Subject: Re: Bavaria-Austria
Hi,

There are three Kaefer restaurants in Munich. The main one, on Prinzregentenstrasse, is v.posh/expensive, but reputedly excellent. I have only been inside because our taxi driver got confused. The elegant waiters politely suggested that our reservation was at the other Kaefer which is by the Hofgarten. And indeed it was.

Kaefer's am Hofgarten, Odeonsplatz 6+7, 80539 Munchen T: 089 / 2907530, F: 089 / 29075333

W: http://www.kuffler-gastronomie.de/home_e.html (click on the Hofgarten link on the left) You can sit outside in good weather in the gardens. Food is excellent, as is the service, and people congregate in the bar after dinner. I can't pretend it is cheap, but it is a true Munich experience.

Read more about the man behind the food in this 1997 interview: http://www.gema.de/engl/communication/news/n156/interview_kaefer.shtml

Sightseeing: The zoo is predictable, but still enjoyable. I am not a fan of zoos and went to kill some time. Ended up almost missing my flight I became so engrossed. Less predictable is the Olympic Park area. This is where Munich's biggest soccer team plays, there is a lookout tower, or just climb the small hill and gaze out over the city and the remarkable BMW building. Basically a pleasant park to walk around.

If you want to get groovy with Munich's hip crowd, then brace yourself for Kunstpark Ost - a reconstituted factory area (I think) now jammed with nothing but clubs and bars. Half scary, half fun. Check what time your hotel stops serving breakfast though, so you can gauge your post-Kunstpark lie in! http://www.kunstpark.de (in German only).

Depending on your route, you might also try stopping off in Garmisch- Partenkirchen in the German Alps. Somehow this is one resort town that mass tourism hasn't spoiled. Seefeld, on the Austrian side of the border is also worth dropping into, although I have not been in summer. And Innsbruck is a must-see city, my favourite place in Austria by some way. Again, go to the Olympic Park to see the skijump area slope.

Hope some of this helps

Jonathan