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July 6, 2007updated Dec 09, 2015

Highlights of Munich

By Chris Boyle


Don’t miss out on Munich’s wealth of attractions, adventures and experiences


The Bavarian State Opera is one of the oldest opera houses in the world and has been one of few to maintain its fame throughout several centuries.

Founded by Henriette Adelheid of Savoy in 1653, it has showcased concerts and ballets, but it wasn’t until 1753 that the Opera opened as a major stage. Elite travelers will be impressed by the venue’s electrifying exterior and magnificent interior, with a seating capacity for 2,100 people. The auditorium is complemented by five rows of stalls and a royal box overlooking the whole auditorium. The Bavarian State Opera has maintained its reputation throughout the 20th century, with the immediate postwar years seeing a series of great conductors. The current music director is Zubin Mehta, who has retained his position since 1998.


Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival where elite travelers can enjoy authentic Bavarian etiquette, savor traditional German foods, and more importantly, sample a variety of locally-brewed beers.

Both locals and tourists are known to make the trip to enjoy each day of the jovial festival. Oktoberfest is one of the most famous festivals in the world. Eating and drinking in the company of friends and family is what the Munich culture is built on. Each year the Oktoberfest welcomes over six million guests from all over the world. Past visitors have included Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paris Hilton. Oktoberfest actually starts in September and in 2011 will kick off on the 17th of the month. For more information, see our Only Elite section.



There are a range of reasons why visiting a museum should be top of your list during your stay.

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There is an ensemble of three museums in Munich, each of them highlighting different periods in art and culture. Located next to the Englischen Garten, visitors will be able to find The Alte Pinakothek, The Neue Pinokothek and The Pinakothek der Moderne (see page 19). These museums aim to provide inspiration through personal connections, and strive to stimulate your mind while at the venue but also throughout your stay in Munich. The exhibitions are a great way to spend time with family and we advise elite travelers not to miss the city’s wealth of museums.

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