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.
Traditionally, autumn is a time for game-based dishes in Bavaria. Hunting season is in full swing by October and many Bavarian taverns adjust their menus accordingly. With its lean, dark red meat, venison from female deer is very popular, for example. Venison from a stag, on the other hand, is slightly darker and has a stronger taste. The meat is often served with red cabbage and potato or semolina dumplings. If you prefer cooking for yourself, game is available to buy from delicatessen, hunters or game farms. According to the German Farming Association, roughly 2,300 or half of all German game reserves are located in Bavaria. Managed hunting is essential as the region is home to very few wild predators who could regulate animal populations naturally. Only eastern Bavaria is still home to two natural predators, the lynx and the wolf. In the past, hunting was a privilege reserved exclusively for the king in many parts of the state. Nowadays, you need a hunting licence, in other words a certificate that entitles the holder to take part in hunting.
Munich Marathon is one of the largest public running events in Germany. Around 20,000 amateur and professional athletes take part every year. The event is open to anyone, provided you’ve got some trainers and a passion for running. The 42.1-kilometre round route starts and ends at the Olympic Park. If that’s too long, you can also opt for the half-marathon or the 10k run. As is the case with the Olympic Games, it’s the being there that counts. The atmosphere is always great as spectators line the route to cheer on each and every runner. Athletes who prefer things a little more casual should opt for the day before the marathon instead when the city hosts the Trachtenlauf (Traditional Costume Run). Sports gear is replaced by Dirndl, Lederhosen or even Scottish kilts. Munich Marathon’s roots date back to the 1972 Summer Olympics. Back then, the route was very picturesque, leading the athletes past Nymphenburger Schloss (Nymphenburg Palace), through Hirschgarten park and Schwabing back to the Olympic Park. Munich Marathon has been held each year since 2000.
Here’s a genuine inside tip: Bergfilm-Festival Tegernsee. Even the majority of locals have never heard of this event, despite the festival having long since transformed itself into a highlight for all film lovers. From sports halls and school halls to gyms, any halfway large space in Tegernsee is repurposed as a cinema for the event. Alpinism, flora and fauna, loneliness, Alpine farming – the range of subjects covered is huge though there is one condition: The film must have something to do with mountain life. Entries come from mountain climbers and film makers from all over the world and a jury awards prizes for the best pieces. In 2017, Reinhold Messner won the “Großen Preis der Stadt Tegernsee” (Grand Prize of the Town of Tegernsee) for “Still Alive – Drama on Mount Kenya”. Tickets normally go on sale in mid-September.