Munich is a city rich in culture and activities. As such, it has a variety of things to offer every season of the year. Now that it is summer, there are multiple festivals and celebrations. For example the Sommer Tollwood with its delicious and diverse ethnic cuisine, located on the grounds of the Olympic Park. You can stroll over the intercultural festival area while enjoying a crêpe or langosz pastry before heading to one of the hills where you can listen to concerts and watch the sunset.
Bavaria’s capital also celebrates its birthday with the Stadtgründungsfest (German) – this Sunday it will be 857 years old. Music, food carts and stands, information about the city and live performances make for a wonderful day. Even the stores will be open for customers, something that only happens a few times per year in Munich!
Another highlight is the traditional Kocherlball (German). The annual open-air ball is held in the early morning hours at the Chinese Tower in the English Garden and attracts locals as well as tourists. In the 19th century, maids and footboys would meet on Sundays to dance shortly after dawn, as they had to work the rest of the day. Now it is open to everyone and equally enjoyed. Maybe you can go there yourself this July and see what it is all about!
We’re right about in the middle of our summer semester in Munich and the beautiful weather is making it harder and harder to resist going outside! One of our students, Audra White, shares what her semester has been looking like so far:
This semester I’m taking all of the Institute courses that are being offered: Sprachkurs, Theaterkurs and Konversation. I really enjoy the Institute classes because we are constantly improving our German speaking, writing, and reading skills but we are also able to interact with each other in a very comfortable and casual environment. I am also taking two courses at Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) in the Amerikanistik Department: Crime & the City and Contemporary Literature. They are both American literature classes in English, and I’m really enjoying having an excuse to read books again on a daily basis!
As far as what I’ve been doing in my free time, spending time outside and traveling is the name of the game! The Englischer Garten (just behind Studentenstadt where we live and reaching all the way to downtown) is always a surefire way to spend some extra time in the sun and people watch. My parents are actually currently visiting, and we spent a beautiful sunny morning exploring the grounds at Schloss Nymphenburg before heading to Zurich, Switzerland for the weekend. We’ve had so many holidays in the summer months and they make for the perfect long weekend trips to any of the many destination cities that are in such close proximity to Munich!