7 Amazing Things to do, See and Eat in Munich - United Hub

7 amazing things to do, see and eat in Munich

By Matt Chernov

It's easy to see why the Bavarian capital of Munich ranks so highly as one of Europe's top travel destinations. Situated on the winding banks of the lovely Isar River, and filled with lush greenery, stunning architecture, and world-class museums and restaurants, few cities in the world can match it in terms of charm and sophistication. Whether you're a first-time visitor, or returning for another stay, here are seven must-see attractions to help make your trip to Munich truly special.

Siegestor victory gate located in Munich

Leopoldstrasse Boulevard

Connecting Munich's historic Old Town district to its trendy new neighborhoods, the lively Leopoldstrasse Boulevard is the perfect way to experience the best of what this city has to offer in one leisurely stroll. Dozens of shops, cinemas, pubs, outdoor cafés and open air markets line this long and colorful street, making it a splendid way to spend an afternoon. As you walk along the Leopoldstrasse's wide path, keep an eye out for popular landmarks like the beautiful Siegestor victory gate and the playfully avant-garde Running Man statue.

Music at the Gasteig

A gorgeous modern concert hall overlooking the Isar River, the Gasteig is home to the famed Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to hosting musical events throughout the year, the 2,400-seat auditorium is the site for international film screenings, dance performances and live theater, which explains why it's been one of the city's top cultural attractions since it first opened more than three decades ago. Upcoming programs in 2018 include a tribute to the music of “Game of Thrones," a concert by the Japanese drumming troupe Kodō, and a celebration of the Swedish pop group ABBA's classic hits.

Aerial view of the BMW museum in Munich

The BMW Museum

Germany and automotive excellence go hand in hand, so a visit to Munich's BMW Museum is highly recommended. Located near the city's Olympic Park, and housed in one of the most strikingly designed buildings in the entire country, the museum offers visitors a guided tour of the iconic car manufacturer's fascinating history, including dozens of full-size prototype vehicles on display. One current exhibit includes a rare look at the one-of-a-kind BMW 507 roadster owned by Elvis Presley himself. The BMW Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Aerial view of the Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

If you've ever dreamed of stepping into a real-life fairy tale, then this spectacular 19th century palace perched high above the quaint village of Hohenschwangau is not to be missed. Commissioned by the King of Bavaria as a tribute to the legendary German composer Richard Wagner, the still-unfinished palace served as inspiration for Walt Disney's iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle. A variety of guided tours allow visitors to explore the opulent throne room, the fanciful turrets, a romantic carriage house, and several grand halls and chambers.

Dinner at Broeding

Head Chef and co-owner Manuel Reheis and his expert team of culinary artists reinvent the wheel each night with a fresh and inventive menu that changes every 24 hours. Wine connoisseurs will find themselves in awe of the exquisite Austrian bottles stored in Broeding's cellar, but it's the extraordinary food that has made this award-winning restaurant so beloved. Guests can choose between either a five or six-course meal, with or without wine pairing, or take advantage of Broeding's after-work special which includes a specially selected three-course dinner.

Ferris wheel and light post at Springfest in Munich

Springfest

Think of this outrageously fun festival as “Oktoberfest's little sister." Held annually at the end of April, Frühlingsfest (or Springfest as it's called in English) draws thousands of visitors to Munich each year for more than two weeks of pretzels, parties, fireworks, and some of the best beer in the world. Featuring all the pleasures of Oktoberfest, but with warmer weather and smaller crowds, Springfest is an intrinsic part of Bavarian culture and a must-see event for anyone visiting the city between April and May.

Drinks at The Couch Club

One of the city's best cocktail bars, The Couch Club combines Bavarian elegance with laid-back charm, making it ideal for virtually all occasions. Offering more than 130 varieties of gin, including many rare and obscure German brands, and featuring plenty of cozy armchairs and sofas to relax in, this popular spot is like a friendly living room you won't want to leave. An extensive drink menu, tasty sandwiches, snacks and a requisite foosball table help add to the chill vibe.

If you go

When you're ready to experience all the wonder that Munich has to offer, visit united.com to plan your trip, or use the convenient United app on your smart phone or favorite device.

United Cargo and logistics partners keep critical medical shipments moving

By The Hub team, July 02, 2020

By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.

United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.

Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.

A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.

United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Celebrating Juneteenth

By United Airlines, June 18, 2020

A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group

Fellow United team members –

Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.

Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.

Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.

Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."

Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.

To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.

Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.

Thank you,

UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)

Leadership Team

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, May 20, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment, and to provide transparency and choice throughout the travel journey.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

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    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
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    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
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    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
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    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
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    Rolling out touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

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    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
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    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
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    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
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    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing
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    Rolling out Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayers to disinfect in the airport

On our aircraft

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    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
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    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
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    Providing onboard items like pillows and blankets upon request
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    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
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    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
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    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
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    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft
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    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove 99.97% of airborne particles
    • The cabin recirculated air is exchanged every 2-3 minutes

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

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