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Centrally located between the Hofbräuhaus and Marienplatz, and not far from the major theatres, this traditional hotel provides refined and superior comfort in modernly renovated, spacious rooms, some of which have been fitted to luxury standard. The building itself is a fine medieval town house and the furnishings maintain a balance between cosiness and modernity. There are two well-run restaurants offering high quality Bavarian cuisine. The management makes a special effort to run an environmentally friendly operation for which it has received a number of accolades.
For many people, the former Hotel Rafael, run by the Mandarin Oriental chain since 2000, is the best hotel in the city. Having said that, it is considerably smaller, more exclusive and dearer than other top-notch hotels. Its location in a tranquil part of the city center is not the finest of addresses, but it is nevertheless peaceful and very central, with the National Theatre, Schauspielhaus and Marienplatz only a few minutes walk away. Voted by none other than Travel+Leisure magazine as one of the top hotels of the world, the Mandarin blends elegant Oriental-style architecture and elements with a Neo-Renaissance theme to give its residents a one of a kind experience. The hotel offers some of the best views of the city and the German Alps from its top floor rooms and suites, which can only be topped by its legendary service- offering people some of the best gourmet cuisine, best wines, facilities like yoga classes and sauna to name just a few. Amour Fou Spa de Beauté, the hotel's spa is a luxurious establisment that will pamper and rejuvenate you completely, while the hotel's restaurant, Mark's, serves excellent haute cuisine.
Within the fairy-tale structure of the Spielzeugmuseum, teddy bears, puppets, miniature cars, and train sets, plus all the other toys you could conceivably imagine, await the attention of curious visitors. Located in the heart of the old city, the Toy Museum is popular with both children and adults, with the permanent exhibition featuring toys from 1780 to the present day.
Ideally located in Munich's city center just blocks from Marienplatz, this luxurious, family-run hotel has been providing the highest quality of service and hospitality for over 100 years. The building itself was constructed in 1490 and holds an enormous amount of history and character. Hotel Torbrau is perfect for business or pleasure with its mix of the traditional and contemporary.
Located in Munich's city center, LodenFrey is an outstanding department store and offers six floors of apparels for men, women, and children. This high fashion department store features top designers such as Armani, Valentino and Ralph Lauren. If you're in Munich for Oktoberfest, or just want a Bavarian costume as a souvenir, then be sure to stop here for the world famous loden outfits. The fourth floor is dedicated to the children's section.
A wild boar and catfish greet visitors at the entrance to Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum's unusual collection. The former Augustinian Church (secularized in 1802) is now home to hunters trophies, weapons and large-scale installations of animals in their natural habitat. The museum also contains a section depicting all you need to know about fishing and fresh water fish. There is also a unique collection of nearly 500 stuffed animals, as well as mythical creatures from Bavarian folklore that are also worth perusing.
Konen is a top address for women's shopping and boasts a good collection of men's wear as well. Centrally located, you will find a fine range of suits and casual wear by well-known designers like Michael Kors, Marc Cain, Katie Loxton, Ralph Lauren, as well as its own value-for-money label. All products are in the mid to upper price category, and have quality finishes. Konen has clothing for all occasions and tastes, from business classic to trendy casual.
Looking for small gifts for family and friends? Münchner Puppenstuben und Zinnfiguren-Kabinett is the right place to find appropriate gifts that won't weight down your suitcase. Doll houses, shops, workshops, classrooms, kitchen utensils, furniture and many more miniatures are all ready to be perused. The shop is very attractive, with miniature airplanes hanging on the ceiling and ships, buildings and houses all well-preserved in a wood and glass cabinet.
Set along the Isar River, this impressive museum has been inspiring science and technology enthusiasts for a very long time. It is known as one of the largest museums of its kind in the world. Since its foundation in 1903, the exhibition area of the Deutsches Museum has been gradually expanding, and will probably continue its expansion in the future. This museum is unique, concentrating on the history and development of technology and natural science with spellbinding exhibitions on Pharmaceutics, Astronomy, Microelectronics and a whole lot more. Numerous objects and interactive models, such as a planetarium and coal mine, are used to demonstrate mankind's progress over the centuries, which are especially popular with children.
A subsidiary of Müller Ltd. & Company, Obletter Spielwaren has been dealing in more than 16,000 different types of toys. You will find everything possible in this Stachus toy paradise: stuffed animals, dolls, wooden toys, computer games, model or board games and lots more. The well-trained staff is always ready to assist you in choosing nothing but the best for your little angels.
Discover all that you need to know about Munich's fire brigade and the history of its fire fighting. Located in the headquarters of the municipal fire brigade, the museum is a storehouse of all the paraphernalia related to the field, dating back from the 18th Century. Learn everything from the working of fire alarms, to fire service regulations in the early 20th Century. This specialty museum was established to commemorate the centenary of Munich's Fire Department in 1979, and has since riveted visitors with their interesting historical and technical exhibits.
Munich's first puppet theater was founded in 1858 by Josef Leonhard Schmid and the Count of Pocci. Architect Theodor Fischer was commissioned to build a new theater in 1900, and the result was the first-ever theater dedicated to puppets. It is just as impressive today as it was a hundred years ago, and continues to draw in punters young and old who come to laugh at Kasperle (the German equivalent of Punch and Judy) and listen to fairy tales from around the world.