Think of summer in Munich and you probably think of picnicking in the park or relaxing in a beer garden, but the warmer months are also a great time to get active. To help you make the most of the sunny season, here are 10 fun outdoor activities to enjoy this summer in Munich.
With some 300,000 festival-goers taking to the city streets and a non-stop schedule of live music, games and entertainment, the Munich Streetlife Festival is the city’s biggest street festival and a perfect way to celebrate the start of summer. Held twice a year in June and September, the festival aims to bring city dwellers together to rediscover their urban space through music, art and entertainment, and it takes over the city for a whole weekend, with downtown Munich closed to traffic and festivities going on into the early hours.
It might not be as famous as Cologne’s iconic Pride Parade or Berlin’s enormous Pride Celebration but Munich’s Christopher Street Day festival is still Bavaria’s most prominent LGBT event. Named in honor of the 1969 Stonewall riots on Christopher Street in New York, Christopher Street Day (also known as Munich Pride) has been held annually since 1980 and serves as both a huge celebration of the city’s diversity and platform for political demonstrations and LGBT rights campaigns.
A visit to Bavaria isn’t complete without a visit to Munich’s legendary Hofbrauhaus or an afternoon in a traditional beer garden, but in 2016 there’s an even better excuse to order yourself a stein of Germany’s finest beer. This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot, the German Beer Purity Law, which made Bavaria’s beers so famous, and Bavarians will be celebrating in the best way they know how – with more beer!
You probably think you know a fair bit about Bavaria. It’s the state of fairytale castles, Christkindlmarkets and Oktoberfest, where locals dress up in lederhosen and dirndl, drink beer from a glass boot and chow down on pork knuckle and knödel (dumplings). Take a Bavarian culture tour of Munich and you’ll probably enjoy all of these things, but there are many more Bavarian traditions tourists rarely get to experience. From the cute to the quirky to the downright strange, here are 10 bizarre Bavarian traditions you need to know about!
Imagining your trip to Munich full of dirndl-wearing waitresses, gigantic steins of beer and platters of bratwurst and sauerkraut? Think again. Sure, you’ll find all of these things in the Bavarian capital, but there are also plenty of lesser-known gems and unique experiences available to you in Munich which don’t involve donning a pair of lederhosen. To help liven up your itinerary, here are 10 things you didn’t know you could do in Munich.