Munich is well known for its large beer gardens such as those at the Chinese Tower and Hirschgarten – these are always worth a visit. But the city has much more to offer than this. From fabulous city beaches and shady roof terraces to big outdoor swimming pools and country-style lakes for bathing: there are lots of other summer classics out there we’d love to share with you. We have five red hot tips for you.
1) THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LAKES FOR BATHING
Feel like cooling down? The wonderful River Isar is a well-known option – but it’s certainly not the only one. The city also has numerous beautifully situated bathing lakes to meet your individual preferences. Would you prefer a place where you can soak up the sunshine – or rather enjoy some peace and quiet? Somewhere that offers sports – or a place to barbecue? Here you will find your perfect bathing location:
- Feldmochinger See: Relaxed country feeling with extensive sunbathing areas.
- Lerchenauer See: In an urban location but far removed from the hectic hustle and bustle of the big city.
- Fasaneriesee: Perfect for all those who like it spacious and shady.
- Langwieder See: Complete with football pitch, crazy golf, beer garden and barbecue area – this is a favorite haunt among youngsters in particular.
- Feringasee: There are great sports options here. You can go fishing or surfing, for example, or play volleyball.
- Lußsee: With its playgrounds and very shallow water, this is the perfect place for families.
2) THE BEST ICE CREAM PARLOURS
What would summer be without ice cream? There are numerous ice cream parlors in Munich – some unusual, some traditional. Here is a small but very fine selection:
- Der verrückte Eismacher (“the crazy ice-cream maker”) – the name says it all. Crazy and inventive ice cream varieties are created for you here – both extraordinary and delicious. Why not try a scoop of white sausage ice cream, for example?
- Sarcletti spoils your palate with traditional and seasonal ice cream varieties at Rotkreuzplatz. There is even a large selection of lactose-free and gluten-free ice cream.
- Ballabeni is a legendary ice cream parlor in the museum district, near the TU. Not only are all kinds of classic ice cream offered here but also many unusual varieties such as chocolate chili or lemon basil.
3) THE BEST INDOOR ACTIVITIES
If the heat really gets too much in the city, there are a few places where you can briefly escape it while at the same time making some interesting new discoveries. Wondering where? Here are three tips from us:
- Munich museums: There are numerous wonderfully air-conditioned exhibition rooms in the Museumsviertel in Maxvorstadt in particular. But you can also immerse yourself in the Ice Age at the small Olympic Hall: this is where the exhibition "Lascaux – Ice Age Art” is on until 8 September 2019.
- Shopping tours: At the big shopping centers in Munich, not only are the temperatures blissful – you can also get yourself perfectly kitted out for your next holiday. A light summer dress, swimwear or a pair of flip-flops are certainly all good reasons to take a cool break from the heat.
- Subway stations: Yes, that's right – the Munich subway stations are a fantastic place to take a short breather. Why? Not only is it cooler underground: the incoming trains also provide a pleasant rush of air. And some of the stops are true works of art as well. The station at Westfriedhof is considered one of the most popular photo scenes, for example Industrial design meets Instagram? Or listen to classical music at Odeonsplatz. Stachus is a great place to stroll and shop. So – down you go and explore the “underworld”.
4) SUMMER BARS OF A SPECIAL KIND
Whether hotspot restaurant, cult pub, cool beach bar or roof terrace: Munich has it all. Here we present you three very special places for a night out:
- Kulturdachgarten am Stachus is a green rooftop garden paradise – right at the heart of a huge multi-storey car park. Delicious food and drink is served in between the numerous small garden islands. A bar experience of a special kind – we promise!
- Flushing Meadows is a cool rooftop bar located in Fraunhoferstraße in the trendy Glockenbach district. It is considered a real insider tip because the entrance is easily overlooked from the outside. Here you have a magnificent view over Munich, stretching onto the Alps – complete with sunset.
- The Alte Utting is probably one of the most exciting cultural projects in Munich. It is a ship which once sailed on Lake Ammersee and is now anchored in Dreimühlenviertel on a disused railway bridge, where it thrills locals and tourists alike. In summer the open-air deck is an excellent place to enjoy a cool drink, and you can order a bite to eat at one of the many organic food stands. Entertainment is provided in the form of regular performances by a range of different artists and musicians on the various levels of the ship. This is definitely a must-see!
5) THE MOST ROMANTIC OPEN AIR CINEMAS
Munich's beautiful open-air cinemas are the perfect place for all film-crazy night owls among you to spend a warm summer night under a starry sky with friends or your significant other. So – grab your picnic basket and off you go:
- Westpark: Kino, Mond & Sterne
Up until 8 September 2019, Munich's most beautiful amphitheater is transformed into one of the city's most popular open-air cinemas. The open-air cinema at Seebühne in Westpark is beautifully located amid green surroundings, so as well as showing different films of varying genres, it is also the perfect place to relax and unwind.
- Olympic Park: Kino am Olympiasee
The open air cinema in the grounds of the impressive Olympic Park continues to show films up until 14 September 2019. Comfortable deckchairs are set up here – even including “love seats” for two. But you can also bring your own blanket and make yourself comfortable in the surrounding picnic area to view the blockbuster of the year, a popular classic or a fascinating arthouse movie
Our cosmopolitan city with charisma and charm has lots to offer. We hope you find the perfect spot to suit you. On this note: servus, summer!