Visiting Munich on business
Munich is the capital of Bavaria, the south German state which borders Austria and the Czech Republic. Germany’s third largest city is the country’s technology leader, home to thousands of companies within the media, finance and IT sector. Munich’s infrastructure and cultural offerings makes it a great city to visit on business.
Getting around Munich
In line with the rest of the country, Munich boasts an excellent transport system. In addition to trams and buses, the city’s subway system enables you to easily travel in and out of the city centre. A day ticket costs just €6 and can be used from the time you validate it until 6am the following day. The Park Inn by Radisson Munich East Hotel is just a short walk from one of the many subway stations, providing you with easy access to the city centre.
Traveling to and from Munich Airport is also hassle-free, with trains departing between the airport and the city centre every ten minutes.
State of the art conferences venues
The ICM Congress Center hosts over 100 conferences annually, attracting in excess of 100,000 visitors to its three state-of-the-art venues. One of the biggest events on its 2014 calendar is the ERS International Congress on 6th-10th September. It is recognised as ‘the world’s largest gathering of respiratory professionals’ and enables experts in the field to discuss new treatments of lung disease.
Another prominent event takes place at Messe Munchen, one of its three venues, on 5th-9th May; IFAT is ‘the world’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management.’ Some of the world’s leading companies gather here every year to deliver presentations and exchange ideas, making it one of the key industry events worldwide.
Later in the year, the 26th International Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications will get under way. Between 11th-14th November, over 2600 exhibitors from around the globe will gather to present the very latest electronic innovations. The event attracts in excess of 70,000 visitors from nearly 80 different countries each year.
Dining out in Munich
Les Deux is a fine dining restaurant serving up an innovative mix of classic French cuisine infused with Japanese flavours. The result: An excellent dining experience in unpretentious surroundings, just the way Head Chef Johann Rappengluck likes it. His menu boasts everything from New Zealand langostino bouillabaisse with root vegetables to a uniquely presented banana split dessert.
If you fancy sinking your teeth into some traditional Bavarian dishes, however, then look no further than Fraunhofer Wirtshaus. Established in 1874, this restaurant is a big hit with both locals and tourists who flock to this cosy establishment to sample some classic southern German flavours. Pork and potato dumplings form a staple part of the menu, whilst there also a large selection of vegetarian dishes for those less keen on a meat feast.
For the best cocktail in town, look no further than Zephyr Bar. Take your pick from a range of local gins, or sample the extensive cocktail menu. Warning – expect flamboyant drinks garnished with fresh fruits and heavenly aromas.
For many, however, Munich is synonymous with beer. Oktoberfest may be the highlight of the beer drinker’s calendar year, but the Bavarian capital is awash with great tasting beers all year round.
In fact, one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions is indeed Hofbrauhaus; Munich’s most renowned beer hall. It keeps the Oktoberfest spirit alive every day of the year, thanks to its long tables and traditional live music. Enjoy a stein or two of great tasting beer brought to your table by traditionally dressed servers and marvel in its unique and lively atmosphere. The building itself dates back to 1589, although it had to be almost entirely rebuilt following a bomb strike in 1944.
Got a few hours to spare? Relax in the ‘English Garden’
If you’re blessed with a sunny day, why not take a lunch time stroll along to The Englische Garten (English Garden) and enjoy one of the biggest inner-city parks in the world. The rather unusual name was given due to the layout being similar to a traditional English country park; understandable given it was established by British born Benjamin Thompson in 1789.
This massive green space features nearly 80 kilometres of paths, popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists. It is also home to Munich’s second largest beer garden, whilst the entire park itself is bigger than both London’s Hyde Park and New York’s Central Park.