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!
Before you come to Munich, you might be nervous because everything is new: the city, the language, the people. You might wonder how and when you will get to know your peers and make friends. But not to worry, we have something for you: our very own Mentoring Program.
Every student gets a mentor, usually a local LMU- or TU-student, who in addition to the wonderful people of the Year of Study in Munich can help you settle in. Your mentor may take you to their favorite café, they might go to one of the many museums with you and just in general are excited to have you participate in their life and leisure time. On top of that, having a mentor means that you automatically have someone you can practice your German with – juhu!
There are also group ventures planned for all by the head of the Mentoring Program, including a variety of exciting events and fun activities throughout your stay: Christmas and carnival celebrations, hikes through the beautiful Bavarian landscape, or a visit to a soccer game at the Allianz Arena (see photo). You can go to lunch together, cook and bake in your dorm kitchens, and explore the English Garden which is fun for both snowy and sunny days.
The best part, however, is that by the end of your year you will leave Munich with lots of new friends, great memories, and wonderful stories. Are you excited yet?
Munich is one of the most beautiful cities in the world – especially when the sun is shining. You should absolutely visit the Rathausturm while you are here and enjoy the wonderful view over the cityscape. You can see lots of other great things from the top of the Rathausturm worth visiting as well, for example the Frauenkirche in the heart of Munich (cf. picture), the Olympiaturm and its gorgeous park, and of course the outskirts of Munich. On a clear day, you can see the Alps where you can go skiing, hiking, and in general explore the amazing nature Bavaria has to offer.