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Food & Drink, Culture

A Tale of Two Cities: Berlin vs Munich

Two cities. Both equally alluring. Berlin, with its award-winning gastronomy and cutting-edge culture, and Munich, with its wild natural scenery, beer and bratwurst. Really, it seems a shame to choose between the two.

Luckily, it’s easy to combine a stay at the luxurious Charles Hotel in Munich and Berlin’s sumptuous Hotel de Rome on a multi-city German itinerary. If you book a total of five nights or more at The Charles Hotel in Munich and Hotel de Rome in Berlin you’ll receive 10% off our best available rate and complimentary first class train tickets for two persons from Munich to Berlin or Berlin to Munich.

Here, we’ve selected some of the best bits of each city to inspire your next escape.

For urban excitement…Berlin

From world-class restaurants like Nobelhart & Schmutzig and Rutz to buzzing bars such as Tausend and Buck and Breck, Berlin’s thriving nightlife scene is famous the world over. Germany’s capital city seemingly never sleeps, and whether you’re looking for exciting mixology or big-name DJs, you’ll find plenty of places to explore.

For classic Bavarian scenery…Munich

Located on the banks of the Isar River, just north of the Bavarian Alps, Munich is exceedingly picturesque. With centuries-old architecture like the striking Nymphenburg Palace, and the romantic English Garden park - all surrounded by fairy tale forests, Munich delivers Bavarian beauty in spades.

For cutting-edge culture…Berlin

One of Europe’s leading creative hubs, Berlin showcases an abundance of modern art galleries such as KW Institute for Contemporary Art who work with NYC’s prestigious MoMA. Expect to find Avant garde design and fashion stores like Voo and a revolving array of pop-up events. Annual music and art festivals like Melt and Lollapalooza also draw international crowds.

For beer and bratwurst...Munich

There are few better locations to sample authentic German cuisine than Munich. Each autumn, the Bavarian city’s renowned Oktoberfest serves up millions of litres of local beer and classic dishes like bratwurst and brezen. In spring, you’ll find the Springfest Fruhlingsfest – affectionately dubbed ‘Little Oktoberfest.’ Both festivals are alive with merriment and of course, an abundance of beer.

For a historical experience…Berlin

Berlin’s colourful history spans centuries and is present at every turn. Walk along the remnants of the Berlin Wall, admire elegant Prussian Palaces or visit the Deutsches Historisches Museum, and immerse yourself fully in the city’s rich past.

For a mountain hike… Munich

In Munich, stunning natural scenery is never far away. A gateway to the Bavarian and Austrian Alps, there are plenty of trails to explore, like Tegernseer Hütte and Hirschberg – just an hour’s drive from the city. Alternatively, you can take a bike tour around the city or even go surfing on the Eisbach River – Munich is the river surfing capital of the world.

Munich to Berlin: Book your German escape and stay a total of 5 nights or more at The Charles Hotel in Munich and Hotel de Rome in Berlin, plus receive 10% off our best available rate and complimentary first class train tickets for 2 persons from Munich to Berlin or Berlin to Munich.

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