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3 - 2 - 1 - It's time to feel the thrill with the Isar rafting experience (the secret Bavarians don't want you to know)

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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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3 bits of news

Holiday traffic peaks this weekend

This Friday, July 28, schools across Munich go on vacation mode. But as we all know, with vacations come the dreaded traffic jams.

Bavaria is the last of our federal states to join the holiday bandwagon, leading to a busy scene on the roads – especially on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, and Sunday afternoon. Consider alternative travel dates during the week, maybe a Tuesday to Thursday getaway, to sidestep the traffic chaos. Learn more here (in German).

Looking at the airport scenario, the federal police advise all passengers starting their journey from Munich Airport to check out some key points before their trip. 

Germany mulls siestas amid heatwaves

Despite our recent bout with the rain and cold, you must have noticed the mercury soaring a bit too high for comfort in June. And it's not just us feeling the heat. Our government has been engaging in serious talks about how to best adapt to these sizzling summers. In fact, physicians of the German public health departments are suggesting we take a leaf out of southern Europe's book.

According to Johannes Niessen, head of the BVÖGD association, we might benefit from adopting some Mediterranean habits. "Rise early, work productively in the morning, and enjoy a restful siesta at midday," he suggests. It seems like a smart move, considering the World Meteorological Organization's warning about intensifying heatwaves in our hemisphere. A lack of proper sleep and discomfort from the heat can impact our focus and efficiency.

​​For those of us working from home, Niessen has some inventive ideas: fans, lighter clothing, or even a cold foot bath under your desk. Employers too are warming up to the idea, with the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA) suggesting more flexible working hours that could allow for longer midday breaks.

Read here for more information in English.

But the question remains: Are we ready to embrace these new measures to adapt to our changing climate?

[Attention Parents] Holiday perks for good students

There is more to summer than just a break from school. For kids 17 and younger who achieved top grades (1s) on their report cards, Bavaria has some awesome rewards in store, including free rides on trains and boats (Königssee, Starnberger See, Ammersee, and Tegernsee) as well as bonus hours at Therme Erding on July 28, and a €5 voucher at Thalia and even free ice cream (Friday, July 28th at Conditorei Münchner Freiheit, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon).

This year, high schools are also including a special Sommerpass Bayern along with those hard-earned diplomas. This pass allows graduates to visit all state palaces, residences, castles and museums free of charge from Monday, June 24 to Saturday, September 30.

Don’t forget to bring your report cards.

Read about more rewards here. 

Expat tip of the week 🤓: Isar Floßfahrt - A MUST do in Munich during the summer

Image source: Aazar’s mobile

If you like grilled food, enjoying a nice German beer, and looking at beautiful scenery then you will love one of the Isar rafting trips (organized by a few different companies south of the city, see below).

They offer a variety of Isar rafting tours for groups of up to 50 or 60 people. I have personally tried it, and basically you join a skilled team on a picturesque journey from Wolfratshausen to Munich-Thalkirchen. It’s really thrilling as the raft slides down the 18-meter drop at Mühltal near Kloster Schäftlarn. Everyone laughs as a few get wet.

Image source: Aazar’s mobile

It’s a great way to spend the day. Tours start in the morning and within 5 or 6 hours you’re back in the city.

So, why am I recommending it?

- You get to listen to the nice Bavarian accent and music

- You get to dip in the water

- It’s a great group experience

- Honestly, the grilled food is excellent and has options for vegetarians too

- You get to take pictures and enjoy unique scenic views along the Isar

Image source: Aazar’s mobile

I’m not associated with any of these companies but you should definitely do this with your workmates or friend group to get to know Munich better. -Aazar

Here are some websites to check out:

Isar-Floß-Event: www.isar-floss-event.de

Flossfun: www.flossfun.de

Flößereibetrieb Franz Seitner: www.flossfahren.de

Isarfloss Angermeier GmbH & Co KG: www.isarfloss-angermeier.de

Der Isarfloßfahrten: www.isarflossfahrten.biz

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2 upcoming events

25 days of concerts for free - the Theatron Music Summer at Olympic Park

The Theatron Music Summer event is back for another season to take center stage at the Munich Olympic Park. Soak in the spirit of music at this epic open-air festival which features both budding and well-established regional and international bands.

As one of the world's longest music festivals, the month-long Theatron Music shows have been bringing joy to countless Münchners since the 1970s. Each year, they transform the amphitheater on the Olympic Lake into a vibrant hub of musical extravaganza. And the best part? You don't need a ticket – admission is FREE for everyone.

For more details, click here to view the program.

General information 

📅 Thursday, July 27 - Sunday, August 20

From 7:00 p.m.

📍 Theatron in Olympia Park

💶 Free

Experience Coldplay's AV Spectacle

Coldplay and their stunning live performances are set to hit Munich next year with a triple whammy on August 15, 17, and 18. Known for their grandiose sensory-defying concerts, Coldplay never disappoints their fans, always promising an AV show that echoes long after the last note has played.

A word to the wise, the pre-sale for next year's tickets starts this Friday, July 28 at 10 a.m., so set your alarms.

These concerts are bound to be nothing short of magical, what with the band's signature light-up wristbands, now made of compostable plastic, painting a mesmerizing canvas of colors across the venue.

Did you know? A few years back, a Munich fan got to play “Everglow” with Chris Martin. Here’s the video. 

General information 

📅 Tuesday, August 15, Thursday, August 17 and Friday, August 18, 2024

📍 Olympia Stadium

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1 new restaurant/café to try

Boulangeriee Dompierre

Let’s introduce you to a taste of France, without leaving Munich: Boulangerie Dompierre, our local French bakery, satisfies those cravings with their scrumptious croissants, pains au chocolat, and of course, their classic baguettes.

You'll be transported straight to a charming boulangerie on the streets of Paris. Savor each bite, accompanied by a wide range of coffee specialties, from a warming Café au Lait to a creamy cappuccino.

With locations dotted across the city – in the Glockenbachviertel, Maxvorstadt, Werksviertel, Neuhausen, and Grünwald – this cafe is easily accessible. Grab a friend, pick a location, and step into Dompierre.


General information

📍 Various Locations

🥘 French bakery

Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Meme of the week 😂

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See ya next week!

Aazar, Arlene, Christina, and Heidi

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