In June, Munich is a big stage: The Filmfest München and the open-air cinema "Kino, Mond & Sterne" attract with creative cinematic art. The Tollwood Festival takes care of nature conservation – and concerts that last.
The Tollwood (festival) in the Olympiapark (park) stands for summery lightness - and this year, from 24.6. to 19.7.2020, serious topics will again be on the agenda: Tolerance, diversity of cultures, fair animal husbandry and a sustainable approach to nature, which is also lived out at the festival. People from all over the world chat at wooden tables and green hills over beer and international organic food. Famous musicians play jazz, rock or pop in the circus tents. There are also unusual theatre productions and fascinating performances by artists and acrobats. All this is surrounded by the stands of the "Market of Ideas", where all kinds of handicrafts are offered for sale.
Tollwood, 24.6. to 19.7.2020, Olympic Park
Also the Munich Rock-n-Roll-Band "Spider Murphy Gang" will play two concerts at Tollwood in the Olympiapark on June 24th and 25th, 2020 - the songs "Skandal im Sperrbezirk" and "Schickeria" with Munich dialect and joy of life included.
Spider Murphy Gang, 24/25 June 2020, Tollwood Music Arena
"Ois Guade, Minga!", the Bavarian would say: At the Munich city foundation festival on the Marienplatz (city centre), the Bavarian capital celebrates its 862nd birthday - with a lot of handicraft, traditional costume, white sausages and everything else that belongs to Munich.
City foundation festival, 13.6./14.6.2020, Marienplatz
Every year a very special festival takes place on the grounds of Kaltenberg Castle: The young radio station PULS from the Bavarian Radio invites the best musicians of the hour in front of a great backdrop. This year's programme features many German-speaking artists - including OK KID, Von Wegen Lisbeth and Die Orsons. There will also be live podcasts and workshops.
PULS Open Air 2020, 04.06.2020, Kaltenberg Castle in Geltendorf
It's not only the people of Munich who love it: The Midnightbazar is a regularly flea market that always opens its doors in the afternoon or in the evening. So that visitors feel well entertained while searching for treasures, live music and street food is also provided. This time, the night flea market in the Olympic Stadium is pitching its tents - and is attracting visitors with over 500 exhibitors and public viewing.
Midnightbazar, 13.06.2020, Olympic Stadium
For many Munich residents, the film festival is one of the highlights of the year. International stars come to the city and discuss current topics, the film business and themselves at world premieres. From 25.6. to 4.7.2020, cineastes will go to the city's cinemas day and night to experience original versions of independent and Hollywood films from numerous countries.
Munich Film Festival, 25.6. to 4.7.2020, Gasteig
If you are more interested in golf, the "BMW International Open" from 24 to 28 June 2020 at the Eichenried Golf Club is the place to be. Those who appear here in traditional costume on 25 June 2020 will even get free admission!
BMW International Open Golf 24 to 28.6.2020, Eichenried Golf Club
For romantic evenings, the somewhat more contemplative summer open-air "Kino, Mond & Sterne" on the Seebühne in the Westpark (park) has plenty in store. On picnic blankets and the warm stone steps of the semicircular amphitheatre, guests can experience classics such as "Drive" from June to September in convivial company, laugh together at successful dialogues, hope with their film heroes or sing well-known melodies together in the choir - sometimes even in the summer rain.
Kino, Mond & Sterne, June to September 2020, lake stage in Westpark
Barbecuing on the Isar reminds you just how great it is to be alive. On warm summer evenings, people flock to the river in their thousands. The banks are jam-packed all the way up and down stream. Since its renaturisation, many locals see the Isar as their second home. It’s a place where they can relax, enjoy the sunshine, meet their friends, grab a beer or bite to eat. And it’s incredibly simple, too. The only things you need to spend the evening at the Isar after a hard day’s work is a picnic basket full of treats, a blanket and a barbecue. You can find a handy single-use version of the latter at petrol stations and supermarkets. It’s important to take care when picking your spot. While picnics are allowed almost anywhere along the Isar, barbecues are not. In the city centre area, the section known as Flaucher, to the south of Brudermühlbrücke bridge, is the only part that allows barbecues. The second BBQ zone stretches around the island near Oberföhring in northern Munich. Security guards keep an eye out and issue fines to anyone in breach of the rules. If you are unsure whether barbecues are allowed, you can check the City of Munich’s free Isar app, which contains a wealth of information. The BBQ areas also have large bins where you can empty your charcoal.
Grainau’s Midsummer Night bonfire is one of the finest in the entire Alpine region. Every year, locals from the village of Grainau light their fires in the mountains on the evening of 23 June. Before the fires are lit, young men from the village ascend the mountain, building fires on peaks, ridges and ledges. As darkness begins to descend, Waxenstein ridge slowly transforms into one long chain of lights. The mountain appears to light up, looking almost as if it’s engulfed in flames. While this is going on, the young men start their descent back down to the valley, using flares and headlamps to light their way in the dark. These bonfires can be traced back to a pagan ritual performed on 23 June for thousands of years. This is the day when the night is at its shortest and the day at its longest. These days, the fires are lit in honour of a saint. On 24 June, Catholics remember John the Baptist, which is why the bonfires are known Johannifeuer (St John’s Fire).
The southern part of Munich is home to lots of trees and water – the ideal destination for a bike tour, particularly in hot weather. Menterschwaige is a popular finishing point for tours. This beer garden and its canopy of chestnut trees is located directly above the Isar river so it is pretty easy to find. Simply follow the Isar southwards out of the city centre, past the Tierpark zoo, Flaucher park and power station. Menterschwaige is directly opposite the statue of the Isar raftsman on the eastern banks of the Isar. There are several paths leading to the beer garden. If you’re not quite ready for a break, cross over Menterschwaigstrasse and Schmorellplatz to Geiselgaststeigstrasse. This road leads you past Perlacher Forest, which is also a nice place for a detour. The smaller forest paths have been gravelled and there are a few larger tarmacked paths. If you decide to stick to Geiselgaststeigstrasse and go north instead, you can either stop at Harlachinger Jagdschlössl (a former castle-turned-restaurant with its own beer fountain) or Harlachinger Einkehr, a restaurant on a hill above the Tierpark zoo. From here, a path will lead you back down to the Isar. Many underground stations or S-Bahn stations have MVG bikes available to rent (provided by the local transport network). There is also a number of private rental agencies.
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