Heading to Munich on business?

When you think of Munich, you probably think of dirndls, sausages and Oktoberfest. The city is a popular destination for tourists wanting to get a glimpse of traditional German culture...

When you think of Munich, you probably think of dirndls, sausages and Oktoberfest. The city is a popular destination for tourists wanting to get a glimpse of traditional German culture, but for those traveling on business it's also the home to some of the biggest brand names in the world including BMW and Allianz among others. There are many tech companies here too, including Microsoft and Siemens, making Munich the Silicon Valley of Germany. However, you would be crazy to miss out on exploring one of the cultural hotspots of Germany, with its beautiful architecture, fascinating history and great food. We’ve hand-picked the best of Munich for business travelers, so set some time aside on your trip to experience this great city!

Where to stay

conichi has teamed up with hotels around Munich to offer the most efficient, smooth experience for business travelers. Everything from check-in and room preferences to check-out and payment can be organised from your smartphone - no queues necessary. Here are a few of our great partner hotels for you to choose from:For quick access to the city centre, mk Munich City hotel is the ideal choice. It’s within walking distance from the central station with lots of shops nearby and everything you could need for a relaxed stay. The Flag hotel lies in the north of the city, in a quieter area. However, the subway stop is just a few paces away from the hotel, with the central station a 9 minute ride. There’s a great sun terrace and a free fitness centre, and you can choose to stay in a fully furnished, modern ‘apartment’ including a small kitchen. Arthotel Ana has a colourful, fresh touch with its design and its clear that attention has been paid to every detail. This smarthotel is in the south of the city, a little further away, but it’s a good option for those who might want to avoid the rush of the city centre.

Where to eat

The perfect place for breakfast, Mr. Pancake has every kind of pancake you could realistically ever want on their menu. It’s right near parks and beautiful architecture. In good weather, sit outside and watch the city go by. If you’re chasing the traditional German experience during your downtime in Munich, Servus Heidi is a must. It’s right by the Hauptbahnhof, so just a short walk from any central location. There’s a relaxed, cosy atmosphere and fantastic schnitzel. It’s also ideal for meeting clients or colleagues for dinner and drinks, but it can get busy so be sure to make a reservation. If fresh seafood and authentic Greek cuisine sounds more up your street than white sausages or beef and onions, Taverna Limani is where we’d recommend. There’s also lots of healthy, vibrant vegetarian options here. It’s not quite in the centre, so perfect for getting away from the tourist traps.

What to do

When you’ve got a few hours away from meetings, Linderhof Palace is a good place to unwind. Set against the dramatic background of the Bavarian Alps, the palace stands out with its elaborate, detailed Rococo style. It was constructed by the Bavarian king, Ludwig II, in the late 19th century - a dramatic character, he modelled the interior of the lavish palace after Versailles and demanded a blooming meadow be available to him on the palace grounds when he went to pray on Good Friday, even on snowy days. If you’ve got the energy, climbing to the top of St. Peter’s Church tower will provide you with stunning panoramic views of the city and won’t cost you a cent. This is ideal for good weather and it’s an activity you can do right from the city centre. The church itself dates back to the 12th century and has had lots of additions in different styles, so it’s an interesting site for fans of architecture. The English Garden is a real Munich activity as the enormous park is popular with locals and tourists alike. There’s a waterfall, beautiful lakes, an open air theatre and even grazing animals. There are plenty of miniature temples and pagodas to explore or you can choose to just relax and people watch.Now that you don’t have to spend time filling out check-in forms at reception or waiting in the queue, get out there and explore Munich! Even if you only have a few hours, you won’t be short of exciting possibilities. Click here to download the app before your next smarthotel stay.