“Munich is not only football – we have ice hockey too” – the EHC München e.V.

The probably most famous Bavarian football team is celebrated and worshipped by Munich locals and its fans. The popular Munich football club plays a big role in the state capital and it is also an important part of Munich history. Munich however also certainly has much more to offer as far as sports highlights. In addition to various sports highlights of the year, such as this year’s “Munich X-Games,” there are also other long-standing and successful sports clubs, such as the Munich ice hockey club, for example.

Ice hockey has been amongst the most important type of team sports in Germany for years. In Munich, the Bavarian state capital, the EHC has been gaining more and more spectators for its ice hockey games since it was founded in 1998. From as early as 3 years, children can learn how to ice skate as well as how to use ice hockey sticks and the puck. The club places a lot of value on advancing upcoming talents and strongly supports all of its teams for children. The EHC’s professional team has also been successful for years on the ice. The first EHC men’s team became part of the EHC MünchenSpielbetriebs GmbH in 2004. In the 2009/2010 season, the team won both the DEB cup as well as the 2nd national league championships and thus qualified for admittance into the German Ice Hockey League (DEL), the top division in Germany.

Since May 1st2013, Red Bull has been the sole partner of the ice hockey club and the name of theSpielbetriebs GmbHcompanywas changed into EHC Red Bull München GmbH. The team finished its home games at the Olympia ice stadium, which offers more than 6,000 spectators the opportunity to follow exciting ice hockey games. Numerous fan clubs support EHC Red Bull München and ensure the atmosphere in the stadium is unforgettable.

You can get to the EHC Olympia ice stadium games easily from Marienplatz by taking the U3 subway line in the direction of Olympiazentrum. Currently, the motivated ice hockey team is ranked at 6th place from the top.

Cheer on the team at their next exciting home game against their strong-willed opponents live at the stadium:

03.11.2013: EHC Red Bull München vs Augsburger Panther

15.11.2013: EHC Red Bull München vs Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg

24.11.2013: EHC Red Bull München vs Iserlohn Roosters

 

picture sources: EHC Red Bull München

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The Platzl Hotel Munich welcomes its new director – Heiko Buchta

The Platzl Hotel Munich would like to introduce you to HeikoBuchta, our new director. The qualified business manager and sales and marketing specialist is highlyexperienced with the Munich hotel market and has this to say about his new position: “For me, this job is a bit like coming home.” As of now, HeikoBuchta is responsible for the 167 rooms and 130 employees working at the Platzl Hotel Munich, as well as for managing the “Pfistermühle” restaurant and “Ayingers Inn”.

After successfully graduating with a degree in business management fromSaarland University in Saarbrücken, the Wolfratshausen native was successful in entering the hotel industry as a marketing representative and account manager at the Sheraton Hotel Munich. He then moved to London where he took a position asAccount Manager Meetings & Incentives at ITT Sheraton Hotels UK. Back in Germany, HeikoBuchtasubsequently worked as the sales &marketing directorof “The Westin Bellevue Hotel” in Dresden and by 2000 he was established as the marketing representative at the “Starwood-Hotels” in southern Germany, where he managed the marketing of nine hotels and 2,100 rooms. HeikoBuchta´s networking skills and his strategic way of thinking led to him becoming the managing director of both“Four-Points-houses” in Munich in 2005. For his next step, the business manager and industry expert took the post of General Manager at the Sheraton Hotel Munich Westpark. In 2009, HeikoBuchta then moved from the Isar to the Main to represent the flagship hotel of the Arabella Hospitality Group, “The Westin Grand Frankfurt,” as General Manager. Now he is returning as the managing director of the four star superior hotel, “Platzl Hotel Munich” in the Bavarian state capital.

Due to the knowledge and the skills HeikoBuchta brings with him, the quality and standards of our hotel are certainly ensured and they may even be exceeded. The Platzl Hotel Munich is looking forward to having a new face at management level as well as a successful future together!

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Luxury Cinema in Munich – the Gloria Filmpalast

On December 19th2012, after four months of renovations, the reopening of the “Gloria Filmpalast,” a cinema rich in tradition in Stachus, Munich was celebrated with the premiere of Tom Cruise’s film “Jack Reacher”. The Gloria Filmpalast shone with a new gleam as a first-class luxury renovated cinemawith leather seats, champagne and caramel flavoured popcorn. Kinopolis, the Wiesbaden cinema operator, which in addition to the Gloria Palast also operates the Mathäser in Munich, invested about 1.2 million euros in the renovations. The results are clear to see: with the motto “higher prices for higher services,”it has positioned itself as Munich’s first high-class cinema and gives cinema-goers a special experience watching films from €17.50.

To qualify as a luxury cinema, several changes were necessary. The seating was reduced by nearly half to 240 seats and now provide the highest comfort. At Munich’s high-class cinema, you can expect small theatreboxes in the upper ring,which are usually only found in theatres, and loungers made from high-quality leather and wood panelling. You are welcomed with a refreshing welcome drink at the champagne bar with white leather decor. A variety of culinary delights from tasty Bavarian delicacies to fine anti-pasti enables visitors to have an unforgettable experience at the cinema. All snacks and drinks are served to you in your seat so that you can concentrate fully on the film. The familiar advertising section has also been replaced by short films and live acts,which gives you a similar experience to a theatre production.

At the Gloria Filmpalast, which first opened its doors in 1956, tradition and modern come together in a unique way. Experience the enjoyment of film with action-packed blockbusters and beloved classics. Escape into a different world with chilled champagne and a highly enjoyable film experience!

The Gloria Filmpalast is located centrally in Stachus, which you can easily reach from the Platzl Hotel with a comfortable 15 minute stroll along Kaufingerstraße, or you can travel for one station on the S-Bahn from Marienplatz to KarlsplatzStachus in the direction of Hauptbahnhof.

 

picture source: Kinopolis / Gloria Filmpalast

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Bring in the New Year in style with the Platzl Hotel “New Year’s Eve Package”

A gigantic fireworks display, fun-loving people who are celebrating the New Year together, and an indescribable atmosphere – the city of Munich is a magical setting for your perfect New Year’s Eve celebration.

 

picture source: Katharina Wieland Müller / pixelio.de

Spend unforgettable days at the Platzl Hotel Munich and bring in the New Year in style right in the middle of Munich’s historic centre with our exclusive New Year’s Eve offer. At theMunich Philharmonic annual New Year’s Eve concert, you can celebrate the end of the year in a fitting way. The famous composer LorinMaazel will be conducting the Munich Philharmonic and the Munich Philharmonic Choir,saying goodbye to 2013 with Ludwig von Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The Munich Philharmonic is easy to reach with the S-Bahn, and the public transportation ticket is also included in the package.

 

The Platzl Hotel will then offer you culinary fireworks in the form of a 7 course gala menu in the Pfistermühle restaurant and at midnight we will bring in the New Year together with bubbly champagne!
On the morning of New Year’s Day, you can indulge in an extensive breakfast until 12 o’clock with great memories of your wonderful New Year’s Eve.

picture source: Rainer Sturm / pixelio.de

 

Secure your unforgettable New Year’s Eve party at the Platzl Hotel Munich now. There are only a few roomsstill available!

You can find all the information about our “New Year’s Eve Package” here.

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Munich’s Event Highlights in the Autumn of 2013

After the hot tropical temperatures of the last few months, autumn is slowly encroaching on the region, revealing the city in a very special light. With its bright colours, golden autumn lends itself to long walks in one of the beautiful parks of Munich, to visiting the world-famous Oktoberfest, or going for a shopping trip through the city of Munich. Use the cooler temperatures to visit a museum, or enjoy one of the many concerts that take place in the Munich autumn. To best enjoy the autumn, the Platzl Hotel Munich has put together an autumn mix of events and event highlights exclusively for you. Get to know the most beautiful side of the Munich autumn with our selected tips!

Art Highlights: Pinakothek of Moder Art, Cirque de Soleil

Sports Highlight: Champions League

Event and Cultural Highlights: Oktoberfest open-air concert, Michael Mittermeier

 

Art Highlights in the Autumn

Pinakothek of Modern Arts (from 14 Sep 2013 daily except Mon from 10 am – 6 pm, Thu 10 am – 8 pm)

After months of reservation work, the Pinakothek of Modern Art once again opened its doors on September 14. This art museum, designed by the architect Stephan Braunfels and opened in 2002, with its 12,000 m², qualifies as one of the world’s largest art and design museums of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Pinakothek of Modern Art brings together different areas of art in four independent institutions. In the “Collection of Modern Art”, the ” New Collection”, the ” Architecture Museum of the Technical University of Munich” and in the ” Munich’s State Graphic Art Collection”, there is something suitable for every art lover. To celebrate its reopening, the museum is offering particularly fascinating exhibitions. For example, do not miss out on the ” Dream-Images Exhibition” from the “Collection of Modern Art”, with masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst and René Magritte.

For more information visit: http://www.muenchen.de/sehenswuerdigkeiten/orte/119172.html#oeffnungszeiten

picture source: flickr (digital cat)

 

Cirque de Soleil – Quidam (16 Oct – 20 Oct 2013, Olympic Hall)

The Cirque de Soleil is committed to the task of making an impression on people and inspiring their imaginations. Challenge your senses and experience in a very big way how dance, music and acrobatics can merge into a unique event. From October 16 until October 20 let the outstanding actors, musicians, singers, and unique acrobats from Cirque de Soleil take you into the dream world of Quidam, and immerse yourself in the history of the young Zoé.

For more details on the event visit: http://www.muenchen.de/veranstaltungen/event/5494.html

Tickets available at: http://www.muenchenticket.de/guide/event/4iy1/QUIDAM.html

Bildquelle: flickr (Fotos GOVBA)

 

Sport Highlight in Munich

Champions League 2013/2014

On the 17 September, the Champions League 2013/2014 kicked off with a top match in the Munich Allianz Arena. In the Champions League, 32 teams have battled for the Cup in the group stage since 1955. Munich’s famous soccer team won the most important European club competition in the summer of 2013 for the fifth time, and again in this season the Bavarian record holders are after the title. Now the new coach Pep Guardiola, and newcomers such as Mario Götze and Thiago Alcantará have to prove themselves. Share in the excitement live with the Platzl Hotel “Allianz Arena VIP Football Package” and find out whether Munch’s soccer team with its new additions is fit for the highest level and can defend the title in the Champions League final in May 2014 in Lisbon! As soon as it is established whether Bayern has reached the quarter-finals or semi-finals – the Platzl Hotel will be happy to arrange exclusive tickets for you.

All information regarding the “Allianz Arena VIP Package” can be found here, at our website: http://www.platzl.de/no_cache/packages/allianz-arena-vip-fussball-package.html

picture source: flickr (az1172)

 

Big Events and Cultural Highlights in the Autumn

Traditional outdoor concert with all Oktoberfest traditional musicians on the steps in front of the Bavaria statue (29 Sept 2013, 11 am)

The Munich Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest folk festival, will take place this year for the 180th time. The first festival was celebrated in honour of the wedding of King Ludwig I and Therese of Bavaria in 1810, and since then has become inseparable from Munich history. A special highlight of Oktoberfest, held traditionally on the second Sunday of the Oktoberfest, is the open concert in front of the steps of the Bavaria statue. Starting at 11 am, all the traditional musicians in all the tents will gather to make music with their Alphorns, brass instruments and drums. Under the direction of Munich celebrities, everything from traditional Bavarian brass band music to popular Oktoberfest songs will be played, creating a unique Bavarian atmosphere. Thousands of balloons will be released into the blue and white Bavarian sky at the end of the musical spectacle.

More information can be found at: http://www.muenchen.de/veranstaltungen/event/5092.html

 

BMW World Classic & Lounge, FRANUI Musicbanda (19 Oct 2013)

The successful concert series ” BMW World Classic & Lounge” is entering its third round, and will present you with the internationally renowned ensemble “FRANUI Musicbanda” to exclusively pamper you musically on October 19. The East Tyrolean Musicbanda has played for almost 20 years with a virtually unchanged line-up, and will impress you with idiosyncratic interpretations of works by composers such as Schubert or Brahms. Allow yourself to fall under the spell and experience how new musical dimensions open when Franui Musicbanda charms you with its exciting sounds, impressive compositions and exciting mix of styles. Starting at 9:45 pm, you can enjoy DJ tonka and VJ Hiltmeyer in the BMW Lounge for a wonderfully relaxed evening of musical entertainment.

All details can be found at:   http://www.muenchen.de/veranstaltungen/event/5154.html

 

Michael Mittermeier – “Blackout” (09 Oct 2013 at 8 pm, Circus Krone)

With his new programme “Blackout”, comedian Michael Mittermeier will brighten the mood of his audience once again. After his inspirational trips to New York, Cape Town and London, Michael Mittermeier will return to Germany with a new, fresh and ingenious programme. Allow yourself to be aroused to laughter by unexpected and spontaneously amusing gags, and spend a fun-filled evening in the Circus Krone festival tent.

Tickets can be purchased at: http://bit.ly/16btNpb

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Munich Insider – The Residence Museum and its Lion Guardians

The Munich Residence is one of the most popular and famous sights in Munich. Many visitors feel magically attracted to the four lions on Residenzstraße. People cannot pass by without touching the muzzle at the lower end of the mighty shield – because petting the lion’s head is said to bring luck. Since the early 17th century, when Duke Maximilian I extended the imperial and chapel court of his city palace, the bronze figures have guarded the western entrance to the residence.

picture source: flickr (wgutt)

Since March 2013 one of the two pairs of lions has been undergoing cleaning and restoration. At that time, casts were made of the bronze statues. In the autumn of 2013, the restorer will return the first two copied lions and to then take away the other two lions. And there will also be casts of these – and only these may be touched. The lions had already been restored on the surface one at a time at the beginning of the 1980s. The four original lions, along with other great bronze statues, will be placed in the new exhibition rooms of the Residence, so that they do not pose a burden for the environment in the future.

The Wittelsbach Residence has been open since 1920 as a museum and is now one of the most significant castle museums in Europe. In 1945, the Residence was rebuilt after severe damage during the Second World War. The surviving inventory of art is now exhibited again in its authentic place.

In addition to the Wittelsbach dynasty collections of porcelain, silver, paintings and miniatures, there are also individual art works of various genres to be admired. The Residence’s rich treasures include antique sculptures as well as bronze sculptures from the 16th to 19th century, tapestries, valuable furniture and clocks, as well as several centuries of candelabras.

picture source: flickr (David Holt London)

You can get to the Residence Museum by foot in just a few minutes via Pfisterstraße and along Residenzstraße. The Museum is open daily from April until October 20th from 9 am to 6 pm and from October 21st until March from 10 am to 5 pm.

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Hotel Classification 4-Star Superior for the Platzl Hotel Munich

The Platzl Hotel team and the Inselkammer family is glad once again to have been awarded the 4-star superior hotel rating.

This official classification from the DEHOGA, which was awarded in Munich by Bavaria’s Economic Minister Emilia Müller, as well as by the President of the Bavarian Hotel and Restaurant Association, Siegfried Gallus, is also reflective of the positive reviews the Platzl Hotel Munich has received from numerous satisfied guests over the years.
This official classification offers guests an additional assurance that during their stay in the heart of Munich’s old town at the Platzl Hotel, they can depend on excellent service, comfortable rooms, good food and a unique atmosphere.

Among other things, the reception opening hours, the buffet breakfast, the rooms, as well as the hotel’s À la-carte restaurant were evaluated, for which all areas were found to meet the criteria for “high standards”.

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Experience the Champions League close with the “Allianz Arena VIP Package”

With the Champions League opener on September 17 in the Allianz Arena, the German record holders’ exciting battle for the title kicks off. On October 2nd, the team will be up against the team from Manchester City. The goal for the team of Munich is clear: defend the title in the final on 24 May 2014 at Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.   
Picture source: flickr (az1172)

Since 1955, 32 teams have competed in the group stage of the Champions League, the most important European club competition. The Bavarian record holders have already succeeded winning the Champions League five times.

The triple champion will also defend the title in the Bundesliga and the DFB Cup. The famous Munich soccer team is ready to face these challenges together with their new coach Josep Guardiola.

New Developments for the Champions

Munich’s soccer team has prospectively committed to new coach Pep Guardiola until June 2016. The Spaniard has twice won the Champions League with FC Barcelona and will now seek to lead Munich’s traditional club to the title again. The midfield will be bolstered by the new signings of Mario Götze and Thiago Alcántara. Other new additions include Jan Kirchhoff, Nils Petersen and Mitchell Weiser.

Be There Live with the Platzl Hotel

See it live when the German record champions attempt to win the title again: the Platzl Hotel’s “Allianz Arena VIP Football Package” can make it possible! This package includes two nights in a standard double room or standard queen size bedroom, including an extensive buffet breakfast and two category 1 VIP tickets at the Allianz Arena for one of the German record holder’s home games. Tickets can be purchased for the Bundesliga, the Champions League, as well as for the DFB Cup. In the VIP lounge, exclusive “live cooking” catering will start up two hours prior to the game, and continue for two hours after the game, including small snacks at halftime and an extensive selection of drinks. You are welcome to book a limousine transfer separately. As soon as it is clear whether Bayern has reached the quarter-finals or semi-finals, the Platzl Hotel will be happy to arrange exclusive tickets for you. For more information about booking visit the Platzl Hotel’s website.

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Oktoberfest 2013—Old and New Side by Side

You can already feel the anticipation in the air as the 180th Oktoberfest comes around the corner. From 21 September–6 October, Oktoberfest will once again be in full swing, drawing millions of visitors from all over the world to Munich for its famous, irresistible atmosphere, excellent Bavarian beer, traditional and modern foods and lively brass brands.
Once again, the festival will offer the full range of amusement rides guests have come to expect, including “Sky Fall”, reaching a staggering height of 70 metres.

 

 

Oktoberfest 2013: Facts and Figures

The 180th Oktoberfest will cover a total of 34.5 hectares. The festival grounds will host 613 different stands, including 173 carney booths and 141 stands offering food and drink, with a seating for 114,000 at a time. The Hofbräuzelt is the biggest of the festival halls, able to host and entertain over 10,000 Oktoberfest guests at a time, as they sway along to old Bavarian songs and enjoy themselves. This year, for the first time, the number of pre-reserved spots will be limited.

Tradition meets Modernity

For those who would rather avoid the modern hustle and bustle, can take an extra helping of Bavarian lifestyle at the “Oide Wies’n”, part of the festivities since 2010. Folk music, nostalgic rides, traditional treats and colourful attractions invite you to stroll and linger. Anybody who needs to stop for a breather at the Oide Wies’n can relax in one of the many new seating areas. Admission is free for children up to 14 years, and the traditional rides have prices from yesteryear. As well as that old favourite, the chair swing, children’s carousels, a 1921 Ferris wheel and the dashing “Calypso”, this year also offers wooden bumper cars from 1956. The lifelike marionette shows are just as exciting as is a visit to the museum tent and the old-time Oktoberfest games such as tire rolling on wooden wheels and racing papier-mâché horses.

New Oktoberfest attractions

This year, the rides once again offer all sorts of new adventures and thrills. On the “Odyssey” adventure roller coaster visitors can follow in the footsteps of the great hero of ancient sagas, or experience pirate battles and perilous ocean adventures in the “Pirate Adventure” funhouse. A loop-the-loop rollercoaster hurtling through a jungle temple is made even more thrilling at night with glow-in-the-dark rails. Also new are a number of delicacies such as a vegan cheese noodles made without any type of cheese or the salmon hut where salmon caught from sustainable Scandinavian streams are smoked before your very eyes before being served on rolls.
And as a sweet reminder of the beautiful Oktoberfest season, there are gingerbread hearts decorated with love letters and marriage proposals, and now also decorated with painted cityscapes, all at Martl’s Herzlmalerei. This year’s Oktoberfest will be unforgettable.
Similarly, this year, for the first time, a wristband system will let visitors re-enter Oide Wies’n later the same day, without having to pay twice.

In terms of environmental sustainability, the Munich Oktoberfest is continually setting new standards. Since last year, all of the Oktoberfest rides and the public areas have been powered with green electricity. With the pre-existing waste reduction systems, water recycling, “eco-points” awarded to companies applying for admission to the Oktoberfest and the sale of certified organic and regional products, the festival has become greener with each passing year.

Oktoberfest opening times are just as you remember them from the olden days:

Beer Tents
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 10:30 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9:00 am to 10:30 pm

Stalls and rides
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 12:00 midnight
on Sundays and holidays: 10:00 am to 11:30 pm

 

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History of Bavarian Folk Costumes

With Oktoberfest just around the corner, it’s time to dust off our dirndls and lederhosen. After all, one shouldn’t visit Oktoberfest without wearing a traditional folk costume!

But where does this costume traditionally worn at all kinds of folk festivals and fairs actually come from?

The costume’s origins go all the way back to 1626, from the time of Bavarian Prince-Elector Maximilian I, who established a dress code based on people’s rank in society. He set out guidelines for the cut of the cloth, as well as prices and materials, so that each social class would be clearly marked by their garments. The dress code divided society into seven groups: common peasants, common townspeople, merchants, traders, minor aristocracy, knights and lords, although peasants and common townspeople did not have any special garments to mark their status. In 1644, Maximilian instructed the courts in Bavaria to enforce the dress code. And thus a regional dress style began to develop, based on status and profession.

picture source: flickr (heatheronhertravels)

Over the course of the 18th century, interest in the differentiated dress code steadily declined and the status-related symbolism of the garments become less and less important. Peasants could now choose what to wear based on taste and cost alone.

In 1886, Prince-Regent Luitpold assumed power in Bavaria. Luitpold deeply treasured the Bavarian folk costume. What most people refer to as Bavarian folk costume (Tracht) is actually the costume of those living in the Upper Bavarian mountains. This costume includes lederhosen for men and dirndl dresses for women. Prince-Regent Luitpold himself wore this costume to all kinds of public and private occasions. Following his lead, the older regional costumes were replaced by this updated “Miesbacher Gebirgstracht” which by the turn of the century was worn throughout Bavaria. Today, there are six different types of mountain folk costumes in common use: the Miesbacher, Werdenfelser, Inntaler, Chiemgauer, Berchtesgadener and Isarwinkler.

Are you also looking for a nice costume such as a stylish and chic update on the traditional dirndl or a fine pair of lederhosen?

If so, Indra’s Dirndl-Ecke in the heart of Munich’s old town has just what you’re looking for! In this traditional, lovingly decorated shop, you will find the right dirndl, lederhosen and other fine accessories.

The Indra family has been crafting bespoke folk costumes next to the Platzl Hotel München since 1951. Tradition, quality and individual consultation are key to the Indra’s business, as their many regular and prominent customers would agree.

picture source: flickr (Project 1080)

Many people from Munich and around the world will have their costumes for the 180th Oktoberfest made by shop-owner Bobby Gebler-Indra. Besides dirndls, lederhosen and other costumes, the shop also offers all sorts of beautiful souvenirs such as hats, gold and silver jewellery and even teddy bears dressed in costume.

Come by and let Indra’s help you get ready before the Oktoberfest rush.

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