Munich + Bavaria

Munich + Bavaria Travel Guide

The seventh-story, glassed-in observation deck offers a nearly bird’s-eye view of the busy runway. For stranded travelers, the terrace is good for at least a half-hour’s worth of plane-spotting entertainment. Admission is $3; open daily 8 a.m.–10 p.m.

Once per decade since 1634, the Bavarian village of Oberammergau has put on the Passion Play—a performance that recounts the life of Jesus. The next show is in 2010. Tickets are hard to get, but are included on itineraries from Tauck.

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.

Herzog & de Meuron's complex offers a new spin on the 19th-century shopping arcade, its passageways and interior quadrangles distinguished by hanging plants, warped walls, and a sculptural sphere by the artist Olafur Eliasson.

This famous beer hall has traditionally-dressed servers touting large steins of beer — even with breakfast. Hofbräuhaus' roots date back to 1589 as the city's first brewery, and the interior has some wooden tables and chairs that are more than a century old. Three floors can accommodate up to 3,5

For years, the German label with the French name had a slogan—“Unfortunately expensive”—that defined its niche perhaps too sharply. Fabrics are rich, colors conservative (navy blue and gray dominate), and the tailoring modern.

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.

If you're planning to ride Bavarian's famous Romantic Road past rolling farmland and half-timbered villages plucked from an illustration of Grimm's Fairy Tales, leave the driving—and high gas prices—to Europabus ($130 befor

Situated in the Kunstareal (art quarter), the Alte Pinakothek museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Old Master paintings, dating from the 14th century to the 18th.

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.

The big open space atop the long Lufthansa check-in desk is home to an in-house art gallery, which features a changing cast of Munich-based artists. The endless white walls are an ideal context for big-scale canvases—and you’re not likely to see these artists anywhere else.