From Miami to Munich on Lufthansa Airlines – A 10 Star Experience Awaits!
We had the divine pleasure of being treated to an informative presentation and dinner at The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach hosted by Lufthansa Airlines and the city of Munich’s airport (MUC) and tourism office. Recently Lufthansa has expanded it’s routes from Florida to Germany with the addition of Fort Myers and plans for their new flagship A380 aircraft from Miami direct to Munch this winter. This event was a small taste of the signature German excellence in hospitality and lifestyle fields. We started the evening with rooftop cocktails graced with stunning 360 views of Miami Beach and the city beyond, then treated to delicious bites in a private space within the depths of the hotel. There was so much wonderful information presented that I am thrilled to share with you below. Traveling is not only about the destination, but also about the journey there. Imagine a seamless and exciting travel experience starting from your flight and following all the way through to the city you visit! Lufthansa and the city of Munich have recognized the value and need for this facet of travel and have done a fabulous job implementing techniques to encourage this flow.
Let’s begin with traveling to Munich! Lufthansa airlines has really set the standard for first, business, and economy class travel. Lufthansa is the third largest first class carrier in the world and a 5 star class carrier. So what happens when a 5 star airline lands in Europe’s only 5 star airport? You get a 10 star experience! All first class passengers on Lufthansa receive a fresh red rose for their flight, a timeless touch that truly elevates the experience on-board. The interior of the first class section is a specialized velvet base similar to private jets that helps to mute sounds and prevent jet lag. Business and first class passengers also receive a lovely sleep kit, and all Lufthansa group flights have flatbeds available. This airline has earned prestige for it’s attention to detail and it shows with it being given Skytrax’s awards in 2018 for “Best Airline in Europe” and “Best Western European Airline”.
The Lufthansa Group has significantly grown in the Florida market with over 40 weekly flights to and from four gateways in the Sunshine State during this summer season. In Miami, the Lufthansa Group connects the city to Europe, and beyond, 21 times per week with direct flights to Frankfurt, Zurich, Vienna and Düsseldorf on Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Eurowings, respectively. Aside from departing at attractive times, these flights are also flown with some of the Group’s flagship aircraft, such as Lufthansa’s Airbus A380 and the SWISS’s Boeing 777. With over 343 destinations world-wide and 195 new aircraft on order through 2025, Lufthansa is on track to surpass their most successful year yet with the holiday season still on the horizon. If you’re thinking of visiting Germany or many other European destinations, Lufthansa is definitely a premium choice well worth considering.
Now that you have been flown across the ocean and experienced the premium service and amenities Lufthansa offers, it’s time to land refreshed and excited for your stay in Munich. The flawless experience continues with your arrival into Munich airport. MUC is the only airport in Europe to have received Skytrax’s coveted title of “Five-Star airport” based on a variety of important passenger experience factors such as amenities, traveling comfort, connection time (minimum 30 minutes! Unheard of!), and clear signage/navigation. The airport was awarded the title in 2015 and again in 2017. Munich airport pro-actively takes customer feedback into consideration and is constantly improving their services and redesigning their terminals for the best possible passenger experience. In 2017 Munich Airport counted 44.6 million passengers and is expecting 58.2 million passengers by 2025. With all these people, Munich has taken the extra steps to not only have the airport as a transit hub, but a destination in itself. There are over 60+ dining options of all international cuisine styles and flavors, including the world’s first airport brewery- Airbräu. Three different types of beer are brewed at the Airbräu offered along with several seasonal types. The Airbräu prices are a bargain: a pint of beer costs only 2,75 Euros. The true highlight is Europe’s largest roofed beer garden, which is open most of the year depending on weather conditions. Up to 600 visitors can enjoy their food and drinks outside, surrounded by shady trees right in the middle of the stylish Munich Airport Center.
Speaking of the Munich Airport Center, it is not just for the airport! Locals and passengers alike are able to come to the airport center throughout the year for BMX tournaments, Cooking demonstrations, FIFA world cup matches, a Christmas Market and much more! There are also over 130 shopping stores available with prices that are lower then downtown Munich stores. For those who just want to relax on their layover, there are also numerous thoughtful amenities available. These include coffee stations and free newspapers at the gates in Terminal 2 (Schengen level), free relaxation areas throughout the airport, power outlets, free computer terminals and 24 hours free Wifi. There are also the Napcab sleeping cabins, developed by Munich Airport. Napcabs are the perfect way to find some privacy and beat jet lag. These innovative pods provide a comfortable bed for sleeping or relaxing, and self-adjusted music and lighting. Luxurious VIP facilities are also available at Munich Airport. The VipWing presents a unique blend of international ambiance combined with traditional Bavarian hospitality. Regardless of seating class or carrier, passengers seeking individual and exclusive services can book and have access to a wide range of VIP services. Chauffeured limousines shuttle the guests in luxury from and to the aircraft. The lounge is staffed by multilingual representatives and offers airport guests all-round support. Personal assistants can organize all the traveler’s flight-related processes and formalities such as immigration support, check-in, baggage-handling, tax refund and customs clearance while guests relax in the VipWing. And finally, for the parents traveling with children, this wonderful airport offers a playground at New Visitors Park and Kinderland. There are so many amazing offerings from this airport that it’s hard to cover them all! We encourage you to visit and discover more passenger gems littered throughout!
After completing a wonderful plane ride and being blown away by the awesome airport experience, now it’s time to enjoy what you came here for, the city of Munich! This beautiful city has so many fascinating sights to visit, it will make your head spin! For the spiritual seekers, castle lovers, die-hard foodies and everyone in between, there is something for everyone to indulge in this cultural hub. True luxury in Munich means being able to relax and take it all in. To do so, let’s start with an integral part of the vacation, which is the accommodation. There are several notable hotels that have received world-renowned accolades for their establishments such as München Palace, Königshof, Sofitel Bayerpost, Hilton München Park, Bayerischer Hof, Mandarin Oriental, The Four Seasons, The Charles and The Westin Grand. In addition, Munich remains one step ahead with the launch of their “lean luxury” concept. Times are changing and the landscape of travel has developed into less focus on opulence and more on the overall experience. Several new hotels have also been slated to launch for the year of 2018 and quite a few opened back in 2017 as well that feature this unique and successful concept. Once you’ve found the perfect place to rest your head, it’s time to quench your thirst with an ice cold glass of Bavarian beer. Did you know there is an actual Beer Purity Law in Bavaria? The Reinheitsgebot helps to protect the outstanding quality of Munich’s beers by regulating specific ingredients in order to label it as a proper beer. This top quality standard is extended to the local cuisine. Munich is home to many talented chefs, with 8 Munich restaurants having scored top ratings ranging between 17 and 19.5 (out of a possible 20) in the 2018 edition of the Gault-Millau gourmet guide. The 2018 Michelin Guide nominated Jan Hartwig, head chef at Munich restaurant Atelier, as one of Germany’s eleven 3-star chefs.
After indulging in the vast array of gastronomic delights it may be a good idea to burn a few calories by strolling down Munich’s grandest shopping street, Maximilianstrasse, featuring luxury international clothing and jewelry brands. Exquisite stores – some of which remain family-owned to this day – blend the traditional with the modern for a unique shopping experience. The Deutsches Museum, Alte and Neue Pinakothek, Pinakothek der Moderne and Lenbachhaus gallery are all considered to be among the best museums in the world and Munich’s Kunstareal (Art District) combines great art with chic bars, cozy cafés and beautiful shops. Yet another example of the unique way of life in Munich and the city’s ability to seamlessly combine art and the culture of enjoyment. There is still so much more to see in this city, including the Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace) and the Residenz palace, the Allianz Arena, the BMW museum, the Englischer Garten, Hirschgarten and the eastern banks of the Isar in south Munich! Of course a visit during Oktoberfest is certainly a must as well, as the city comes alive with beer tents and festivities for 2 weeks! I hope you enjoy your visit to Europe’s Most Livable City armed with this wealth of information to have the ideal trip.
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