Munich + Bavaria

Munich + Bavaria Travel Guide

A car-delivery center accessorized with restaurants and shops. The swooping glass-and-steel leviathan, designed by Austrian firm Coop Himmelb(l)au, looks like a spaceship touching down.

Housed in two adjoining buildings in the Allstadt district, this contemporary art gallery is one of the largest in Germany. Originally established in 1851, the Bayerischer Kunstgewerbe-Verein (Bavarian Arts & Crafts Association) was founded to promote the work of local craftspeople.

Childhood memories of Legos and Playmobil toys (formerly hand-painted, now machine-made) come alive at Vedes, which features a northern European fantasy selection of those brands as well as high-quality, handmade German wooden blocks and ring toys for toddlers.

The Kempinski Hotel is built right into the airport, and this cocktail lounge feels like a private version of the terminal’s soaring, canopied space.

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.

In addition to its 17-meter pool and glass-and-stainless-steel fitness room with Künzler equipment (known for its “standing movement” weight machines), the hotel spa also offers massages ($75 for 30 minutes). Day passes are $41; a two-hour pass is $25. Open weekdays 7 a.m.

Low-stakes gambling (slot machines and video card games) are legal in Germany, but in typical German fashion, the airport location of this casino chain is spotless to the point of being sterile. Video slots and card games accept bets starting at one euro.

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.

A bustling boîte in the fashionable Glockenbach neighborhood where a herd of wall-mounted plastic animals is the primary décor.

Internationally renowned jeweler that also makes objects in iron and rock crystal.