1) Winter time is spa time
Whether you’re yearning for some really cozy warmth or just need a break from the shopping mall crowds: here’s a list of Munich’s top spa centers for you.
- Therme Erding: The biggest thermal spa in the world, complete with adventure pool, vitality oasis, saunas and lots of other attractions.
- Dantebad: Log cabin and Finnish sauna, Kneipp area with steep rock face, massages and a sanarium with starry sky and real rock crystal.
- Blue Spa Bayrischer Hof:If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, visit the sauna landscape created by star architect Andrée Putman at the exclusive 5-star hotel Bayrischer Hof, with a view over the rooftops of what is surely the most beautiful city in the world ...
2) Calling all snow angels and ski bunnies
The Bavarian capital leaves nothing to be desired for all you athletes and outdoor fans: whether you want to show off as an ice princess at Munich's hottest ice skating spots or enjoy some après-ski with friends at nearby Hausberg – there really is something for everyone!
- Ice skating at the Olympic Ice Sport Centre: Ice skating in the evening with alternating special programs, complete with music and lightshow – for young and old alike.
- Curling rink at Bamberger Haus: Fantastic curling rink with winter beer garden, where hot drinks and delicious snacks are served for all those who wish to indulge themselves after a strenuous match with a mug of tasty mulled wine and a hearty meal!
- Skiing at Hausberg in Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Take a convenient train ride to enjoy some fun on the slopes: the Garmisch-Classic ticket offered by Deutsche Bahn includes the return trip and a ski pass for the day. Adults pay EUR 54,00, the price for under 18s is EUR 46,00.
3) For all those with a sweet tooth and gourmet tastes
Here are a few top culinary addresses for some winter delights to sweeten the cold season for you – after all, the smell of burnt almonds and hot chestnuts is simply impossible to resist ...
- Fondue at Gärtnerplatzalm: Perfect for a delicious Alpine-style dinner with friends in a rustic setting. The highlight here is the cheese fondue followed by the obligatory fruit fondue.
- Hot chocolate at Fräulein Grüneis: Take a stroll through the English Garden then warm up by the stove with a delicious mug of hot chocolate: the perfect place do so is the cozy Fräulein Grüneis kiosk café.
- Hot white blueberry and mou caramel cocoa at Trachtenvogel: An inviting café that offers delicious snacks such as penne with beetroot and goat cheese served with basil and almond pesto, and also tasty hot winter drinks including more than 24 types of hot chocolate.
And should you ever wish to escape the enchanting city of Munich in winter …
Be sure to take a long walk around Lake Starnberg, watch the elegant swans and marvel at the ice crystals on the branches of the snow-covered trees. The best plan is to stop off for lunch at a Bavarian inn such as Huber am See or Buchscharner Seewirt where you can dig into a genuine Bavarian roast pork or try the homemade apple pies with vanilla ice cream – all washed down with a delicious lager.PS: The calorie intake from this hearty lunch can be worked off with the lakeside walk. So off you go to Munich central station, hop on the S6 for Tutzing and enjoy the views of the snow-covered Bavarian Alps!