If you’re lucky enough to have business in Munich in early October, you’re in for a treat. In Germany’s third largest city, there’s always a beer stein being raised somewhere as they host the world-famous Oktoberfest.
After your workday ends, explore the festivities on foot. Begin your journey from the city’s center, the bustling Marienplatz square. Here, you’ll find buildings with some of the city’s most beautiful architecture, including the neo-gothic Neue Rathaus (New Town Hall), which houses the famous Glockenspiel in the tower balcony where figurines depict Munich’s history for about 12 minutes. Plan to spend a few hours in this area, as it’s packed with shops, markets and cafes.
Viktualienmarkt, an open-air market with long blocks of specialty vendors and food stalls is nearby. Wander into the Ratskeller in the basement of New Town Hall and enjoy German potato pancakes or bratwurst. Get your photo taken at Hofbrauhaus, Munich’s most famous beer hall which was founded in 1589.
BEYOND by Geisel is an exclusive luxury hotel located directly on the Marienplatz. Just like a home, this hotel provides guests with a kitchen where they can find anything they want – from gourmet breakfast items to a midnight snack – it’s all included. Another luxury hotel located in the heart of the city is the elegant Charles Hotel, which overlooks the Botanical Gardens. Inject some wellness into your trip. Visit the Charles Spa which features a stream bath, sauna, a relaxation room, and the largest indoor hotel pool in Munich.
For those seeking solace, spend a few hours in the 900-acre English Garden, one of the world’s largest city parks. The park features a network of 48.5 miles of paths, which makes this a perfect place to take a bike ride, go for a jog or just chill. It also boasts four beer gardens and the Eisbach, a brook that attracts surfers by the droves.
You can’t talk parks in Munich without mentioning Olympic Park, site of the 1972 Olympics, which now contains sports facilities, lakes, bike paths, concert venues, a football stadium, and Restaurant 181, the fancy 5-star restaurant atop the Olympic Tower.
Between work engagements, take advantage of Travel Leaders Corporate’s Concierge service. “Business travelers often have a limited timeframe in which to sightsee and are also intellectually curious and want to learn about a destination from local experts,” said Gabe Rizzi, President of Travel Leaders Corporate. Use our partnership with Viator to get tickets to a 1.5 hour walking tour of Munich or book the full-day Oktoberfest Experience package with guaranteed tent seating.
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