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Event calendar

January: ice skating and warming up

Munich residents like to toast the new year with a Feuerzangenbowle (hot drink). Otherwise, January – in keeping with the good intentions – will be one thing above all: very sporty!

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Events in January 2022: typical Munich

 

"Münchner Feuerzangenbowle" at the Isartor

It is the last one in the city to be tasted again: The Christmas market "Münchner Feuerzangenbowle" at the Isartor traditionally lasts until Epiphany. At the charmingly illuminated Isartor, bright light from the flames shoots into the night sky above a bowling kettle, it steams and smells - a particularly cosy atmosphere. At the Feuerzangenbowle, also called "Krambamboli", a sugar loaf soaked in rum burns, caramelises and drips into the hot red wine underneath. In an open-air exhibition in the historical setting, visitors can also learn interesting facts about current events. For example, pictures and texts on the history of immigration to Munich are projected onto the inner walls of the Isartor to show how positive cultural exchange has been and still is for the city.

Münchner Feuerzangenbowle, tbd., Isartor

 

Top events in January 2022

 

"Holiday on Ice"

During the spectacular show "Holiday on Ice" in the Olympiahalle (olympic hall), the world's best skaters will show impressive formations and stunts on the ice, which will take the visitors' breath away. A magical event with rousing music and a big light and laser show.

Holiday on Ice“, 03. to 06. January 2022 and 16. to 19. February 2023 (A new day),, Olympiahalle Munich

 

Flashdance Musical in the Deutsches Theater

Whether „What a Feeling“, „Maniac“ or „Gloria“ – the cult movie Flashdance infected a whole generation with a serious dance fever! Now, Flashdance – The Musical brings the pulsating life of the 80es live on stage – with all the famous hits, performed in English.

Flashdance - Das Musical, 11.01.22 - 23.01.22, Deutsches Theater

 

(Online-) Festival Kinoasyl

Once again this year, there will be a colorful film program with films from all over the world. The film contributions were selected and curated by young adults with refugee experience. The film audience gets deep insights into the film culture of the respective country, but also exciting glimpses behind the scenes. The films are like life itself: Sometimes to laugh, sometimes to cry, but always to think. The 2022 festival will take place entirely online: The opening as well as all films including introductions, film discussions, children's program and the exhibitions are available online.

Kinoasyl, 7. bis 23.01.2022, Onlinefestival

 

Sports fair ISPO

For sports fans, the year begins with the latest trends from ISPO. In January, the industry meets at the international trade fair for sporting goods and sports fashion at Messe München to discuss must-haves and the latest developments in the fields of outdoor, skiing, action, performance sports, health and fitness. An exciting trend barometer!

ISPO, 23 until 26 January 2022, Messe München

 

 

What else happens in Munich in January:

 

A trip to ring in the new year: Ice skating on Wesslinger See

Wesslinger See is the smallest lake in the Fünfseenland (Five Lakes’ District) to the south of Munich. It is often sarcastically referred to as the “Wesslinger Badewanne” (Wesslinger Bathtub). Because it has no streams running in or out of it, it is usually the first lake in the region to freeze over. This tends to coincide perfectly with the new year, which has resulted in a wonderful tradition. On New Year’s Eve, the locals take their first steps onto the lake to set off fireworks before returning with their ice skates the next morning. The jetty next to the kiosk is the best place to access the ice. The popular small fast-food stand is open in good weather over the winter, supplying skaters with hot punch and sausages. From Marienplatz, Wessling is around 35 minutes away on the S-Bahn (suburban railway). It’s then just a short walk from the station to the banks of the lake. If you’re worried about the strength of the ice, stick close to the banks where it tends to be thicker and less likely to break. The rescue organisation Deutsche Lebensrettungsgesellschaft recommends staying off the ice unless it is over 15 centimetres thick.

A sporting start to the new year: Curling on the canal

As soon as the Nymphenburger Kanal freezes over (normally in January), it’s time for one of Munich’s favourite winter sports to make its comeback: Bavarian curling (also known as ice stock sport). It doesn't take long to learn the rules; they are pretty similar to bowls. A target known as the Daube is placed on the ice. Each player then launches their ice stock. Simply swing it back gently, take a step forwards and let go. The player whose stock finishes closest to the target wins. Ideally, you should aim to shoot your opponents’ stocks out of the way. Pitches, including the target and ice stocks, are available to rent right next to the canal. Mulled wine stands are on hand to help you get your eye in. Tip: The thickness of the Nymphenburg ice can vary; the shallow waters in the circular royal gardens freeze quicker than the slightly deeper canal. Services, such as the skating club (on +49 89 509 336), provide updates on the conditions of the ice.

Detoxing after the festivities: A nice hot bowl of soup

When Jack Frost is tapping on the windows, there is nothing better than warming up with a nice hot bowl of soup. One of the best spots for soup is Münchner Suppenküche at Viktualienmarkt. Its menu includes a number of traditional dishes from the Alpine region, such as Leberknödelsuppe (liver dumpling soup), Saueres Lüngerl mit Semmelknödeln (lights with dumplings) or Viennese goulash soup. Vegetarian options are also available. Fresh bread is served as an accompaniment. Alternatively, pay a visit to Gusto between Arnulfstrasse and Rotkreuzplatz in western Munich. The menu changes on a daily basis. If you’re a fan of tomato soup, then we recommend the Bloody Mary with celery, coriander and cinnamon. For perhaps the most creative take on soup in the city then why not visit Urban Soup at Rumfordstrasse 7. Try the Butternut Roasted Chicken, for example, a blend of pumpkin, coconut, parsley and chicken, or the Himalayan Dhal with cumin, fennel, paprika, leeks, red lentils and chilli. Guten Appetit!

Video: simply winter

 

Winter walks in Munich

When the snow falls in Munich, it’s time for a winter walk. We present the nicest routes, from the English Garden to the Isar – and at the same time the appropriate refreshment to warm up culinarily.

A detailed calendar of events can be found here.

 

 

Text: München Tourismus; Photos: Christian Kasper, Frank Stolle; Video: Redline Enterprises

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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.

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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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