The first Christmas markets open in Munich in November, such as the Christkindlmarkt on Marienplatz and the Winter Tollwood. The “Münchner Bücherschau“ (Munich Book Show) or a concert in the Olympiastadion can also help against rainy days.
The water sports festival in the Olympic swimming pool presents fun and action on and in the water. Numerous activities, workshops and the latest water sports trends from various sports clubs and institutions await visitors.
Water Sports Festival of the City of Munich, 10 November 2024, 12 to 18 h
The Münchner Bücherschau is the largest regional book exhibition. Here, visitors can browse through all genres for 15 hours a day and meet the authors.
Münchner Bücherschau, 14 November to 1 December 2024, Literaturhaus, Gasteig and other venues
The classic among Munich's Christmas markets is the Christmas market around Marienplatz - the largest and most traditional in the city. Until Christmas Eve, there is Christmas music, high-quality arts and crafts, mulled wine, roast dessert and roasted almonds in front of the illuminated backdrop of the town hall, Munich Frauenkirche and St Peter's Church. And the giant Munich Christmas tree towers between the stalls.
Munich Christmas Market, 25 November to 24 December 2024, Marienplatz and parts of the pedestrian zone in the old town
From 26 November to 31 December 2024, the Tollwood Winter Festival enchants with its colourfully illuminated tent tops on the Theresienwiese. What makes this alternative Christmas market so special are its street theatre, artistic masterpieces, concerts, a children's programme, organic food and colourful handicrafts from all over the world. Most events are free of charge. In the multimedia tent of the “World Salon“, politicians, scientists and artists appear to discuss ecological and social issues with the audience.
Tollwood Winter Festival, presumably 26 November to 31 December 2023, Theresienwiese
This is about style, about furnishing and the question: Are you still living or are you already living? The “Heim + Handwerk“ trade fair at the exhibition centre is the largest of its kind in southern Germany and is expected to attract around 100,000 visitors with a good thousand exhibitors. They will find inspiration in the fields of furniture, crafts and the latest ideas of young designers. Experts will be on hand to provide advice on topics such as “Tiny Houses“ or children's rooms that grow with their age.
Heim + Handwerk, 27 November to 1 December 2024, Munich Trade Fair Centre
In autumn 2024, the Austrian rock band Wanda will be touring nine German cities. On 9 November, they will give their concert in the Olympic Hall in Munich.
Wanda - Ende Nie Tour 2024, 9 November 2024, Olympiahalle Munich
On her international tour at the end of 2024, the Italian rock singer will also be stopping off at Munich's Olympiastadion.
Gianna Nannini in concert, 28 November 2024, Olympiastadion München
What's a real Bavarian restaurant has a hold on its Martinsgans. This speciality is available around St. Martin's Day on 11 November. In the past, the farming business year ended on this day: farmhands and maids were dismissed or hired, farmers paid their landlords a tithe. This was often done in the form of geese – which were promptly strangled to celebrate the day. Nowadays, the landlords usually announce their St. Martin's Goose dinner with notices or on the Internet - in case of doubt, ask more in advance. The Pauliwirt country inn near Mühldorf (Neuhäusl 1, 84513 Erharting) is worth a visit. On the way you can take a detour to the old town of Mühldorf. The town houses there are built in the so-called Inn-Salzach style: high, mighty looking facades that block the view of the roof.
When the autumn wind blows, kite lovers are driven out into Munich's parks. A popular hotspot is the Olympiaberg, popularly called Schuttberg (mountain of debris), because it consists largely of building rubble from the period of reconstruction after the Second World War. At the top of the Olympiaberg one has best wind conditions and a beautiful view over Munich. The Hirschgarten with its large meadows offers a lot of space. It is easy to reach with the S-Bahn (stops Hirschgarten and Laim). If you are careful and pay attention to traffic and passers-by, you can also try the large green spaces on Königsplatz. Wind speeds of around 17 or 18 kilometres per hour are usually enough to fly a kite, which corresponds to wind force three in the weather forecast. If you don't own a kite and want to build one yourself, the best place to look is the “Kunst und Spiel“ (Art and Play) at Leopoldstrasse 48. The handicraft supplies in Schwabing have everything you need.
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