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3 - 2 - 1 - It's time to celebrate the dual citizenship law

It has finally approved.

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Welcome back to the Munich Post! This newsletter aims 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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3 bits of news

German Cabinet approves proposal to simplify citizenship process and dual citizenship

The German government's proposal permits more people to have dual citizenship as well as simplify the path to becoming a German citizen; it is now shorter and more accessible. This new reform not only brings hope but also embraces the spirit of integration. It still needs to be approved by federal lawmakers (Bundestag and Bundesrat).

But let’s dive into what it means for us.

Faster Naturalizations for many:

Instead of waiting 8 long years, folks will do so in just 5 years. If you have taken advantage of special integration services and can show advanced language skills, then it goes down to 3 years. However, it is important to know that you must secure your own livelihood; receiving money from the state will disqualify you for naturalization.

Exceptions and Opportunities:

People who came to Germany as guest workers from the 1950s to 1970s, contract workers who worked here until 1990, or if you have been part of a group that contributes to Germany’s status, such as athletes who play on our national teams, are exempt from the livelihood rule.

Dual Citizenship:

The requirement of giving up your previous nationality is going away. Plus, simple everyday communication is enough to be eligible for citizenship.

Read more here (in German) and here (in English).

Fighting Food Waste

Did you know that an astonishing 300 tons of food (300,000 kg) ends up in the trash here daily? Especially when a large portion of this discarded food is still perfectly good to eat. We've got some folks among us who are stepping up to make a change, and they're using refrigerators to do it.

The Foodsharing Munich initiative alone is saving about 700 kg of food on a daily basis. And we also have the “app” Too Good to Go contributing to the change. But they need more help, and that's where the Greens and SPD have stepped in. In a city council application, they will push for neighborhoods to be allowed to set up refrigerators, which will keep food fresh until it finds a new home. They're also ensuring that our hard-working, often volunteer, food rescuers have all the info and support they need to safely distribute this food.

You can also help by reaching out to their website.

Read more here (in German).

Ostbahnhof’s Pink Transformation

Image generated by AI (the actual tunnel looks different)

Remember that gloomy, gray concrete tunnel at Ostbahnhof?

A Munich collective known as die Städtischen, has transformed the 160-meter-long tube into a radiant shade of pink and turned the once drab underpass between Orleans- and Friedenstraße into a vibrant space for pedestrians and cyclists. This isn't a marketing gimmick but a real celebration of art, community, and a fresh take on public spaces.

It all began with a simple desire to fight back against unpleasant graffiti. The collective raised almost 100,000 euros, banded the neighborhood together, and spent a month painting the tunnel with four tons of pink paint. They've even applied a special graffiti-repellent layer to make sure the color stays bright and cheerful.

After the underpass reopens today (August 24th), it will also host changing art exhibitions, thus becoming a gallery for everyone who walks by. This art project aims to bring people together and make the city a more beautiful place to live, work, and play.

For more information, read here (in German).


2 upcoming events

Container Collective Uncorks

Get ready to uncork some fun as we're celebrating a massive wine festival at Werksviertel (Ostbahnhof). This weekend (August 25th to 27th), the Container Collective will host an extravaganza of wines. Whether you’re an aficionado of All Time Favorites or eager to explore new trends from wineries, this is your chance to swirl, sip, and savor.

Along with a wide variety of wines, you can groove to the beats of resident DJs from the Transit Rooftop Bar.

Find more information here.

General information 

📅 Friday, August 25 - Sunday, August 27

⏰ Friday and Saturday, 5:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.;
Sunday, 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

📍 Atelierstraße 4, 81671 München

💶 Free


SUPERBLOOM – the music festival that offers so much more than music – is back in Munich. Imagine a live-arts experience filled with performances, workshops, talks, and more, right here at Olympiapark. Start your September off by immersing yourself in music, arts, and lifestyle with big names like Imagine Dragons, Martin Garrix, Jason Derulo, Ellie Goulding, and many more.

Grab your tickets here, bring your friends and family, and get ready to make some memories. Have a peek into last year’s SUPERBLOOM. 

Find more information here.

General information 

📅 Saturday, September 2nd - Sunday, September 3rd

📍 Olympiapark

💶 Starts from €119

1 new restaurant/café to try

Bodega Dali

How often do you find yourself longing for a taste of Spain but can't take that quick trip to Barcelona? At Bodega Dali - Spanish cellar restaurant in Schwabing, they bring Spain to your table. Picture stylish rustic décor, authentic tapas, flavorful paellas, and wines that would make any sommelier nod in approval.

Whether you prefer the romantic ambiance of our cozy, partitioned indoor area or the fresh air of our spacious outdoor patio, there's something for everyone. The staff are as friendly as the dishes are delicious. Try the stuffed squid or pick from the array of scrumptious tapas that have been praised as some of the best outside of Spain.

 General information

📍 Tengstraße 6, 80798 München

🥘 Spanish

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