Interview with Petra Reit – Deputy Housekeeper at the Platzl Hotel Munich

The staff at our traditional hotel is our most important representative, because only they can make your stay absolutely perfect. What would the Platzl Hotel be without the friendly doorman, the attentive waitress, the housekeeping or the charming receptionist? Since it is very important to us that you get to know our staff better, today we would like to introduce in more detail Petra Reit, our Deputy Housekeeper.
Take the opportunity to learn more about Ms. Petra Reit in our interview:



How long have you worked for the Platzl Hotel Munich?
PR: I have been working at the hotel for 5 ½ years.

In which area of the hotel do you work?
PR: I work in housekeeping.

What inspires you to work in the hospitality industry?
PR: Most of all, I am inspired by how much easier it is to travel abroad than in other professions.

What part of your work do you most enjoy?
PR: Both the bigger picture and the details.

Do you have a favourite spot in the hotel?
PR: If I had to choose a place, it would be the Moorish Kiosk.

What do you like most about your colleagues?
PR: Reliability, humour and above all, the good mood at work.

Why did you choose the Platzl Hotel Munich?
PR: It is great working in a family-run business. For me it was very important to avoid hotel chains. In addition, the location in the heart of Munich is unique.

What insider tips for Munich can you recommend to your guests?
PR: The Hofkirche, the English Garden and the Lenbachhaus are very close to my heart. So I would not hesitate to recommend these sights to our guests.

How will you spend spring in Munich?
PR: I spend every spare moment in the sun.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
PR: I love to be outside in the fresh air. Walking and gardening are my favorite pastimes. Of course, I spend my free time with my family and friends, too.

What is your personal highlight of spring in Munich?
PR: My absolute highlight in the spring is the almond tree blossom in the Winzererstraße. This is truly unique and highly recommended!

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“Nacht der Tracht”

There is good news for all those Oktoberfest fans who can no longer wait for the tapping of the first keg in September: This Spring, on 16 and 17 May, you will once again have the opportunity to put on a traditional Lederhosen or Dirndl, when the Löwenbräukeller in Munich plays host to the best Oktoberfest atmosphere in the city.

The “Nacht der Tracht” is taking place for the thirteenth time and will once again bestow the location at Stiglmaierplatz with a festive and traditional Bavarian atmosphere. Everybody who has a popular name can be found here, to see and be seen – and of course to join in the celebrations with good beer and tasty Oktoberfest delicacies!
Surrounded by elegant dirndl decolletages and strapping calves in lederhosen, the cult band “Barfuss”, with popular and well-known party classics, DJ Enrico Ostendorf from the radio station Charivari and the Feldmoching marching band create a traditional beer tent atmosphere and thus a unique blend of tradition and lifestyle.

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An exclusive Angermeier fashion show will also take place at the kick-off evening: Marvel at the latest Tracht trends, stylishly presented by models during an entertaining show, and stroll through all the floors of the Löwenbräukeller. Creative and tasteful lounges and bars, music that makes you want more and many other highlights ensure variety and a great night.

The Löwenbräukeller can be reached from the Platzl Hotel with the U-Bahn line 6 and the U-Bahn line 1 in just 15 minutes.
For more information on tickets, please click here

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Bavaria Filmstadt

During your stay in Munich, don’t miss to visit the Bavaria Filmstadt! Embark on an exciting journey through the world of film and television and discover the Filmstadt with the “Filmstadt Complete” offer: A 90-minute guided tour, a 4D cinema experience and a visit to the film discovery world “Bullyversum” await you!

The Bavaria Filmstadt in the south of Munich offers 300,000 square meters of exciting insights into the origins of well-known movies and television series. Currently, you can admire the elaborately designed scenery of the action movie “Big Game”, which is being filmed with Samuel L. Jackson in the lead role, together with the reconstructed Air Force One and its escape capsule. In addition, you will be offered a live view into the broadcast studio of the first German auction channel and you will be able to discover the vampire bar from the film “Vampire Sisters 2″.
Moreover, you can also explore the film sets of great cinema classics such as “Das Boot” or “The Neverending Story” in a 90-minute guided tour through the scenery streets adjacent to film ateliers and large film studios. Since 2012, in addition to the existing attractions, such as the reception of the Hotel Fürstenhof from the telenovela “Sturm der Liebe” (Storm of Love), the Viking village “Flake” from “Wicki und die Starken Männer” (Wicki and the Strong Men) and the ice cave from “Wicki auf großer Fahrt” (Wicki on a Long Journey), you can marvel at the technically sophisticated reconstructions of the suites of the Munich Residenz from the movie “Ludwig II”. For those with talent in reporting, since 2013 visitors have had the opportunity to present the weather in front of a studio backdrop.

With the cinema release of “Lissi und der wilde Kaiser” (Lissi and the Wild Emperor), the Michael Bully Herbig collection began in the Bavaria Filmstadt in 2007. Experience the Wild Emperor Ride in the 4D cinema with moving cinema seats and breathtaking sounds and special effects.

The absolute highlight for fans of Michael Bully Herbig is the 1,500-square-foot interactive film discovery world “Bullyversum”, where you can explore among other things his three major feature films “Der Schuh des Manitu” (Manitou’s Shoe), “(T)Raumschiff Surprise-Periode 1″ (Dreamship Surprise-Period 1) and “Lissi und der wilde Kaiser” (Lissi and the Wild Emperor). With attractions such as the Journey with the Golden Bed, Mozart’s ball shooting in the garden of Castle Schöngrün and a Dreamship Surprise live film shoot, there is much to discover here for everyone. You can also let yourself be enchanted by the “Hui Buh – Das Schlossgespenst” (Hui Buh -The Castle Ghost) 3D cinema show, and then prove your talent as a voice actor in a scene. And the best thing is that afterwards you will receive feedback from Bully! In total, “Bullyversum” offers around 300 original exhibits – including props and costumes from Bully’s new movie “Buddy”, 2D and 3D projections and many hands-on activities. The Platzl Hotel Munich hopes you have a great time!


You can find more information about the Bavaria Filmstadt and the “Bullyversum” here.

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A day in our Ayingers Inn including a recipe tip for you

The Ayingers Inn pampers its guests with daily culinary delights from the region and always serves all its food fresh and creatively prepared with a lot of heart. The staff at the inn give their best every day to thrill guests and meet their every need. So that you can better get to know our staff and the daily tasks in the Inn, our Chef de Cuisine Jan Hankel has compiled his daily routine as well as a delicious recipe tip for you.

9.00: service begins with checking the goods ordered (meat, fish, vegetables and dairy products)

9.30 am: Put the pork roast for the day (shoulder and neck) in the oven

10.00 am: The sauces are cooked and the meat for lunch or evening service is prepared

11.00 am: The first guests arrive at the inn and we cook for them with lots of love until 2.30 – then the late shift starts

2.30 pm: The office work begins and there are phone calls made to suppliers and orders placed for the next day

5.30 pm: The evening service shift begins and ends at 10.00 p.m.

10 pm: The last orders are placed and then all the employees clock off

Our recipe tip for you: Braised veal cheeks with green beans and potato and herb purée

Preparation of the veal cheeks and vegetables:

Ingredients for the sauce:

  • 50 g of vegetable oil
  • 1 carrot
  • ¼ celery
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 leek
  • 1 litre of red wine
  • 2 tbsp of tomate paste
  • 2 litres veal stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 3 juniper berries

Prepare 4 pieces of veal cheek with 250 grams (remove tendons, skin and fat) and brown in a hot pan. Remove the veal cheeks and fry the vegetables (carrots, celery and onions) well. Then add some tomato paste and gently heat through. Then deglaze with a hearty red wine several times and boil again until a nice dark colour results, but do not over boil otherwise it will become bitter.

Put the veal cheeks back into the pan and cover with broth. Place in the oven in a covered pot for 1.5 hours at 160 degrees. After the cooking time, remove the veal cheeks from the pot and let the sauce boil until it is nicely creamy. Season with salt and ground pepper and add the veal cheeks to the sauce again to reheat them before serving.

Preparation of potato and herb purées:

For the mashed potatoes:

• 500 g floury potatoes

• 1 tsp cumin

• 200 ml milk

• 100 ml cream

• Salt

• Pepper

• Nutmeg

Put the floury potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water and let them simmer. At the same time, chop the herbs such as parsley, chervil, marjoram, tarragon – according to taste. Drain the soft potatoes and put them back into the pot and mash, leave on the stove and let the remaining water evaporate so that the purée is not too watery.

At the same time, season the cream with salt and nutmeg and while still hot stir gently into the warm mashed potatoes. Combine a few knobs of butter and finally add the chopped herbs just before serving.

Preparation of the beans:

Fill a pot with water and salt and bring the water to a boil. Blanch 250 grams of green beans in the boiling water. Refine to taste with bacon, onions and basil.

We do hope you enjoy your meal and would be glad to receive a feedback whether you had
a good time eating this meal!

Feel free to download the PDF-Version of this recipe here >>

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Event highlights from March to May 2014

The gentle winter in the city of Munich, has given us much joy, so far, with its many hours of sunshine and mild temperatures. The idea of lengthening days and of the first birds chirping increases our anticipation of the arrival of spring in the city. The sunny days awaken our need for idyllic walks through the English Garden and memorable shopping tours along the Kaufingerstrasse. In addition, the city of Munich once again offers its spring visitors numerous event highlights.

Enjoy the awakening of spring in the Bavarian metropolis with our various event tips from March to May .

Backstreet Boys Konzert (03.03.2014, Olympic Hall)

Experience an unforgettable evening of superlatives in the Munich Olympiahalle and be there when the five original guys in the Backstreet Boys appear on stage again for the first time in nearly 10 years. Concert-goers can look forward to “In a world like this”, among other songs, from their newly released album. For more information about the concert and tickets, please click here.

Crime Festival 2014 (08.03. to 31.03.2014, various venues)

The crime festival, which is one of the largest international festivals in crime fiction, restarts on 08.03.2014 in Munich. In this extraordinary event, numerous popular crime writers will present their latest novels in the oddest places in and around Munich, e.g. in the Pathological Institute, at BMW World or in the Gasteig. For all information about the program, please click here.

St. Patricks Day (16.03.2014, Münchner Freiheit)

The Irish national holiday, “St.Patrick’s Day “, will be celebrated in Munich too, starting at 12 ‘o’ clock with a grand parade from the Münchner Freiheit to Odeonsplatz. Then beginning at 12:45, at the Odeonsplatz, there is the great after parade party with Irish music and dance performances on two stages. For more information, please click here.

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Starkbierfest am Nockerberg (21.03. bis 06.04.2014)

Experience the serene atmosphere at the traditional Starkbierfest am Nockerberg in the Paulaner Festsaal and enjoy a boisterous evening with palatable Starkbier, Bavarian delicacies and atmospheric music. For more information, please click here.

Howard Carpendale (29.03.2014, Olympic Hall)

The wait is finally over! On 29.03.2014 Howard Carpendale will wow concert goers in the Olympiahalle with selected songs from his new album “Waited far too long” (Viel zu lang gewartet). He invites you to an unforgettable evening concert with renewed joy and energy. For more information and tickets, please click here.

Spring Festival (25.04. bis 11.05.2014, Theresienwiese)

The 50th annual Munich Spring Festival begins on 25.04.2014 at the Theresienwiese. Two beer tents, culinary delights, many rides and a varied program, will once again attract thousands of visitors to the festival grounds. For more information, please click here.

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Maidult (26.04. bis 04.05.2014, Mariahilfplatz)

In the traditional “Maidult” at Mariahilfplatz – around 300 market traders, antique dealers and showmen invite you to stroll, have fun and celebrate. Every Tuesday the family-friendly fun fair in the Au district offers a Children’s Day with discounted fares. For more information, please click here.

As a further idea for an excursion we encourage you to visit the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein in Füssen, which is easily reached from Munich in 1.5 hours by car.

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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, 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.

Picture source: Bavaria Filmstadt

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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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