Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

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Discover the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost, which was originally the Royal Bavarian Post Office at the beginning of the 20th century.

Sofitel Munich Bayerpost was constructed during the historic reign of the United Kingdom’s famed Queen Victoria, who sat on the British throne from 1837 to 1901.

Built between 1896 and 1900, this building originally served as the Royal Bavarian Post Office. It operated separately from the rest of the German postal system—known as the Deutsche Reichspost— and was the most important distribution center for mail throughout the Kingdom of Bavaria. But its special independence would not last for long. Government officials later united the Royal Bavarian Post Office with the rest of the German postal system during the Weimar Republic. The local Bavarian government continued to operate the building as a post office for the next several decades until 1993.

In recent years, Sofitel began operating the building as part of its line of world-class luxury hotels. To help make the building more appealing to a modern audience, Sofitel hired local architects Fred Angerer and Gerald Hadler to renovate the entire structure. Angerer and Hadler oversaw the renovations from 2002 to 2004, opening up the floor plan to feature new spacious areas that they then decorated with avant-garde architecture. Sofitel also utilized the talents of interior architect Harald Klein to redesign the hotel’s guestrooms. Harald relied upon contemporary French architectural styles to build the new rooms, including ten new, historically-themed suites.

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