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.
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
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
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
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
With a mix of music, culture and art, the festival "The Roofs" will accompany the European Championships Munich 2022. The entire programme is free of charge and will be presented in various self-sufficient worlds of experience, the "Roofs", which are spread across the Olympic Park, on Königsplatz and at the Olympic regatta facility. From punk, pop, New German Wave and classical music, there is something for everyone to sing along to and enjoy.
The Roofs Festival, 11 to 21 August 2022, Olympiapark, Königsplatz and Olympia-Regattaanlage
With the open-air shows by Andreas Gabalier, Helene Fischer and Robbie Williams, three grand concerts will take place this year on the outdoor exhibition grounds of Messe München. Stage set-ups of gigantic proportions and an expected 150,000 fans make the concerts unique top events.
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
Live music & dance, Irish drinks, food and the feeling of the Emerald Isle will be brought to Munich city centre by the Munich Irish Nights Festival from 26 to 28 August 2022. The summer festival of Irish culture with Irish music and dance, which will take place at the Rindermarkt, will start on Friday, 26 August, after the opening with the traditional Irish music of the "Greensleeves". One of the highlights will be the musical performance of Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter together with the Paul Daly Band on Saturday, 27 August 2022. On Sunday, 28 August 2022, the evening will end with the Kilians House band "The Monks".
Munich Irish Nights Festival 2022, 26 to 28 August 2022, Rindermarkt
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
Even today, visitors are fascinated by the prestigious Nymphenburg Palace, its extensive landscaped park with water features and its hidden park castles. How did the Wittelsbachers themselves live in their summer palace far from the royal seat? What festivities did Electress Henriette Adelaide celebrate and what preferences did Elector Max Emanuel or King Ludwig II have? You can walk in the footsteps of the rulers and courtiers through the palace park and discover treasures of garden and architectural art such as the little village or the Amalienburg, a jewel of the Rococo period.
Nymphenburg Palace and a little park castle - an enjoyable summer stroll, 14 August 2022, 2 p.m., Nymphenburg Palace in front of the main castle
The ingenious Walloon architect François Cuvilliés built the city of Munich one of its most beautiful rococo jewels in the 18th century. During the Second World War, the theatre's precious box tiers were brought to safety and reinstalled in 1958 in the so-called Apothekenstock of the Munich Residenz. A guided tour in the stalls of the Cuvilliéstheater is followed by a look into the courtyards of the Residenz and the conclusion of the tour in the Hofgarten.
Curtain Up! The Cuvilliés Theatre, 20 August 2022, 2 p.m., Fountain courtyard of the Residenz
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
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.
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.
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.
Curious? On a day tour from Gray Line Sightseeing you can visit both dream castles of the fairytale king: Neuschwanstein and - transfer and skip-the-line service included.