Munich + Bavaria

Munich + Bavaria Travel Guide

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?

A serious car fan can while away hours kicking tires and smelling the leather at Audi’s big showroom above Terminal 1.

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.

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.

The museum has the world's largest collection, at around 75,000 objects of modern and contemporary design.

Lucky Lufthansa passengers with first-class tickets or rewards program ID can take advantage of one of the biggest and highest-tech lounges on the Continent.

Germany’s big name in international fashion, known for its sober, clean-lined business and leisure wear, has multiple boutiques in the airport that feature a range of Hugo Boss, Boss Women, Boss Black, and Boss Orange clothing (smart, black suits and candy-colored dresses from about $600 and $450

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.

One-of-a-kind shop with art and furnishings made of 100 percent wool felt.

Olympic Pedigree: 1972 Games’ home to track and field, boxing, weight lifting, archery, modern pentathlon, swimming, wrestling, cycling, fencing, handball, gymnastics, judo, soccer, and volleyball.

 

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.