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Updated: August 4, 2020
CORTIINA – Bright, classy, and comfortable digs right in the center of Munich.
CORTIINA is one of the best-located hotels in the city, in between Marienplatz/ Viktualienmarkt and the Platzl. But that’s far from the only reason to recommend it: it’s also one of the city’s most stylish hotels, which is no surprise as it was conceived by Rudi Kull and Albert Weinzierl, the chef-architect team behind many of the city’s favorite spots (including the authentic Italian Bar Centrale, the impressive Brenner Grill, Buffet Kull, the LOUIS hotel and its renowned vegan buffet breakfast, and the two Riva bar-restaurants). As befits a member of Design Hotels, everything about the CORTIINA feels high quality and self-assured, from the bespoke furniture and sumptuous fabrics that lend the place its boutique feel to the extensive wine list at the GRAPES bar.
CORTIINA – Location
- Address: Ledererstrasse 8, Munich.
- Nearest Metro/Subway: Marienplatz S-Bahn and U-Bahn station is a 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Area: Right in the heart of the Munich’s Altstadt, surrounded by all the major tourist sites (most within a 10-minute walk and nearly all within a 20-minute walk).
- How to Get There: From the airport, CORTIINA is around 40 minutes (24 miles) by car or public transport (S-Bahn to Marienplatz).
- Handy to: Viktualienmarkt, Marienplatz, Residenz.
CORTIINA – The Basics
- Ages: The hotel welcomes people of all ages (and its team is very accommodating), but it is geared more toward adults.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
- Laundry: The hotel offers a laundry service for a supplementary charge.
- Parking: On-site parking available at €22 per day. Free electric car charging.
- Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi in every room.
- Extras: Pillow menu, fresh flowers in the room daily, free newspapers.
- When to Book: There is a major accommodation shortage in Munich, so book well ahead to get prime rooms, especially during Oktoberfest, which starts mid-September and goes on for a month.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +49 89 242 2490
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: cortiina.com
CORTIINA – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: There is a brand new, very well-equipped fitness center.
- For Disabled Guests: The hotel is accessible by elevator. Write to the hotel directly to discuss in-room accessibility needs.
- For Families: Some of the suites can accommodate extra beds. Breakfast is free for kids under 6 and reduced for under-17s.
CORTIINA – Food and Drink
- Bar-Restaurant: GRAPES Weinbar – Serves delectable wine and food in a refined yet relaxed bar. Its abundant cellar is overseen by seriously good sommeliers who also organize events for oenophiles, such as tastings with local producers and workshops to learn more about the art and craft of winemaking. Open Monday-Saturday 6 pm-2 am. $$-$$$.
- Cafe-Bar: It may be just across the street from the CORTIINA, but stepping into Bar Centrale transports you to Italy, both with the shouts of “Ciao Bella” from staff, and the authentically simple daily menu of salads and pasta. They also do breakfast specializing in Italian bread (the whole bar is set in the shell of an old bakery). There is, of course, an aperitivo menu, as well as some of the best coffee in Munich. Open daily noon-11 pm (closes 10 pm on Sunday). $.
- Breakfast: Fantastic, leisurely buffet breakfast served in GRAPES Weinbar, with a focus on high-quality, gourmet ingredients, many from the Viktualienmarkt, and delectable bread and pastries. Served 6:30-11 am (until noon Saturday-Sunday). €27.50 (free for under-6s and reduced for under-17s). There’s a more budget-friendly brunch available across the street at Bar Centrale.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours. There is more choice in the evenings, when you can order from GRAPES and Bar Centrale.
CORTIINA – Rooms
- Room Types: Cosy ● Single ● Superior ● Double Deluxe ● Junior Suite ● Suite ● 2 Bedroom Suite ● Maisonette Suite
- Smoking Rooms: Cortiina is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The spacious (753sqft) loft-style Maisonette Suite is spread over 2 floors and offers gorgeous views of Munich, 2 balconies, a living area, a fully-equipped kitchen with dining area, as well as the luxuries all the rooms share: air-conditioning, Bose SoundLink sound system, TV, and DVD player. It can accommodate up to 3 people.
- Family Rooms: No family rooms per se, but some of the suites can accommodate children.
CORTIINA – Local Transport
- Walking: Everywhere in the Altstadt is within a 15-minute walk of the CORTIINA.
- Tram/Bus: There are easy bus and tram connections throughout the city with excellent maps and apps available.
- Subway: Marienplatz S-Bahn and U-Bahn station is a 3-minute walk (0.2 mile) from the hotel.
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: Uber is available in Munich, but its growth has been limited by local taxis which have rallied to compete. Taxi-München uses TaxiApp which is nationwide, has multilingual phone operators (+49 89 21 610 or +49 89 19 410), and accepts text and email bookings. Another reliable local company is IsarFunk (+49 89 450 540), which uses the taxi.eu app.
CORTIINA – What’s Nearby?
Things everyone should know about Munich:
- Cash is still king – never assume places will accept cards.
- Everything closes down for a holiday in August.
- September-October opening hours vary (especially for bars) because of Oktoberfest.
- Most places are closed on Sundays, even places that look touristy; it’s always worth checking.
Recommended Nearby Tours
- The Local Experience – For all things beer and Oktoberfest related, go to these guys with their range of fun, boozy options. Many of the tours start at Marienplatz. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Munich Walk Tours – As well as the normal range of city tours, this outfit offers a beer tour that takes you round a Paulaner brewery, a bike tour of the Englischer Garten, and a Bavarian food tasting tour. Tours start at Marienplatz. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Radius Tours – Huge range of tours in English, including many day trips to the surrounding areas (Salzburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Nuremberg), as well as city tours of Third Reich, Dachau, Bavarian beer, and bike tours and rental. Tours start from the Hauptbahnhof. 11 minutes by public transport.
Best Nearby Taverns
You cannot leave Munich without experiencing a traditional tavern (Wirtshaus). Expect wood paneling, hearty food, and lots of beer. Many are centuries-old and related to the city’s oldest breweries. Look out for features such as lockers for patrons’ Steins (beer mugs) and Stammtischen (tables reserved for regulars). All serve reasonably-priced ($-$$) draught beer and traditional Bavarian food; some close on Sunday.
- Hofbräuhaus – Do not miss visiting the most famous tavern in the world. Complete with traditionally dressed waitstaff, oompah band, space for 3,000 people, a garden, and great food, it will fulfill your every Bavarian dream. (Interesting fact: Hitler loved this place.) 2-minute walk (125m).
- Ayinger am Platzl – Owned by the same family that runs the Platzl Hotel and Restaurant Pfistermühle, this tavern serves the family brew with hearty food in a beer hall with modern quirky touches. 2-minute walk (150m).
- Beim Sedlmayr – Hearty Bavarian food served in a bright dining room with staff in traditional dress. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Bratwursthertzl – Tucked down a corner of the Viktualienmarkt in a little plaza, this place does great sausages and food from the Franconia region. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Nürnberger Bratwurst Glöckl am Dom – This has to be one of the most renowned Bavarian restaurants in the world. It has welcomed luminaries as varied as Walt Disney, Ingrid Bergman, John Huston, Ted Kennedy, and Karl Lagerfeld to its dark-wood-paneled dining room right by the Cathedral for their homemade brats. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Der Pschorr – A contemporary convivial beer hall with traditional food, belonging to the Hacker-Pschorr brewery, right in the middle of the Viktualienmarkt. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Wirtshaus zum Straubinger – Slightly more intimate than many of Munich’s taverns, and a bit off the beaten track for tourists, but this place features a lovely garden and cozy interior. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Hackerhaus – This tavern, built in the original 15th-century Hacker brewery, is still owned by what is now the Hacker-Pschorr brewery. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Augustiner Stammhaus – Do not miss the Augustiner brewery’s flagship tavern on the pedestrianized Neuhauser Strasse. It has multiple salons, including one with a glass-domed roof, and an Italianate beer garden. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Buffet Kull – Popular spot, inspired by New York/Parisian bistros, where the food is great and the service, swift. $-$$. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Restaurant Pfistermühle – Set in a 16th-century mill covered in vines, this romantic place does Bavarian haute cuisine that looks pretty as a picture. $$$. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Conviva im Blauen Haus – High-quality low-cost set menus aimed at theatergoers in an industrial-style canteen, run by a worthy non-profit that helps people with disabilities into the workplace. $. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Brenner Operngrill – Huge restaurant in a spectacular old vaulted building, where the kitchen (an open grill and a pasta station) is set in the middle. $$-$$$. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Vegelangelo – Vegan and vegetarian dishes from around the world, guaranteed non-GMO, and cooked from scratch. Cash only. $-$$. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Tian – Michelin-starred vegetarian fine dining. Closed Sunday-Monday. Reservations essential. $$$-$$$$. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Ruff’s Burger – German mini-chain that evolved from a popular food truck whose epic burgers are not to be missed. $-$$. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile) to the Rindermarkt restaurant.
- Restaurant Jin – This place, just outside Altstadt, has a Michelin Plate for its inventive Chinese fine dining. Closed Monday. $$$$. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Atelier – Jan Hartwig’s Michelin 3-starred wonder in the magnificent Bayerischer Hof Hotel. Dinner only; reservations essential. $$$$. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Prinz Myshkin – Superb setting and wonderful vegan and vegetarian food with inspirations from India and Italy. Great value lunch. $-$$. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes
- Schmalznudel Café Frischhut – Specializing in schmalznudels, a frisbee-shaped donut, this rustic old bakery offers a taste of Old Munich. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Schumann’s Tagesbar – This daytime café-bar in the Fünf Höfe is a relaxed, classic meeting place and complements its sister establishment in the Hofgarten. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
Best Nearby Bars
- Lump, Stein & Küchenmeister – Like a traditional beer hall or beer garden, except with wine. Dozens of wines on tap and by the bottle, along with great food that puts Bavaria front and center. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Ned Kelly’s Australian Bar/Killians Irish Pub – Basically the same place with 2 names, these 2 bars share a cellar in the corner of the Frauenplatz. There’s live music and karaoke and a hub for English-speakers. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Pfälzer Residenz Weinstube – A long-standing favorite in the beautiful buildings of the Residenz, focusing on wines from the Palatinate region (known as die Pfalz in German). 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- The High – Achingly hip cocktail bar on the border of Altstadt/Glockenbach. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
Munich Altstadt has it all in terms of stores: quirky independents, international mega-chains, luxury brands, and historic local artisans. Good places to hit include Kaufingertorstrasse and Kaufingertor Passage, Orlandostrasse, Maximilianstrasse, Brienner Strasse, Residenzstrasse, Fünf Höfe, and, of course, the Viktualienmarkt.
- servus.heimat – Sick of the usual tourist tat? Head here for unique and quirky Bavarian souvenirs. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile) to the shop on Tal.
- Hofbräuhaus Kunstmühle – This is the only active flour mill in the city, selling ancestral grains and flours from its historic building. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Elly-Seidl – 100-year-old Munich-based confectioner specializing in pralines with various outlets in the city. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile) to shop on Tal.
- Dallmayr Delikatessenhaus – Head to this temple of gastronomy for gifts, fine foods, a bite to eat at the cafe, or fine dining at the Michelin 2-starred Alois restaurant. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Hofpfisterei – What more do you need to know other than the fact that this bakery has been here for around 700 years? Just go. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Manufactum – Quality German-made goods. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Kustermann – Historic kitchen and cookery department store that’s over 200 years old. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Globetrotter – Enormous travel superstore featuring specialist gear for just about any outdoor pursuit, as well as guidebooks, cafe, and pool for trying out kayaks and SUPs. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Galeria Kaufhof – Five-story department store on Marienplatz where you’ll find pretty much anything you need. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Lodenfrey – Luxury department store featuring all the international megabrands, but specializing in fine traditional clothing. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Kräuterhaus Lindig – Experts in herbal remedies since 1887. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Radspieler – The founder, Josef Radspieler, was a master guilder, and his business (founded in 1841) has flourished into an emporium for fine goods, from fashion to interiors. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
Most attractions are within walking distance, but some of Munich’s must-sees are worth a trip outside the center on public transport.
- Marienplatz – Munich’s showstopping main square, named after the Virgin Mary, houses the distinctive Altes Rathaus and Neues Rathaus (old and new townhalls). The Neues Rathaus is the one with the wonderful Glockenspiel that chimes at 11 am, noon, and 5 pm daily (a must-see). One street south is the church known as Alter Peter (Old Peter, St. Peter, or Peterskirche). You are rewarded by marvelous views of Munich by scaling its 300+ steps (alternatively, take the elevator to the Neues Rathaus viewing tower). 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Residenz – Just off Odeonsplatz is a cluster of buildings known collectively as the Residenz: the largest palace in any German city center and home to the rulers of Bavaria from 1508-1918. Open to visitors are its many courtyards, a museum, the former treasury, and the Cuvilliés Theatre where Mozart premiered one of his operas. Expect Renaissance treasures and Baroque-style rooms. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Frauenkirche – The full name of Munich’s cathedral is Dom Zu Unserer Lieben Frau (Cathedral of Our Dear Lady), but it generally goes by its colloquial name. The 15th-century cathedral sits in a pleasant plaza and has distinctive Arabic-inspired towers. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Sankt-Jakobs-Platz – This pleasant urban plaza hosts two of the city’s best specialist museums: the Stadtmuseum, where you can get your questions answered about Bavaria’s curious traditions at the “Typically Munich!” permanent exhibition and the Jüdisches Zentrum (Jewish Center), which includes the Ohel Jakob Synagogue and the Jewish Museum. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Hofgarten – The elegant old garden of the Residenz (just off the Odeonsplatz) is now a lovely city park, well used by citizens and tourists alike. There are often concerts in the Diana Temple – the bandstand in the center. Make sure to factor in an aperitivo at the beloved city bar Schumann’s on the park’s northwestern corner. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Odeonsplatz – Magnificent Italiante plaza with regal and Nazi history. Hitler attempted his infamous putsch at the Feldherrnhalle – the central structure with columns and lions – in 1923. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Deutsches Museum – One of Germany’s best museums with wonderful interactive exhibitions that will delight kids and adults alike. For transportation aficionados, the museum has a fabulous outpost, the Verkeshrszentrum, just north of Bavariapark. The main museum is on an island in the Isar. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Englisher Garten & Maximiliansanlagen – Munich’s “English Garden” is the largest inner-city park in the world, spanning the Isar. There’s a lot to explore, including a fabulous contemporary art gallery in an imposing fascist building (Haus der Kunst), a Chinese pavilion, woodland areas, hiking trails, taverns and beer gardens, fields for nudism, a boating lake, and an area for surfing (it has to be seen to be believed), to name a few features. The leafy riverside extension, the Maximiliansanlagen, starts opposite the Deutsches Museum, a 15-minute walk (0.7 mile) from the hotel, while the main park starts in the northeastern corner of the Hofgarten, a 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Maxvorstadt/Kunstareal (the Art Quarter/Museum Quarter) – To have these many museums, galleries, and architectural gems crammed into a few city blocks is a marvel and a must-see. For classical art, don’t miss the Alte Pinakothek. Contemporary and modern art lovers are spoiled for choice: there’s the Pinakothek der Moderne, Brandhorst, Lenbachhaus, and Neue Pinakothek (closed for renovation until 2025). Then there’s the Königsplatz, whose remarkable and grand Grecian-style architecture was the backdrop to many a Nazi rally. There you’ll find the Glyptothek art gallery, Staatliche Antikensammlungen (state antiquity collection), and the NS-Dokumentationszentrum (Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism). 17-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Olympiapark – There’s tons to see and do at the park built for the 1972 Olympic Games, including ascending the tallest structure in the city, the Olympiaturm (go on a clear day for spectacular views of the mountains); exploring the fabulous park and it’s landscaped hills; activities like zorbing, rowboats, pedalos, climbing, abseiling, and ziplining; a Seaworld aquarium; and the nearby BMW World for car-lovers. There are several routes into the park depending on where you want to go, and it takes around 30-35 minutes (3 miles) on public transport.
- Allianz Arena – Soccer fans will not want to miss the home of one of the world’s most famous teams, Bayern Munich. There are guided tours and souvenirs galore. It’s an easy 35 minutes (7 miles) by the U-Bahn.
- Schloss Nymphenburg – Nymphenburg Palace’s beautifully preserved buildings, which date as far back as 1664, and manicured grounds, make a splendid day trip. 40 minutes (4 miles) via public transport.
- Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site – This notorious ex-concentration camp, where over 40,000 people were killed under the Nazi regime, makes for a gruesome but educational experience. Entry is free and no reservations are needed. It takes around 50-minutes (12 miles) via public transport.
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Rewe City – Convenient and modern mini-supermarket chain. Open Monday-Saturday 7 am-8 pm. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile) to store on Tal.
- Viktualienmarkt – The unmissable Munich marketplace with dozens of stalls selling some of the best food in the country is just a short stroll away. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).