Munich + Bavaria

Things to do in Munich + Bavaria

After your de rigueur visit to the postcard-perfect Cinderella castle of Neuschwanstein, resplendently perched atop its mountain, take the time to tour the castle in which "Mad King" Ludwig II actually l

Tucked in the cavernous basement of the Bavarian National Museum are scores of crèches amassed by a local collector.

The Call a Bike hotline connects you to a bike rental ride at any of a number of pick-up points near train stations or in the city center.

What to Expect: Crafts stalls surround a glittering 100-foot Christmas tree on the Marienplatz, which is filled with Muncheners munching on sausages and reiber-datschi (potato pancakes), gulping glühwein, and crunching Lebkuchen (gingerbread).

The name means “healthy impulse,” but passengers may find the massages—done in four chairs in the concourse area—as sybaritic as they are therapeutic. The house specialty?

After your de rigueur visit to the postcard-perfect Cinderella castle of Neuschwanstein, resplendently perched atop its mountain, take the time to tour the castle in which "Mad King" Ludwig II actually lived.

Also known as Asamkirche, the church at Christmas is a Baroque jewel redolent of pine boughs and frankincense.

Tastes great, extra filling? Beer inspires ice cream makers all over the world, it seems, from random beer gardens in Europe to craft-beer establishments in the U.S. It also tends to be seasonal.

The hat shop in the trendy Schwabing district, sells haute headgear.

Being stuck between continents and time zones is the perfect time to indulge in that old-school male tradition: a true barbershop shave. Brants offers haircuts, shaves, and manicures (for men only) and uses American Crew products. Shaves are $32.

Glyptothek, a Neoclassical temple built in the 19th century houses a collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. The best known of these is the Barberini Faun, of course, a kind of proto-gay icon depicting a naked youth asleep on a panther skin.

Located 30 minutes northeast of downtown, Munich International is among the busiest airports in Europe and serves as a major hub for Lufthansa and Star Alliance airlines.

The classic porcelain manufacturer has enlisted artists like Ted Muehling to create modernist vases and chic caviar spoons.

The airport-as-spa-day theme finds its apotheosis here.