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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.

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Here’s what we’ve got for you this week:

Got plans for the next public holiday on Thursday, May 9? Remember stores will be closed so shop for groceries ahead of time. 

Free rides on the Umadum – Munich’s Ferris Wheel – this Sunday, May 5, from 26 pm to celebrate Europe Day.

3 bits of news

Munich rethinks middle bike lanes 

Bike lane – bicycle street. Made with analog vintage lens, Leica Elmarit-R 2.8 28mm (Year: 1977)

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

A recent tragedy has sparked a heated debate about the safety of our city's bike lanes, especially those squeezed between car lanes. A 65-year-old cyclist's life was tragically cut short last Friday on Kreillerstrasse, leading to a citywide reevaluation of cycling safety protocols.

The incident has propelled Mayor Dieter Reiter to take immediate action. The city's mobility department has been tasked to thoroughly review and, if necessary, swiftly revamp the cycle path layouts in Trudering, ensuring they prioritize cyclist safety above all.

Moreover, he's pushing for a broader inspection of all similarly positioned bike paths across Munich. It's all part of Munich's Vision Zero initiative, aiming for a future where road tragedies are completely eradicated.

For more information, read here (in German).

Dive into the world of Banksy

Amazing Street Art by Hendog very similar style to Banksy. A boy piling colourful bricks. Makes such a difference to a plain brick wall.

Photo by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash

Starting Friday, June 14th, Munich's former Kaufhof at Stachus transforms into a canvas of rebellion and artistry.

Welcome to the House of Banksy – An Unauthorized Exhibition – where more than 200 replicas of Banksy’s works, crafted on diverse mediums like wood, aluminum, and even concrete, await you.

These pieces, meticulously recreated by skilled graffiti artists, bring back to life artworks that once graced streets but were lost to time or destruction.

To ensure everyone gets a fair shot at this immersive experience, entry is timed. Book your slot and stay as long as you like—there’s no rush once you’re in. 

General Information:

📅 Dates: Starting June 14, 2024

📍 Location: B-TWEEN, (formerly Galeria Kaufhof) Stachus-Karlsplatz 21 24, 80335 Munich

Hours: Monday–Wednesday, Sundays & Holidays: 10am 6pm, Thursday–Saturday: 10am 8pm

💰 Tickets: Adults €20, Youth (715) €12, Concessions €16

🔗 More Info & Bookings: here or here.

S-Bahn disruptions in May 

any suggestions?

Photo by Finn Mund on Unsplash

The city's main S-Bahn line is hitting the brakes on normal service for two weekends in May, thanks to some serious construction work.

On the weekends of May 36 and May 1721, get ready for a little detour in your routine. The whole main line’s taking a nap to accommodate some hefty maintenance and upgrades. 

They're tackling everything from track and switch work to new signal box installations at Ostbahnhof. Plus, they're gearing up for major improvements around Laim for the new 2nd Main Line and the Sendlinger Spange project.

So, what does this mean for your travel plans? 

On these weekends, your usual S-Bahn routes will be a no-go through the heart of Munich. Trains will only run up to certain points—think Pasing, Hauptbahnhof, or Giesing—and then it’s time to hop off and find an alternative. 

The city set up a robust replacement plan with additional MVG services and alternate routes to keep you moving.

Want more details about what to expect? Read here and here

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Is it a good time, then? Regardless of where you’re in your journey to buy a property, get the latest updates on the property market and learn how to buy property as an expat.

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  • Common struggles with foreigners and how to avoid them

  • How buying and financing a property differs in Munich compared to other cities

2 upcoming events

Fit for free

Photo by Gabin Vallet on Unsplash

Starting Wednesday, May 1, the city’s beloved Fit-im-Park program is back, which runs until Monday, September 30. 

This year’s lineup includes over 50 different activities. Volleyball games that stretch through the sunset in Westpark, serene morning meditation sessions in the Rosengarten, dance fitness classes like Zumba shaking up Ostpark and even inclusive Qi Gong sessions at the Oberföhringer Wehr. 

No need to register—just show up with a can-do attitude and maybe a water bottle. Some popular sessions recommend reserving a spot via the MVV app. Remember, the program is absolutely free, but sessions could shift indoors if the weather decides not to cooperate. 

You can grab all the details here and schedule updates on their Facebook and Instagram. For a list of parks and programs check this pdf

General information:

📍 Various parks across Munich

📅  May 1, to September 30, 2024

⏰  Varies by location and activity

Blade night returns

BladeNight is rolling back into town this weekend on Sunday, May 6, and it’s shaping up to be a wheelie great time for everyone.

Starting at 6pm, the Giesinger-Bräu beverage truck will be on site to quench your thirst, while the Nut Stand offers roasted nuts and ice cream from 7pm. Besides that, Foodtrucksunited will be there with a changing snack offer to keep your energy up as you skate through the evening. 

Fancy testing out some new skates? Rollerblade Equipment will let you reserve the latest inliners to test on the track. And for those who want a quick lesson in stopping safely, SkateMunich will host a session at 7:30 pm on “Braking – How to do it right.”

At 9pm, the main event begins. Join hundreds of fellow skaters for Europe's largest skate event – BladeNight. 

For registration and more details, visit the official site.

General information:

📍 Location: Westend - Bavariapark

📅 Date: Starts May 6, 2024, then various dates through September

🕖 Time: Events kick off at 6pm


1 new restaurant/café to try

Eisbrunnen I & II

It's summer – for this week at least – time to enjoy some guilt-free indulgences at Eisbrunnen, which boasts the best vegan ice cream around. They’ve just opened their second location across from the Maßmann skatepark in Maxvorstadt. 

So, whether you're a vegan, lactose-intolerant, or just ice-cream-obsessed, this spot is a game-changer.

Eisbrunnen is all about innovation with flavors like cashew orange cardamom, pumpkin seed raspberry, and even mango-maracuja. And for the tea aficionados? Their Earl-Grey and basil tea treats are must-tries.

Don’t forget to check out their original shop at Lenbachpl. 7, 80333 München.

General information:

📍  Schleißheimer Str. 66, 80797 München

🥘  Plant based vegan ice cream

  Open daily from 1–8 pm 

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