In July the best way to spend the day in Munich is outdoors: very early in the morning at the traditional Kocherlball, at the open-air classical music concert on Odeonsplatz and at the popular Sommernachtstraum fireworks in the Olympic Park.
In the middle of the English Garden , the dirndls turn here at around six in the morning: during the traditional folk dance "Kocherlball" at the Chinese Tower, the sun and the heart rise simultaneously. In the 19th century, simple cooks, errand boys, nannies and domestic servants met here to dance before work. Since 1989, thousands of people have been gathering to twirl around with each other during waltzes, polkas, doubles and Munich Française - often in old uniforms and bourgeois clothes from the 19th century. People also party around it in the beer garden and picnic on the meadows.
Kocherlball, 19.07.2020 from 6 to 10 o'clock, Chinese Tower in the English Garden
Every summer visitors can marvel at an overwhelming sea of lights in the Olympic Park. Then the open-air event "Sommernachtstraum" dips the sky and the green hills in bright colours. The highlight is a spectacular fireworks display. There is the right sound to go with it: bands and artists perform on several stages.
Sommernachtstraum, 18.07.2020, Olympic Park
Also in the Olympic Park, the Bavarian band "Haindling" will play their catchy tunes "Paula" and "Lang schon nimmer g'sehn" at the Tollwood Summer Festival on 10 July 2020.
Tollwood, 10.07.2020, Olympic Park
Every July the Glockenbachviertel is particularly colourful. Here and at Marienplatz, heterosexuals, gays and lesbians celebrate "Christopher Street Day" with a parade and big street party. The motto for 11 and 12 July is: "Against hatred. Colourful, together, strong!"
CSD Munich, 11-12.07.2020, Marienplatz and Glockenbachviertel
In a wonderful atmosphere between the Hofgarten, Feldherrnhalle and Theatinerkirche, around 16,000 guests experience music of the highest standard at the "Classic at Odeonsplatz". For 20 years now, the classical music concert has been delighting its visitors with the best orchestras and world-famous stars in the open air.
Classic at Odeonsplatz, 10./11.07.2020, Odeonsplatz
For those in love, the summer open-air performance of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Nymphenburg Palace is just the right thing! On 23 and 24 July and in August, the comedy about two young lovers takes the audience into a magical forest where elves and goblins live. A ravishing fairytale world in an equally fascinating setting!
Summer open air, 23/24.07.2020 and 6/12/15.08.2020, Nymphenburg Palace
Enjoying the most beautiful summer weather outside and a film at the same time - that seems to be contradictory. Unless the screening takes place outside. There are several open-air cinemas in Munich: including the Fresh-air cinema of the One World House or the Kino, Mond & Sterne (Cinema, Moon and Stars) in the Westpark. But the city's best known and most popular open-air cinema makes a guest appearance in the Olympic Park: the Cinema at the Olympic lake is also the only one with 3D films in its programme. Instead of cinema chairs, deck chairs are waiting; couples make themselves comfortable in Love Seats, an extremely wide beach lounger version. From here, one comfortably has a view to the 4K-screen and the lake. Those who turn around can additionally have a look at the impressive arquitecture of the Olympic hall, stadium and swimming pool. The program changes daily, tickets and information are available online. Reserved tickets must be picked up at the box office by 8 p.m., which is recommended anyway: those who arrive before 8 p.m. can get two drinks for the price of one at the cinema bar. For the case of rain there is even an umbrella rental available. Roll the film!
In southern Bavaria there are several summer toboggan runs, one of the most famous is the one on the Blomberg, the local mountain of Bad Tölz. The ascent to the summit takes about one hour and leads along well constructed paths. At the top, the Blomberghaus lures with snacks and a panoramic view over the northern limestone Alps. Alternatively, part of the ascent can be bridged with the chairlift - the last few metres to the summit must still be covered on foot. The fastest way down to the valley is on the toboggan run, which starts a little way below the middle station. Over 1300 metres, 41 chicanes and 17 steep curves it winds its way down the mountain. If necessary, braking is done with a lever in the middle of the sledge. The Blomberg can be reached either by car (Am Blomberg 2, 83646 Wackersberg) or by bus lines 9612 and 9591 from Bad Tölz.
Munich is often glorified as the northernmost city in Italy. The many Italian ice cream parlors with their homemade gelato also contribute to this flair. Opinions differ as to which of these is the best. The Ballabeni at Theresienstraße 46 is definitely among the top three. On hot summer days people queue up around the block. In Maxvorstadt and in the Dreimühlenviertel, the Del Fiore is causing a sensation; there are even people who claim that the ice cream there is better than in Italy. For those who can't make up their mind, Chef Stefano might hand them a spoon to try. The Sarcletti on Rotkreuzplatz (square) is cult - and old: Peter Paul Sarcletti sold his first ice cream here 130 years ago. Today there are more than 60 varieties to choose from. No Italian, but in a class of his own is the Verrückte Eismacher ("Crazy Ice Cream Maker"). Matthias Münz basically only appears with a top hat and sometimes creates interesting flavours like gyros or wheat beer ice cream. His restaurant behind the university reminds of "Alice in Wonderland", the branch in the Glockenbachviertel (Holzstraße 24) of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs".
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