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!

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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!

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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!

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Picture Source: Tollwood: matze_ott / flickr.com

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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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New apprentices at the Platzl Hotel

Now that our previous apprentices have successfully completed their training, we are looking forward to welcoming our new recruits! At the beginning of September, seven young and motivated apprentices started their careers at the Platzl. During their three-year training, they will become acquainted with all of our departments from housekeeping, reception, and the kitchen to accounting and our restaurant service.

Of course, we do not want to keep these young women and men a secret. In the photo, from left to right, you will see Anna-Maria Davoli (restaurant manager), Anna Belle Ziemek (hotel manager), Julia Leipold (hotel manager), Julia Scheffels (restaurant manager), Luca Behlke (hotel manager), Luca Grozavu (hotel manager), and Matthias Kolle (hotel manager).

During their training, the ambitious staff will participate in many training modules, which will help them to continually expand their knowledge and acquire valuable advice for their day-to-day work in the hotel. They are already excited to start planning the hotel’s in-house kick-off party. Despite the intensive programme, we would like to give the young restaurateurs the opportunity to settle in and get to know their new colleagues and fellow apprentices through joint excursions and get-togethers.

The Platzl Hotel has been certified by DEKRA and is one of the few hotel companies in Germany to be given the “excellent education” seal. For exactly this reason, we have always enjoyed great popularity among young applicants. The content and salary of the training contract are of course in accordance with the guidelines of the Bavarian Hotel and Restaurant Association. After one and a half years, our apprentices will have to prove themselves in an interim examination.

The entire Platzl team is excited to start the new training year with all seven apprentices, and we are looking forward to a pleasant cooperation!

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Year after year…

It still seems so far away, but soon the tranquil and contemplative time of the year will start again. During this time, the temperatures drop and the city centre is filled wih the aroma of roasted almonds and “Glühwein” (mulled wine). AOn 27th November, the Munich Christmas market in the old town will open its gates to visitors from all over the world and will be offering Bavarian specialties, handcrafts, and anything your heart could desire. The focal point will be the 30-meter-high Christmas tree in front of the town hall at Marienplatz, which will appear in full glory with 2,500 candles.
Not far from here, the Christmas village at the Kaiserhof der Residenz (Imperial court) offers a unique charm and festive mood in a spectacular atmosphere. Those who prefer something original should visit the medieval Christmas market at Wittelsbacherplatz. You will feel like you have been transported back to the middle Ages.
A special highlight is also the “Munich Eiszauber” at Stachus, where you can enjoy open-air ice skating. We are looking forward to a wonderful Christmas in our state capital.

Picture source: Christmas Market: Heribert Pohl / flickr.com

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Events of autumn 2014 in the state capital

The summer is slowly coming to an end, the leaves are changing colour. In Munich, autumn has arrived sooner than we had thought. However, at this time of year, there is a lot to discover in the diverse state capital of Bavaria.

Kirchweihdult – the Dult is where it’s at!

The name “Dult” originates from a church festival. However, its meaning has changed over time; the word now refers to a lively fair, which has long been a tradition in Munich.
The third and final Auer Dult of the year is just around the corner (18th–26th October). Nine days of hustle and bustle (18th–26th October) await at Mariahilfplatz. From antiques, household goods, and amusement rides (like the nostalgic Russian Ferris wheel) to various food stalls, there is something for everyone! Watch artisans such as wood engravers, knife sharpeners and wool spinners in action. Amuse yourself and experience a traditional ambience.

The Long Night of the Museums in Munich

Munich is a museum city that offers an outstanding variety of them. No other event offers more diversity than the “Long Night of the Museums”. For the 16th time, 90 Munich museums, galleries, and collections are waiting to be discovered after sunset. On 18th October, a broad programme of knowledge, research, history, and entertainment will await you. The doors will be open from 7:00 pm to 2:00 am. Numerous special promotions such as guided tours, interactive installations, live music, and performances will ensure an auspicious night. You can either plan a small cultural tour through Munich or spontaneously drift though the city – it’s completely up to you. The shuttle buses of the MVG will definitely provide a convenient means of transport!

19th Market of the Senses

Experience three days of art, craft, and lifestyle in the historic vaulted halls on the Praterinsel! From 31st October to 2nd November, you are cordially invited to enjoy the autumn with all your senses. Get creative in numerous workshops such as Origami – the Japanese art of paper folding – or visit demonstrations on glass blowing. Various culinary delicacies from all over the world will also be provided. Marvel, participate, and indulge yourself!

Picture Source: Autumn Munich: blu-news.org / flickr.com

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Our employee-tip for your day trip

Munich itself has so much to offer for tourists; probably enough to last them for a whole year. Many places of interest are extensively covered by the relevant tourist guides leaving little room for insider tips. However, we would like to introduce you to one of these rare insider tips, even if it is outside the city center. This tour shows you the beauty of Upper Bavaria in all its facets!

The starting point is marked by the Munich Central Station, which can be reached within 10 minutes of the Platzl Hotel by taking any S-Bahn line on the original route. From there, take the Bayerische Oberland Bahn into Greater Munich. After 50 minutes, you will arrive at Schliersee, located in the heart of the Bavarian Alps. Enjoy the shimmering blue water and the picturesque forests of the valley.

From Schliersee, we continue on with walking stick in hand and hiking boots on our feet. After a two-hour hike over rolling green hills and through streams, you will reach Neureuther Alm, where a hearty meal is waiting for you. Once satisfied, you will step further – the final destination is now near: the Tegernsee.

The second lake of your tour will fascinate as much as the first one as Tegernsee is certainly one of the most beautiful locations of Bavaria. After a dinner with the gentle rippling of the water in the background, take the Bayerische Oberland Bahn again back to Munich in comfort.

You will not soon forget this relaxing as well as exciting day – let yourself be enchanted by the nature of the Bavarian countryside!

Picture Source: mountains: Annamartha / pixelio.de

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Summer pleasure at the Platzl

The easiness, smooth operation, perfection and joy – are you wondering where these aspects of the Platzl Hotel come from? Well today we have the answer for you!

To satisfy our guests each time with these qualities, we at the Platzl Hotel place a high value on the hotel family and good relations among employees. So this year’s summer festival for our employees went under the motto “Enjoy the day together, naturally.” We deliberately decided against a party at the hotel itself so that the team would have the opportunity to become better acquainted away from the hotel – on “neutral ground” so to speak. Employees of all departments, young or old, met on August 10th to enjoy beach volleyball, table tennis and soccer on the meadow. There they enjoyed cool drinks while the Munich sun shined on their heads. It was the first summer festival of its kind, but with the positive response of the team, we are optimistic: It will not be the last one!

In this sense – we look forward to seeing you again as an experienced team after our celebrations. And until then, we wish the workforce the best summer season!

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