The best events in Munich in the summer of 2011

A cool drink in the beer garden, a pleasant walk along the river Isar, a shopping tour through the Kaufingerstrasse or a sightseeing tour with bright sunshine: Visit Munich in the summer months and experience the Bavarian hospitality, the beautiful atmosphere of Munich and a lot of attractive events.

Open Air in the Munich Residenz (June 29 to August 14, 2011 / Munich Residenz)

Enjoy a variety of exciting open-air events in the historic ambiance of the Munich Residenz located only a short walk from Platzl Hotel Munich. Overall more than 50 open-air concerts take place in the beautiful Fountain Court of the Residenz. This year the ABBA Night on July 10, The Glenn Miller Orchestra on July 14 and the La notte Italiana on August 13 are particularly popular.

No matter if your heart beats for classical, jazz, pop or rock music, there are highlights for everybody in a unique atmosphere.
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The Munich Summer Night’s Dream (July 23, 2011 / Olympic Park Munich)

This spectacular evening starts with a great music program. It starts with the two bands “Livingston” and “Kellner”. Afterwards “Unheilig”, one of the currently most successful German bands, will play a 90-minute concert with the famous songs from their new album.

Nevertheless, the main highlight of the evening is a grand fireworks display. 12,000 fireworks will brighten up the night over Munich for 35 minutes to the most beautiful soundtracks in the film history.
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TNT Film Open Air (July 11 to July 19, 2011 / Königsplatz (King’s Square) in Munich)

Sit back and enjoy the best films of the year at the beautiful King’s Square in Munich. By the elegance of ancient Greek architecture and the charm of European classicism the TNT Open Air Cinema at the King’s Square turns open air cinema into an unforgettable experience.

Source: Pressebereich TNT Film Open Air

Classics on Odeonsplatz (July 16 and 17, 2011 / Odeonsplatz)

This classic event which is a joint project of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the City of Munich is a solid part of the cultural program of Munich. About 16,000 visitors will see this outstanding classical open-air with its quality program only a few steps from the Platzl Hotel Munich.
Source: Christian Rudnik / Pressebereich Klassik am Odeonsplatz

The DTM (German Touring Car Masters) in the Olympic Stadium in Munich (July 16 and 17, 2011 / Olympic Stadium Munich)

This summer, the Olympic Stadium once again becomes a stage for a spectacular sport event. On a specifically created track at the Olympic Stadium there will be an exciting motor sport event directly in the city of Munich. For one weekend the DTM will bring real racing atmosphere and lots of fun to the Bavarian capital.

Royal Dinner (July 27 to August 21, 2011 / Maximilianeum)

In the historic arcades of the Munich Maximilianeum you can get the experience of a royal dinner this summer. Enjoy delicious cuisine and good music with an exquisite four-course menu and a show of the renowned musical theater “Animato” over the roofs of Munich.

impark summer festival (July 27 to August 08, 2011 / Olympic Park Munich)

Over 100 attractions, many open-air concerts and spectacular fireworks make the impark summer festival to a special experience for the whole family. Here you can try wakeboarding, enjoy international culinary delights, drink a cocktail at the cozy beach bar or listen to a live concert. Further highlights are the fireworks displays on August 4 and 11.

The Auer Dult Munich (July 30 to August 8, 2011 / Mariahilfplatz)

The Auer Dult is a festival for the whole family and especially known for its lively market. In early August, around 300 market traders and attractions are going to entertain you with amusement rides and food stalls and a traditional cozy festival for the whole family on the Jakobidult.

Theatron Music Summer (August 01 to August 31, 2011 / Olympic Park)

Since 39 years, the Theatron Music Summer in Munich’s Olympic Park is a 30-days long music experience for locals and visitors. Grab your picnic basket, a cuddly blanket, a few pretzels and a good red wine and listen to the “longest open-air music festival in the world”.

175 years “Alte Pinakothek”

The coincidence of many different events in the years around 1800 let the number of paintings in the in the Bavarian State Collection grown on rapidly. Due to this significant increase King Ludwig I, the Central Gallery Director Johann Georg von Dillis and the architect Leo von Klenze designed an epochal museum building, which should represent an innovative model for the future museum architecture. After a 10-years construction phase the Art Gallery opened its doors to the public in 1836. Including the masterpieces of Rubens and Rembrandt or Poussin and Murillo the collection is still one of the most important and most valuable painting collections in the world.

On the occasion of the 175th Anniversary, there are a variety of exhibitions organized this year. Lovers of art can look forward to many surprises!

Munich Opera Festival 2011

After the Festival has started with the premiere of Miroslav Srnka opera “Make no noise” on June 20 the traditional UniCredit Festival Night took place on June 25. One of the highlights of this year’s Opera Festival was the premiere of the new production of the monumental opera “Saint Francois d’Assise”by Olivier Messiaen on July 01.

A new production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts “Mitridate – Re di Ponto” is the second festival premiere and will take place on July 21. Furthermore visitors of the festival can enjoy additional 13 operas and ballet performances with a top-class cast until the end of July.

Last minute tip:

The open air special “Opera for All” is a free live broadcast of Ludwig Beethoven’s “Fidelio” at the Max-Joseph-Platz on July 8. The evening will be moderated by Thomas Gottschalk. As no tickets are needed, you can also decide for a short visit. At the same place you can watch the broadcast of the Festival Concert of the Bavarian State Orchestra on July 8.