Bezirzt.de blogger Julia stayed for two nights in our Living Hotel Prinzessin Elisabeth and tested Munich’s potential of leisure activities in winter. Here we present Julia’s tips for the cold season in the Bavarian capital:
“The sky is overcast: Instead of the ‘Bavarian blue’, grey is dominant and the temperatures drop. f you come to Munich in winter, you need alternatives to the beer garden & Co. During the Advent season you can warm up with mulled wine and bratwurst at the Christmas markets, but what happens when the Advent season is over? Fortunately, Munich offers a large programme in autumn and winter before and after the pre-Christmas season – from cultural to outdoor experiences. And unlike many other cities, Munich has almost a snow guarantee in winter and looks particularly idyllic when wrapped in white.
Onto the ice!
When winter days are sunny and invite to go outside, one can even engage in sports activities in the city during the cold winter months. Put on your ice skates and step onto the ice, for example! The ice rink at Stachus square next to the pedestrian zone is particularly centrally located while the canal at the Nymphenburg Palace offers a more idyllic atmosphere. Locals and tourists alike go ice skating or give their very best at playing curling.
Time for art
It is always worth visiting an art museum of the city. When it is cold, you can take your time contemplating works of art. No matter if classical art at the Alte Pinakothek, modern art at the Museum Brandhorst or Lenbachhaus or contemporary art at the Haus der Kunst – these museums offer first-class pieces of art, not only in their permanent exhibitions but also in their special exhibitions. If you are eager to get an impression of medieval handicraft, there is a lot for you to discover at the Bavarian National Museum. For all those who are more interested in technology than in art: The Deutsches Museum is always a good choice for the whole family!
Warming up at the Botanical Garden
When it gets cold and uncomfortable outside you should better hide in warmer areas. A visit to the Botanical Garden is especially beautiful and exotic. When entering the greenhouse dedicated to plants from the tropics with its 21-meter high glass dome, you will quickly forget about the cold weather. The huge variety of colourful flowers and exotic plants are a welcome change for your eyes from the dreary grey winter.
Wellness for body and soul
If you want to relax properly and do something good for your frozen body, treat yourself to a wellness day. You can either swim a few laps in the Müller’schen Volksbad and in the Dante-Warmfreibad (heated outdoor pool) or you can unwind in the sauna. Following this, get a massage – and you will feel like a new person. In the Living Hotel Prinzessin Elisabeth you can enjoy a soothing Ayurveda massage, where you can really switch off. Resting afterwards in the sauna will help you forget about the cold temperatures outside.
Coffee and cake
Of course, you can never go wrong with coffee and cake! When it is cold outside it is even cosier to stay inside in the warmth and cuddle up. It is particularly pleasant to enjoy a piece of cake in the Café Jasmin with its retro-charm. Those who prefer the snug environment of kittens will be even happier in the Katzentempel. There are vegan beverages and dishes and cuddles with the cafe-kittens are included. The coffee at Das Schulz conveys a proper Giesinger neighbourhood atmosphere.
Movie nights are a must during winter. A good film, a big bag of popcorn and for a couple of hours you will be able to escape the cold weather and into another world. It is more pleasant to watch a movie in the smaller film theatres of the city rather than in the big cinema chains; fortunately, there are still a few. Independent films run in the Werkstattkino, in the Arena Filmtheater you can cosily sit in front of the screen enjoying banana chips, the Monopol is an all-time favourite and the Astor Cinema Lounge at the Bayerischer Hof offers a stylish and cosy atmosphere.
Winter is a time for concerts and theatres
The city’s concert and theatre programme is always well-filled in winter. Classical concerts in the Philharmonie, big events in the Olympic Hall, underground concerts in backstage areas, the theatre at the Gärtnerplatz or the State Opera – there is a vast variety. It is definitely worth taking a glance at the calendar of events.
Savouring winter dishes
Hearty meals are also welcome – in Munich anyway and especially in winter. The Wirtshaus in der Au probably has the biggest dumplings in town and the Weißes Bräuhaus im Tal serves delicious roast pork. Those who prefer meat-free vitamins to survive winter with no signs of a cold, can eat vegetarian Vietnamese food at the Soy or high quality vegetable dishes at the Prinz Myshkin. Shane’s, the in-house restaurant of our hotel Prinzessin Elisabeth, offers a stylish and an international atmosphere.
Staying out late in a beer cellar or drinking stylish cocktails at the hotel bar
Well, in a beer cellar the weather outside does not matter at all. You can easily forget about it and lose track of time while drinking a Maß (one litre) of beer or even more. Apart from classics such as the Hofbräuhaus, the Ratskeller or the Augustiner Bräustuben, the Xaver’s is known for its modern tavern concept and the Alter Simpl in the university quarter for its literary-nostalgic ambience. Those who prefer a quieter atmosphere in the evening can make themselves comfortable at the hotel Prinzessin Elisabeth in the in-house bar.
Skiing in the mountains
Munich would not be Munich without its proximity to the Alps. It is worth taking a trip into the mountains for a winter walk or to ski, weather permitting. Whether to the Zugspitze, the Wallberg by the Lake Tegernsee, the Kaiserwinkl or the Lake Spitzingsee – the distances are short and the winter pleasure increases even further!”