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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The Platzl at a charity golf tournament

This month we at the Platzl Hotel would like to present ourselves in a different light and bring you closer to YoungWings, a project of the Nikolaidis Foundation that helps grieving children and teens who have lost an important person.

On July 18th, YoungWings held its third Charity Golf Tournament
at Golf Club Eichenried. Also among the ambassadors attending was world champion soccer player, Thomas Mueller, who did not hesitate to support this project close to his heart so shortly after the exhausting World Cup success. Together with 127 other prominent figures of culture, sport, and economy, he golfed in the tropical temperatures for a good cause. Overall, they were able to raise an impressive 110,000 euros, which was passed to the foundation founder, Martina Münch-Nicolaidis, in the form of a check. A great donation that will allow their online counseling service to continue and be maintained in full. The evening was rounded off by a culinary get-together with 250 guests on the grounds of the Golf Club Eichenried. As with the tournament itself, the Foundation was able to rely on the voluntary efforts of its sponsors and supporters. Even the Platzl Hotel found it a great pleasure to be part of this great event. Our smoothie bar was a welcome oasis of refreshment in the hot temperatures, and there were side dishes from the Platzl kitchen at dinner…

… We are already looking forward to next year!

>> To the pictures

Picture Source: Golf: Rainer Sturm / pixelio.de

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The best ways to explore Munich

Munich is known for having a lot to offer. Culture, architecture, cuisine and sports – the possibilities are endless. But, what is the best way for you to explore it? Again, the choices are huge and diverse. The present the most beautiful ones below:

Themed city tours
Guides that follow a certain theme are extremely popular. TheWei(s)se StadtvogelWhether cuisine, fashion, or theater, there is something for every taste.

Guided bike tours
Those who do not want to discover Munich by foot can easily get to know the cosmopolitan city with heart by bike. But, you do not have to do so without knowledgeable guides.
With Mike Bike Tours you enjoy cycling tours while learning valuable information about the main city attractions.

Bus tours
Experience Munich from the sun deck of a bus. Gray Line (Autobus Oberbayern) offers many different daily tours that take you by the Bavarian state capital and beyond. With the Hop-on/Hop-off operation, you can get on and off the bus at any time. So you can truly admire the sights that interest you.

Rickshaw
Taking a rickshaw ride through Munich is a bit more extraordinary. From an unusual perspective, close to the asphalt, your personal tour guide and driver shows you the highlights and insider tips of the Isar metropolis. Rickshaw tours are offered in English, Spanish, Italian or Polish.

>> Furthermore, discover Munich with our Sight-seeing-Package

Picture Source: Munich:  Elke Hartmann / pixelio.de

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Streetlife Festival

On September 13th and 14th, two of the busiest streets in Munich will again be swept free of cars. The reason is the Streetlife Festival. Munich’s citizens and visitors alike transform Leopold and Ludwig Street between Odeon Square and Triumphal Arch into a pedestrian zone. Here, up to 300,000 visitors are expected, making the Streetlife Festival the biggest street party in the Isar metropolis.
Look forward to the colorful hustle and bustle, in which sustainable mobility, climate change and urban design are celebrated. The many roadside stands provide valuable information and satisfy you with culinary delights. You will also be entertained! Artists perform their tricks on small stages as well as on the street itself and often encouraged visitors to participate. Variety is offered, as well as sustainability. The entire event is organized by the environmental organization Green City in connection with the Department of Health & Environment, as it has been for twelve years. At Streetlife, visitors can casually participate in sustainable mobility and an environmentally conscious lifestyle without forgetting to have fun.

The staff of the Platzl Hotel wishes you a successful, entertaining festival full of attractions!

Picture Source: Street-Life: greencity.de & Radio Charivari

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Farewell to our Apprentices

Once again, time has flown by and the three-year apprenticeship of our trainees is coming to an end. At this time, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all four of them for their outstanding support and hard work! We are proud of you and your professional and academic achievements. We are delighted to announce that former apprentices Simon Westermair and Isabelle Kloppenburg will be staying on at the Platzl. We look forward to continuing to work together!

Restaurant specialist Pauline Neumann and fully trained hotel clerk Andreas Fiebach are seeking their fortunes elsewhere. Understandably, both want to seek other, international experiences in the professional world and the hotel industry is the perfect way to discover new regions and countries. We wish you both all the best and look forward to hearing a lot more about your professional success! And you never know: maybe someday their life will lead them back to the Platzl.

We are always on the lookout for new talent to train as outstanding professionals in the hotel and catering industry. The Platzl Hotel regularly updates its job listings here. We welcome new applications and recommendations!

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The Sportscheck City Run – A Look Back

On June 29, 2014, it was time again to “Get ready, set, go!”.

The Sportscheck City Run has been a June fixture in Munich for 35 years in which some 18,000 participants fill the city wearing bright orange. The runners can show their stuff on a number of different routes, including a half marathon and a 10K. Despite the unpleasant weather this year, all of the participants from the Platzl team successfully reached the finish line! Our team ran a total of 700 km! We are very proud of the distance we ran, as well as having the children aid project “YoungWings” cheering us on! We have kept our promise and donated €20 for each kilometer our team ran. This meant a donation to YoungWings of more than €14,000!

This year’s run took participants from the starting point on Marienplatz via Dienerstraße and Residenzstraße to the Hofgarten, then to the Englischer Garten and back, and finally over Weinstraße back to the finish line at Marienplatz. Known to most Munich joggers as one of the best stretches in town, the Englischer Garten is an impressive park with its beautiful trails and central location. But on Sundays and holidays, the joggers need to keep their runs here to mornings as the park fills up over the day with numerous strollers and sunbathers…

Luckily there are plenty of other fantastic trails and routes in the city, such as Nymphenburg Palace Park and the Olympic Park. Here’s a selection of the most popular and most beautiful jogging stretches in Munich!

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Oktoberfest is just around the corner

Right in the middle of a great summer full of festivals and celebrations, it’s time to start thinking about the next big event in Bavaria’s capital! In less than ten weeks, the world-famous Oktoberfest will kick off. From September 20th to October 5th, multitudes of visitors will descend on Munich to join the party…☺

Oktoberfest 2014 Schedule

On Saturday, September 20th, the festival kicks off with, as it does every year, the arrival of the Oktoberfest tent patrons. And, as always, they will be led by the Münchner Kindl, the young monk featured on Munich’s coat of arms. At 12 noon on the dot, the Mayor of Munich will declare “Ozapft is”, officially opening Oktoberfest by tapping the first barrel of beer. The Oktoberfest costume and riflemen’s parade will follow the next day. Some eight thousand people will parade in traditional folk costume through the city on their way to the Theresienwiese, where the Oktoberfest tents are set up. Plenty of typical regional music will accompany the marchers. A spectacle you definitely don’t want to miss.

During the second weekend of Oktoberfest, traditionally called the “Italian Weekend”, guests are welcomed from all over the world and the Oktoberfest takes on an international flair. This could be your best chance to get to know a young Bavarian gal or just have some cross-cultural fun. That Sunday, the so-called “Bergfest” marks the half-way point in this year’s festival with a huge concert featuring the Oktoberfest bands.

The following weekend is the last weekend of Oktoberfest 2014. It kicks off on Friday, October 3rd, with the public holiday marking the day Germany was reunited in 1990. The holiday and three-day weekend guarantee a full house for the finale of Oktoberfest 2014. So if you love a good party and want to jump right in, you should definitely plan a trip here for Oktoberfest. The same applies to anyone who hasn’t yet made it to this year’s Oktoberfest: don’t miss your last chance for a real party! On the final Sunday, there is a traditional gun salute at noon and the action finally draws to a close shortly before midnight…

What’s new?

The festival tents and patrons at Oktoberfest have stayed the same for a long time, but the new Oktoberfest manager has opened things up, bringing in some new blood. For example, the well-known Hippodrom tent will be replaced this year by the Marstall tent. So this year’s task has been set: to test extensively whether the new tents are just as good ;)

Oktoberfest Tips

In general, when heading to Oktoberfest, a visit to one of the many tents is an absolute must, as this is where the dancing, singing and celebrating takes place! Although all of the tents together hold approximately 100.000 revelers, finding a seat can still be quite difficult. If it’s just the two of you or you’re on your own, then you still have a good chance of finding a spot at the table to enjoy some Bavarian hospitality. For those traveling in larger groups, making a reservation well in advance is advised! But beware, you can only reserve whole tables of 8-10 seats. Table reservations are available directly from the respective tent hosts, but you need to be quick and bring a lot of patience.

Tip: If the large tents are already full, it’s worthwhile calling some of the smaller tents. They have an equally great atmosphere and the party can be just as fun. ;)

You should also book your hotel room as soon as possible, because the beds in Munich get booked quickly for Oktoberfest. From the Platzl Hotel, you can reach Oktoberfest in just five minutes after a short walk to Odeonsplatz and taking underground lines 4 or 5.

For all those who want to visit the world’s largest folk festival for the first time: Please note, Bavarian folk dress in the form of pretty dirndls or jaunty lederhosen, which is all part of the fun. All of Bavaria loves to show off its dressigns and invites visitors to join in and feel like a real Bavarian.

Tip: For starters, you don’t necessarily have to be in a full dirndl or lederhosen. For example, newcomers, can simply wear a plaid shirt or a blouse, a chic costume hat or a cute Bavarian costume scarf.

And finally: don’t forget to take a little souvenir home for your family to mark the fun you’ve had in Munich. Gingerbread hearts are always a nice touch, or maybe you’ll win a real Bavarian rose for your loved one at one of the many shooting stalls.

Either way, the team from Platzl Hotel wishes you lots of fun celebrating in Bavaria!

picture source: erdquadrat / flickr.com

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The Most Beautiful Spots on the Isar

The Isar River is Munich’s #1 recreational area! Numerous areas along the riverfront invite you to linger and enjoy the views, while the river, that gets its start in the Alps, is real paradise for cyclists, barbecue lovers, fans of beer gardens, water lovers and walkers.

Whether on foot or by bicycle, you definitely need to cross the Großhesseloher Bridge at least once, as the views over the Isar are simply stunning…

Close to the bridge is Waldwirtschaft, one of the best-known and most popular beer gardens on the south side of Munich. This romantic beer oasis offers typical Bavarian specialties under the sheltering shade of old trees. Stop in for a snack and, with some luck, get a chance to listen to a live brass band while cooling off with a fresh draft of beer.

A little further north, you will find one of the most famous sections of the Isar riverfront: the Flaucher. This park is a great place to have a barbecue, go for a swim and just chill out. The pebble beaches at the Flaucher are probably the most popular spots along the Isar in Munich and are definitely worth a visit!

If you prefer things a bit more quiet, just ride a little further past Waldwirtschaft. The further upstream you travel (towards the south), the fewer people you’ll run into. If you make it all the way out to Schäftlarn, you’ll even be rewarded with a unique, unobstructed view of the Alps…

PS: From there, it’s an easy train ride on the S-Bahn back to the Platzl. In just 35 minutes, you’ll be back to your hotel in central Munich without even having to switch trains.

picture source: aprott / istockphoto.com

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Live action: Running for a good cause

Munich is considered beeing a pioneer of modern city runs: for 35 years, the City Run has been taking place in the Isar metropolis, and has taken participants through the English Garden and Ludwigstraße, among others. ‘Sport Check’ is organizing the run this year on the 29th of June, whereby participants can choose between three route lengths: Half Marathon, 10 and 5 kilometre runs. For young sportsmen up to 12 years of age, DAK-Kinderlauf (Children’s Run) is being organised as an activity for them. The fittest companies in the city will be determined in the company rankings…

Also, Platzl Hotel is being sportive this year, and will send its best athletes into the field. Although Hotel staff generally cover many miles for their guests, special preparation is needed for the endurance run. That’s why the end of June is the right time for regular running training. Also, Director Heiko Buchta has taken up the challenge, and has been practicing diligently for the run in the courtyard garden. You can track the training progress of our runners in the coming weeks on Facebook. For special motivation, we are making a sporting donation commitment: for every kilometre that our participants run or walk, 20 euros will be donated to the Nicolaidis Foundation. This foundation helps children and young adults who have lost an important caregiver.

You can track live on Facebook how director Buchta and our employees are faring in the June 29 charity. Cheer for the Platzl’s runners and encourage them to run for one or two additional kilometers. The more we run, the more donations come – so, to all of us: Off we go! ☺

Picture source runner: Ed Dunens / flickr.com

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A new wind is blowing through Platzl

Change in Platzl leadership! Have no fear: the rudder is staying in the family. Peter Inselkammer Senior has now made it official: he will withdraw from Platzl operations and pass the reins to his son Peter Inselkammer Junior. It is clear that this withdrawal does not mean retirement for the senior—he will continue to stay in the background as a ‘wise man’ of the traditional hotel. However, the pressures of deadlines and the great responsibility are now off his shoulders. He refers to the time saved as ‘the greatest achievement, the greatest luxury,’ he is able to have. He will now use this luxury for his favourite hobby: he wants to invest time and capital in the research of the most sustainable and cleanest form of renewable energy—deep geothermal energy.

However, you must not worry about the Platzl Hotel, because it will stay in competent hands. Mr Inselkammer Senior has no worries regarding his successor continuing the family tradition of success. Concerns are also completely unnecessary, because the passing of the baton has been planned for a long time. 15 years ago, Peter Inselkammer Junior took over the operations and since then, he has taken on more and more tasks from the father in the administrative, operational and strategic area.

The passion for ‘Bavarian hospitality’ will be maintained by Junior without a doubt; after all, he grew up in a family where the host mentality was celebrated all this life. What direction is the Platzl headed in under the new leadership? ‘Preserving the tradition, but maintaining an openness to modernity’, promises Peter Inselkammer Junior.

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