I grew up in one of the best cities in the world – Munich. I then moved away for university but still came back every summer to spend some time with family and friends. And because I am here right now and I am too excited for summer, I decided to give you a few tips on my favourite hangout spots in the summer.
#1 English Garden
I guess parks are the hangout spot in every cities when it’s warm. In Munich, this park is the English Garden (Englischer Garten). One of the highlights of this park is the wave “Eisbach Welle” at one of the arms of the river Isar, which is located at Prinzregentenstrasse. You can find surfers there all year round and even big names like Jack Johnson tried it out on their visits. The stream then goes on into the English Garden, where you can bathe in it or just cool of your feet (Watch out though, the water is super cold!). At night, people start making picnics and pre drinking there, which gives the whole park a really relaxed atmosphere. There are also two great beer gardens in the park, one at the Chinesischer Turm (chinese tower) and one called Seehaus, which is located at Kleinhesseloher See.
It doesn’t only sound as if the park is huge, it actually is. But don’t worry, even when getting lost you’ll find great places and you will have a great summer day!
Another given probably – the isar. Because you are always looking for a way to cool down when the thermometre is hitting a certain level. The Isar, the river that runs through Munich, is a perfect way to do that. There are tons of different spots where you can go down to the banks, so I won’t recommend a specific one – they are all pretty. And if you want to see a bit more, go rent a dinghy and float down the whole river. I’ve done it once and it’s super fun! We had our own boat back then, but maybe take a look here or here or just google for other places! (I’v e never tried them, so these are just sites that popped up when I googled it.)
My best friend introduced me to a spot last year, where I actually never thought it would be as great as it actually was – the bridge over the railway towards the central train station. Yes, I know, it sounds really weird and that’s why I was a bit sceptical when she suggested to watch the sunset from there. But trust me, it was worth it! (You should not be afraid of heights because you are climbing up the steel grinders in order to watch from up there.) We brought a bottle of wine and some fruits before we went out one friday night and I’m definitely going back there this year!
#4 Café Vorhoelzer
Rooftop bars – I guess every city has them. Munich just started a few years ago and one of the first ones was Café Vorhoelzer, a café located on the roof of the technical university building. It is a bit odd when you are wearing your floaty dress and flip flops, walking past students in their own building, to drink a nice glass of wine or any other drink on the 5th floor, but the view is breathtaking and in the summer, the place is always packed.
Tollwood is a cultural festival with a lot of different food stalls that offer dishes from all around the world and stalls that offer great jewellery, gifts, art and everything else you can imagine. There’s one in the summer and on in the winter, but I have to say, the summer one is my favourite. It’s located at Olympia park and takes place for around a month (this year it’s June 29th until July 24th).
A lot of bands or comedians also play at that festival at nights and it’s always packed with people sitting in the beergardens, strolling around the stalls or sitting on the grass with a cold glass of beer.
#6 Everything around Munich
Haha, I guess this is a bit vague, but I’m planning on introducing you to a few daytrips you can do from Munich during the next few weeks. But whenever you visit Munich (probably no matter which season it is but definitely in the summer) go get the train (or a car if that’s an opportunity) and drive out into the countryside of Bavaria. There’s so much to do, that I’m always a bit overwhelmed on where to go. Bavaria has great lakes, that are just a short trip away, such as Starnberger See, Tegernsee or Schliersee but there are also a lot of trekking spots around the mountains. So stay tuned for my tips!