The Flushing Meadows
Glockenbach, south east of the old town ticks all the hipster boxes. It’s here you’ll find this loft-style development, on the top two floors of a former industrial building. There are floor-to-ceiling windows, ‘floating’, eco-friendly beds and a rooftop bar looking towards the Alps. Lofts from £128.
This 19th-century Munich landmark is all things to all people: a famous restaurant, legendary meeting place for bohemians, artists and the LGBT scene (complete with a four-floor bathhouse) and a hotel that’s seen guests of every persuasion, from Hitler to Freddie Mercury. Doubles from £135.
Pension am Jakobsplatz
This lovely little B&B near Marienplatz with just four rooms (two en suite) has the intimacy of a house with hotel-standard design. Breakfast is served in the lobby at a little leather banquette, and rooms run the style gamut from plain white minimalism to patterned wallpaper. Rooms from £68.
Hostelling doesn’t have to mean roughing it — at least, not here in this castle, set in sprawling grounds outside Pullach, six miles south of Munich. As well as dorms, there are nine single and double rooms overlooking the grounds. Note: the hostel doubles as a youth education centre. Doubles from £69.
Published in the October 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)