Munich, the Bavarian Business Capital

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Munich, the Bavarian Business Capital

Located 40 miles from the Austrian border and within 1hour 45mins from Southampton Airport with bmi regional or Flybe, the Bavarian capital of Munich is a city of two halves. Not only is it a business hub with seven blue-chip companies basing their headquarters here but it’s also filled with historic architecture, culture and an impressive range of top-class museums, theatres, and the famous Munich Opera House. Munich is also renowned for its top quality food, festivals, events and traditional Christmas markets, it retains a small-town air whilst holding some world-class sights.

Historic building with white walls and red roof with cars parked in frontMunich’s economic strength is founded on the diverse economic structure; the wide range of growing industries located here and the successful composition of global players and small to medium sized business that offer substantial employment opportunities. It has been strong since the start of the 21st century and home to companies within the technology sector, finance, publishing and automotive to name a few. Out of Germany’s seven largest cities, Munich also has the best local public transport, which is one of the reasons why so many companies choose to settle here – either that or it’s because of the beer!

It’s not all work and no play – the city has been named as the fourth best in the world for quality of living.

Munich’s History

You don’t have to go far to seek out the royal Bavarian heritage of this metropolis. Although nearly completely destroyed in two world wars, Munich has managed to recreate much of its folkloric, Bavarian past and the Glentleiten Open Air Museum gives a detailed insight into the everyday life of the people of Upper Bavaria, their building culture and their working environment (www.glentleiten.de). For a darker view of the city’s history, the concentration camp at Dachau provides an intense and heartrending reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust.

The area to the north of the city where soldiers once paraded and the world's first Zeppelin landed in 1909 found a new role as the home of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games. Olympiapark now draws in people year-round with concerts, festivals and sporting events.

Food and Drink

People sat outside on a sunny day in front of historic buildingFamous, among other things, for its top notch restaurants and local beers, you’ll find cosy Bavarian restaurants offering regional, time-honoured classics from sauerkraut and bratwurst to international culinary delicacies served in splendid surroundings. Perhaps you could entertain clients in the revolving restaurant of the Olympic tower? From the 190m high observation platform you and your associates can enjoy a fantastic panorama of Munich and a view of the Alps.

And of course, you’ll know that Oktoberfest is legendary. So if you are planning on doing business in Munich during the last two weeks of September (Saturday 17th September to Monday 3rd October 2016), you’ll be able to join the annual beer drinking event. Outside of the festival, you can visit one of the city’s numerous traditional beer drinking halls and beer gardens for an authentic Bavarian drinking experience.

Down Time in Munich

People relaxing on river beach in the sunIf you are travelling to Munich on business, be sure to take some time out of your busy schedule to experience all that the city has to offer…there is so much more to this dynamic business region.

Hofbräuhaus - the world’s most famous beer hall Founded in 1589 by Duke Wilhelm V in order to satisfy the thirst for beer of the regent and the ducal court, it has since become the most popular beerhall in Munich. The daily beer consumption here is ca.10,000 Mass (litres).

Frauenkirche, Cathedral of Our Dear Lady – encounter the legendary devil’s footprint

The late Gothic cathedral was built between 1468-1488 (with the onion-domed spires added in 1525), and is an unmistakable landmark of the city and where, among other things, you can encounter the legendary devil’s footprint in the floor of the church.

Nationaltheater, Bavarian State Opera House - one of the world’s leading opera houses. This theatre has certainly been on a historic journey. The first building, commissioned by King Max I (1811-1818), burnt down five years after its completion only to be then rebuilt and destroyed in 1943 during an allied air raid. However a reconstruction of the first building was opened in 1963 and makes a major contribution to Munich’s reputation as one of the great international cultural capitals.

Shoppping, Munich certainly doesn’t disappoint with the shopping either. In the well-preserved historical centre you’ll find charming streets, lined with small authentic shops selling typical Bavarian gifts (or Lederhosen) nestled next to international luxury designer boutiques.

Hofgarten (Royal Garden) – one for romantics. A tranquil walk around the beautifully manicured garden of Hofgarten is a must. Designed by Elector Maximilian I in 1613 with a ‘Diana Temple’ at it’s centre is popular amongst romantics and lovers of Italian renaissance gardens. Perhaps when you return, you can bring a loved one to share it with?

Modern building lit up in redBMW Welt and Museum – driving pleasure. Situated directly adjacent to the BMW corporate headquarters, the BMW Museum is a genuine pilgrimage for lovers of engines, motorcycles and automobiles and features more than 125 of the most important and attractive original exhibits of the BMW brand. Maybe your visit here is combined with the collection of your new BMW?

Isar Gate and Valentin Museum – learn and laugh. Part of the second fortification erected under Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian (1337), it is the only one of three remaining medieval city gates that remain in its entirety. And if your German is good, head to the southern tower to the museum and get a better understanding of the German sense of humour.

St. Peter’s Church – offering a great view of the city. Over the course of its time, Munich’s oldest parish church - and known affectionately by the locals at Alter Peter (Old Peter) – has been rebuilt and expanded several times which is evident in the various works of art that can be found inside.

It offers the best view of the Munich skyline, that’s after you have climbed the 299 steps to the top!

To book your flights with bmi to Munich today please visit: www.bmiregional.com

Images courtesy of S.Mueller and the Munich Tourist Office.