Munich + Bavaria

Munich + Bavaria Travel Guide

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.

Located 15 minutes northeast of the city center, the Allianz Arena is home to Munich’s two major soccer teams, FC Bayern and TSV 1860.

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.