MUNICH is perfect for a city break.

Whether it’s a weekend of shopping, sightseeing or just basking in Germany’s or old Bavaria’s history, Munich has something for everyone.

Beer gardens, sausages and pastries, although clichéd, do bring this city to life.

From exclusive shops in Maximilianstrasse to the busy high street, from museums and art galleries to the beautiful gardens, Munich is always buzzing.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life in this friendly and welcoming place but take a minute to look up and discover the city’s stunning architecture.

The theatre at the heart of Max-Joseph Platz is a must, as is the state Parliament building, Maximilianeum, the Hofgarten with its temple at the centre, and the Munich Residenz area which was constructed by the powerful Wittelsbach family who ruled Baveria for centuries.

Most attractions are within walking or cycling distance so it’s easy to while away the hours. But getting to Munich from East Lancashire is the first hurdle.

Fly by Singapore Airlines. Their exceptional service is definitely worth the upgrade from budget airlines.

Whether it’s first, business or economy class the short flight is a comfortable, stress free, exceptional experience.

The additional room for passengers from economy class upwards and a specially-crafted gourmet menu created by the likes of Gordon Ramsay make the flight value for money.

But once in Munich the only way to really see this historic gem is to stay in the heart of the city.

The Mandarin Oriental, tucked away behind the city’s famous beer garden and nearby Maximilianstrasse, is the place to stay.

From its rooftop the vast expanse of the city and beyond can be seen.

And to take advantage of the views this Neo-Renaissance building transforms its upper level into a rooftop chalet over Christmas.

The intimate five-star hotel, with friendly staff and beautiful rooms, has another jewel in its crown — the Michelin-starred Mark’s.

But with lots of eateries to stop off at, try the hotel’s Bistro MO with its exceptional food from the traditional menu to specialist cuisine including an authentic Thai menu.

With its unbeatable service, elegance and effortless style this hotel is second to none.

Would I go back to Munich? Definitely.