The Best of Europe - Summer Experiences in Munich
While Germany’s third largest city is best known for its world famous Oktoberfest, Munich has so much more to offer from superb boutiques to lush green spaces. Munich is rife with natural beauty, must-visit art museums and food markets selling freshly baked pretzels and leberkäsesemmel. Set within the verdant Lenbachgärten quarter and close to the historic Königsplatz, the effortlessly elegant Charles Hotel is within easy reach of all the best places to visit, including The Lenbachhaus, featuring nineteenth-century painters, and the lakeside town of Tegernsee, surrounded by crystal-clear waters and lush green hills. These are a handful of the experiences in store for you this summer.
VIKTUALIENMARKT MARKET TOUR
Feast your eyes and learn all about Munich’s most famous market on the Viktualienmarkt tasting tour, which reveals the city’s flavours and culture. The Viktualienmarkt has been supplying its local residents with delicious delicacies since 1807. There are market stalls serving food from over 150 companies: you might want to try leberkäsesemmel (a speciality food consisting of corned beef, pork, bacon and onions), antipasti, freshly caught fish, a pretzel, or the most delicious oysters. Guests can also enjoy the beer garden at the heart of the market, where a different beer is served daily.
THE ART OF LIVING WITH FRANZ VON LENBACH
German painter Franz von Lenbach was a favoured portraitist of the late nineteenth-century, portraying Peggy Guggenheim, Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt and Otto Bismarck among other prominent personalities of the time. Born in Schrobenhausen, he began his career in Munich in Anselm Sickinger’s sculpture studio and later enrolled at the Munich Akademie. The Lenbachhaus in Munich opened in 1929 in the villa where Franz von Lenbach lived, and features painters of the nineteenth century, offering the opportunity to admire von Lenbach’s charming use of light and shadow, as well as works by more recent artists including Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter and Isa Genzken.
ADVENTURES IN TEGERNSEE
Crystal-clear waters, lush green hills and ancient oak trees provide the backdrop to rose-covered houses in the lakeside town of Tegernsee, located in the Southern Bavarian Alps. Visit Tegernsee Abbey on the banks of the lake, first built in the eighth century, and acquired by King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria over 200 years ago to serve as his summer residence. Or you could stop over at the Olaf Gulbransson Museum to see works by this famous Norwegian caricaturist as well as paintings by local artists. Take a rest at Monte Mare Tegernsee where you’ll be rewarded with picture-perfect views of the mountains, the magical lake and sailing boats gliding through the water.
Guests will be forgiven for thinking they’ve walked onto the set of a Disney film on our Charles Hotel castle tour. Neuschwanstein Castle, one of three fairytale castles visited during the tour, is located on a craggy cliff overlooking the Hohenschwangau valley and is said to have inspired Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Nearby Hohenschwangau Castle was built on the ruins of a twelfth-century fortress and was the holiday home of King Ludwig II, and the Rococo-style Linderhof castle was the only one of these three castles that Ludwig saw completed in his lifetime. After an action-packed day, guests can relax and spend the night in one of our luxurious rooms or suites, set within the verdant Lenbachgärten quarter.