48 hours in Munich

Where to stay

For lodging, consider Munich’s Altstadt, a.k.a Old Town. It's a convenient location with markets, shops selling Bavarian trinkets, a central square called Marienplatz, and historically significant monuments.

Consider Cortiina or LOUIS Hotel, two design-forward hotels that contrast and complement the town's old-world splendor. Cortiina's airy rooms feature natural stone tubs and hardwood floors and there are four varieties of suites. 

LOUIS Hotel revels in a mid-century aesthetic. Stay in one of their 72 rooms and in the evenings, visit the LOUIS Sparkling Bar, which specializes in effervescent wines. Both hotels offer breakfast with fresh produce from the neighboring Viktualienmarkt, the main farmer’s market in town. 

Day 1

Settle in at your hotel for the first meal of the day or head to Café Königin43. Sample one of their fresh juices along with bircher muesli or eggs any style.

Choose your adventure:

Head to a beer hall for the full, authentic experience. The most renowned is Hofbräuhaus München, a three-story hall built in the late 1500s, but Hofbräukeller am Wienerplatz is also famous for its sprawling beer garden. Both have comprehensive Bavarian menus, including lighter options like cucumber salad and spicy sausage salad.

Return to the hotel to regenerate before a reservation at French eatery Le Stollberg. Start with beef or tuna tartare then try the fish soup with crostini and rouille or steak entrecôte with chanterelles. Pair your meal with a local wine from their extensive menu.

Day 2

Head to Ooh Baby I Like It Raw and fuel up with a gluten-free smoked salmon sandwich or scrambled eggs with fresh herbs. Or, if you'd rather have a full Bavarian immersion, try an indulgent donut breakfast at Schmalznudel Café Frischhut.

Choose your adventure:

Have a hearty vegan lunch at Gratitude Restaurant. Their rotating daily menu includes dishes like braised kohlrabi with celery purée and pumpernickel and the Moroccan bowl with hummus, avocado, pearled couscous, and falafel.

Complete your stay with dinner at Italian-Bavarian fusion spot Ella, located in the Lenbachaus museum. The menu, which changes often, lists the region and country from which each dish hails. Antipasti may include plates like Neapolitan gazpacho with buffalo mozzarella and the Insalata Ella with figs, Pecorino, and truffle dressing. Try one of their house-made pastas or main courses like the dorade fillet with baby spinach, roasted onions, tomato-caper butter, and ciabatta croutons. Walk off your meal and bid goodbye to the city with a 30-minute stroll back to the hotel.

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