Summer Highlights 2014 in Munich

Summer is beginning and that also means that the season of outdoor events is now open! Since there being a lot of them in Munich is emblematic of Bavaria, we have compiled the best summer highlights in this post—this way your summer city trip is sure to be a great success!

Cinema at the Olympic Park

From mid-May to mid-September, special film experiences in the open air are waiting for you. Set in the magnificent Olympic Park—spend warm summer nights in front of the giant screen, which plays the best German and international blockbusters. You decide whether you wish to admire them from the deckchairs or from the picnic meadow. Unique in Germany: The cinema season in Olympiapark also shows movies in digital 3D. The dreamy evening backdrop of the Olympic Park, and the beer gardens surrounding the outdoor cinema make the experience complete. By the way: every World Cup match of the German team is also shown on the big screen ☺

>> The program and the tickets

Kocherlball for the entire world

There is an interesting story behind Kocherlball: Towards the end of the 19th century, every Sunday at dawn, domestic workers from the local manor houses used to meet every day for a boisterous dance, and so managed to compensate for the drab work. On the 200th anniversary of the English Garden, the ball was introduced in 1989, and has since then been held annually at the Chinesischen Turm (Chinese Tower)—this year it will be held on 20th July between 6 to 10 o’clock. Meanwhile it is of course not limited to domestic workers, but is a pleasurable experience for all Munich residents, and visitors from all over the world.

>> For the impressions of Kocherlball

Munich Summer Night’s Dream

We are curious to see if the record number of visitors at the tenth anniversary last year can be topped again. If the weather plays along on July 26, and nothing prevents it from happening, because the program of the Munich ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is again very illustrious this year. Look forward to Bayern rocker, Haindling, the singer-songwriter, Amy MacDonald, and the soul king, Xavier Naidoo. After the end of the show, when darkness falls, the highlight of the event will begin: fantastic fireworks await you!

>> The program and the tickets

Royal Water Music on Lake Starnberg

For all friends of the classical masters and enjoyment of discerning music fans, the cruise MS Starnberg, offers a wide variety of events this summer with exactly the right party programs. Dine like the Wittelsbach Kings and listen to the sounds of Vivaldi, Mozart and Mahler. You will benefit from the excellent acoustics of the main salon on board. A cultural historian will tell you captivating and amusing anecdotes and fascinating stories from the times of the Bavarian kings. As a major highlight of the evening, the water music will be complemented by magnificent baroque fireworks!

>> For the dates & prices, as well as the seating plan

Picture source Olympiapark: Robert Köhn / pixelio.de

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A Munich must: The Tollwood Summer Festival

‘Culture, Life and commitment to a better future’ – This is the motto of this year’s Tollwood Summer Festival in the Olympic Park.

The Tollwood, which has long since become an institution in Munich’s cultural life, to be held between 02 to 27 July, promises this year to once again be a varied and exuberant spectacle. Since 1988, the Festival has enriched the dominant Bavarian Christian culture with its multicultural orientation. This is reflected at all levels of the festival: from the stellar landscaping program, to the catering. Another characteristic that has become anchored in the character of the festival from the beginning, is the combination of profit and non-profit. The revenue from rented stands and sponsors has always allowed it to largely offer a free cultural program, which annually attracts highly lauded and ambitious musicians, comedians, performance artists and performers. But the highlight of this year is likely to be the presence of Bob Dylan, who will hold one of his few Germany concerts at the Tollwood.

As a forum for ecology, Tollwood also utilizes ecological insights, and serves as a platform for environmental-philosophical exchange. For example, organizers are committed to decreasing CO2 emissions, and the entire festival catering is certified with the ‘organic seal’.

Can you receive so much pleasure enjoying life and culture, and yet be as environmentally friendly anywhere else? Then visit the Tollwood Summer Festival in the Olympic Park, using public transport to get there from the Hotel Platzl in 30 minutes. It is best to take underground line 3 from Marienplatz to the Olympic Park. From the station, it will take just five minutes to reach the Tollwood Summer Festival, which opens its doors for you from Monday to Friday between 2 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m..

For more information, you will find a program overview and a list of items here.

The Platzl Hotel wishes you lots of fun and lots of entertainment!

Picture source Tollwood: FHgitarre / flickr.com

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Bear-sized offspring in Hellabrunn

The Tierpark Hellabrunn (Hellabrunn Zoo) has been pleased to have twin off-springs in the polar bear enclosure for half a year now! On 9 December last year their mother Giovanna brought the two little ones into the world. But as baby bears are considered particularly sensitive, and unnatural stimuli could endanger them, the public was initially only allowed to participate in the young lives of the cute twins via a video diary. Overall, the birth and development of the twins was an unprecedented media event, because a polar bear birth was recorded in colour for the first time worldwide.

This was followed by almost daily videos—including cuddles, first drinking, and attempts to walk or the mother giving them a licking bath–in which Internet users received touching insights into the bear family life. It was a fascinating project that illustrated the rapid development of babies: born barely half as big as a human infant, on the day of their first outdoor foray they had already achieved the dimensions of an English bulldog. It was the 19th of March, when after 14 weeks of age the polar bear twins and the mother and children’s home was shown live to zoo visitors. In April, followed by the double ‘baptism’, the right godparents were chosen from among more than 20 applications. Do you also want to get to know Nela and Nobby? Then visit the Tierpark Hellabrunn, which is open 365 days a year for you between 9 am and 6 pm — especially now in the summer, the best time!

The exact opening times, a zoo plan, and tips for convenient directions can be found here.

We at the Platzl Hotel wish you animal fun ☺

Picture Source ice bear: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters

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THE PLATZL HOTEL – THE STORY OF A TRADITIONAL HOTEL IN THE HEART OF MUNICH’S OLD CITY CENTRE

The Platzl Hotel in Munich’s old city centre is a traditional 4-star superior hotel with a rich history. In order to give you, the many long-term guests and life of the hotel, an insight into the early years of the hotel in Munich, we will tell you about the history of its origin and the most important milestones of this traditional hotel.
The story of Platzl Hotel Munich can be divided into two major sections.
The “old” Platzl Hotel opened on July 9, 1956, with approximately 200 beds in 130 rooms. At this time in the upper floors of the former Platzl there was still the Platzl-Bühne/Platzl Stage (today’s Hard Rock Cafe Munich). The operators of the first Platzl were initially Carl and Hilde Groß, who had already since the spring of 1953 held the lease of the Platzl-Bühne, which had been rebuilt after the Second World War. On 1 April 1973, the Groß couple ended their successful career as landlords in the Platzl after 22 years, and handed over the hotel and the restaurant to the Ayinger Brewery, which operated both from then on in-house. Peter Inselkammer, one of the sons of the married couple, Franz and Maria Kreszenz Inselkammer, became the Managing Director of the Platzl Hotel Munich.

The foundation for the “new” Platzl Hotel – at its current location on Sparkassenstraße 10 – was in a sense defined by the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
On this site once stood the imposing Pfistermühle building, which unfortunately suffered considerable damage to its structure in World War 2 in the bombing of Munich.
Despite the attempt at preserving the building with a makeshift roof, and the continued use of the still-functional stone ovens by Hofpfisterei, the plot was increasingly neglected after the Hofpfisterei moved out in 1964. In order to again create a beautiful and uniform cityscape, and leave a positive impression on the world for the Olympics, the city of Munich decided to demolish many of old war ruins. The destroyed part of the Pfistermühle and the tower of the old Hofbrunnenhaus was subsequently converted into a parking lot. Already at this time Franz Inselkammer had commissioned a development plan for a hotel in this area, which was authorized in 1971, but not immediately implemented. This plan was to integrate extant architectural remains of the old Pfistermühle and a modern cubist block with roof terrace floor and flat roof.
Peter Inselkammer, the Inselkammers’ son, took up his father’s idea for a new building again in 1978, but rejected the already approved development plan, and created an entirely new concept. The new building was meant to better fit into the existing architecture of the old city centre, and with Munich’s cityscape.
The new concept was to extend the historic rooms of the historically protected Pfistermühle, and also to maintain the traditional Platzl-Bühne/Platzl Stage (the facade of which was also under preservation orders). The rooms on the upper floors, however, were to be renovated. This draft was approved on 6 August 1986. Thus a new hotel arose on the historic site of the former Bockbierkellers (Bock Beer Cellar). On November 16 the “old” Platzl Hotel closed, and just one day later demolition began. The foundation stone was laid in April of 1987. On July 20, 1988 – after just 20 months – the first guests were able to stay in the new 4-star hotel. The then finance minister and later Bavarian Premier, Dr Max Streibl, opened the new hotel officially on September 12.

Today, the Platzl Hotel Munich comprises 167 rooms in the premium Bavarian style. These rooms were extensively renovated in 2006. This includes a Junior Suite and a “Bavarian Suite”. Furthermore, the hotel features six event rooms, a restaurant Pfistermühle in historically protected vault ceilings from the 16th century, the Bavarian public house “Ayingers”, and the Platzl Bar. On the fifth floor of the building there is a recreation area (“Moorish Kiosk”) with fitness room, wet area (sauna, aroma steam bath, foot bath and jet showers) and a rest area modelled after the Moorish kiosk at the Paris World Exhibition commissioned by King Ludwig II in 1876. Since 1957 the hotel has been in the possession of the Inselkammerr family. Peter F.J. Inselkammer, the son of Peter Inselkammer, now acts as the managing partner. Since 2013 Heiko Buchta, the new Hotel Director, can also be counted as part of the “Platzl family”.
You can now read a detailed account of the moving story around the Munich Platzl in Cornelia Oelwein’s book, “Das Münchner Platzl – Lebensfreude im Quadrat. Die Geschichte eines traditionsreichen Münchner Quartiers“ (“The Munich Platzl – zest for life in four walls. The story of a Munich hotel rich in history”). The book was published by Knürr Verlag in 2003.

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“Der verrückte Eismacher” (“The crazy Ice cream maker”) – a special treat

Everyone knows about the many beer gardens that make the Munich Summer unique, but the warm Munich season also offers you many other highlights. For example, a mouth-watering refreshment on hot days is of course often provided by a delicious ice cream.

Probably the most unusual ice cream creations that have ever existed are available in Munich, at “Der verrückte Eismacher” on Amalienstraße. He lives up to his name, and provides courageous customers with exotic, curious and first-class creations. If you eat a spaghetti ice cream here, you will taste the tomatoes, the basil and the meat of the Bolognese sauce. Champagne ice cream springs from the kitchen of the ice cream maker alongside roast pork or liverwurst ice cream, and those who have only reluctantly left the beer garden, may also enjoy a beer ice cream at “Der verrückte Eismacher”. Munich is newly amazed every day, because every day there are creations that previously no one would think of as ice cream. Nobody, except the “Der verrückte Eismacher”! If your spirit of adventure has been overtaxed, we are happy to reassure you: Matthias, the cheerful face of “Der verrückte Eismacher”, also designs many varieties that satisfy the sweet tooth. Have you ever eaten Mozart ball, fig and walnut, or apple sauce pancake ice cream? Come and have a taste of Munich’s heavenly temptations.
The Platzl workforce is in agreement and will only reveal this much: Yummmmmmmmyy ☺

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Well-mannered in the beer garden – Do’s & Don’ts for the outdoor season

Beer garden time has finally reopened, and where better to spend it than in Munich, where beer gardens are all around? In order to avoid treading on the toes of any veterans of the original Bavarian “fresh air togetherness”, and so that you can freely enjoy your visit to the beer garden, we have compiled the most important rules for a harmonious beer garden visit.

Let’s start with the things that you can do without provoking sidelong glances: It is perfectly okay to bring your own food. In fact, this involves an ancient tradition that has been preserved into the present. You should however order something to drink, even if you will be waiting in vain for conventional service. The traditional beer garden operates by self-service in this respect. What you may do and also should do: Toasting! And as often as possible, to your heart’s content, with anyone who catches your eye – in the beer garden there are no social, societal or cultural boundaries.
At which point we have come to the things that you should avoid: Don’t turn away strangers who would like to sit with you, unless your beer bench is really already full. On the other hand, you should also not take a seat uninvited. The question “Is this seat free?” is indeed expected, but also essential. Although bringing your own food was mentioned above, that does not mean that you can order out into the beer garden. And finally: Place your mobile phone on mute! Ringtones disrupt the typical beer garden atmosphere, and what would a beer garden visit be without the sound of the wind in chestnut trees, birdsong and the murmur of the crowd?
The team from the Platzl Hotel wishes you a good time in a well-mannered, traditional Bavarian beer garden! ☺ It is simply always an experience that you shouldn’t miss out on…

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The Platzl Hotel & its trainees

Encouraging our trainees is very important to us, the Platzl Hotel team, because we know: The young talents of today is our team of professionals for tomorrow. We received a wonderful confirmation of this from Dekra, which distinguished us with the “Excellent Training” quality seal.

Every year the Platzl Hotel educates young people in four professional profiles: Restaurant manager, professional hotelier, hotel manager, and chef. The apprentices pass through their three years of study at various stations, in the kitchen, service, housekeeping, reception, administration, sales and marketing. The trainees’ practical everyday knowledge of the hotel is then deepened in theory classes at the vocational school, meaning that the training is dual and practical. Currently, we employ a total of eleven trainees: 3 hotel managers, 3 professional hoteliers, 2 restaurant managers and 3 chefs. We asked four of the young professionals, who are working for the Chamber of Commerce apprenticeship certificate, about their experiences and impressions, and would like to share this exciting interview with you.
We posed our questions to the aspiring professional hotelier Isabelle Kloppenburg, the future hotel manager Simon Westermair, the soon-to-be restaurant manager Pauline Neumann, and the apprentice chef Patrick Willhelm:

The Platzl: Why have you decided for the hospitality industry?

Isabelle: I was particularly attracted to the good advancement opportunities.
Pauline: I just enjoy working with the guest.
Simon: The hospitality industry is a versatile option for commercial activities.
Patrick: The idea of pampering guests with culinary highlights was attractive to me.

The Platzl: Why did you decide upon starting your training at the Platzl Hotel?

Isabelle: The Platzl has an exceptional familial atmosphere, and the friendly staff is just great.
Pauline: There are many learning opportunities with the two restaurants and the banquet area.
Simon: The Platzl is known for its good education and the highest standards. I owe it my title as the Bavarian Youth Champion among hotel managers.
Patrick: The flexible employment in the two restaurants and the banquet area make the training very versatile.

The Platzl: What do you like the most about your training?

Isabelle: The ability to directly satisfy guests’ wishes at the front desk.
Pauline: Slicing and filleting directly in front of the guest is always a great challenge.
Simon: Each task in the areas of marketing, sales and promotion.
Patrick: To know at the end of the day that I have made guests happy with their meals.

The Platzl: What desires and goals do you have for the future?

Isabelle: I would like to take the leap into hotel management.
Pauline: I want a position abroad. There is a job waiting for me there.
Simon: Eventually I would like to run my own company.
Patrick: I would like to go travelling as a ship’s chef, and pursue my goal to be a head chef.

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The Platzl monthly cocktail, “Lillet Hugo”

Summer is finally just around the corner! How could you enjoy the upcoming balmy evenings better than with a delicious and fresh aperitif that already tastes like summer?
Enjoy the ever-popular “Hugo” in a new, lively variation, regardless of whether it is on your balcony after a hard day, or in the Platzl Bar, freshly prepared by us, for you…

For the “Lillet Hugo” you will need:

  • 2 cl elderflower syrup
  • 6 cl liqueur (Lillet)
  • some mineral water
  • 1 slice of lime
  • fresh mint
  • 2 ice cubes

Place the syrup, the Lillet and ice cubes in a white wine glass, and pour some mineral water into the mixture. Garnish the aperitif to taste with mint leaves and lime slices, and enjoy!

That’s how to perfectly finish off an eventful day! ☺

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Discover our new rooms

As an additional service, we now offer more versatile and individual choices in your room reservation. Our 167 rooms have been completely re-structured for you. They not only differ in size but also include additional amenities. For example, we now offer a complimentary bottle of mineral water.

 
“With this step, we want to offer our guests more choice and be more responsive to individual needs in terms of comfort and price,” explains Heiko Buchta, director of the four-star hotel in Munich.

 
 

The new “Classic”, “Superior” and “Deluxe” rooms as well as the “Bavarian Suite” offer something for every taste. In the “Superior” room, for example, you have your own Nespresso coffee machine in your room. The size of the rooms varies from 13 m² to 45 m². The absolute highlight of our rooms still is our “Bavarian Suite”, which offers every conceivable luxury in 45 m². For example, enjoy the complimentary mini bar, fresh fruit and our VIP reception service. The icing on the cake is the bathroom designed with Rosa Porto Gallo marble as well as wall, floor, and ceiling panels created from 150-year-old spruce and oak.

 
Enjoy here some impressions from the Bavarian Suite >>

 
Find a room corresponding to your wishes here >>

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Gourmet tip: Lunch at Wirtshaus Ayingers and the Restaurant Pfistermühle

Have you already sampled the numerous dishes at the Restaurant Pfistermühle? Or are you a fan of the regional cuisine at Wirtshaus Ayingers? Take the opportunity to enjoy lunch at the Pfistermühle or the Ayingers!

 
You can also enjoy the business lunch special and experience the lively and historical tavern tradition at Ayingers. We offer you a variety of daily changing lunches with two different quick and delicious dishes for only 9.90 €. In good weather, you can enjoy the sun in one of the additional seats on our cosy terrace. You also have the opportunity to use our Wi-Fi to comfortably surf the Internet.

 
 
For some advance inspiration, you can find our lunch specials here →

 
Or how about a “Quick Lunch” two-course meal in the inviting atmosphere of the Restaurant Pfistermühle? For just 19.80 €, you can enjoy one of our reinterpreted and seasonal menus in the former arches of the ducal mill. In summer, you can also enjoy a business lunch in the pretty surroundings of Munich’s old town and experience Bavarian flair directly at our doorstep.

 
More information about Pfistermühle here →

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