3-2-1 - It's time to feel the Carnival vibes

Carnival season is here.

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Welcome back to the Munich Post! The purpose of this newsletter is to share: 3 bits of news, 2 upcoming events, and 1 amazing restaurant/café for expats living in and around Munich. This way, you have a pulse on what’s going on without scrolling through thousands of pages.

3 bits of news

Time to dust off your costumes

Ready to get a little crazy? The fifth season of the Munich Carnival (aka Fasching) is here and it’s loaded with surprises. You can join the parades or dance at the open air carnival or party with the students (see our table, below).

We Münchners always do things differently so Fasching doesn’t take place at the same time as in other big cities. It starts a little later, around February 10th and goes on until February 21st. One Munich highlight is the Faschingsumzug on Sunday February 12, with more than 50 floats, the carnival parade is a fanciful feast for the eyes. And who knows you might score some goodies along the way.

We might not have the wildest or most colorful carnival compared to Cologne, Düsseldorf or Mainz but ours lasts a long time and is spread throughout the city. Let us walk you through the various events:

The Gaudiwurm (party worm) traditionally starts on carnival Sunday at the maypole in Johanneskirchen and winds its way to the colorful hustle and bustle in the Bürgerpark.

The biggest open-air carnival, München narrisch (Munich madness), goes through the pedestrian zone at Viktualienmarkt from Monday to Tuesday (in the past even from Sunday). There are multiple stages with non-stop entertainment to keep you going all night.

Additionally, if you are looking for a pre-party warmup, head on over to the stage on Marienplatz. The various clubs aim to get the crowd in the mood with some tunes, sparkling wine and traditional Krapfen donuts.

Let's talk about the Köln Münchner Carnival traditions: On der unsinnige Donnerstag (Thursday), the Hofbräukeller on Wiener Platz hosts the Weiberfastnacht (Women’s carnival) from 7 p.m. Or check out the men’s ballet when "Kölsch Meets München - the Original" at the Ruby Club on February 16, from 6 p.m.

You can also check out the Studenten-Fasching (students carnival). It’s a series of parties "by students for students" and anyone with the right connections. Legendary and shrouded in mystery, the students carnival takes place in the catacombs under the dorms on Biedersteiner Straße. It runs from Saturday February 11 through Saturday the 18th. with crazy bands, crazier costumes, and dirt cheap drinks (by Munich standards). It's the perfect place to party and let loose. If you know someone let us know, we might join you.

The equally legendary Atriumsfasching on the ground floor of the Biedersteiner Str. dorms take place on February 16 (for women’s Fasching) or Saturday February 18, both from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Costumes and tickets required.

For those who need breathing space while partying, the students have also put together the OlyLust carnival for three evenings in the Olympic Village (Olympiadorf).You can purchase your tickets here.

You must not miss the rainbow-coloured celebrations that take place in front of Freddy Mercury’s favorite Munich sauna on Reichenbachstraße, the Deutsche Eiche. The Queer Fasching street party takes place on Fat Tuesday.

Now let’s talk about the kiddos. At the Kinderfasching or Children’s carnival balls throughout the city, the little ones get to dress up as firefighters, cowboys, construction workers or dragon slayers or even as an Avatar…anything they can imagine.

Last but not the least, there are 6 Weiße Feste or white costume parties at Isarpost. "Komm ganz in Weiß und fang an zu leuchten" (Come in white and start to glow).

Pro tip: don't even try to show up in eggshell or cream-colored outfits unless you want to be turned away at the door. The bouncers won't even budge on the theme.

So mark your calendars and join thousands of fellow costumed revelers.

Need an outfit for the carnival? We got you covered (pun intended). You can find costumes to unleash your inner superhero, super villain or spooky ghost with.

There are dozens of carnival events going on. Have a look at the schedule here to find something to your fancy.

You are going to totally flip out

Pasing’s getting a sick new sports center and we are all for it. Action sports fans, this is for you. A new action sports center is finally going to be built.

Due to the tireless efforts of Mayor Verena Dietl (SPD), who has been campaigning for a new sports center for a long time, the city plans to renovate the Eggen factory and convert the 1000 square meter place into a sports hall.

For the daredevils, there will be ramps for skateboarders, BMX riders, and tight ropes for slackliners. And for those who want to take it down a notch, it looks like there might even be a spot for some table tennis.

All the details are available here. 

Brace yourself for construction chaos

Alright residents of Haidhausen: Buckle up. The construction madness is about to begin. Stadtwerke München is modernizing the district heating network. It means months of construction work in the neighborhood. But hey I guess progress is progress, right?

Due to the work, tram routes between Ostfriedhof and Max-Weber Platz are being replaced with buses.

Find more information here. 


2 upcoming events

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Step back in time and score some vintage gems

The vintage pop-up is happening soon in Munich. It's a perfect chance to dust off your old threads. Whether you are a vintage-vixen or looking for some unique finds, this pop-up is packed with old treasures. And if you’re feeling peckish, there will be yummy grub on offer. Just make sure to book your entry slot in advance (it's free, and we like free). Otherwise 2€ at the door without reservation.

The time slot you book is just for entry. Once you’re in, you can stay as long as your vintage-loving heart desires.

📍Location: Highnoon Studios, Eukenstrasse 19

📅 Date and time: Saturday, February 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

💶 Ticket price: Free for early-bird tickets, 2€ at the door.

Book your ticket here.

Get ready to be serenaded

Picture this - you’re surrounded by the stunning scenery of Dachau castle, with a gentle glow of candlelight illuminating the air as you listen to the sweet sounds of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida performed live by talented musicians. Your partner by your side or solo, we don’t judge. The only thing brighter than the stars are the musicians' talents.

I’m talking about a musical extravaganza that will transport you to a dreamland. It’s definitely going to be a night to remember. We are so ready to be serenaded by the soulful melodies of Coldplay’s greatest hits in such historic settings.

The Candlelight concerts bring the magic of multisensory live music to you. Grab your tickets for the 18 February. They do have events taking place at other iconic locations across Munich on different dates. Just remember seats are first come first serve in the zone you book, so be there on time.

General information

📍 Location: Ballroom in Dachau Castle

📅 Date and time: Saturday February 18, at 8:15 p.m.

💶 Ticket price 19€

⏳ Duration: 65 minutes. There is no intermission. Admission is 45 minutes before the start of the concert. Latecomers will not be seated.

👤 No admission for children under 8. Children 8–16 must be accompanied by an adult.

♿ Accessibility: wheelchair accessible

Click the link to book your tickets.

1 new restaurant/café to try

Jaadin Grillhouse - share and savor

Who's ready for a flavor explosion in the heart of Schwabing? This new joint is shaking things up by bringing the heat with a reinterpretation of Vietnamese gastronomy. Valentine's Day is next Tuesday and this cozy spot is perfect for a romantic dinner.

From vegetarian-vegan grill recommendations to modern barbecue with a twist, and traditional favorites, you won't leave Jaadin’s hungry.

And the best part? The dishes are served family style, right on the table's built-in grill stations. So go with an empty stomach and be ready to try a little bit of everything–especially the duck, it's a must.

Book your reservations here.

P.S. Don’t forget to check our Insta post this week, we’ve got some great meal-kit suggestions waiting for you.

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