World-class cultural highlights, top international cuisine, exclusive shopping worlds and spectacular surroundings: Munich has a lot to offer in every season of the year. Here you will find a few additional and individual ideas for each month of the year.
When it comes to assessing the authenticity of a Bavarian tavern, you need to try its Martinsgans (St Martin’s goose). This speciality is available in the period around St Martin's day on 11 November. In the past, this day used to mark the end of the farmers’ working year. Farm hands and maid servants were either let go or sent away for the season and farmers would pay their tithe to the landlords. They would often pay in geese – who would then promptly have their necks wrung in time for the celebrations. These days, taverns tend to announce when they will be serving their St Martin’s goose with posters or on the Internet. If in doubt, just ask. Making the extra journey to Landgasthof Pauliwirt in Mühldorf (Neuhäusl 1, 84513 Erharting) is definitely worth it. We also recommend taking a detour to Mühldorf old town. The town houses are built in a style known as Inn-Salzach with tall, imposing façades that prevent you from seeing the roof. In Munich, taverns such as Emmeramsmühle (St. Emmeram 41) are worth a mention. This eatery is housed in a former 19th century mill.
The autumnal winds bring kite fans out to Munich's parks. One popular hotspot is Olympiaberg (Olympic Mountain), also known locally as Schuttberg (the rubble heap) because large parts of the slope were made from the debris generated while Munich was being rebuilt after the Second World War. The top of Olympiaberg offers the best wind conditions and a magnificent view over Munich. Hirschgarten and its large meadows also have plenty of space. The park is easy to access on the S-Bahn railway network (Hirschgarten or Laim stations). If you're careful and keep your eyes peeled for traffic and passers-by, you can even try flying your kite on the large green lawns at Königsplatz. Wind speeds of around just 17 or 18 kilometres per hour are usually enough for kite-flying; this corresponds to wind force three in an official weather report. If you don’t have a kite and fancy building your own, pay a trip to Kunst und Spiel at Leopoldstrasse 48. The craft supply store in Schwabing has everything you’ll need.
The term “trade fair” doesn’t really do justice to the “Heim und Handwerk” event (Home and Handicrafts). It calls itself Germany’s biggest pop-up store for DIY, interior design and homeware, which gets a little closer to describing it. A total of 1,100 exhibitors showcase the latest home trends. Craftspeople present their creations, companies demonstrate their wares and pros give tips on furniture, windows, paints and décor. We recommend wearing a good pair of shoes as the show stretches across six halls. Visitors therefore have to cover a good few kilometres just to see half of the stands. And you don't have to worry about going hungry either. Food + Life is on at the same time, Germany’s largest trade fair for food and drink. Heim und Handwerk takes place in the Riem area of Munich, home to the city’s trade fair grounds. The best way to reach the venue is on the U2 underground line. Tickets are available at the entrance or at www.heim-handwerk.de.
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