Forget the stereotypical Oktoberfest frivolities – Munich offers much more than lederhosen and steins. Whether your ideal night out is relaxing in a beergarden (Heidi Klum is a fan of the Hofbrauhaus am Platz), catching a cabaret show or dressing up to the nines to hit some of the city’s more discerning nightspots, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing entertainment. And the folks of Munich know exactly how to have a good time...
Start your day with a stroll down Maximilianstrasse, where it’s designer labels galore – Dolce Gabbana, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Escada, they’re all there... Pick up an outfit for the night (Munich’s bouncers are notoriously picky, so dress to impress!), then head across town for a sumptuous splash-out feast, Bavarian-style, at legendary Schuhbeck’s.
If you haven’t overstretched your wallet on top-notch duds, then up-market nightspot P1 on Prinzeregentstrasse is where you want to go. It’s notoriously hard to get into, but once you’re inside you’ll be playing among Munich’s jet set elite. An alternative is the nearby Park-Café, which, while still exclusive, is definitely easier to get into. For a slightly more budget/bouncer-friendly evening, Schumann’s on Odeonplatz can’t be beaten – the cocktails there are to die for, and the stylish crowd packing out Corneliusstrasse’s Lizard Lounge are always game for a laugh.
Escape the city buzz with a day spent at Germany’s answer to LA’s Universal Studios, the Bavaria Film Studios, where our childhood favourite The NeverEnding Story was filmed – you can even get your picture taken with a life-size Falkor! Join in with a tour of ‘Film City’ (English tours run at 1pm daily), and learn the tricks of the movie trade and how films shot at Europe’s largest movie production studios are made.
Spend the night at the Pasta Opera (nothing to do with the Italian carb), where, over three hours, you’re served a delish four-course meal while being entertained with the Opera of Life – a show that combines gutsy singing with comedy and lots of audience participation to rave reviews. Definitely one to see!
Stay in the Westin Grand Munich Arabellapark, in Bogenhausen, which provides the perfect base for heading out across Munich, with an underground station just 10 minutes away. There’s even a spa for you to relax in – with tailor-made massages! – after a hard day’s sightseeing!
While you’re there...
Kaffee Giesing is one of the coolest hangouts in Munich’s East End – with nightly live jazz acts, a vibrant atmosphere and highly-recommended international cuisine served in a crumbling, ancient Greek temple, it’s not hard to see why!
It’s a kult thing
The Kultfabrik area in Haidhausen is the perfect place to go club-hopping, with more than 30 different venues to choose from – the nearby Optimolwerke has plenty of bars and restaurants for you to warm up in, too.
Smell the roses
The Englischer Garten (English Garden) in Schwabing is the perfect place to relax after a manic night on the Munich town – it’s also home to the city’s second-biggest beer garden, so you can have a bit of hair of the dog and catch up with the locals.
Walk with the animals
The Munich Zoo had an influx of newborn animals this spring, who are all on display now! There’s a baby lynx, African dwarf goat kids, little bushpiglets, Jamantan the mini Bactrian camel and many more – all together now, say ‘aaaw!’
Fly Emirates to Munich from AED 4,200 per person; flights in Economy Class and stay four nights for the price of three. Upgrade to Business Class for an additional AED 8,250 per adult.