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3 bits of news

New IKEA spots downtown

Those days of trekking to Brunnthal or Eching just to explore IKEA offerings are over.

That's right, IKEA is setting up two shops, but with a twist. The Swedish furniture maestro is launching their first-ever planning studios in Bavaria, smack dab in the heart of Munich - one in the Pasing Arcaden and the other in the Riem Arcaden.

And these aren't just regular showrooms. We're talking about almost 300 square meters of interactive space in the Pasing Arcaden where we can collaborate with experts to design dreamy kitchens for those apartments that don’t come with kitchens (still baffles us), cozy bedrooms and vibrant living spaces.

For those of us in the east, there's a similar space shaping up in the Riem Arcaden. And once you've mapped out your perfect space? You can either get your goods delivered straight to your doorstep or pick 'em up at a nearby store.

For more details, read here and here.

Rabbis' European HQ relocates to Munich

We have some truly heartening news to share. The Conference of European Rabbis (CER), a significant organization founded in London 67 years ago, just made Munich their new home. They kicked off their new journey this week with the opening of the Center for Jewish Life. And guess what? This center isn't just an office – it's an educational hub primarily for Europe's 1,000 rabbis.

Despite initially having reservations due to the city's historical events, he now speaks of a "courageous new start." And let's be honest, with Munich housing one of the most significant Jewish communities in Germany, it feels right.

You can find the news here (in English).

Munich hosts UEFA 2024

Ready for some thrilling news? Munich’s set to be the venue for the UEFA EURO 2024, marking its second consecutive time hosting. And it's not just about watching the game; there's a whole slew of activities in the city to look forward to, including the chance for you to dive in and be a part of the action.

Save the date: Tuesday, October 3, because that’s when ticket pre-sales begin. Fancy catching the opening game next June 14? Prices start at a cool 50 euros, while group games are available from 30 euros. Check out all the deets on ticket prices and exchanges right here.

Ever fancied being smack in the middle of all the football frenzy, instead of just being a spectator? Here's your chance. The UEFA EURO 2024 is calling for volunteers. From welcoming global guests to being the heart and soul of the “United by Football” motto, this is your opportunity to represent Munich and Germany.

Host cities will need a whopping 16,000 volunteers from June to July 2024, so why not join in? Already, over 19,000 folks have shown interest, so hurry! The easy part? Applications are open to everyone who’ll be 18 by May 2024. Dive into the full list of roles, from audience reception to social media champs here. And if you’re worried about accessibility, fret not, there’s digital assistance to ensure a smooth application process.

You can find the news here (in German).

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The German property market is going through changes because interest rates are going up. This is causing prices to grow more slowly and people are looking for different types of properties. But in the long run, it could make the market more stable.

A lot of foreigners have a hard time understanding the small details about the German property market. This webinar is free and will make things clearer for you. The most important thing is that it will help you understand:

  • Interest rates and offers

  • How to think about a financing plan

  • What kind of profiles are banks looking for?

  • How can you find properties that come within your budget?

  • Common struggles with foreigners and how to avoid them.

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

  • Is Munich a good place to buy a property?

2 upcoming events

Munich's Sports Weekend

The Outdoor sport festival is rolling back into town. Last year, Olympic Park was buzzing with about 30,000 of our town folks, all immersing themselves in the exhilarating world of outdoor sports.

Whether they were getting a taste of American football, climbing mammoth boulder walls, or setting sail on dragon boats, the energy was infectious. This year, the park will have spots like the Olympiaberg, Hans-Jochen-Vogel-Platz, and even the roof of the Kleine Olympiahalle opens for some action.

Mark your calendars for the 7th edition of this festival. With a slew of clubs, associations, and institutions setting up shop, there's no shortage of free sports programs for you to jump into. But that's not all. Ever tried the M-net Flying Fox? Or how about scaling the M-net ice climbing tower? There’s also archery, a table tennis tournament, and even a Breakdance Show & Dance Battle.

Get more information here.

General information 

📅 Sunday, September 24

⏰ 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

📍 Olympic Park, München

💶 Free

Green up your space

“Plants for All” by FOLIE is back in town this week. On the first day (Thursday), you get the freshest pick straight from the producer. First come, first served. And if you're the kind who loves a good deal (who doesn't?), circle the last day on your calendar for some sweet offers. Fancy a monstera or a calathea? Prices start at a cool 2€. If you're looking to make a statement, go for the large plants from just 15€.

We splurged at their previous event, and let me tell you, every single plant we got here is thriving.

Book your ticket here to bring home a leafy friend or two.

General information 

📅 Thursday September 21 - Saturday, September 23

📍 Westermühlstraße 3, 80469

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

💶 Free


1 new restaurant/café to try

Isabella Glutenfreie Pâtisserie

Ever stumbled upon a place so perfect that you just had to share? We recently found one right between Marienplatz and Sendlinger Tor – Isabella’s – a little slice of heaven where the coffee's rich and the treats are gluten free.

Nestled in a picturesque spot, this patisserie not only boasts a delightful outdoor seating area but also, wait for it... offers delicious gluten-free, vegan, and even sugar-free options.

Staff? Super attentive. Ambiance? Think cozy and cute with that just-right vibe that makes you want to linger.

From the chocolate Torte to raspberry tart to yuzu macarons, every bite is crafted with love. And here's a little tip from one dessert lover to another: book ahead if you want the upper area seats.


General information

📍 Hackenstraße 4, 80331 München

🥘 Pâtisserie

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