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November: Literature Festival & Winter Bazaar

So that November in Munich does not become too dull and dark, the first Christmas markets are already opening. The literature festival with its "book show" also helps against rainy days. Or you can stroll around a charity flea market in a relaxed atmosphere?

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Events in October 2020: Typically Munich


Literaturfest München (Literature Festival)

Number of schnapps: On 11.11. the 11th Munich Literature Festival opens. Until 29.11.2020 there will be a varied programme at the Gasteig, the Literaturhaus and many other places in the city. As always, an important component is the "Bücherschau", the largest regional book exhibition. Here, visitors can browse through all genres for 15 hours a day and meet the authors - free of charge.

Literaturfest München, 11 to 29.11.2020, Literaturhaus


Christmas village

Every year, the Christmas market in the Residenz is the first to bring light into the darkness. From 19.11. to 22.12.2020, visitors to the picturesque Kaiserhof on Odeonsplatz will find themselves in a Christmas village with a small chapel and life-size nativity scene. In the wooden huts, glassblowers, goldsmiths or horn carvers will present their handicrafts - mulled wine, bratwurst and rubbing cakes are of course also available. From the stage in the middle, contemplative Christmas carols sound out of alphorns or trumpets - but also sometimes swinging evergreens, to which children dance with their parents.

Christmas Village at Residence, 19.11. to 22.12.2020, Residence


Tollwood Winter Festival

From 25.11. to 31.12.2020, the Toolwood 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, 25.11. to 31.12.2020, Theresienwiese

Top events in November 2020

Heim + Handwerk 2020 (craft fair)

This is about style, about furnishing and the question: Are you still living or are you already living? The "Heim + Handwerk" trade fair from 25 to 29 November 2020 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 2020, 25 to 29.11.2020, Munich Trade Fair Centre


Munich Indoors

For horse lovers the "Munich Indoors" are a fixed date in the calendar. The international horse show will take place from 19 to 22.11.2020 in the Olympic Hall.

Munich Indoors, 19 to 22.11.2020, Olympic Hall


Bon Iver concert

Munich is honoured this autumn by a very special singer and songwriter: Bon Iver is coming to the Zenith. And the best part: There are still tickets available. It's worth being quick, because his concerts are usually sold out immediately. 

Bon Iver, 10.11.2020, Zenith


Events for flea market fans


MS Winter Bazaar

For dawdlers, there will be bargain hunting in the MVG Museum on 28 and 29 November 2020. On the "MS-Winterbazar" there are many nice things for a good cause. Those who find used treasures here not only save their wallets and, out of sustainability, protect nature, but also help many people in Bavaria who suffer from multiple sclerosis. Because the proceeds of this flea market are destined for them.

MS Winterbazar, 28 & 29.11.2020, MVG Museum

What else happens in Munich in November:


A Martini goose on November 11th

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. Among the Munich restaurants, the Emmeramsmühle (St. Emmeram 41) is worth mentioning. The restaurant is housed in a former mill from the 19th century.

Going high: flying a kite

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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Text: Nansen & Piccard; Fotos: Christian Kasper, Dominik Morbitzer, Werner Böhm

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