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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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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