10 Things you should do in Munich in Summer
Relaxing on the Isar or clinking glasses in the beer garden: These 10 things make the hot summer days and mild nights in Munich unforgettable.
Refreshment at Munich’s fountains
Munich has over 700 large and small fountains, more than 180 of which are municipally owned. These are much more than just water dispensers, but are also small oases of refreshment on hot days. Allow your hand to briefly dangle in the Richard-Strauss-Brunnen or the Fischbrunnen or feel the spray from the Stachusbrunnen on your face – it is gloriously cooling. Some daredevils even run straight through the Stachusbrunnen. The Neptunbrunnen or the Wittelsbacherbrunnen are also wonderful sights.
Enjoy the bright summer nights
From the Bavaria statue and the Ruhmeshalle, past the buildings at Königsplatz and all the way to the Siegestor: As soon as it gets dark, the lights turn on and Munich’s landmarks shine in all their glory: on mild summer nights, a stroll through the city reveals surprises of a completely different nature. Don’t forget your camera! The best option is to look for one of the many scenic observation points and enjoy the view of the radiant city from above.
Swimming fun in the open-air pools
Highlights in the fresh air
Who wants to sit inside when, even at night, it’s well over 20 degrees outside? Several open-air cinemas in Munich screen current blockbusters and classic films. With great entertainment like this, mild summer evenings seem to fly by. Other events such as the impark summer festival, Tollwood in Olympiapark or the classical-music concert at Odeonsplatz will entice you out into nature. And if you want to do something good for yourself, you can take part in sports with professional instruction at Fit im Park.
Picnics and relaxation in the parks
The Englischer Garten is Munich’s most visited park in summer, too – no surprise there! But Westpark, Luitpoldpark and Ostpark also have a lot to offer: for example, places where you can spread out your picnic blanket and enjoy the summer weather. And the extensive park facilities at the castles are also perfect for long, rambling walks. To name one example, Nymphenburger Park awaits with its fairy-tale brook, sculptures and fountains.
Sunbathing on the Isar River
The recreational value of the Isar is tremendous: The paths along the river are popular with joggers and walkers; dog owners use riverside forests and tracks for rambling walks with their pets. And in summer you don’t really need much more than a bikini, a blanket and a shady spot. Between the two bridges – Cornelius and Wittelsbacher – is the most lively spot, but there are also quieter areas at other points along the banks. In some places, like Flaucher, you can also have a barbecue.
Sipping a coffee in the sidewalk cafés
It is not without reason that Munich is described as the ‘northernmost city in Italy’: Numerous sidewalk cafés line the streets and you can sit outside in the sun almost anywhere. Some have tables on the pavement; others even have a couch to relax on or deckchairs in the sand. And while you enjoy an iced coffee with vanilla ice cream, cappuccino or espresso, you can also observe the vibrant atmosphere of the city.
Absolutely idyllic – Munich’s lakes
Numerous lakes await sun-seeking swimmers in the Munich metropolitan region. Many of them, like Lerchenauersee and Fasaneriesee or Feldmochinger See, are easy to get to by bicycle and are even well-connected through public transport. The MVG Badebus (‘swimming bus’) drives to Langwiedersee and Lußsee in the hot summer months. And outside of the city limits as well, beautiful stretches of water like Feringasee or Poschinger Weiher are easy to get to. So don’t make excuses – head off to the lake!
Tour the Botanical Gardens
A cool beer under the chestnut trees
A toast to cosy refreshment! Munich’s beer gardens attract many locals and tourists alike in summer. Sitting with a cool beer under shady chestnut trees is a great way to deal with the summer heat. It’s the perfect combination for enjoying the beautiful weather and refreshing yourself. If you like to drink your beer by the water, you can pop into the Michaeligarten, the Seehaus garden or the ‘Zum Flaucher’ beer garden. Then again, other traditional taverns offer live music from proper brass bands.