We arrived in Munich on a cold dry afternoon after a scenic train ride up from Innsbruck. We opted for a direct train route with no changes keeping the trip to an easy 2 hours with about a dozen stops along the way up north through the Bavarian countryside. When we arrived in Munich the central train station was slammed with people and we made the easy transfer from the rail lines down to the S-bahn, stopping to grab some lunch for Matteo and 3 day Munich Cards to cover all of our travel for the days we would be in the city. We were only three stops away from Rosenheimer Platz where our hotel was located and we had an easy walk to the Hilton Munich City, ideally located for the S-Bahn and city trams.
We could not have asked for a better hotel than the Hilton City. It’s central location ensured that all of the historic and major attractions were within easy walking distance, or an even quicker S-bahn ride away. The hotel was freshly renovated and we were given an upgrade to an executive room at arrival, thanks to our status. We ended up booking 4 nights, but only paid for 3 thanks to the Citi Prestige card’s fourth night free benefit. The rate was ridiculously cheap thanks to a prepaid sale of only 115 euros per night, this value was fantastic considering we got breakfast every day and free canapés and cocktails each night in the lounge.
The room had new furnishings, a large bathroom, a full size desk, wardrobe, dresser, and side chair. With all of this we still had plenty of room for our king size bed and a roll away cot without feeling pressed for space or storage in the least bit. The Hilton also had a small lounge. It was always well stocked and had an attentive staff, though it was packed with guests for breakfast and happy hour.
The only hiccup in Munich was that Jen had caught a little bug on our travel day and was out of commission upon arrival. Other than that we spent the full 3 days taking in the city and sights. We enjoyed watching the marionette show at the Glockenspiel, visiting the beautiful cathedrals, playing tag in town square, sampling some local beer throughout many of the famous and large Bavarian Beer-gardens, and visiting the Allianz Arena which is home to Bayern Munich FC and also a host venue from the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
We checked out of our hotel late on New Years Eve and made our way to the airport for our return flight to Abu Dhabi having spent an amazing two weeks exploring and visiting with family. Munich was a great city and 3 days to explore was great to see most of the major landmarks. The city is very compact and easy to navigate even in the cold winter months thanks to an efficient and well designed public transportation system. After two weeks on the road we were ready to go home and relax. We had one more great experience that awaited us: our business class flight aboard the Etihad A330 to Abu Dhabi.