Winter is a serious business in Germany’s coldest major city, Munich. As a consequence, the locals make the most of the warmer months when they eventually roll around. The whole city turns inside out as normally under-cover activities – watching films, listening to music and dining – are conducted al fresco with gusto.
Munich Film Festival
The open air component of the annual Munich Film Festival, for example, brings the big screen to the big outdoors in late June. This year it’s a retrospective with a feline theme: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, What’s New Pussycat…you get the picture.
Meanwhile, live performances form the core of the Tollwood Festival, which draws almost a million visitors to Olympiapark (site of the 1972 Games), from June 22nd to July 17th. There’s a broad palette of entertainment with, as they say, something for everyone. A strong physical theater component means non-German speakers needn’t feel left out, and then of course there’s the international language of music, with a jazz lounge, rock stage and impromptu performances dotted all over the park.
Bayerische Staatsoper Opera
Munich is well known as an opera center, but the atmosphere can be a little stuffy; tie-less men are a small, brave minority in normal evening performances. But as the excellent Bayerische Staatsoper present Beethoven’s Fidelio on July 8th, it will be smart casual-tastic on Max-Joseph-Platz under (hopefully) clear skies as the opera is transmitted live from the Nationaltheater. And the next evening, an actual live orchestra will return to the square to present a program which includes Brahms’s 4th Symphony and Mussorgsky’s beloved Night on Bald Mountain.