Summer Shine in Munich
Munich, with its air of polished prosperity, is quintessential Germany. The old and the new co-exist here with cherished traditions like Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival, rubbing shoulders with designer shopping, sleek cars and high-powered industry.
Indeed Munich today is the flavour of the year. The Bavarian capital on the Isar river has strong roots in the past. Its Baroque and Rococo architecture, lush parks, museums and historic venues such as Schloss Nymphenburg, the summer palace of the rulers of Bavaria, are the favoured haunts of tourists and locals alike.
This gracious German city is just an hour's drive from the snow-crusted Alps that frame it so beautifully and lend it an air of enchantment.
The best ideas on how to enjoy summer in Munich – from beer gardens, and open air markets, to lakes and parks, here’s how to make the most out of your summer vacation in Munich.
Munich’s oldest open-air farmers market dating back to 1807 is a landmark in the heart of the city. Wonder at booths decorated with garlands of sausages, mountains of fresh vegetables, and hopscotch of fruits. The market has everything from meat, and cheese, to bread, pastries, and fresh squeezed juices. Buy some treats for the whole family and enjoy them right then and there, at the beer garden in the center of the market.
Bigger and larger than Central Park, Munich’s park “Englischer Garten” is a green parcel of land and magnificent place to explore. Rent a paddle boat, ramble along the wooded paths, take a horse-drawn carriage, visit one of its traditional beer gardens and just enjoy!
Coming from the Alps, river Isar flows through the center of Munich and draws people from all walks of life in summer. Tourists love to sunbathe, picnic, barbecue, and fish here. It’s a perfect spot to relax after a day of sightseeing.
Munich's Beer gardens
There is no better end to a summer's day than to sit with friends at long wooden tables shaded by century-old chestnut trees, enjoying a big stein of Bavarian beer fresh from the brewery. Munich is home to almost 200 beer gardens, among them the largest beer garden in the world, which seats 8000 people.
Blade Night, Europe’s largest roller-blading night event, is Munich’s most important place to be. Every Monday evening in summer, more than 10,000 attendees will usually skate through Munich along one of four routes. Large parts of the inner city will be shut down for traffic and rollerblades and skaters speed through Munich – a unique way to experience the city and its sights.