Interview with Harkrishan Marwah – Porter at the Platzl Hotel Munich

To make your stay at the Platzl Hotel Munich as comfortable as possible from the first second, we attach great importance to qualified and friendly staff. So that you can get to know our staff a little better, we want to introduce you to Mr Harkrishan Marwah. Harkrishan Marwah has been working for us as a porter for 17 years and thus takes on the role of the first and last person you see in the Platzl Hotel. He cares about the welfare of our guests and is always available to help with all requests.

Get to know Mr Harkrishan Marwah and the Platzl Hotel better:

Interview

About me:

Indian background, married in 1992 in Munich, at the Platzl since 1996. I do a lot of sport especially hiking, running and skiing!

Where I work:

Reception, Lobby

Position:

Porter

Duties:

Provide for all needs of the guests except check in and check out, luggage service, order taxis, room service, etc. Try to teach the Indian language to my colleagues (however, every day the same things over and over and over again)

Favourite place in the Hotel:

The lobby

In your opinion, what makes the Platzl stand out?

  1. The top location, the service, the warmth
  2. The fact that it is a family business

How will you spend the Christmas season?

Drinking organic alcohol-free light beer and snacking on Jumbo peanuts from the USA

And of course with family, friends and colleagues -> when I am not working

Favourite Christmas market in Munich:

The one in the Marienplatz , before and after work

Your personal winter highlight:

Take a relaxing walk on the frozen Kleinhesseloher lake

Your inside tip for visitors:

Beer tasting at the Beer and Octoberfest Museum.

Unforgettable moments with guests:

When you can carry on a conversation with loyal guests – How are you? What is/are the wife / husband / children doing? Long-time no see, all right? Well? Still there?

If guests recognize me and come to greet me.

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Munich, the winter shopping paradise

After enjoying the cultural experiences of this beautiful city, the numerous sights and the many gorgeous squares, allow yourself a shopping day! Munich offers everything you need to enjoy this special atmosphere first hand, from malls to shopping centres and wonderful, small boutiques…

picture source: flickr.com / La Citta Vita

Although winter is often cold, the malls and shopping centres in Munich are still full of atmosphere and highly recommended. You can enjoy your shopping without worrying and stay warm and dry whilst doing so. Amble through the lavish Riem Arcade in the trade fair city and experience the diversity it offers or discover the Pasing Arcade built this year with a very modern design. Glimpse into the shop windows of the famous Olympia shopping centre in Moosach or go to the PEP shopping centre in Neuperlach to find your favourites. From fashion shops to concession stands, from jewellers and unusual shops, Munich has something for everyone!

For all who want to enjoy Christmas outdoors and to see the festive decorations of the city, there are plenty of options for shopping in the centre. Enjoy the particularly beautifully designed arcades, Hofstatt in Schwabing, the heart of Munich or wander around the city centre through the numerous boutiques. In the Hohenzollernstraße, the Glockenbach quarter, the Türkenstraße or on Wiener Platz you will find the most wonderful displays, from the traditional to the unusual and can browse to your heart’s content.

picture source: flickr.com / digital cat

If you don’t want to deny yourself a little luxury this advent, then the Fünf Höfe in the CityQuartier are just the place for you! Here you will find top quality products and can enjoy extremely stylish surroundings. Or take a walk along Maximiliansstraße and let the offerings of famous designers inspire you.

Of course, you cannot forget your loved ones at home and the coming Christmas festivities during all this shopping. With the huge range on offer in Munich, you are sure to find the right Christmas gift for them. Or visit one of the Christmas markets in and around Munich and surprise your friends and family with a small souvenir from Munich.

picture source: flickr.com / Adam Haranghy

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Champagne package

“I only drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not in a hurry and drink it when I am, otherwise I never touch the stuff unless I am thirsty.”

 

 

 

 

picture source: flickr.com / pepemczolz

This is the legendary answer that Madame Lily Bollinger gave on 17.10.1961, upon the presentation of the Bollinger 1955 vintage, to a reporter who asked when she drank champagne.

With our Champagne package you can experience a heavenly winter in the “world city with a heart” and spend sparkling hours at the Platzl Hotel in Munich. Let yourself relax with a luxurious evening meal in the pleasant atmosphere of our Pfistermühle restaurant.

Includes

  • 2 nights at the Platzl Hotel in Munich
  • Bavarian breakfast buffet
  • A 4 course evening meal in the Pfistermühle restaurant; sophisticated Bavarian cuisine and Old Munich atmosphere in the historic vaults from 1573 (closed on Sunday)
  • ½ bottle of champagne per person in your room
  • Use of the Moorish Kiosk recreation area with sauna, steam bath and fitness studio
  • Free use of the internet terminal in the hotel lobby

Price per room:
Single room: 426.00 euros
Double room: 596.00 euros

To the package >>

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Ginger bread mousse recipe from the Pfistermühle restaurant

The legend of the “Elisenlebkuchen”

“Elisenlebkuchen”, a Nuremberg speciality, is a very popular Christmas treat and at Christmas it is baked in many different shapes and varieties. According to legend, “Elisenlebkuchen” are named after a Nuremberg ginger bread maker’s daughter, called Elisabeth. The story says that the ginger bread maker loved his daughter more than anything and cherished her like gold, for fear of losing her. One day, as his daughter was seriously ill and no doctor knew what to do, the father decided, in his need, to create his own medicine. He used valuable oriental spices to make a really special ginger bread without flour for his daughter. Thanks to this special ginger bread, his precious daughter Elisbeth recovered and was restored to health. At Christmas time, we recommend a very special recipe variation of the “Elisenlebkuchen”.

picture source: pixelio.de / Ruth Rudolph

The ginger bread mousse

Ginger bread is a true classic during Advent and no festival table should be without it, particularly at Christmas. Conjure up an irresistible Christmas dessert for your loved ones with this light ginger bread mousse. Enjoy the perfect combination of chocolate mousse and spiced ginger bread.

We are pleased to reveal to you the recipe for our ginger bread mousse from the Pfistermühle restaurant.

Click here, for download the recipe as PDF.

Visit us at the Pfistermühle restaurant and enjoy our Bavarian treats and new interpretations of delicacies. Experience the unique atmosphere of our four rooms and the lovingly restored vaults. We look forward to welcoming you to our restaurant and hope to see you soon!

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Event highlights in winter 2013/2014

As the last leaves fall from the trees and the temperatures drop, we gradually prepare for the coming winter. The first preparations are already being made in the Munich old town for this cosy time of year: The Christmas tree outside the town hall has already been put up and the first Christmas markets began this weekend. This increases our anticipation of greeting the snow with a spiced mulled wine and hot chestnuts. The city of Munich has plenty to offer for a varied winter.

Enjoy winter in the Bavarian state capital with our varied choice of event recommendations.

Tollwood Winter Festival (26.11. – 31.12.2013, Theresienwiese)

On 26.11, the Tollwood Festival started on the Munich Theresienwiese and the motto this year is “ARTgerecht”. This diverse festival has so much to offer: the market of ideas, many art and theatre highlights and the World Salon. The market of ideas draws in many visitors with handmade gift ideas and culinary delights. There will be different dishes from around the world on offer and all food comes from certified organic production. Urgent environmental and social issues will be discussed in the World Salon through podium discussions, exhibitions and film programmes. Tollwood is fittingly celebrated with an unforgettable New Year’s party on 31.12 and will subsequently close. You can find more information on the festival at:

www.tollwood.de/winterfestival-2013.de

picture source: flickr.com /Fotos GOVBA

Munich Advent Extravaganza with medieval Christmas market on the Wittelsbacherplatz (25.11 to 23.12.2013)

The Munich Advent Extravaganza opened its doors on 25.11.2013 with the medieval Christmas market on the Wittelsbacherplatz. Numerous traders, artisans, musicians and entertainers offer handmade goods and medieval delicacies at the market. Let this special Christmas market take you back a few centuries and enjoy old-world dishes such as oven-fresh hot bread and suckling pig from the grill. At the weekends, the medieval artists, musicians and comedians also provide entertaining fringe events.

You can find information on the market and fringe events at:

www.mittelaltermarkt-muenchen.de

Aida Night of the Proms (13 – 15.12.2013, Olympic Hall)

AIDA Night of the Proms, which originated in Belgium, will again be drawing many concert goers to the Munich Olympic Hall this year. Three concerts with the best concert acoustics and elaborate light show bring together the two different genres of pop and classical music. The motto this year is “The best from 300 years of popular music” and it will present music which delights and which was or is popular during its respective era. The 75 piece symphony orchestra Il Novecento, conducted by Robert Groslot, and different pop musicians each year ensure the extraordinary quality of the show.
Tickets can be bought at:

www.muenchen.de/veranstaltungen

picture source: flickr.com / promise.deliver

 

Audi FIS Ski World Cup 2014 (01.01.2014, Olympic Park)

2014 will start with a sporting highlight in the Olympic Park: The annual Audi FSI Ski World Cup sees the world’s 16 best male and female parallel slalom skiers gather at the Olympic hill. Famous sporting giants such as Maria Höfl-Riesch and Felix Neureute compete in the fight for points in the Slalom World Cup. Experience the spectacular races in the flood-lit atmosphere and lively mood together with many other winter sports fans. The event begins at 15:00 and the first race starts at 17:00 with the 200m.
You can find more information at:

www.ski-worldcup.de

 

 

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“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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