‘A photographer’s dream’ – Munich is the hidden gem of Germany and a MUST SEE

PUBLISHED: 08:36 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:25 29 November 2017

The Feldherrnhalle on the Odeonsplatz. Picture: Vittorio Sciosia

The Feldherrnhalle on the Odeonsplatz. Picture: Vittorio Sciosia

Vittorio Sciosia

There is much more to Munich than just football and beer but it is in fact overflowing with history, gorgeous architecture and delicious cuisine.

Picture: Eleanor YoungPicture: Eleanor Young

Munich, Germany’s Bavarian state capital, is just a short two-hour flight from Bristol Airport thanks to bmi regional and you are immediately immersed into the city’s culture before you even leave the airport.

From the ornate church spires to the tube stations, there is history in every corner and a special ambience to every street.

My weekend visit began with a tour of the spacious Munich airport, where large open spaces, glass walls and smart design made this international airport so much more than just your average terminal.

We then had the pleasure of taking a peak behind the scenes of the world’s only airport brewery – the Airbräu.

A panoramic view of Munich. Picture: Muenchen TourismusA panoramic view of Munich. Picture: Muenchen Tourismus

Following lunch it was onto the hotel, which is just a short 40-minute train journey away on the S1 or S8 with tube systems easier to negotiate than the London Underground.

The Maritim Hotel, complete with a steam room and rooftop pool, is just a convenient 15-minute walk from the centre of Marienplatz, which is the central square in Munich which, on this occasion, was taken over by a Christmas market.

After checking into a luxurious room it was time to head back out onto the streets of Munich to see what this city was all about and what better way to start than to visit yet another brewery – the Paulaner Bräuhaus.

Here we were told the secret behind Germany’s delicious beer stems from the Purity Law, which was adopted in Munich in 1516, and says only certain ingredients can be used to create the famous drink.

Picture: Eleanor YoungPicture: Eleanor Young

We were well and truly immersed into the German lifestyle, enjoying dinner at the Donisl, an authentic Bavarian restaurant with a history which stretches back to 1715 and served up some mouth-watering local delicacies.

We completed our first day with a couple of drinks at The Goldene Bar in the Haus der Kunst which was built by the Nazis during World War Two – the mosaic of swastikas still visible in the ceiling.

On the second day we were able to appreciate the true beauty of this city during a walking tour, which had been rebuilt after being reduced to rubble during the war.

The effort to restore the city to its former glory was quite extraordinary.

Tour guide, Alexander, spoke animatedly about his home town, its history and his football team 1860 Munich – which he would argue is the superior team, rather than the more illustrious Bayern Munich.

His tour took us around all the key sights which were a photographer’s dream. We began with a walk through the Karlstor, a visit to the Church Of Our Lady, through the former home of the German royals, the Residenz Palace, and finishing just in time to watch the famous Glockenspiel at noon in the Marienplatz.

From here it was on to the Olympic Park, where Munich hosted the games in 1972.

The open air stadium, with a capacity of 70,000 people, was spectacular and only included bright and ‘happy’ colours, which our tour guide informed us 
was intentional to create an opposite effect of the 1936 Olympics which was held in Berlin under Hitler’s watchful eye.

The ingredients for German beer. Picture: Eleanor YoungThe ingredients for German beer. Picture: Eleanor Young

From the Olympic park it was a short walk to the BMW Welt which is a car-lover’s heaven.

Climb onto a BMW motorcycle or glance at the elegant beauty of a Rolls Royce, needless to say – I was envious of these luxurious vehicles.

There is much more to Munich than just beer, sausages and football but the impressive architecture, infrastructure and history really makes this destination a must see.

For more information on how to book with bmi regional, click here.

The Christkindlmarkt in the Marienplatz. Picture: Lukas BarthThe Christkindlmarkt in the Marienplatz. Picture: Lukas Barth

For the best prices from Maritim Hotel, Munich, including a five per cent saving by booking online, visit the Maritim website or call +49 (0) 89 55235-860

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