3 - 2 - 1 - It's time to surf in Munich
Get ready for Munich’s first ever surf park. A survey shows Germany is a tough place for expats.
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3 bits of news
Catch waves at Munich’s surf park
Munich residents guess what? We’re getting our very own surf park. Set in Hallbergmoos, this phenomenal project is currently underway and promises to bring the fun of surfing right here in Bavaria.
The new park will feature a massive outdoor wave pool that generates artificial waves. And this isn’t just any wave pool; it’s a rolling perm that allows surfers to ride the waves until they’ve totally wiped out.
o2 Telefónica has backed the project with a whopping €30 million investment. With sustainability in mind, the park will span about 10,000 square meters; there will be an outdoor fitness area, a children’s playground, and a beach area for those who just want to relax and soak up the sun.
According to Chris Boehm-Tettelbach, the founder and CEO of SURFTOWN®, Munich has earned the title of being Germany's surf capital, despite being nearly 1000 kilometers away from the ocean. (But maybe it always has been thanks to the famous Eisbach surfers?)
An opening date is set for early summer 2024. Dive deeper into the details here (in English).
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Germany: A hard start for expats
Source: The Munich Post
In a recent survey by Expat Insider, Germany ranked 49 out of 53 as an attractive expat destination. This leaves Germany among the least appealing countries for professionals looking to relocate here.
Due to the nation’s lagging digitalization, extremely rigid bureaucracy, and strained housing market, expats encounter significant challenges. Plus the local population doesn’t make it any easier, with Germans scoring low on friendliness (unless you’re here as a tourist, see related article below).
However, the robust job market and job security still shine as strong points. But the bottom line is, only 64% of expats are happy with their life here compared to the global average of 72%.
Got any suggestions on how we can change this? Leave a comment below.
How can we make Munich more welcoming for expats?
Curious about which countries are the most popular? Read here to find out.
Munich: One of Europe’s friendliest cities
Munich, a city many of us call home, ranks as one of the friendliest cities in Europe to visit.
With its rich history, mouth-watering cuisine, and iconic beer culture, Munich is not only the cultural capital of Germany but also a much-loved destination for those who appreciate a welcoming city vibe.
Our charming city boasts an impressive crime and safety index of just 19 out of 100, making it the safest destination on the list.
And if you’re looking for an inclusive and supportive atmosphere, Munich is your place to be. The city ranks high for LGBTQ+ acceptance and even hosts Munich Gay Pride, an annual celebration of love and diversity.
Discover more information here.
2 upcoming events
Sip and Savor
How does a beautiful location under large trees, live music, good food, and of course excellent wine sound to you? Like a dream? Then make your dreams come true at the Giesinger Weinfest by VinoMinga. It’s just around the corner. The four-day interactive wine festival promises a delightful mix of wine tasting, jazz, delectable food, and great company.
The festival brings together six wineries from Germany, Austria, and Italy, allowing you to sample 12 different wines. Plus, if you find a wine you can’t live without, you can buy a bottle right there or place an order for delivery. Visit this link for more details.
And if you’re one of our nocturnal friends, they have an afterparty just for you on Saturday, starting at 10:00 p.m. where there will also be beer.
Grab your tickets here.
📅 Thursday, July 20 - Sunday, July 23
⏰ Thursday & Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
⏰ Saturday & Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
📍 München, Tegernseer Landstraße 104
Open air music festival at Gärtnerplatz
This weekend, our beloved Gärtnerplatz will be transformed into a vibrant stage for concerts as well as a bustling street food festival.
Local restaurateurs and intriguing exhibitors will be setting up their stalls around the park, offering a smorgasbord of tasty treats. The street food festival will run from 2:00 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on Saturday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The festival features an exceptional music and cultural program with standout acts from both pop and classical musicians. The acclaimed orchestra of the Staatstheater (located on Gärtnerplatz) will be gracing the stage, promising to make these summer moments truly unforgettable.
Here’s a preview of last year’s festival.
📅 Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23
1 new restaurant/café to try
Have a yearning for authentic Chinese cuisine? Well, we’ve found a hidden gem - in the truest sense of the word. Tucked away in the ‘Markthalle’ of the Galeria department store is Chen’s Nudelbar, which serves up cozy soups with hand pulled noodles and dumplings.
Be prepared to be spoiled for options with their rotating menu of specialties. The highlight, though, is the intimate glimpse into their culinary craft, as the open kitchen setup allows you to watch the entire cooking process.
Standout dishes include their delicate wontons, beef noodle soup and Chinese Cucumber salad.
📍 1. UG Galeria Kaufhof Marienplatz, Kaufingerstraße 1
🥘 Authentic Chinese
⏰ Monday - Saturday 11:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m
Experience fast progress with your language skills in the comfort of your home
Meme of the week 😂
What of these are you looking forward to?
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