British Airways Club Europe Business Class London-Munich – Flight Review

Until I started flying more often on oneworld airlines, I didn’t fully appreciate what British Airways had to offer in its Club Europe business-class offering – plus. I was wary about Heathrow’s Terminal 5, a facility that, as FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira doesn’t hesitate to point out, became functionally obsolete not long after its opening.
Adding to the excitement of my trip was an e-mail the night before departure from …

Oktoberfest 2019 Opens in Munich with Parades and Ceremony

MUNICH—The first keg was tapped with the words “O’zapft is” (“it’s tapped”) accompanied by a 12-gun salute as Bürgermeister Dieter Reiter opened the 186th Oktoberfest on Saturday.  As tradition demands, the Bürgermeister handed the first Maß – literally a measure but also a liter – of beer to Bavarian Ministerpräsident Markus Söder.
The opening was preceded by a Festzug, a parade, starting in the city center, which was led by the …

Review: Taking the S-Bahn from Munich Airport to the City Center

Although I’ve taken the S-Bahn S1 and S8 from Munich Airport to the city center for years, it only occurred to me to document this fast and convenient means of transportation in the magazine on a recent trip.  The “S” is short for Stadtschnellbahn or urban rapid rail and it has characteristics of both a rapid transit system such as the New York City subway and a commuter rail system …

Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor Hotel Opens Its Doors to Guests

Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor Hotel Opens Its Doors to Guests

Hyatt Hotels announced on Monday the opening of the Andaz München Schwabinger Tor.
The new property, located in the Schwabing district of Munich, is the first Andaz hotel in Germany and the third in Europe.
The new hotel has 277 guest rooms that offer views of the city and the Bavarian Alps. The rooms feature a modern décor that the hotel said is a contemporary interpretation of Bavarian traditions. Sofas designed to …

‘O’zapft is!’ 185th Oktoberfest Opens in Munich

MUNICH—With the words “O’zapft is” (it’s tapped) and a 12-gun salute, the Lord Mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, opened the 185th Oktoberfest at the stroke of noon on Saturday.
A Festzug, or parade, preceded the ceremony from the city center to the Oktoberfest grounds at the Theresienwiese, led by the Münchner Kindl, the symbol of the city, followed by the lord mayor. The procession continued with horse-drawn carriages and floats from …

Lobby Bar: Horse Manure, Underage Workers, Rogue Engineers, and ‘I’ll Take German Sex Toys for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar – Fantastically Phantasmagorical
Duff your hat. Drivers and passengers alike were puzzled by new legislation in the Big Apple requiring Uber and Lyft drivers to wear caps. “It’s a return to civility, just like we had in the horse-and-buggy era,” said the city’s oldest resident, Mabel Clarence, who at 128, has a clear recollection of the transition from horse-drawn Hansom cabs to early electric- and gasoline-powered taxicabs in New …

Germany’s New Berlin-Munich Inter-City-Express Sprinter Begins Operations

Germany’s New Berlin-Munich Inter-City-Express Sprinter Begins Operations

MUNICH—Germany’s long-planned high-speed intercity train that transports passengers between Berlin and Munich in four hours went into service Sunday.
The Deutsche Bahn’s Inter-City-Express Sprinter train departs both cities three times a day for the 387-mile (623-kilometer) journey. Normal intercity trains take six hours to cover the same route.
The Deutsche Bahn hopes to lure travelers who would normally use air transport with the faster train.
Plans for the Inter-City-Express Sprinter …