The 2013 IBM Systems z Technical Conference is pleased to welcome you at the Dolce Hotel in Munich, Germany.
An extraordinary fusion of post-modern architecture, state-of-the-art technology and unrivalled service, Dolce Munich is one of Europe's most dynamic conference and special events venues - only 15 minutes from Munich International Airport and 20 minutes from the Munich City Centre.
Munich is the capital and the largest city of the German state of Bavaria. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, behind Berlin and Hamburg. About 1.42 million people live within the city limits.
Munich has the strongest economy of any German city and the lowest unemployment rate (5.6%) of any German city with more than a million people (the other ones being Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne). The city is also the economic centre of southern Germany.
With a population of just over 1.3 million (2009), Munich is the third-largest city in Germany but will seem tiny to visitors from the world's megacities. It is often referred to as "the village with a million inhabitants", due to its cosy atmosphere brought about by cobblestone alleys in the old town and the small owner-operated shops that still abound in town and many neighborhoods. Thanks to strict building codes, there are no high-rise buildings in the city center.
Munich is one of the main cultural centres in Europe and anyone who's anyone usually performs in Munich if they're on tour. There are plenty of music and arts venues, and there is a wealth on offer.
Munich also has a lively Theatre scene and, in fact has the largest number of small independent theatre houses in the country. The two biggest companies are the Staatschauspiel and the Kammerspiele.
Munich offers a wealth of entertainment possibilities on a par with any major city in the world and whatever your taste, you're sure to find something to entertain you. There are discos, beer halls, cinemas (English ones too), theatres, classical music and opera venues. You'll even find Irish and folk music, and jazz clubs.
Munich’s major shopping street is Kaufingerstraße. Running from Marienplatz to the Hauptbahnhof, every major international chain store can be found here. Of perhaps a little more interest to those of you looking for more than international chains, are the myriad of streets running off Kaufingerstraße in almost every direction, each with tens of fabulous shops just waiting to be explored. Even more exotic are the Greek and Turkish stores found on Goethestraße and Schillerstraße, full of exotic delicacies. And for foodies, the Viktualienmarkt is quite simply one of the best food markets in the world.