Munich’s cultural hotspot is the Kunstareal museum quarter in Maxvorstadt, home to the galleries of the Pinakothek. Step inside the neoclassical Alte Pinakothek to view Old Master standouts like Rembrandt’s chiaroscuro paintings and Albrecht Dürer’s Christ-like Self Portrait. The neighbouring Neue Pinakothek highlights 19th- and 20th-century art, with big-hitters including Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, curvaceous Rodin bronzes and Impressionist works by Degas and Monet. A glass rotunda illuminates the Pinakothek der Moderne, showcasing modern art from Magritte to Max Beckmann. To view a brilliant collection of works by the Blue Rider expressionist painters, a visit to the Lenbachhaus is a must. The building itself reopened in 2013 to a design by Norman + Foster, and contains important sculptural works by Joseph Beuys. The Deutsches Museum possesses over 100,000 objects from the realms of science and technology. The large number of valuable original exhibits makes this one of the most important museums in its field and one of the most frequently visited anywhere in the world. If you’ve only time for one museum, make it the vivid Museum Brandhorst, sheltering an outstanding collection of Picasso’s illustrated books, Warhol pop art and Damien Hirst installations. Edge north of Olympiapark to BMW Welt and the BMW Museum for a spin through motoring history. Ballet and opera fans can head to the Bavarian State Opera.
at Mandarin Oriental, Munich, is the new outpost of Chef Nobu’s restaurant group, serving his idiosyncratic Japanese-Peruvian seafood dishes. As well as a sushi bar, there’s a private dining space for 10.
The Spatenhaus an der Oper, situated opposite the Bavarian national state theatre, represents Bavarian hospitality in its finest form. Traditional Bavarian cuisine is painstakingly created using fresh local ingredients. The two Michelin starred restaurant Tantris is rated as the best in Munich. Its name refers to 'the search for perfection'. Perfection is what any visit to Tantris should deliver: from the architecture of the building through to the cuisine. In the historic heart of Munich, the one-Michelin-starred Schuhbeck in den Südtiroler Stuben offers contemporary, light seasonal cuisine from chef Alfons Schuhbeck. Hippocampus is owned by Sergio Artiaco and Cosimo Ruggiero. The restaurant is an Italian institution providing inventive Italian dishes. The remarkable garden of the Hippocampus has been mentioned by several magazines as being one of the most beautiful restaurant gardens in the city.
Unwind after a full day’s sightseeing at the Amour Fou Spa de Beauté at Mandarin Oriental, Munich. Indulge in beauty treatments from La Prairie, Lignes ST Barth, Dr Dennis Gross Skincare, Cellex-C to name a few, choose your favourite scent in the parfumerie and add polish to both your hair and nails at Ulla Huprich.
To see Munich at its stein-swinging, thigh-slapping best, make the pilgrimage to the clichéd but fun Hofbräuhaus for a mass litre of beer and jovial singalongs. The wood-panelled Bar Tabacco is the place to nurse a single malt, or mingle over cocktails at Schumann’s by the Hofgarten. Jazz singers croon by candlelight at the perennially popular Jazzclub Unterfahrt in Haidhausen, while Munich socialites round out a night shimmying to house music at the fashionable P1 Club.