ChristkindlTram

Why not ride the tram through Christmassy Munich? The Christkindltram is the perfect way to take a somewhat different tour of a Munich decked out for the festive season. With mulled wine, punch and Christmas goodies accompanied by festive music, you’ll be taken past some of the city’s key sights on this festively decorated tram.

The tram operates 29 November to 23 December Monday to Friday from 3:30 to 7:00 and on weekends from 11:00 to 7:30. The ride starts at Sendlinger Tor every half hour. Other stops include the Maximilian monument, the National Theatre, Theatinerstraße, Lenbachplatz and Karlsplatz before returning to Sendlinger Tor. The total journey lasts 25 minutes. While you wait for the next tour, you can enjoy the hot beverages and gingerbread on offer.

A ride on the Christmas tram is a great experience, and not just for the adults. Thanks to the special children’s programme on Sundays, the smaller passengers will love the magic show, balloon animations and Santa Claus, who will visit on 5 December.
The Platzl team wishes you lots of fun!

Fares
Adults: €2.00
Children between 6 and 11: €1.00
Children under six years: free

Picture Source: Christkindltram: Wolfgang Wellige / MVG

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Munich’s Most Beautiful Christmas Markets

The most beautiful Christmas markets in Munich

The aromas of roasted apples wafting through the air, the steaming mulled wine warming our hands, children’s eyes sparkling with anticipation and joy, and Christmas lights twinkling as far as the eye can see: this is Christmas market season in Munich! The Platz Hotel team always looks forward to this time of the year and it’s just getting started here in the Bavarian capital. The selection of Christmas markets in the city is as diverse as it is large. We present some of the most beautiful here:

Christmas Market Marienplatz

Let’s start with the most well-known, oldest and largest Christmas market in the Bavarian capital. The Marienplatz Christmas market is just five minutes by foot from the Platzl. Every year, some three million visitors from around the world descend on the more than 150 booths and huts built directly in front of Munich’s majestic Town Hall. In addition to festive taste treats such as mulled wine or the brand-new mulled beer, the market features arts and crafts, gifts, ornaments and clothing. There’s also always a varied and interesting entertainment programme.

Christmas Village in Royal Residence Courtyard

Framed by the illuminated façade of Munich’s royal palace, this Christmas village offers a truly unique atmosphere. The rustic huts with stone décor and authentic shingle roofs do justice to the market’s name: it looks like a small, idyllic farming village standing right at the centre of Munich less than ten minutes’ walk from the Platzl.

 

Medieval Market with Advents Spectacle

The Middle Ages are back this Advent in Munich, at least at Wittelsbacherplatz where the annual medieval Christmas market is held. Feast like it’s 1399 and enjoy roast suckling pig, smoked char, elderberry juice and much more. Admire the goods on offer that are produced exactly as they were by guild craftsmen centuries ago. Just a short ten minutes’ walk from the Platzl will take you back six centuries in time.

Schwabing Christmas Market on Münchner Freiheit

The Schwabing Christmas market on Münchner Freiheit is all about alternative and artistic items. This market offers a fascinating alternative, especially with its daily changing music programme and the arts and crafts on offer. Public transport will take you to the Schwabinger market in about ten minutes from the hotel.

Christmas market at the Chinese Tower

This Christmas market is particularly nice as a break during a contemplative winter walk through Munich’s English Garden. It is also reachable by public transport from the Platzl in less than 20 minutes. The famous Chinese Tower stands in the middle of the English Garden as one of Munich’s many landmarks. This time of the year, it is surrounded by festively decorated stalls offering Christmas market classics such as ornaments, nativity figures and a nice selection of sweet and savoury treats. A romantic carriage ride that starts directly at the market is another charming option here.

Picturesource:  Weihnachtsmarkt: von Casey Hugelfink / flickr.com

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Gift Certificates for Christmas

Give the gift of luxury…

… with Platzl gift certificates!

Every year (and this year doesn’t appear to be an exception)… the weeks before Christmas seem to go faster and the big day is upon us sooner than expected. The season also means it’s time to search for the perfect Christmas gift again. We have a wonderful idea of how to give your loved ones a great surprise without having to face the crowds on the city streets:

Surprise them with a voucher for a wonderful breakfast buffet at the Platzl, give one of our great overnight packages or enchant them with a restaurant voucher for our traditional Wirtshaus Ayingers or elegant Restaurant Pfistermühle.
We look forward to welcoming the lucky recipients and maybe even you as their companion to Munich soon! Until then, with wishes for a peaceful, stress-free festive season…

Order gift certificates here >

Picture Source: Ribbon: Stephanie Hofschlaeger / pixelio.de

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Laura’s Lemon Stars

Christmas time is cookie and biscuit time: exclusive recipe tip from our pâtissière Laura

When we think of Christmas, freshly baked biscuits and cookies are what our sense of smell remembers. They taste even better when they’re baked in our own home ovens.

That’s why we’re sharing this exclusive recipe tip from our passionate pâtissière Laura. Born in France, she was trained as a pastry chef at the famous Ferrandi cooking school in Paris. She loves impressing people with her sweet creations and lives out her passion now here in Munich. After working in various restaurants in France and more recently in the Netherlands, we are delighted that she’s now bringing her creativity to the dessert table here at the Platzl Hotel in Munich.

To mark the festive season, Laura would like to share her recipe for delicious lemon stars exclusively with you. But fear not: You don’t need years of experience as a pastry chef to make these super delicious treats at home!

It’s this simple:


1) Mix well in a bowl 125 g butter, 150 g sugar, 1 egg and the zest of 1 lemon.
2) Add 250 g flour and fold until you have a thick batter.
3) Let the batter rest in the refrigerator for about two hours. Then roll it out until it is about 0.5 cm (1 inch) thick. Now use a star-shaped cutter to cut the dough.
4) Place the stars on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 12 minutes at 180°C (convection).
5) Meanwhile, put 250 g butter, 250 g icing sugar and 80 ml lemon juice in a bowl, beat to create an icing and fill a piping bag.
6) Let the biscuits/cookies cool after coming out of the oven and divide into two equal groups.
7) Pipe the icing onto half of the stars and then cover with a star from the plain group without icing.

Now all you need is a cup of hot tea, a blanket and a thick tome to have a cosy, relaxing break from it all during this busy time of the year. ☺

Ready, steady, bake..!

Picturesource: Cookies1: Verena N. pixelio.de; Cookies2: Matthias Rhomberg / flickr.com

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Events in November

The month of October is coming to an end, which also means that the world famous Oktoberfest, Munich’s biggest festival, is over, too. After this traditional highlight of the year, a number of great events ranging from culture, music and on to sports will take place in November in the Bavarian capital – something for everyone! You will see, Munich constantly amazes with its incredible variety. We are delighted to be able to tell you now about several highlights you will not want to miss…

On 27 November, we will welcome one of the music scene’s biggest superstars to Munich: Sir Elton John! His “Greatest Hits Live” tour at Munich’s Olympic Hall will take his audience on a journey through time. The two-hour programme will feature a carefully selected cross-section of his hits going back more than 40 years. The audience can expect to be treated to classics including “Rocket Man,” “Crocodile Rock” and “Candle In The Wind”! Get some of the last remaining seats!

>> Tickets 

Lovers of classical music will also be treated to a delight as the year comes to a close. They can look forward to Swan Lake, probably the most popular ballet ever. Peter I. Tchaikovsky’s score not only thrills audiences with its high level of artistry, but has for many became the epitome of classical ballet. Experience this timeless four-act tale of the struggle between good and evil on 18 November as interpreted by the St Petersburg Classical Ballet or on 2 December with the Kiev State Ballet. Order your tickets today!

>> Tickets for St Petersburg Classical Ballet 

>> Tickets for Kiev State Ballet 

Finally, from 6 November, it is time for all equestrian things at “Munich Indoors”, the top event for fans of horse riding sports. The Olympic Hall in Bavaria’s capital is one of the finest arenas in Germany and opens its doors again in 2014 to riders, horses and, of course, equestrian fans from all over the world. This international equestrian show includes a wide range of events, such as jumping, vaulting and dressage. Spectacular show performances, as well as a riding exhibition and junior tests will complete the extensive programme. Guests will also be treated to culinary delights from cuisines ranging from the Mediterranean to Bavaria. Munich is a must this autumn for equestrian fans!

>> Tickets 

Picture Sources: Elton John: Sarah_Ackerman / flickr.com; Ballet: Digitoxin / flickr.com

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Winter Tollwood – Munich’s winter cultural festival

From 25 November, visitors from near and far will once more flock to Munich for the famous five-week long Tollwood Winter Festival. It will soon be time to browse, be amazed and feast! Come and experience the colourful excitement and lively entertainment plus a special Christmas market at the Theresienwiese, home to the Oktoberfest! At the “marketplace of ideas”, international craft ideas are combined with culinary specialties from around the world!
Under the motto “LIVE!CREATURE”, this year’s Tollwood will feature a very particular atmosphere with a focus on animal welfare and a responsible approach to the environment. Brand new to the market this year will be the first purely vegetarian-vegan dining tent “EssZimmer”. In addition to the great culinary delights offered at the bio-certified festival, there will also be a variety of warming drinks such as mulled wine, punch and hot coconuts.

Another long-time favourite and back for the seventh consecutive year is the “World Salon”, a fascinating multimedia tent addressing important environmental and social issues. Politicians, scientists and artists will take the stage and describe their views.
The clear highlight of this year’s Winter Tollwood, however, will be the “Limbo” variety show. Nine men and two women will create a stunning presentation with a mix of acrobatics, dance and music. In addition, incredible jugglers, a mask theatre and many other great performances await your visit.
The Platzl tip for all who like a party: the festival closes with the Tollwood New Year’s Eve party, a fantastic end to the year! You can expect lots of special performances, an eclectic mix of live music and DJ sets on 5 areas plus a purely indulgent five-course meal.
We look forward to having you join us for a vibrant, international festive season in Munich!

>> Entire Winter Tollwood programme 

Picture Source: Tollwood: matze_ott / flickr.com

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Trade fair “Heim + Handwerk”

At the end of November, Munich will once again welcome Germany’s largest annual trade fair for building, furnishing and designing living spaces! From 26 to 30 November, visitors to the so-called “Heim + Handwerk” will be able to learn about tomorrow’s trends in the home improvement industry and gather tips and inspiration for designing their living spaces.

But this event is not just for the avid do-it-yourself fan: “Heim + Handwerk” offers a wide range of design ideas and furnishings with a particular focus on special sustainable and energy-saving innovations. The programme also includes numerous events offering visitors the opportunity to discuss specific issues with experts or simply observe artists and craftsmen at work. Get personal advice from experienced professionals and independent experts or enjoy special shows where you can experience craftsmanship in action! You will enjoy the incredible variety of exhibitors, strolling past the booths offering exceptional designs and ideas, and being inspired!

>> Complete „Heim + Handwerk“ programme 

We here at the Platzl Hotel also attach great importance to our own craftsmanship. To give you a taste of what we have to offer and to challenge your own crafting skills, here are some tips for the perfect, scary jack-o-lantern. After all, everyone has to start small, but then later anything is possible!
1) Prepare to carve your pumpkin as follows: gather a variety of carving knives, tablespoons to scoop out the seeds and strings, one bowl for the pumpkin flesh and another for the seeds, some newspapers to catch the mess and, of course, the most important ingredient: a pumpkin!
2) First, cut out the lid around the stem of the pumpkin. A hexagonal-shaped lid is better than a circle because a round lid may slip into the pumpkin. Also make sure that you cut the lid at a slight angle (about 30-45°) to the inside to make it more stable.
3) Remove the seeds and strings from inside the pumpkin. You may also want to carve out enough flesh so that the pumpkin’s outer walls are only about 1 1/2 inches (3 cm) thick. (The seeds, by the way, can be dried, roasted and salted as a tasty snack.) The carving will only take about 20 minutes!
4) Now you can just start cutting out your design, although it might be best to draw a pattern on some paper and tape it to the pumpkin as a template. About 1/2 inch (1 cm) inside the line drawn on the pumpkin, insert a sharp skewer or nail to create a hole. It is important that you not poke all the way through the pumpkin, only piercing the skin.
5) Then use a saw or a small but sharp knife to carve the face, following the holes.
Tip: to reduce damaging areas you have already carved, cut from the centre outwards.
6) The pumpkin now needs only a small candle and you will have the perfect Halloween decoration!

The Platzl Hotel wishes you fun while you work and a spooky Halloween!

Picture Source: Heimwerker: Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH

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A jubilee at Platzl Hotel!

The entire hotel family says congratulations!

Forty years of service from Mrs. Kink, our loyal bookkeeper, is a proof that it is not only our guests who appreciate what our traditional hotel has to offer. The jubilee is even more striking when we consider that Mrs. Kink is only 56 years old!
We are delighted with Mrs. Kink’s continued trust and loyalty!

A born-and-bred native of Munich, Waltraud Kink had her first job at the Platzl Theater at 14 as a wardrobe attendant. Later she began an apprenticeship here at the hotel and has been at home here ever since. Parallel to her training as a hotel and catering assistant, she also took to the stage and wowed people with her acting and musical talents. “The performing arts have always been my great passion, but earning a living with them was just as difficult back then as it is today”, Mrs. Kink tells us. She therefore devoted herself to the Platzl Hotel, turning her hotel training into her second passion. After her apprenticeship, she worked in various departments of our establishment, including some years at the theatre box office. In 1984 she transferred to the accounting department where she has remained to this day. As Mrs. Kink remarks: “The stage and bookkeeping might be an unusual combination, but for me it’s been a lot of fun.” Every now and again she has thought about a change of scenery, but she could not bear to leave her Platzl – and we are the happier for it! We look forward to many more years of working with Mrs. Kink at the Platzl and hope that she stays with the family for much longer!

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Pumpkin chutney recipe

Autumn represents the harvest season, and therefore, it is the perfect time to use fresh ingredients. Especially popular is pumpkin, which is as healthy as it is versatile and is ideal for soups, salads, or cakes. However, even more eccentric dishes can be prepared with this orange-coloured vegetable. For example, try our pumpkin chutney! You can find the recipe below. Give it a chance and tempt your palate with the sweet autumn spices!

To prepare our pumpkin chutney, you will need:

• 5 kg of pumpkin
• 200 g of onion
• 150 g of apples
• 50 ml of olive oil
• 120 g of sugar
• 300 ml of apple juice
• 50 g of ginger
• 80 ml of white balsamic vinegar
• 1 bag of spices containing caraway, mustard seed, cinnamon, cloves, and bay leaves.

First, lightly caramelise the sugar. Add the diced pumpkin, apple, and onion to the olive oil. Pour in the apple juice and balsamic vinegar, add the bag of spices, and cook on low heat with the lid on.

For a slightly sharp and fresh flavour, finely grate and peel the ginger and add it at the end. Flavour with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. This is as simple as it gets!

Have fun enjoying it! This chutney goes well with game dishes and terrines.

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The Platzl Instagram account

Nowadays, it is simply impossible to imagine everyday life without social media! Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are the most important social media channels with which we can interactively communicate with our fans. Fans therefore play an important role in the daily life of a company. The Platzl Hotel has been successfully using these channels and has been active on Instagram since April of this year. With the user name #platzlhotelmunich, the Platzl provides its fans – also known as “followers” – with news and pictures from the hotel as well as a behind-the-scenes impression.

Let’s face it – so far, our activity on Instagram has been limited, which is why there have been fewer pictures for our followers to like or comment on during the past few months. This will change starting now! Since the end of August, we have started to take off and are keeping our fans updated through regular posts. We have posted almost every day since 20th August and our fans have been thanking us with likes and kind comments! This will of course continue on into September…
You’ll be surprised. Follow us on Instagram and look forward to many new pictures from the Platzl Hotel!

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