Wilkommen to Munich

October 1, 2019

After BMW, Mercedes Benz and Bayern Munich, Bavarian culture is probably Germany’s biggest export. The fabled free state is renowned worldwide for being the ancestral home of the Bierkeller, traditional Dirndl clothing and Bratwurst. Its capital city, Munich, is also known for its legendary Oktoberfest and imposing neo-gothic architecture. The country’s biggest airline, Lufthansa, has just announced a brand-new five-star service between the Bavarian capital and Newcastle International Airport, with direct flights from Newcastle to Munich starting on February 3, 2020

To stay – Bayerischer Hof

Munich is a city that blends modern with traditional in terms of architecture, culture and hospitality. The Bayerischer Hof hotel is a perfect example of the marriage. Traditional interiors and period features dating back to the 19th century combine with more modern facilities such as a swimming pool, spa, sauna and fitness centre. Located right in the centre of the city on Promenadeplatz, the 334-room hotel also boasts a three-Michelin starred restaurant. Prices start at £220 per night.

To see – Marienplatz

Get straight to the heart of everything Munich has to offer by heading to the historic Marienplatz. The city’s most famous square has been its central meeting point since the 12th century and it’s easy to see why. The neo-gothic façade of the New Town Hall looms over the square, its clocktower drawing daily crowds to hear the glockenspiel chime at noon. Marienplatz is also the gateway to Munich’s Old Town – an area dating back to the 14th century that’s been carefully reconstructed since the Second World War.

To do – Allianz Arena tour

Another key export from Munich is its worldclass football team FC Bayern München. The Bundesliga giants have won the league every year since 2012 and the Allianz Arena is where all those recent glories were made. Fans of the beautiful game can go behind the scenes with a guided tour that gives greater insights into the unusual stadium. The tour is access all areas, from the stands to the dressing room, the player’s tunnel and onto the pitch itself. If you time it right, you might even be able to see the team in action. Prices start at £12.

To visit – Museum Brandhorst

One of Munich’s newest museums, the Brandhorst has quickly established itself as a destination for contemporary art. Fuelling that reputation is the building’s unique architecture, which gives life to the vast range of exhibitions on display. The collection is made up of more than 1200 works, all made in the last 70 years and presented in a way that examines individual artists and relevant topics in the visual arts. The Brandhorst also boasts the largest selection of Andy Warhol in Europe.

To eat – Viktualienmarkt

Any visit to a German city would not be complete without experiencing one of the country’s traditional food markets. Munich’s Viktualienmarkt is one of the finest examples to be found anywhere with a history going back at least as far as 1807. Originally a farmer’s market for the trade of fresh produce, it has now become a gourmet food space with artisan bakeries, independent eateries and restaurants. There’s over 140 shops, stalls and stands across the site, giving hungry visitors plenty of options for nourishment.

To drink – Hofbrauhaus

Bierkellers are part and parcel of the Bavarian way of life and Munich’s Hofbrauhaus has a history of home-brewed beer to rival any other. Established in 1859 as the royal brewery of the Kingdom of Bavaria, the vast beer hall is an essential part of Munich’s heritage. Despite its age, Hofbrauhaus is still a popular meeting place for both tourists and locals, not least because it’s where you’ll find the fabled one-litre stein. If you can manage one, there is a vast selection of weissbier, hefeweizen, helles and pilsener to choose from.

Newcastle International Airport
Beginning on February 3, 2020, flights will operate six times a week between Newcastle and Munich, with fares starting from £86 return. The new route will also open passengers to Lufthansa’s worldwide network of over 130 destinations directly through its Munich hub, including Athens, Milan and Berlin.
To book tickets visit: www.newcastleairport.com


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