Event calendar

May: Street festivals & backyards

In May, Munich has a lot going on in the streets: The Corso Leopold and the Vespa Parade showcase the city's Italian-inspired attitude to life. The traditional Dult, the popular folk festival with market hustle and bustle, looks forward to numerous guests. The backyard flea markets offer unique insights into the liveliness of Munich's neighbourhoods - perhaps even a spontaneous barbecue party with new acquaintances!

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Events in May 2022: Typically Munich 

 

Auer Dult - Maidult

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 Maidult, which starts as early as April. From 30 April to 8 May 2022, around 100,000 guests celebrate spring 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, 30.04. to 08.05.2022, Maria-Hilf-Platz

simply Auer Dult

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Traditional maypole setting up at the Viktualienmarkt

A Bavarian community without a maypole? There is no such thing. Often even neighbourhoods or large companies have their own tree. The painted and decorated trunks decorate the squares in front of the town hall, the church or other places in the village. If you want to be there when such a maypole is erected, join the many spectators at the Viktualienmarkt on 1 May in the morning, who watch from around 10 am onwards as the Munich fire brigade raises the freshly painted and decorated landmark of the market into the vertical position. The maypole there has been donated by Munich's six major breweries for over 50 years.

Maypole setting up Viktualienmarkt, 01.05.2022 at approx. 10 am, Viktualienmarkt Munich

 

Long Night of Music

One of the most important events in May is the "Long Night of Music". Thousands of night owls listen to musicians and bands who are at home in every conceivable style of music - at the most unusual venues, such as churches, savings banks, bookshops, cinemas, museums, cafés, Bavarian inns or even in the city's clubs.

Long Night of Music, 07.05.2022, various locations

Exhibition: Vive le Pastel!

Pastels were extremely popular in the 18th century. Especially in France, numerous of these works were created, whose colours were applied dry, with the help of pencils, but covering the entire surface, and which can therefore be classified neither as painting nor as drawing. Pastels from this period continue to fascinate us today - sometimes because of their closeness to nature and immediacy, sometimes because of the virtuosity of their execution, and always because of their precious fragility.

The exhibition at the Alte Pinakothek shows outstanding pastels created between 1700 and the 1750s: : Commissioned works by Elector Max Emanuel stand alongside later acquisitions and permanent loans, Joseph Vivien and Maurice Quentin de La Tour are represented as well as Rosalba Carriera and Jean-Étienne Liotard.

Pastellmalerei von Vivien bis La Tour, 07.05. to 23.10.2022, Alte Pinakothek

 

Schubert Days at Cafe Luitpold

Salon Luitpold, known for its top-class guests and interesting topics, invites you to its music program "Schubert Days" at Cafe Luitpold. On seven evenings, students from the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts interpret pieces by Franz Schubert, each with a thematic motto and moderated by experts.

Schubert Days at Cafe Luitpold, 10. to 16.05.2022

 

"Munich Creative Business Week - The long week of design"

At the "Munich Creative Business Week - The Long Week of Design" everything revolves around good style, sustainability, art, music, communication and creativity – at all kinds of locations in the city. Read more about Germany's largest design event that takes place every year in Munich.

Munich Creative Business Week, 14. to 22.05.2022, various locations

 

Stroke Art Fair

There is a lot of young art to see every March at the Stroke Art Fair on the Praterinsel. The first German art fair for new contemporary art has been taking place in Munich since 2009. Here you can not only look at street art and urban art, but also buy it. The most exciting new discoveries of the scene are presented and the festival around it with foodmarket, concerts, live paintings and parties round off the program.

Stroke Art Fair, 19. to 22.05.2022, Praterinsel

 

Vespa Corso Munich

The fun on two wheels begins at the Erlöserkirche near Münchner Freiheit in Schwabing. In relaxed Italian style, the Vespa parade takes the beloved scooters along Leopoldstraße to Maxvorstadt and the Pinakothek der Moderne - with lots of chattering, honking and sometimes in formation with nice stunts.

Vespa Corso, 26.05.2022, from the Erlöserkirche church (Ungererstraße) through Schwabing

Corso Leopold

The "Corso Leopold" is one of the most colourful and creative street festivals you can imagine. On the last weekend in May, all cars are banned from Leopoldstraße in Schwabing between Siegestor and Münchner Freiheit. The one-kilometre-long promenade will be dedicated to art and culture in all its forms: from music and arts and crafts to discussion events, street football, a beer garden and participatory programmes for the whole family.

Corso Leopold, 28. to 29.05.2022, Leopoldstraße

 

Sports events in May 2022

 

BMW Open Tennis

At the BMW Open Tennis Tournament from 23 April to 1 May 2022, the tennis courts of the MTTC Iphitos club on Aumeisterweg will decide who will cheer over the winner's trophy at the end of many exciting matches.

BMW Open Tennis, 23.04. to 01.05.2022, Aumeisterweg 10

 

Pferd International

The Pferd (Horse) International München in the Olympia-Reitstadion (Equestrian stadium) in Munich-Riem is one of the very big family-friendly events all about horses. In addition to competitions in the disciplines of show jumping, dressage, working equitation and vaulting, new products from the fields of equestrian sports and nutrition, clothing, outdoor and much more are exhibited at the fair, partly outdoors but also in the tents. A show programme with horses, carriages and music, pony rides for the little ones and the Almhütte with typical Bavarian delicacies complete the programme.

Pferd International, 26. to 29.05.2022, Olympic Riding Stadium Munich-Riem

Events for the curious 

 

Backyard flea markets

For the curious and the sociable, Munich's backyard flea markets offer surprising and often wildly romantic insights into the gardens and estates of Munich's district residents. From May to October, all neighbourhoods are covered on weekends, from Giesing to Glockenbachviertel to Westend. Wherever colourful balloons hang from the façades, the best bargains are to be found in clothing, toys, household goods and antiques - the important thing is that what you're willing to part with goes into good hands! But even that often becomes a minor matter when the residents spontaneously invite you over for apple pie or a barbecue and strangers become acquaintances. A typical Munich togetherness!

Backyard flea markets, several dates, cattle yard, abattoir, three-mill quarter and afterwards until October in all districts

This is what you eat in May:

 

Excursion tip: Royal dining with Schrobenhausen asparagus

Munich in May means: the best time for fresh asparagus from the surrounding countryside, which is of course also available at the stalls on the Viktualienmarkt. The heart of Bavaria’s asparagus-growing region is Schrobenhausen, 70 kilometres north of the state capital. The first stalk of asparagus from Schrobenhausen was delivered to Munich’s royal court in 1856. Farmers later began cultivating it on a large scale in 1913 and asparagus has been a Schrobenhausen tradition ever since. Harvesting – also known as asparagus plucking – normally starts in mid-April and ends no later than 24 June. During asparagus season, countless local eateries, like Gasthaus Zum Schimmelwirt, serve fresh asparagus dishes on a daily basis. The tips of the asparagus are generally considered to be particularly delicious. Anyone keen to find out more about this delicacy can pay a visit to Europäische Spargelmuseum (the European Asparagus Museum) after their meal. The world’s only asparagus museum is housed in the former prison tower in the town walls.

 

A detailed calendar of events can be found here.

 

 

Text: Nansen & Piccard; Photos: Christian Kasper, Frank Stolle
Event calendar
Landmarks

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 English Garden was created by an American in 1789. Nevertheless, the city park was named English Garden because the English landscape gardens served as a role model at that time.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

Alte Pinakothek 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!

Jewel of the Baroque

Nymphenburg palace and its park were already known throughout Europe in the 18th century. As a summer residence it was once a refuge for the Munich court.

Nymphenburg palace and its park were already known throughout Europe in the 18th century. As a summer residence it was once a refuge for the Munich court.

The golden light of the autumn sun can be wonderfully soaked up along the façade of the residence in the old town.

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.

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.

There's always something going on in Munich's city centre - and the locals also like to meet up here.

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.

View of the Neues Rathaus (city hall), in the background the Frauenkirche (church). Both buildings are a great photo motif in the city centre.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Propyläen on Königsplatz were originally planned as Munich's city gate.

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.

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.

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.

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.

At the Eisbach bridge there are spectators day and night watching the surfers riding the waves.

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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Hogwarts sends his regards: in the small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus on Munich's Marienplatz.

Exclusive tour through the town hall

Explore the Neue Rathaus on Marienplatz with an official City of Munich tour guide. A visit of the famous law library is also included!

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Magistrates, Monachia and magnificent celebrations: explore the Neue Rathaus on Marienplatz with an official City of Munich tour guide. A visit of the famous law library is also included!

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.

Dates, tropical and exotic fruits are also offered at the Viktualienmarkt.

Viktualienmarkt Tasting Tour

Discover the most delicious delicacies of the city and learn all kinds of interesting facts about Munich's most famous food market.

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Discover the most delicious delicacies of the city and learn all kinds of interesting historical facts about Munich's most famous food market.

Climb 306 stairs up to the viewing platform of St Peter’s Church and enjoy exactly this view of the Marienplatz and the Frauenkirche.

Visit to the Town Hall Balcony

Join us on the famous balcony of the New Town Hall, where FC Bayern has celebrated a triumph many times - and enjoy the beautiful view over Marienplatz.

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Join us on the famous balcony of the New Town Hall, where FC Bayern has celebrated a triumph many times - and enjoy the beautiful view over Marienplatz.