Thursday, 9 February 2012


The last time I tipped up in Munich was over 30 years ago in the back of a Commer van (one previous owner London Borough of Southwark - mobile library) which had been repainted in a rather fetching battleship grey and was now being used in a fledgling haulage business. You couldn’t make it up, could you?

Many years later I’ve returned – determined to add a little more sophistication to my travel experience – including a very comfortable taxi ride from the Augustiner am Platzl to the hotel, after some quality beer and traditional Bavarian food.

Munich taxis are truly über-comfortable – and a journey back to your digs in a Mercedes-Benz E Class E350 CDI BlueTEC Avantgarde Ed 125 5dr Tip Auto, is the business. Heated leather seats, no less!

No problems with the snow-affected one-way only side streets around the Marienplatz either; the car weighs over 2500Kg and is almost 5m long. A real beast! 

Germany is justifiably proud of its car manufacturing history and tradition. BMW has its HQ in Munich and now owns and produces the iconic Mini – still under its British automotive marque. They’re plenty of high-spec Minis in Munich these days – but they are all primarily produced in Germany. What would Alec Issigonis have made of it all?

Augustiner am Platzl -
Orlandostrße 5
Tel + 49 / (0)89/21 11 356

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