Finally, summer has made it to Munich! With the warm temperatures, everyone’s being drawn outside to enjoy the sunshine. The first swim in the outdoor pool, sunbathing in one of the city’s many park, strolling around the city and enjoy an ice cream—that’s Munich in the summer!

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Finally, summer has made it to Munich! With the warm temperatures, everyone’s being drawn outside to enjoy the sunshine. The first swim in the outdoor pool, sunbathing in one of the city’s many park, strolling around the city and enjoy an ice cream—that’s Munich in the summer! To help to diversify your days in the city and enjoy the warm summer evenings, we have compiled some of the highlights of this summer in Munich for you. That way you will get information about all the events you should not miss!

Arts & Culture: The “Nordic Art: The Modern Breakthrough” exhibit, Munich Opera Festival, Film Festival Munich, Classical Music at Odeonsplatz, Open-Air Concerts in the Royal Residence
Events & Highlights: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Robbie Williams, Audi Cup 2013
Getting to Know Munich: Kocherlball Folk Dance Festival, Auer “Jakobi” Dult Festival

Arts & Culture:

  • “Nordic Art: The Modern Breakthrough”, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung (30 May–6 October)

The Kunsthalle is showing 125 paintings which were designed from 1860–1920 during the change to modernism in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. This includes true masterpieces from artists such as Edvard Munch, Anders Zorn, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, August Strindberg, Helene Schjerfbeck and Vilhelm Hammershøi as well as pieces from so far unknown artists outside of Scandinavia. While the exhibition’s paintings cover an enormous variety of subjects, there are certain elements shared and others that are distinctive and set apart the different nations represented. The German title “Of Dawn and Light” refers to the special significance of the different moods of the landscape in Nordic painting and gives you a preview of what’s on display.

  • Munich Opera Festival at the Bavarian State Opera (27 June–31 July)

With numerous concerts with music by renowned composers, the Opera Festival is always a special highlight of summer in Munich. This year, the concerts are focused on works by two outstanding artists: Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. In addition, the world can celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the two composers who each had such a dominant impact on the history of opera like no others. For example, enjoy the première of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” on the opening night of the Festival on 27 June and come back the next night for Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” and other famous pieces.

  • 31st International Film Festival Munich (28 June–6 July)

Numerous film premières, panel discussions, parties and awards ceremonies—for the 31st time, the Film Festival will once again provide everything that fans of film love. The film festival takes place again in various cinemas, for example, in City Cinemas and the Cinemas Münchner Freiheit. Besides the established festival series such as “New German Cinema”, “Homage” or “Open Air”, this year also brings two special series with mainly American films. Lovers of high action and comedy won’t be left out in the cold, either. In the “New German Cinema” series, 15 films will be presented, including thrillers, dramas and comedies which have never been seen before. Of course, you never know, you might run into a star or two, since they do usually show up at their film premières.

  • Classical Music at Odeonsplatz (6–7 July)

Experience an unforgettable summer’s evening with classical music at one of the most beautiful places in Munich. You will be enchanted by the Odeonsplatz, surrounded by the Royal Residence, the Feldherrenhalle and the Theatinerkirche! On 6 and 7 July, once again the Munich Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and many well-known soloists will be performing. On Saturday, 6 July, works by Giuseppe Verdi, Jules Massenet, Maurice Ravel and Richard Wagner are scheduled; on the following day, pieces by George Gershwin, Avner Dorman, and Antonín Dvořák are on the programme.

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  • Open Air Events in the Royal Residence (various dates in July)

Outdoor concerts in front of a picturesque backdrop that could hardly be more classical: the Royal Residence in Munich is once again offering these summer delights in its Brunnenhof! At 8pm on 2 July, you can be enchanted with great Viennese classics & Handel’s Fireworks Music with works by Haydn, Mozart, Cimarosa and Handel. Alternatively, you’ll hear an outdoor concert with German acoustic quartet Quadro Nuevo entitled “A Warm Summer’s Night” at the same time on 3 July. As a final highlight, you can attend a “Summer Serenade” at 8pm on 13 July, with works by Richard Wagner, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Georges Bizet.

Events & Highlights:

  • “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the Olympic Park (27 July)

This unique spectacle lights up the night sky with the bursts of colour from the 35-minute fireworks show accompanied by atmospheric music reflected in the picturesque splendour of the Olympiasee. Before darkness settles in and the spectacle is unleashed before the eyes of the 50,000 spectators, there will once again be two very special highlights to kick off the evening. Well-known techno band Scooter and Nena will help start the party in the Olympic Stadium. And one more surprise guest has been announced: German pop star Heino!

  • Robbie Williams at the Olympic Stadium (7 August)

After 7 long years of waiting, it’s finally time: 
Robbie Williams is back on tour in Germany and is coming to Munich! This time you can expect your old favourites as well as new hits. Let yourself be enchanted once again by well-known songs like “Let Me Entertain You” or “Angel” and experience new songs from the latest album “Take The Crown”. The perfect mix of action-packed stage show, powerful lyrics and soft tones will make a night to remember.

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  • Audi Cup 2013 at the Allianz Arena (31 July—1 August)

Top action is once again expected in the third appearance of the Audi Cup in Munich this year. The furious triple-winners FC Bayern München would like to get their next title, but the other teams, Manchester City, AC Milan and São Paulo, are all truly high-calibre opponents. We are so excited who will be crowned this year after FC Bayern and FC Barcelona. So that you can be there live when the masters of football meet, the Platzl Hotel München will be get you Category 1 seats in the Allianz Arena with the special “Audi Cup 2013 Package”. With this package, you can also enjoy two nights at the Platzl Hotel in the most central location possible and have the perfect base for exploring the city.

Getting to Know Munich:

  • Kocherlball Folk Dance Festival at the Chinese Tower (21 July)

Particularly for well-travelled guests or simply for those who want to experience old-school Bavarian tradition first-hand, the Kocherlball is just the thing. The ball dates back to the nineteenth century, when the city’s servants gathered early in the morning to dance. Today, the Kocherlball attracts all sorts and has become the most visited folk dance event in all of Munich. Watch Munich’s citizens and friends from all over the world singing and dancing together in the English Garden in old Bavarian style. Maybe even you’ll be inspired to dance …

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  • Auer “Jacobi” Dult on Mariahilfplatz (27 July—4 August)

The largest commodity market in Munich, surrounded by countless rides and food stalls, attracts up to 300,000 people to the Mariahilfplatz three times a year in spring, summer and fall. As always, the Jacobi-Dult will once again offer a great programme for everyone! Cotton candy, chocolate fruits, fish on a stick, Munich’s traditional specialities, children’s carousel, Ferris wheel, fancy dishes, junk items, new products from all over the world, straw and plaiting materials, all kinds of household items and the best Munich summer feeling are all waiting for you!