“City of contrasts” is one of the world’s hoariest travel clichés. Even so, it’s hard to think of anywhere with a happier truce between old and new than Munich. It’s not just the architecture of 13th-century Gothic meets post-war Brutalism. Where else in the world do young people spend their weekdays on laptops and weekends in lederhosen? Happily, the entente continues: earlier this year, the Bayerischer Hof, the city’s grandest hotel, unveiled Munich’s latest trade-off between classic and contemporary. Minimalist interior designer Axel Vervoordt has completely rebooted an entire wing of the hotel. Now, eight floors of 31 suites have been given the Belgian designer’s aesthetic refit, inspired by the Japanese wabi-sabi style which finds beauty in incompleteness and change. As Vervoordt says, “Time is the best artist.” Munich seems to agree.