most important reports from four decades are presented on two floors. A specially furnished studio offers the opportunity to look behind the scenes of the magazine, discover unpublished material and even become part of a photoshoot.
Karl Lagerfeld‘s Woolmark Prize winning design from 1954 and an haute couture dress from his last collection for Chanel are central objects in a room dedicated to the iconic fashion designer who died last February. The show is rounded off by creations of Viktor & Rolf, an installation by London-born designer Priya Ahluwalia, research studies in the Fashion & Technology course at the Linz University of Art and other works specially developed for the exhibition.
10 October 2019 – 26 January 2020
Museum Villa Stuck
Prinzregentenstraße 60, D-81675 München,
Tel. +49(0)89-45 55 51-0,
Later, you can move to the new Munich, as beautiful as the Old Town, with its moving architectures, such as the BMW World, a museum and shop by the company’s headquarters, that will entertain you for hours with its combination of vintage automobiles, motorcycles and cutting-edge showroom models, the Olympic Village or the Allianz Arena, the home of Germany‘s most successful football club, Bayern Munich.
We want to give a special thanks to Simply Munich who informed us about all the important exhibitions that were taking place during our visit and helped us in getting to know the city and its heritage.
Vukota Brajovic and Vesna Filipovic for Fashionela