IF PAST TRIPS TO MUNICH left the impression the offerings in this colorful and treasured German city are limited to mechanical clocks and historic beer halls, it’s time to take another look. Boasting two major universities, the warm and welcoming central Maxvorstadt neighborhood is notable for its walkability, eclectic museums and cluster of interesting new hotels and eateries.
The neighborhood borders the city’s vast English Garden, larger in both scope and scale than Central Park. Seven academic centers, including two major universities, along with a compact museum area make this district a favorite with locals, students and visitors. Noteworthy monuments include the Neptunbrunnen (Fountain of Neptune) in the Old Botanical Garden Park; Karolinenplatz’s towering obelisk; and the Scholl Memorial, commemorating students Hans and Sophie Scholl, members of the Nazi resistance group White Rose who died in Munich-Stadelheim Prison.
Among the selection of outstanding museums, the Alte Pinakothek houses works by European masters and the world’s largest assembled collection of Rubens; the recently renovated Neue Pinakothek exhibits 19th-century paintings and sculptures. Enjoy newer, cutting-edge works by contemporary artists at the Pinakothek der Moderne and at Museum Brandhorst.
For lovers of classical sculpture, the Glyptothek is definitely an address worth visiting. Nearly completely destroyed during World War II, this restored museum gem houses Germany’s most comprehensive collection of Greek and Roman sculptures. Many of the exhibition’s pieces were discovered during excavations on the Greek island of Aegina at the site of the Temple of Aphaia. Highlights include the Barberini Faun, dating to about 220 B.C. and discovered in 1624 in Rome; and Kouros of Tenea, a sculpture of a young man who wears — for a Greek statue, at least — an uncharacteristically broad smile.
Relax and toast your day of exploration at James T. Hunt at 32 Schellingstrasse, Theresa Restaurant and Bar at 31 Theresienstrasse or popular Katopazzo at 87 Amalienstrasse. For brunch, lunch or dinner, dine like a local on the innovative menu at Cantine Cantona. While strolling allows for the best perspective of monuments and architecture (and the most direct access to cafés and bars) several U-Bahn metro stations in Maxvorstadt and Tram 27 make it easy to access and explore.
Imagine yourself lounging in a stone cottage suite with a fireplace and freestanding tub, sipping hot chocolate in a rustic game and reading room with a raftered ceiling, and ice skating and cross-country skiing in the crisp mountain air. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it? Especially when you add in seasonal touches.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
For the first time in Olympic history, when the 2024 Summer Olympics kick off on July 26, 2024, they will not do so in a stadium. Instead of an Olympic venue, the entire city of Paris will become the Olympic stadium, hosting the games among monuments, on bridges and on the grounds of some of the world’s most historic sites. The Opening Ceremony will take place on the River Seine, where athletes will drift along on a flotilla of boats as spectators wave them on from the quays and bridges throughout the city.
Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus launched a major reconstruction and redesign project in January 2023. Its completion date is set for 2025 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the star-studded hotel debut, which took place June 10, 1955, after only 21 months of construction. Happily, the hotel will retain its urban resort ambiance, complete with its lush sprawling gardens and iconic pool.
IHG Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the launch of a new mobile product feature for members: IHG Wi-Fi Auto Connect. This feature is now available exclusively in the IHG One Rewards mobile app for both iOS and Android users and will automatically connect IHG One Rewards members to WiFi upon arrival at more than 5,000 IHG hotels worldwide — no separate passwords or log-ins needed. This is in addition to the exciting benefits of being an IHG Business Edge member. IHG Business Edge provides small- and medium-sized businesses access to a user-friendly portal that displays comprehensive spending and savings data while providing the convenience of direct booking with a guaranteed discount.
The Singapore EDITION officially marks the brand’s entrance in Southeast Asia and Singapore, bringing the luxury of EDITION to the region. Featuring 204 guestrooms, The Singapore EDITION sits at the west end of Orchard Road, welcoming guests to its lobby adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows and a light-filled conservatory at the far wall, complete with a biophilic green way.
Earlier this week, Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines reached an agreement to combine, thus expanding services and benefits for customers. In a $1.9 billion deal, Alaska Airlines officially acquired Hawaiian Airlines. First, the deal must go through several federal regulations to approve the merger, a task in itself following the recent break up of a regional partnership between JetBlue and American Airlines.
Experience the life-changing destination of Greece by exploring its island gems in the Ionian Sea. Scattered off the western coastline of Central Greece, to the south of Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands are an island group comprising large and small islands.
Ideally positioned in Chicago’s enticing River North district within a beautifully restored 1920’s Art Deco structure, Freehand Chicago is surrounded by shops, museums, galleries and restaurants. The holiday season is the perfect time to visit — snowy cityscapes and glittering lights set the scene for shopping along the Magnificent Mile and State Street. Leisure time offers the opportunity to bask in the brisk winter air while ice skating in Millennium Park at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. Complimentary ice-skating lessons are offered each weekend and on some winter season public holidays.