The Alps make
a dramatic backdrop
This colorful city in Bavaria is synonymous
with Oktoberfest, the exuberant autumn celebration of music, beer,
pretzels and wurst. But visitors from outside Germany might not
know Munich hosts other celebrations, such as fasching
(the country’s pre-Lent version of Mardi Gras) and the December
Munich also is home to many of Germany’s leading corporations,
such as BMW, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG and Siemens. It is an
arts capital, too, with 68 museums and three orchestras with
renowned conductors: the Munich Philharmonic, led by James Levine;
the Symphonic Orchestra of the Bavarian Broadcasting Corp.,
conducted by Lorin Maazel, and the Bavarian State Orchestra,
directed by Zubin Mehta.
Two important properties debuted in the past two years: the
381-room Le Méridien Munich, offering 10 meeting
rooms, and the 643-room Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel
Munich, which has 21 meeting rooms.
Munich’s six properties under the Astron flag are now
NH hotels: the 253-room NH München Neue Messe,
236-room NH München-Airport, 222-room NH München-Dornach am MCC,
174-room NH München Deutscher Kaiser, 161-room NH Apartments
München and 80-room NH München/Unterhaching.
Two properties under the Dorint flag have opened in the past
year. The 307-room Dorint Novotel München City,
near the Deutsches Museum and Marienplatz downtown, has a fitness
center and five meeting rooms. The 278-room Dorint Novotel
München Messe has seven meeting rooms.
The most recent debut was the 396-room Bayerpost Munich
Dorint Sofitel. The property, which opened in September,
has 20 meeting rooms and a fitness center.
This month, the landmark Hotel Bayerischer
will unveil its spa. The 13,000-square-foot, three-story facility
was designed by Andrée Putman.
As for coming attractions, Rocco Forte Hotels
plans to build an $87.1 million, five-star property in Lenbach
Garten, near the Botanical Gardens; opening is set for spring 2007.
The hotel will have 160 guest rooms and eight meeting rooms,
including a ballroom, plus a fitness center and a spa.
The main conference venue is ICM, or the
International Congress Center Munich, which opened in 1998 with 19
meeting rooms and 86,400 square feet of exhibit space. The facility
is part of the sprawling New Munich Trade Fair
Center, which offers 1,836,000 square feet of exhibit
One of Munich’s legendary beer halls, the Paulaner am
Nockherberg, has reopened following a renovation. The
venue, which has an adjacent beer garden, accommodates up to 2,000
Three halls of the city’s old trade fairgrounds, which are now
classified as historical monuments, have been transformed into a
branch of the Deutsches Museum dedicated to transportation. An
on-site meeting room accommodates up to 100 seated.
Another new museum, Pinakothek of the Modern,
showcases contemporary art. The facility has several areas an
auditorium, a conservatory and a rotunda that can be booked for
meetings and events. Private group tours of various collections can