Whether traditional or design in their décor, the numerous hotels scattered around Germany's second city, Munich, are popular with visitors all year round, but especially during the beer festival. Those tourists in Munich for a city break prefer to be situated in the historic centre of the city so as to be close to monuments such as the National Theatre, Mary's Column and the Munich Frauenkirche. Another ideal location in Munich would be close to the museums such as the Pinakothek or the Lenbachhaus, veritable cultural treasures of the city. Those lucky enough to have the means will head for the prestigious five-star hotels bathed in Bavarian tradition and boasting elegant décors with crystal chandeliers, gold leaf and fine woods. Many of these establishments will have a spa or swimming pool to boot, meaning you can relax over the weekend after a day's sightseeing. Amongst the jewels in the hotel crown of Munich is the Mandarin Oriental, one of the most prestigious hotels in the city. It has a panoramic view from its terrace, its restaurant is Michelin-starred and its interiors take guests back to a former age. And what is more, it is situated close to the chic Maximilianstrasse for high end shopping.