Bavaria Film City

Are you still looking for an idea for an excursion that makes your day into an unforgettable experience, regardless of the weather?

Bavaria Film city in the south of Munich offers 300,000 square metres of exciting insight into the origins of well-known movies and television series. Currently, you can admire the lavish backdrop of the action movie “Big Game” that has just been shot with Samuel L. Jackson in the lead role, along with the replica Air Force One and associated rescue capsule. In addition, a live view into the broadcast studio of the first German auction channel, 1.2.3.tv and the vampire bar from “Vampire Sisters 2 – Bats in the belly” are there to be discovered.

The film sets of great cinema classics such as “Das Boot” or “The Never ending Story”, are impressively bought to life with their 90-minute tours along the reconstructed streets of the film sets and large sound stages. In addition to the existing attractions, such as the hotel reception at the Duke’s Palace Hotel from the telenovela ” Storm of Love (Sturm der Liebe)”, the Viking village “Flake” from “Wicki and the strong men” and the ice cave from “Wicki on a long journey,”; the technically sophisticated replica suites of the Munich Residenz from the movie “Ludwig II” have been open since 2012 for you to marvel at. Since 2013 there has also been the opportunity for active talent to present the weather forecast in front of the appropriate studio backdrop.
With the theatrical release of “Lissi and the Wild Emperor” in 2007 Michael Bully Herbig entered the Bavaria Film City. Experience the Wild Emperor ride in the 4D cinema with moving theatre seats and breath-taking sound and special effects.
The absolute highlight for fans of Michael Bully Herbig is the 1,500-square-foot interactive world of film discoveries “Bullyversum” in which, amongst others, one is taken through his three major feature films ” Manitou’s Shoe “, “Spaceship Surprise Period 1″ and “Lissi and the Wild Emperor”. With attractions such as the trip to the golden time bed, Mozart ball (Mozartkugel) shooting in the garden of Castle Schöngrün and a Spaceship Surprise live film shoot, there is much for everyone to discover here. You can also be enchanted by “Hui Buh The Castle Ghost” in a 3D cinema show and then put your talent to work as a voice actor in a scene including feedback from Bully. All in all the “Bullyversum” provides about 300 original exhibits – including props and costumes from Bully’s new movie “Buddy”, 2D and 3D projection and a lot of hands-on activities. The Platzl Hotel München hopes you’ll have a lot of fun!

 

More information about Bavaria Fimstadt and the “Bullyversum” can be found here.

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History of Ayinger’s Inn

Ayinger’s Inn, a restaurant owned by Platzl Hotel Munich, is known for its excellent, down-to-earth typical Bavarian cuisine served in a cosy atmosphere in a building with a long history.

The place is first mentioned in the records of a master leather craftsman in 1525. The house had many owners over the following centuries. It was home to the Wallners, the court butchers, before the trumpeter Holzhauser acquired it. Later owners included the Lebzelter and Schäffler families. In 1841, the Kaut family acquired the property until it was rebuilt in its present form in 1896–1898 by architect Max Ostenrieder. Parallel to its conversion to today’s Ayinger’s Inn, the Hofbräuhaus across the street also underwent a fundamental transformation. After the redesign, a sausage factory was housed on the ground floor. The upper floors housed a variety of tenants, including a jam business sometime after 1822-23 and the Goldina “cocoa bar”, which eventually became a pub. Soon, the bar was serving more than cocoa, coffee and tea; the wine and champagne would keep flowing until well after midnight! Two years later, the pub received its full operating licence and the Goldina cocoa lounge became the “Café am Platzl”. In February 1927, café operator Max Eigner became the pub landlord and had the premises completely renovated. The café prospered, but the guests were not always the kind a serious restaurateur might have wanted, leading to a rather shady reputation for the café. There was repeated trouble with the law and fighting in the pub. Eventually, Eigner’s debts had piled up enough that led the café to be shut down on 12 September 1933. The pub had numerous owners until war broke out six years later. The pub only reopened after the war, now christened the artist-pub “Simplicissimus”, although that didn’t stay open long. The “Simplicissimus” became the Lola Montez Bar and the building, which had survived the war relatively unscathed, once again started to attract a rather shady clientèle, not unlike that from before the war.

It took a few more decades until the house and the whole Platzl could shake off its bad reputation, culminating in the purchase of the pub by Hans Röder in 1990, who renovated it from top to bottom. The ground floor became home to a café with ice cream parlour and the Princess Garden Chinese restaurant. The first floor became the Dry Club cocktail bar.
In 1997, Platzl KG acquired the building known as the “Ostenrieder House”, renovated it again and turned into a traditional Bavarian restaurant.
On 28 July 2000, the restaurant was christened Ayingers am Platzl 1A, the name by which we still know it today.
The house with its rich, neo-Gothic façade with stones included in the structure and its wide arches is now a listed building. It has developed quite a reputation beyond Munich for its excellent beer.

The Aying Brewery belongs to the Inselkammer family, the owners of the Platzl Hotel, its Pfistermühle restaurant and the Ayinger’s Inn. The brewery was founded in 1999 on Münchner Straße in the village of Aying, 25 km south-east of Munich. At the time, the brewery was one of the most modern breweries in Europe. It now produces 14 beers, all offered at Ayinger’s Inn. The restaurant once again enjoys a very good reputation , due to its large selection of beers and the good quality of food offered in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere. Not only do visitors from abroad find the restaurant popular, locals like to come for a good Bavarian beer in the cosy restaurant!

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The Moorish Kiosk

“Donned in Turkish costume, Ludwig II would sit here and read, surrounded by his bags, carpets and cushions being carried by his servants dressed as Muslims…” (Louise von Kobell)

In winter there is nothing better than warming up after a busy day of sightseeing and shopping or a long business meeting with a long visit to the sauna. Relax like a king or queen in the Moorish kiosk at the Platzl Hotel Munich and let the splendour take you to another world, as it once did for King Ludwig II. A journey of the senses to a “Thousand and One Nights” will take you far away to a place of peace and relaxation. The spa offers a relaxation area with heating benches, light therapy, music and solarium, a wet area with sauna, aroma steam bath, foot bath and spa showers and a fitness room with treadmill and bicycles – all to help you unwind after a long day.

In 1876, King Ludwig II bought a pavilion, known as the Moorish Kiosk, that he had seen nine years earlier at the Paris World Exhibition. Completely taken with the structures of the exotic pavilion was Carl von Diebitch, who originally designed it as Prussia’s official entry to the Paris World Exhibition. In the centre of the kiosk is a golden central dome and the four outer corners are each decorated with small, shimmering gold minarets. Because the king thought the Moorish Kiosk was still too plain, he had a marble fountain and a luxurious peacock throne, custom-made in Paris, installed inside.

The Moorish Kiosk at the Platzl Hotel reflects the inspiration of this original and offers a relaxing oasis on the fifth floor, right in the heart of Munich. Treat yourself to sometime just for yourself and take a short break from the everyday hustle and bustle of the city.

You can get a little foretaste of the 360° view here.

The opening times of the gym and relaxation area are daily from 7.00am–10.00pm. The sauna and steam room are open Monday to Friday from 3.45pm–10.00pm and on weekends and holidays from 9.30am–10.00pm

Your key card gives you free access to the relaxation area.

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A day trip to Salzburg

Explore the beautiful city of Salzburg and the surrounding historic and cultural landscape of the Salzkammergut based at the Platzl Hotel Munich. Both are easily reached by Premium Bus in just two hours from Munich. We offer day trips to Mozart’s birthplace Salzburg every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for a day full of culture, cuisine and history.

Located directly on the River Salzach, the city is a popular destination and has been the venue for many important events in history. Salzburg was re-founded by Bishop Rupert in 696 as his see city. The city’s main source of income at the time was salt mining and the salt trade, which led to the city being named “Salzburg” (“salt castle”) in 755. Its most famous resident, however, was composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was born here in 1756. He was an ingénue in playing both the piano and violin and in composing original works. At the age of 8, the Wonderchild was taken by his parents on his first concert tours, along with his talented sister Nannerl. In 1772, Mozart was appointed chief court musician by the archbishop of Salzburg, a position he held until he begged to be released from service in 1777. This was followed by many journeys and work as a freelance composer and piano teacher. A few weeks after the 1791 première of “The Magic Flute”, Mozart died in Vienna at the age of 35. The cult of Mozart took a few decades to become established, hitting a high point with the erection of a monument in his honour in 1856. In 1996, Salzburg’s historic city centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The most famous attractions of the city include the ornate old town and the medieval Hohensalzburg fortress, the Hellbrunn Palace with its breath-taking gardens and the Mirabell Palace. The city’s location directly on the Salzach River gives the city a special atmosphere. Salzburg is also well-known far beyond the borders of Austria for its music festivals and offers everything you could desire in terms of both culture and cuisine. From tender Wiener Schnitzel to the famous Kaiserschmarrn pancakes, and the delicate chocolate Mozartkugel, you will definitely feel pampered by the luxurious delights on offer across the city centre.

The day trip will start with a walking tour of the historic city centre and a look at the city’s impressive buildings. The trip then continues at the Wolfgangsee in the Salzkammergut, a beautiful lake that extends eleven kilometres in length and is 2.5 kilometres across on the northern edge of the Alps at an altitude of 539 metres above the sea level. You can choose to take a boat ride to the village of St. Wolfgang and visit the pilgrimage church there or enjoy the panoramic views across the lake. On the return trip, you’ll stop at the Mondsee, where “The Sound of Music” was filmed.

We’ll be glad to organise this trip for you. Just contact our reservations team by phone (+49(0)89/237030) or email.

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Munich Airport Visitor Park – All about Munich’s Terminals

Watch Boeings and jumbo jets take off and land from the 28m high artificial mound in the Visitor Park at Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss Airport. You can also explore historic aircraft and learn more about the airport at its interesting exhibition: a truly special experience for everyone!

You’re sure to find this popular destination exciting, especially once you experience the wide range of attractions on display. After climbing 172 steps to the top of the mound, you will be rewarded with a remarkable view of the airport’s two runways and its apron. For just € 1.00 admission, you can watch flight operations as long as you want. At the foot of the hill, three vintage aircraft are on display, waiting for you to explore them. The interiors of the Ju 52 and the Super Constellation can also be toured. You can also learn a lot of interesting information about the classic aircraft through films and sound recordings presented in the aircrafts’ cabins. The Douglas DC-3 with a length of 19.65m is without question the most famous propeller aircraft of all time and thrills visitors to the park every day.

At the visitor centre, you can get some interesting insights into the world of aviation via the free exhibition. Electronic kiosks tell you about all the places that you can reach from Munich’s airport, how aeroplanes are prepared for travel and how the two terminals are organised. Terminal 1 at Munich Airport has a capacity of about 25 million passengers and 21 gates. This terminal handles all flights not operated by Lufthansa or its partner airlines. Terminal 2 began operations in 2003 and has 24 gates and 75 aircraft parking spots.

“Tante Ju’s Speisewerkstatt” in the visitor park is available for your dining pleasure during your trip to the visitor’s park, offering delicious food and a nice beer garden.

You can reach the Munich airport’s visitor park from Marienplatz by taking suburban train lines 1 or 8 towards the airport (Flughafen). Get off at the “Besucherpark” station and in just a few minutes you’ll be at your destination via a futuristic subway.

For more information about the airport and the visitor centre please clickhere.

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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.

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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.

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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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