A woman with red long hair is standing and smiling at the Isar River in Munich on a sunny day.

Event calendar

August: Open Airs & Isar

In August Munich shows its summery side once again. Great films are shown under the open sky - there are concerts, festivals and action sports events. For those who find it too hot, the only thing that helps is a jump into the Isar.

Event calendar at muenchen.de

There are finally events in Munich again! You can find current highlights at muenchen.de. For information about your stay in Munich in times of Covid please have a look here.

Events in August 2022: Typically Munich

 

Auer Dult - Jakobidult

It doesn't get much more Munich than this: on Mariahilfplatz in the Au district of Munich, people like to get together in traditional costume for the Auer Dult - or to be more precise, the Jakobidult. From 30 July to 7 August 2022, around 100,000 guests celebrate summer here - each to their own liking: children love the nostalgic chain carousels, handmade dolls' clothes, small furniture for their playhouses at home and the candy floss. Adults browse pottery, knitted jackets or practical household goods - and treat themselves to a beer or a fresh steamed dumpling in between. Dult is cult!

Auer Dult, 30.07. to 07.08.2022, Maria-Hilf-Platz

 

Open-air cinema at the Olympic lake

In August, the open-air cinema at the Olympic Lake in the Olympic Park is a hot tip for mild evenings. Here, on the open-air area of the Olympic swimming hall, visitors can watch films under the open sky using 3D and LED technology while enjoying drinks and snacks in a deckchair. Let's go when it gets dark. Then, depending on your choice, good art house films and current blockbusters will start - and in really any weather!

Cinema at the Olympic Lake, all August, Olympic Park

 

Munich Open Air Summer

The Munich Open Air Summer offers a colorful musical program with rock, pop, jazz, folk music, opera and classical music for two weeks. Among others, the Munich musician Willy Astor & Friends invite to the open air on 10.08.2022. On 15.08.2022, the audience can expect an unforgettable classical music experience with Carmina Burana.

Munich Open Air Summer, 6. to 21.08.2022, Brunnenhof of the Residenz

 

 

Top events in August 2022

 

European Championships Munich 2022

The European Championships Munich 2022 will be the biggest sports event in Germany since the 1972 Summer Olympics. From 11 to 21 August 2022, European sport will be united as its best athletes compete for the highest accolade of their sport on the continent – the title of ‘European Champion’. The second edition of the European Championships will feature nine Olympic sports: Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Canoe Sprint, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing, Sport Climbing, Table Tennis, and Triathlon. Along with the Olympiapark at the heart of the event, the entire city will dress up for a glorious and unforgettable spectacle of sport and culture – a fitting way to celebrate a golden jubilee.

European Championships Munich 2022, 11 to 21 August 2022, different places

 

Run of 22 at the European Championships Munich 2022

As part of the European Championships, the ten-kilometre run will take place, in which all athletically ambitious runners over the age of 14 can take part right after Europe's running elite. The course leads through Munich's most beautiful corners and ends at Odeonsplatz. All participants will receive their times and a medal afterwards. You can register for the run directly on the European Championships website. Participation costs 35 euros.

Run of 22, 15 August, start and finish at Odeonsplatz

Summer festival "impark"

A few days later, summer is celebrated in the Olympic Park. For almost three weeks, the "impark" festival offers all kinds of rides with the Ferris wheel visible from afar, two magnificent fireworks, good food from all over the world and concerts by well-known bands. On the lake you can go wakeboarding and stand-up paddling, on the surrounding hills, steps and meadows the whole body is trained during the "functional training cross&quer". Or you can just relax and enjoy the sunset and life itself.

Sommer festival impark, dates not fixed yet, Olympic Park

 

Cavalluna Kids - Eine Show steht Kopf!

Cavalluna is back in Munich and will present an open-air horse show for families and children from 27 August to 11 September 2022. The combination of horsemanship, drama and music offers entertainment for young and old and makes the hearts of many horse lovers beat faster.

Cavalluna Kids - Eine Show steht Kopf! 27 August to 11 September 2022, Cavalluna Park grounds Munich-Fröttmaning 

 

Events for children

 

Play City "Mini-Munich"

For the little ones, the play city "Mini-Munich" will open until mid-August at the Showpalast in Hans-Jensen-Weg. Here you can find everything that you can find in the real big Munich: a town hall, a bank, a building authority, a television studio and a newspaper, theatre, nursery, research laboratories, restaurants, schools, universities and the garbage collection service. This staged world enables children and young people to understand an urban community and, in the broadest sense, a social life. The City of Munich's award-winning project is a model for more than 200 play cities worldwide.

Mini-Munich, 1 to 19 August 2022, Showpalast Hans-Jensen-Weg 3

What else happens in Munich in August:

 

Isar fun and surfers look against the heat

Wide pebble beaches, clean water and easy to reach: In few cities you can swim as well as in Munich in the Isar. The most popular and longest beach on the Isar begins at the Reichenbach Bridge and stretches to Flauchersteg. For safety reasons, bathing is only forbidden for a short stretch at the level of the Wittelsbacher Brücke. It is a little quieter in the south around Marienklausensteg. For naked people we recommend the beach at the natural swimming pool Maria Einsiedel or the pebble beaches at Flaucher, for all surfers the waves at the Floßlände. In comparison to the Eisbach wave, it is much more relaxed and calmer here; however, surfing is only possible here at certain times, in August this is daily from 2 to 6 pm. In general, there are few restrictions on and in the Isar, although it is officially considered a wild river in the city area. One should be careful during high water and near weirs, dangerous whirlpools can form there. The water quality is checked regularly and is considered harmless to health.

 

Excursion to the Munich area: Start of the Almabtrieb

The 24th of August, St. Bartholomew's Day, is traditionally regarded in Bavaria as the beginning of the ceremonial driving down of the mountain pastures. This is because this is how the classic pasture farming in the mountains works: At Whitsun, the cows and calves are taken to the alpine pastures where the grass is juicier and greener. In winter, however, it would be too dangerous and too cold for them up there; anyway, it is difficult to find grass under a blanket of snow. Therefore, at the end of the summer, the animals are driven back to the valley where they are better protected. To keep away evil spirits, the farmers decorate their cows with ribbons or wreaths of flowers. To this day, the Almabtrieb (also known as cattle shedding) is celebrated in many communities. When, is sometimes only determined at short notice: If the summer is particularly warm, the Alm season can be extended until the beginning of October. The Almabtriebe.de page offers an overview of the dates. A special variant of the Viehscheid takes place in Mittenwald: At the Goaßabtrieb goats are driven through the town centre of the municipality.

At the mountain hut: Hollerschorle & Hollerkiachl

The elder shrub is perhaps the most popular bush in Bavaria. "Holler" is Bavarian for "elderberry", meaning the widespread black elder (Sambucus nigra). Similar to wild garlic (see events in April), elder is a kind of miracle herb. Elderberry tea is an old household remedy for colds, it has an expectorant and slightly diaphoretic effect. The berries used to produce a purple dye which was good for dyeing leather. Because elderberry grows almost everywhere and is easy to process, elderberry juice was once considered lemonade for poor people. To make it, they collected the white elderberry flowers in large baskets and soaked them in water for two days. The brew was then filtered through a cloth and refined with sugar - the elderberry syrup was ready. Diluted with water, it became the elderberry spritzer. Today it is very popular as a thirst quencher, especially in mountain huts. A real speciality is Hollerkiachl: lard biscuits with baked elderberry umbels.

 

You can find a detailed calendar of events here.

 

 

Text: München Tourismus, Photos: Christian Kasper, Dominik Parzinger, istock Noppasin

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Landmarks
Towers of the Frauenkirche in Munich taken from the air.

Landmark par excellence

With its distinctive towers, the Frauenkirche is the city’s most famous landmark.

The Munich cathedral: with its distinctive towers, the 15th century Frauenkirche is probably the most famous landmark in the city.

The Englischer Garten in Munich with the skyline of the inner city.

More than just a city park

A green oasis right in the middle of Munich: the English Garden is one of the world's largest inner city parks.

An oasis of green right in the middle of Munich: the Englische Garten is equivalent to the size of around 640 football pitches, making it the largest inner city park in the world. 

Maypole at Viktualienmarkt in Munich.

simply delicious!

The Viktualienmarkt is a place for gourmets who will find everything their hearts desire.

Located in the heart of the old town, Viktualienmarkt used to be a farmers’ market. These days, it attracts epicures and foodies, who find everything they could dream of and more – from traditional Bavarian delicacies to more exotic produce.

The Allianz Arena in Munich illuminated in red at sunset.

Enjoy world-class football

In the Allianz Arena you can enjoy first-class football and the FC Bayern Museum.

The heart of football in northern Munich: at the Allianz Arena, you can marvel at top-class matches and enjoy the FC Bayern Museum.

Panoramic view from the Olympiaberg with Olympic Lake, Olympic Tower and the headquarter of BMW in Munich in the background.

The key to success in 1972

The Olympiapark in the north of Munich is a great example of the successful reuse of an Olympic venue.

The Olympiapark in the north of Munich is a great example of the successful reuse of an Olympic venue. And there is still a lot to do here in terms of sports and culture.

Exterior view of the elephant house with two elephants at Munich Zoo Hellabrunn.

Animal adventures

A day out for children and adults alike: a visit to Tierpark Hellabrunn, the world’s first “geozoo”.

An exciting day out for children and adults alike: a visit to Tierpark Hellabrunn, the world’s first “geozoo”.

The double helix of BMW Welt in Munich with the Olympic Tower in the background

Masterpiece of modern architecture

Vehicle manufacturer BMW’s very own experience and delivery centre has been known to deliver up to 34,000 horsepower in one day.

A real car heaven behind the futuristic facade: BMW’s very own experience and delivery centre has been known to deliver up to 34,000 horsepower in one day.

Facade of the Hofbräuhaus in Munich.

The original comes from Munich

“In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus – oans, zwoa, g’suffa…” That is the opening line of the 1935 song that made the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl famous all over the world.

“In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus – oans, zwoa, g’suffa…” That is the opening line of the 1935 song that made the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl famous all over the world.

A photo of the inscription "Deutsches Museum" at the entrance to the museum in Munich.

Be amazed and join in

The Deutsche Museum in Munich is one of the largest and most traditional science and technology museums in the world.

Founded more than 100 years ago, the Deutsches Museum now houses one of the most important natural science and technology collections.

Frontal view of the Alte Pinakothek with trees and a sculpture in front of the building in Munich

World-renowned museums

18 museums and exhibition houses, over 40 galleries, six universities and numerous cultural institutions: the Kunstareal!

18 museums and exhibition houses, over 40 galleries, six universities and numerous cultural institutions: the Kunstareal!

Nymphenburg Palace in Munich in the early morning.

A jewel of the Baroque

Nymphenburg Palace served as a summer residence for the Electors and Kings of Bavaria in the 18th century. 

Nymphenburg Palace served as a summer residence for the Electors and Kings of Bavaria in the 18th century.  Today it is one of the largest castles in Germany.

People standing in the shade at the Residenz in Hofgarten in Munich.

Bavarian centre of power

Between 1508 and 1918, Bavaria’s rulers governed the fates of their subjects from the Residenz.

Dukes, electors and kings: between 1508 and 1918, Bavaria’s rulers governed the fates of their subjects from the Residenz.

The Alter Peter in Munich with the Alps in the background.

Landmark and viewing platform

Alter Peter (Old Peter) affords one of the best views over the city’s rooftops.

Alter Peter (Old Peter) affords one of the best views over the city’s rooftops. It is the tower to Munich’s oldest church, Peterskirche, which is located just behind Marienplatz.

Sun umbrellas of a Restaurant at Marienplatz in Munich photographed from above.

The heart of Munich

There’s always something going on in this world-famous square, whether it's the Christmas market, the Glockenspiel, or another of FC Bayern's championship celebrations.

There’s always something going on in this world-famous square, whether it's the Christmas market, the Glockenspiel, or another of FC Bayern's championship celebrations.

Blue sky above the Neues Rathaus and the Frauenkirche in Munich.

FC Bayern's favourite balcony

The Neue Rathaus is the home of politics and its balcony is also the place where FC Bayern greet their fans when they’ve won the championships.

The Neue Rathaus is the home of politics and its balcony is also the place where FC Bayern greet their fans when they’ve won the championships.

Bicycles in front of the Feldherrnhalle at Odeonsplatz in Munich.

Love of the south

Munich is often known as Italy's most northerly city. Stand on Odeonsplatz square and you'll understand why.

Munich is often known as Italy's most northerly city. Stand on Odeonsplatz square soaking up the spectacular scenery around you and you'll understand why.

Feldherrnhalle at Odeonsplatz in Munich.

Florence sends its regards

Anyone familiar with the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence may not believe their eyes – the Feldherrnhalle looks almost identical to its Italian role model.

Anyone familiar with the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence may not believe their eyes – the Feldherrnhalle looks almost identical to its Italian role model.

Interior view of the Theatinerkirche in Munich.

Italian Grandezza

With its yellow facade and ornate interior, the Theatinerkirche at Odeonsplatz is one of the most beautiful churches in Munich.

With its yellow facade and ornate interior, the Theatinerkirche at Odeonsplatz is one of the most beautiful churches in Munich. The white interior is wonderfully cool and forms a surprising contrast.

Boutiques at Maximlianstraße in Munich.

The city's noble address

The Maximilianstraße is Munich's most expensive avenue. A tour.

The Maximilianstraße is Munich's most expensive avenue: almost all international luxury labels of the fashion and jewellery industry are represented here. A tour.

Propyläen at Königsplatz in Munich in autumn.

Magnificent buildings – ancient art

King Ludwig I commissioned the construction of Königsplatz, which was modelled after the Acropolis in Athens.

King Ludwig I commissioned the construction of Königsplatz, which was modelled after the Acropolis in Athens.

Interior view of the Asamkirche in Munich.

Baroque glamour

The splendid Asamkirche is one of southern Germany’s most significant Late Baroque buildings.

Asamkirche on Sendlinger Straße, with its splendid facade, is one of southern Germany’s most significant Late Baroque buildings.

 Michaels Church and Frauenkirche

Largest Renaissance church of the north

Michaelskirche is the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps. Ludwig II, the Fairytale King, is buried in its royal crypt.

Michaelskirche Jesuit church in Munich’s pedestrian zone is the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps. Ludwig II, the Fairytale King, is buried in its royal crypt.

View of the Bavaria and the Ruhmeshalle (Hall of Fame) in Munich.

Patroness of the Bavarian state

The monument, the first colossal statue to be made entirely of bronze since the classical period, is a true feat of engineering.

Enthroned at an impressive height of 18 metres, Bavaria, patroness of the Bavarian state, presides over Munich from the edge of Theresienwiese. The monument, the first colossal statue to be made entirely of bronze since the classical period, is a true feat of engineering.

Surfer on the Eisbach in the Englischer Garten in Munich.

The Eisbach wave

The Eisbachwelle is one of Munich's top attractions – for some from a sporting point of view, for others from a tourist point of view.

The Eisbachwelle is one of Munich's top attractions – for some from a sporting point of view, for others from a tourist point of view.

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Small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus in Munich

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Stage and audience of the Passionsspiel in Oberammergau.

The game of suffering, death and resurrection

The inhabitants of Oberammergau staging probably the world's most successful and largest amateur play. Buy your Tickets here.

The inhabitants of Oberammergau have staged what is today probably the world's most successful and largest amateur play. Buy your Tickets here.

Merchant with dried fruit on the Viktualienmarkt in Munich.

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Panoramic view of the Neues Rathaus in Munich with the Frauenkirche in the background.

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