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.

Celebrating immigration perspectives and diverse journeys

By The Hub team, September 25, 2020

From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, the U.S. celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, a chance to pay tribute to the history, culture and contributions that generations of Latinxs have paved to enrich U.S. history. It is also a reminder to celebrate our differences and spark difficult, yet important, conversations.

To kick off the month, UNITE, our multicultural business resource group for employees, did just that by hosting a panel discussion about the immigrant experience and what it means to be an immigrant in the U.S.

United Litigation and Managing Counsel Elizabeth Lopez, who is a pro bono immigration attorney, moderated the panel, and was joined by Ashley Huebner, Associate Director of Legal Services at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and Magdalena Gonzalez, Program Manager, Leadership Development Programs at Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement. The three women shared their insights and personal stories, while addressing some misconceptions and highlighting the contributions of immigrants to our company and country.

Participants' headshots from United's Hispanic Heritage Month Panel From left to right, Elizabeth Lopez, Ashely Huebner and Magdalena Gonzalez

"I started to notice that there were things I was scared of doing, that I needed to be cautious," said Magdalena while sharing her personal experience as a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient. "My friends, who a majority of them are citizens, did not need to worry about that. As I was able to see that, I realized that, 'oh, there's so many things that revolve around not just being a DACA recipient but revolve around being a person with an undocumented status here in the United States.'"

United maintains a close relationship with the NIJC. In May of 2019, United co-hosted an asylum clinic put on by the legal services organization, where several attorneys and legal professionals were trained on representing asylum-seeking applicants. At the end of the clinic, members of our legal department were assigned an asylum case through the NIJC.

Litigation Managing Counsel Elizabeth Lopez, Commercial Transactions Counsel Tiffany Jaspers, Global Compliance and Ethics Counsel Nancy Jacobson and Employment Litigation Senior Manager Dorothy Karpierz were partnered with attorneys from the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery to take on an immigration case of a mother of three from Honduras. Recently, after a years-long court battle, the legal team was victorious, changing the life of the woman and her family.

United is committed to connecting people and uniting the world. Whether you're an immigrant, a child of immigrants or simply want to learn more about the immigrant experience in the U.S., discussions like these, related to this hot-button issue, are important to have in order to understand the human lives behind it.

Make your voice heard

By Brett J. Hart, September 22, 2020

Your voice matters. Voting is one of the most influential civic activities we can engage in as Americans. At United, our mission is to connect people and unite the world — and one of the most important ways to do that is to engage in the democratic process. That's why we've long provided our employees with resources to help them get registered to vote.

This year, we're taking our support a step further as the official airline of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Since the start of the pandemic, we've overhauled our cleaning measures through a program we call United CleanPlusSM , and the CPD has placed their trust in United to fly Commission production staff to each of the four debates, starting with the first one on September 29, hosted by Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University.

Today, on National Voter Registration Day, we also want to make sure our customers have access to information about how to participate in the 2020 Election. Over the past several months, you've heard a lot from us about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed air travel. We've learned that with some planning and extra effort, it's still possible — and safe. That's true of voting, too.

No matter which party you support or how you're planning to vote, we know our democracy will be stronger if you make your voice heard and make a plan to vote.

Best,

Brett J. Hart
President
United Airlines

United named to Year Up Opportunity Hall of Fame

By The Hub team, September 17, 2020

Since its launch 20 years ago, Year Up, one of our critical needs grant recipients, has helped more than 10,000 young adults gain access to corporate business and technical experience at large companies like United while offering the invaluable perspectives they bring with them.

On Wednesday, the nonprofit inducted United into its Opportunity Hall of Fame – a selection that occurs once every five years.

Year Up's mission is to help close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Since 2018, our partnership has allowed talented student learners the opportunity to gain corporate business experience and technical skill training at the airline while bringing their unique perspectives to our United family and culture. One of those students is Emily Lopez, who graduated from the Year Up program in January 2019 and was hired to be part of the United family as an analyst in Revenue Management.

"I moved from Venezuela to the United States in July 2016 and being a young immigrant with no resources can be difficult to pursue a career in a new country," said Emily.

After learning about Year Up and ultimately being accepted into the program, Emily landed an internship with United, an opportunity she is very grateful for.

Emily Lopez - Analyst, Pricing & Revenue Management

"Feedback from my mentors, coaches and managers was key during my internship phase and helped me convert my internship at United to a full-time position. I am grateful for the opportunity United has provided me and my Year Up Alumni colleagues to keep building a professional career within the company. I am so excited to continue building a professional career with the company and to see United being inducted to Year Up's Hall of Fame. Let's continue closing the opportunity divide!" said Emily.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has made this year's partnership a bit more difficult, we continue to do our part to support the Year Up student learners. Last month, we surprised 145 graduates of this year's Year Up Chicago program with roundtrip tickets to pursue career and networking opportunities within the United States.

"I've been personally honored and inspired to be an advocate for Year Up since I joined United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "This program gives young people from challenged backgrounds an opportunity to get their foot in the door as interns at United. This year's graduates are entering a challenging job landscape, but we have one thing that can help: a route network that provides easy access to major business markets across the United States."

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