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Pension Lindner (Munich) closing for good

Pension Lindner, just off Sendlingerstraße in the Altstadt, has been my go-to lodging in Munich since 2014, when I discovered it through Rick's Germany guidebook.

We had booked a stay at Pension Lindner in June for a five-day stay in Munich before boarding a Viking Danube cruise in Nuremberg. Viking has now ceased operations through June 30. I wrote to Frau Sinzinger to cancel our reservation, and told her we are hoping to reschedule the trip to June 2021. She replied this morning, and advised that Pension Lindner is closing forever in mid-July 2020.

We'll miss Pension Lindner and Frau Sinzinger's gracious hospitality.

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We were scheduled to leave for Germany on 13 April. A couple stops along our route thru Germany were at a small hotel and a medium hotel that have been our favorites for years. I have wondered about their likely survival with the loss of travel trade. My wife sometimes tells people that I plan our trip around hotels, gasthäuser and pastry cafes that I want to revisit. I can only plead guilty. It will feel terrible to find them gone.

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Oh this makes me so sad. We stayed there in Sept 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Marion was a wonderful host!!!

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If you truly got an email from Pension Lindner, that would be hard to argue with. On the other hand, their website says nothing about the closure. I would hope that, due to translation difficulty, what she actually meant was that they would be closed until June 30.

It seems like the best places to stay are no longer open, and the best luggage is no longer made. What other "bests" are no longer available? The world is changing, and I feel not for the better.

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635 posts

If you truly got an email from Pension Lindner, that would be hard to argue with. On the other hand, their website says nothing about the closure. I would hope that, due to translation difficulty, what she actually meant was that they would be closed until June 30.

This is her e-mail, sent yesterday at 1:18 am Arizona time:

Sehr geehrter Herr Jacobs,
hiermit bestätige ich Ihre Stornierung 13. – 17.6.20.
Leider muss ich Ihnen mitteilen, dass wir Mitte Juli diesen Jahres unsere Pension für immer schliessen, sodass ich eine Reservierung für nächstes Jahr nicht bestätigen kann.
Ich wünsche Ihnen alles Gute. Bleiben Sie gesund!
Mit freundlichen Grüssen
Marion Sinzinger
Pension Lindner München

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für immer schliessen

That's pretty clear. Schade. I was so hoping it was a mis-translation. I've looked at a lot of places in the Altsdadt, and Pension Lindner was the only one that really interested me. I might not go back.

In 1987, I was on a business trip to Germany, and they put us up in a hotel in the suburbs. It was so German. No one spoke English, there was no shower curtain and no soap provided. They didn't take credit cards. To me it represented all that made German culturally different than home. I stayed there two times in the 80s, and then, after I started going back in the next century, I stayed there another 5 or 6 times. It became like my second home in Munich. Then, the two women who owned it (had inherited it from their parents) retired. It was torn down and replaced by a big apartment block

Sigh. I hate change!

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655 posts

This was our go-to place as well. Wow, such sad news. Thanks for the update, Jeff.

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6691 posts

Certainly a lot of people nearing retirement age will decide to go ahead, close up, and (eventually) enjoy retirement.

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We too stayed there in September 2017 and absolutely loved it! We were there for 5 nights and Marion was so helpful.

We have a trip planned to Iceland for late August, and a few days ago received an email that one of our lodging was cancelled as they too were closing for good. It is so sad to see these wonderful small places close, for whatever reason.

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I stayed in some wonderful family run hotels in Spain and I am worried if they will survive. The whole travel industry is very precarious position right now.