Munich’s Gasteig – a Feast for Your Ears, Your Taste Buds and Your Mind

The Gasteig, a well-known cultural, educational and conference centre, is situated in Munich’s district Haidhausen. Its name derives from its location on “Gachen Steig”, a path that once led from the present-day Ludwigs Bridge to the St Nikolai Bridge along the high side of the River Isar. The Gasteig welcomes up to 6,000 visitors a day to a varied programme of more than 1,800 events a year. The centre was conceived as a space for people to meet, with numerous halls and work rooms on offer. The Gasteig is also home to four Munich institutions that shape the musical and intellectual life of the Bavarian capital. The Munich Philharmonic enchants its guests with top-notch classical performances in its concert hall, the “Philharmonie im Gasteig”. The University of Music and Theatre trains the next generation of performers in its space at the Gasteig, offering both spontaneous and planned student performances in its small concert hall. The Munich community college also organises exhibitions, music presentations and concerts within the Gasteig. Finally, the Munich City Library organises readings, lectures and exhibitions on authors.

The Young Academy Gasteig was founded in 2007 by the Gasteig to get young people without academic degrees interested in art and culture through a variety of projects.

Three restaurants on site help provide energy for all of this culture. “Gast” pampers guests with Asian and Italian delicacies. “Le copain” offers freshly baked breads with tasty spreads and toppings, fresh salads and various pastas. The “Philine” salon warms up guests of the Philharmonic with light aperitifs.

You can reach the Gasteig from the Platzl Hotel with the main route of the suburban train towards Ostbahnhof. The cultural, educational and conference centre is just a few minutes’ walk from the Rosenheimer Platz station.

For more information about the Gasteig and its events, please click here.

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Christmas greetings from the Platzl Hotel Munich

The festival of Christmas is approaching fast and the Platzl Hotel is also adorned, decorated and dressed up. Carols and delicious scents emanate from all corners. Christmas stars, bright lights and garlands – The Platzl Hotel Munich shines in the traditional Christmas colours of red and green. There is a welcoming atmosphere, allowing guests to feel at home. The special, personal touch ensures Bavarian hospitality and a cosy ambience. We light the Advent wreath with our hotel manager Heiko Buchta. Mrs Inselkammer decorates the traditional Christmas tree, which was selected by a Platzl Hotel employee with special care.

Just around the corner from the Platzl Hotel, there is the Christmas market on Marienplatz in the heart of Munich. It is the oldest and most famous Christmas market in the state capital. The Christmas market was solemnly opened personally by Lord Mayor of Munich Christian Ude on 25 November. Amidst the festively decorated stalls, visitors and locals can admire the magnificent Christmas tree. About 2,500 candles illuminate the entire Marienplatz and turn it into a wonderful Christmas story. Physical needs are also catered for: There await sweet delicacies such as crepes, spicy Elise gingerbread, waffles and roasted almonds for the numerous visitors. For those who like something a little heartier, sausages, hearty tarte flambee and French fries are also offered. With a hot cup of mulled wine, brandy punch or a fruit punch, the winter cold can quickly turn into boisterous Christmas spirit.

Considered a special attraction is Germany’s greatest manger which has belonged to the Munich Christmas market since the 18th century. The hand-carved works of art and figures inspire young and old alike and invite you to stroll. If you are still looking for a special Christmas gift, at the Munich Christmas market you are at the right address. From old German Christmas decorations, hand-painted glass balls and lamb skins to nostalgic images and paper goods from third world trade, the selection is huge. Here you can spend hours of atmospheric moments in a traditional Bavarian Christmas ambience. A visit to the Christmas Market is just the thing to unwind from a stressful day at work or a shopping spree.

The entire staff of the Platzl Hotel provides a joyful Christmas mood, busily making final preparations for celebrations and wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Top ski resorts

The winter in Munich has so much to offer – you can enjoy everything from varied shopping opportunities with excellent restaurants, to cultural highlights in the state capital. However, Munich during the cold season offers a very special feature: Just outside the city there are numerous ski resorts which can be reached quickly and easily. The proximity to the Alps brings a few wonderful hours in the snow to anyone, whether beginners or professional snowboarders, cross country skiers or a family. After an eventful Christmas winter weekend in the Isar Munich spend a few days skiing on the slopes. To give you an overview of the nearby attractions, we have compiled a list of the most beautiful ski areas here for you:

Picture source: flickr.com / Bad Kleinkirchheim

  1. 1. Ski resort Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Garmisch-Classic and Zugspitze)

One of the most popular ski resorts of Munich is the area around Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the most famous winter sports resort of Germany. The Garmisch Classic and Zugspitze mountains areas are a true winter paradise that you can reach in a 1.5 hour drive from Munich by car or train and free shuttle bus. Especially popular is the “World Cup course” on which celebrity skiers such as Maria Hoefl-Riesch or Elisabeth Goergl delivered exhilarating races in the last Alpine Ski World Cup

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2. Spitzingsee and Sudelfeld

The winter sports regions in Spitzensee and Sudelfeld are also popular areas for day trips, since at 64 and 75 km away they are virtually on the doorstep. The great advantage of these slopes is the high snow security in the region and the comfortable journey with Bayerische Oberland Bahn and associated shuttle buses. The region also boasts in between well-maintained slopes, modern lifts and rustic mountain huts for a little reinforcement. Particularly worth seeing is the Spitzingsee sparkling in the sun – a sight that should not be missed!

>> More details about the region Spitzingsee

>> More details about the Region Sudelfeld

3. Wilder Kaiser in the Brixen Valley

If you like it a little bigger and more exclusive way, you should choose the Wilder Kaiser Brixen Valley for its white slopes. With 279 km of slopes, 91 modern lifts and cable cars as well as 84 cosy mountain pastures, it is the winter sports paradise of Austria’s largest ski area. In an only 1.2 hour drive you reach the powder snow coated Kaiser World and all ski enthusiasts who plan to travel without a car can reach their favourite slopes by bus.

Picture source: flickr.com / Jean & Nathalie

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>> Bus schedule

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Event highlights in Munich in the first half of 2014

The year 2013 is drawing slowly to a close and we look forward to a joyous end of the year. The city of Munich has prepared itself well again in 2014 with event highlights for visitors and locals. Experience unforgettable moments at the various events in Munich. The Platzl Hotel with its central location is a perfect base for your leisure time! We have summarized the highlights of the first half of the year again:

Appasionata the new show (04.01.-06.01.2014 in the Olympic Stadium)

Take in the new Apassionata show “Time for Dreams” and let yourself be enchanted by the fascinating riding and dance, fairy-tale scenery and the wonderful music. The magical union of man and animal will touch your heart and you will enjoy every single moment. For further information and tickets see here.

New year concert by the Munich Symphony Orchestra (06.01.2014, at 11 am in the Prince Regent Theatre)

Welcome in the year 2014 with the annual New Year’s concert of the Munich Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Carlos Domínguez-Nieto. The popular programme with well-known and popular classics invites you to dream and gives you an unforgettable start to the new year. Tickets are available here.

The new Lenbachhaus – Guided tour of the collection areas – The Blue Rider (11.01.2014, at 2 pm)

Discover the new Lenbachhaus with the world’s largest collection of art from the “Blue Rider”, which was one of the most important artists groups of the avant-garde at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1957, on the occasion of her 80th birthday, Gabriele Münter donated to the Lenbachhaus over 1,000 works of the “Blue Rider” which made the “Städtische Galerie” in the Lenbachhaus into a world-class museum. For more information on exhibitions and tickets see here.

Picture source: flickr.com / digital cat

A tribute to ABBA – ABBA THE SHOW (02.02.2014, at 7 pm in the Olympic Stadium)

BIn the great anniversary tour in 2014, “A tribute to ABBA – ABBA THE SHOW” tells the success story of ABBA through unforgettable classics by the successful Swedish band such as “Waterloo”, “SOS” and “Mamma Mia”. Look forward to an evening of top class entertainment! For tickets see here.

AFRIKA!AFRIKA! (08.03.-11.03.2014 in the Olympic Hall)

Let the legendary circus wonder “AFRICA! AFRICA!” take you to a different continent and experience the pace, energy and the expression of exuberant joy of living in Munich’s Olympic Hall. The globally successful multimedia artist André Heller and his fascinating circus extravaganza “AFRICA! AFRICA!” belong to one of the greatest successes in international show business! For tickets see here.

Film music interpreted

Experience the classical interpretation of the soundtracks of the following three successful films – with live orchestra and choirs at the Philharmonic:

  • Lord of the Rings (06.03.-09.03.2014)

>> Click here for tickets.

  • Gladiator LIVE (19.04.-20.04.2014)

>> Click here for tickets.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean (20.04.-21.04.2014)

>> Click here for tickets.

Spring Festival (25.04.2014-11.05.2014 on the Theresienwiese)

Also in 2014, the traditional “Frühlingswiesn” takes place on the Theresienwiese. Enjoy the 50th anniversary and see attractions, experience a large flea market and the traditional classic car meeting and celebrate in the two marquees with a glass of beer and the entertainment program! For more information see here.

Bavarian RUN in the Olympic Park Munich (06.07.2014)

Be there on 6/7/2014 at 4 pm when the starting gun goes off for the Bavarian RUN in Munich’s Olympic Park and cheer on the runners loudly. This traditional 11 km run brings together athletes and running enthusiasts from all over Bavaria – it’s not just about sports, fitness and exercise, but also social commitment and responsibility. For more information see here.

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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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