The new year has just begun, and many highlights on Munich’s calendar of events are on the horizon. Festivals, arts and culture, sports or concerts—there’s something for everyone. Due to its central location in the city’s old quarter, the Platzl Hotel Munich is the ideal starting point for your day or evening out.

The new year has just begun, and many highlights on Munich’s calendar of events are on the horizon. Festivals, arts and culture, sports or concerts—there’s something for everyone. Due to its central location in the city’s old quarter, the Platzl Hotel Munich is the ideal starting point for your day or evening out. We’ve put together some of the many exhibitions and events you can look forward to in the first half of the year. Let us know if you have any additional tips or highlights which should be listed here. We look forward to your comments.

Concerts & Shows

The world-famous musical Cats, the winter programme of the Krone traditional circus and concerts by international stars are just some of the event highlights in the first half of 2013:

  • Cats – the Musical (19 Jan – 24 Feb in a distinctive theatre tent on Westendstraße)

One of the most successful musicals of all time is coming to Munich and will once again tell the story about the annual gathering of a colourful cat community in an old London back garden.

  • Circus Krone Winter Programme (until 7 Apr)

The largest circus in Europe is bringing new thrills and excitement to Munich again this year with a new winter programme. The highlight of the show is the Korean high-wire act Pjöngyang who perform their stunts at some giddy heights.  Read more in our blog post about Circus Krone..

  • Holiday on Ice (31 Jan – 10 Feb, Olympiahalle)

With the new show “Speed”, Holiday on Ice is breaking all speed records. The audience will hold its breath often as you witness lots of action, acrobatics and fabulous dance routines.

  • Ronan Keating (15 Feb, Olympiahalle)

The Irish singer makes a stop in Munich during his Germany to present his recently released album “Fires”.

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  • Eros Ramazzotti (5 Apr, Olympiahalle)

With his new album “NOI”, the Italian pop star is on an extensive European tour.

  • Bon Jovi (18 May, Olympic Stadium)

2013 will be a good year for all Bon Jovi fans. With their “Because We Can – The Tour” the rocks giants are ready to start again.

  • Bruce Springsteen (26 May, Olympic Stadium)

The 20-time Grammy winner and Oscar-winner is back on tour with the E Street Band, bringing the past and present of rock music to the stage once again.

  • Depeche Mode (1 Jun, Olympic Stadium)

The British pop giants are back and will win their fans’ hearts once again as they go on a world tour.

  • Xavier Naidoo (23 Jun, Königsplatz)

He is considered one of the most popular and most enduring performers in Germany. Let yourself be inspired with his thoughtful lyrics in an open-air concert on Königsplatz.

Arts & Culture

In Munich, culture and tradition are an integral part of everyday life. And once again, this year has some fascinating exhibitions and the opera masterpiece Carmen waiting for you:

  • Carmen (29 Jan – 06 Feb, Bavarian State Opera)

After being initially rejected by the public, the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet is now seen as one of the greatest achievements in the history of opera, an honour its composer never experienced.

  • Karl Friedrich Schinkel Exhibition (1 Feb – 12 May, Hypo Kunsthalle)

For the first time in Munich, more than 300 objects of the Prussian genius will be on display, giving a broad insight into the life and works of one of the most notable pioneers of classicism.

  • Open End – The Goetz Collection (until 7 Apr, Haus der Kunst)

“Open End” is the fourth presentation of works from the collection of Ingvild Goetz. This collection, with more than 500 works, is the most prestigious of its kind in Europe.

  • Hiroshi Sugimoto Revolution (until 10 Feb, Brandhorst Museum)

Regarded as the most famous photographer of our time, Sugimoto wants his photographs to move people to go back into the past and remember where they come from and how they came to be.

Festivals & Events

From the Mai-Dult to the Opera Festival, Munich offers a varied program of festivals and events:

  • Dance of the Market Women (12 Feb, Viktualienmarkt)

The highlight of the Munich street carnival takes place each year on Shrove Tuesday at 11 o’clock on the Viktualienmarkt.

  • Strong Beer Festival (27 Feb, Nockherberg)

The end of the carnival season means the start of Bavaria’s strong beer season, which, like Oktoberfest, is an integral part of the Munich calendar. The Strong Beer Festival at Nockherberg is legendary and well-known far beyond the borders of Bavaria.

  • Mai-Dult (27 Apr–5 May, Mariahilfplatz)

Over approximately 22,000 m2, some 300 market traders and performers invite the public to nine days of shopping, fun and spectacle. Learn more in our blog post about the Mai-Dult.

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  • City’s Birthday Festival (15–16 Jun, Marienplatz)

The city of Munich celebrates its 855th birth with about 450,000 visitors dancing, wearing traditional garb and musical entertainment on the Marienplatz.

  • Munich Film Festival (28 Jun –6 Jul)

The Munich Film Festival is the second largest film festival in Germany. The international, European or German premières of films, documentaries, short films and television films are shown.

  • Classic Open Air Odeonsplatz (6–7 Jul)

In July this year, the Odeonsplatz is transformed into a special open-air concert hall. The Munich Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and soloists Rolando Villazón, Thomas Hampson and Martin Grubinger will perform at the classical music event of the year.

  • Opera Festival (27 Jun–31 Jul)

With over 30 opera performances at the Bavarian State Opera, you will experience a varied and high-quality program. The festival this year will focus on composers Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi.


Humankind has loved sport for centuries. In Munich, with its two Bundesliga clubs, it is especially football that is always the source of new highlights.

Champions League and Bundesliga matches

Bayern has already been named Autumn champions. Now comes the thrilling battle for the championship trophy for the second time and the crucial question remains is whether a club can still catch up with the German record champions?
It will remain exciting in the Champions League. Three German teams start as group winners in the second round—that’s a first in the history of the Champions League.Bayern is especially motivated to hold the treasured champion’s cup in their hands this season after losing the finale last year. Take in the action at a football match in Munich’s Allianz Arena. Because tickets are in high demand, make sure you start looking early.

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