3-2-1 - It's time to protect the 49€ Deutschland ticket
Yes, you heard it right. Let's make sure it doesn't vanish.
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Here’s what we’ve got for you today:
3 bits of news
Tech Giant moves to Munich (what it means for us)
Meta, which we still refer to as Facebook, is setting up shop right here in Munich.
Starting this month, Meta’s new Campus of Ideas will be buzzing with innovative vibes. And why Munich, you ask? Well, it's no secret. The heart of Bavaria has become an undeniable tech hotspot and international bigwigs have taken note of the big pool of local hirable talent as well. It’s a match made in heaven.
We're not just talking about a regular office here either. Meta's new Munich haven spans two stories in Balanstraße, providing a space for about 100 tech aficionados. Their mission? To dive deep into the realms of AI and immersive technologies, shaping the future of the metaverse. And there’s a cherry on top: On the ground floor, there'll be a room dedicated to events and collaborations, inviting our local developer community to get in on the action.
Dr. Volker Wissing, Federal Minister of Digital and Transport says we can celebrate how Munich is leading the way in digital tech. Maybe. One of us is still waiting for their visa from the KVR (for like the past 8 months), but sure.
What does this mean for us as expats?
More job opportunities, keep an eye on job boards
More events (Aazar is going to one of their events next week)
We might see more tech giants join us, which is great for expats and Munich overall
Housing could get even tighter and more expensive (look what happened in Dublin)
For more details, read here (in English).
49-Euro ticket under threat
Transport Minister Volker Wissing, who’s rolling out the red carpet for Meta, might in the same breath pull the plug on the little guy. This affordable ticket has played a pivotal role in swaying millions from cars to buses and trains, but without proper financing, its future is uncertain.
Why care? Simple. With this ticket, countless people have made a climate-conscious switch. That’s less traffic, fewer emissions, and a happier planet. Not to forget, it's a boon for the pocket too. The states are up for sharing half of the future expenses, but the ball is in the federal court.
Decisions are due, and soon, because without clarity, this ticket might just vanish in 2024.
You can sign the petition here and make sure to share it.
Food market expansion
We love wandering through Viktualienmarkt, admiring the vibrant colors of fresh fruits and getting tempted by those exotic spices. Did you know that Viktualienmarkt has been serving Münchners since the early 1800s? The City Council of Munich thinks it’s time to expand its legacy of food markets, giving us yet another spot to enjoy.
Ratzingerplatz in Obersendling is all set to be our next go-to spot for all things fresh and delicious. The upcoming Ratzingerplatz market promises around 1000 square meters of market space, offering a diverse blend of choices. Just hop on the U3 subway or take a bus, and voilà! Soon, even the tram’s west tangent will make your trips easier.
The plan is to set up an open market vibe, pretty much like our dear Viktualienmarkt. Imagine 20 unique stalls, each telling its own tale of flavors, plus an indoor market space where you can enjoy a hot cuppa or gastronomic treat on the upper floor.
For more details, check here (in German).
In Partnership with Eleanor Mayrhofer (our community member)
It is our desire to bring our readers the best information about Munich — at zero cost to you. In keeping with this theme, we thank our sponsors for today’s newsletter.
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2 upcoming events
StijlMarkt: Munich's Creativity Hub
Wanna get a jump on your Christmas shopping? Check out StijlMarkt this weekend at the Praterinsel. It’s a pop-up event for all things unique and creative. From discovering quirky labels to attending some really cool workshops, there's one fun thing to look at (and buy) after another. Fancy a bespoke tattoo? Yep, you can get one of those here too.
📅 Saturday, October 21 - Sunday, October 22
📍 Praterinsel, München
⏰ 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
💶 €8.50 & €14.50
Made in Minga returns
Made in Minga is not just any trade fair—it’s a vibrant showcase of all the remarkable regional products from in and around Munich. From passionate individual creators to budding manufacturers, every item on display tells a story.
Plus, in today's world, what's more valuable than supporting local talent?
This Messe is also a great excuse to finally visit the iconic Paulaner am Nockherberg. For only 8 Euros you can grab an early bird ticket (otherwise 10 Euros on the day), and enjoy the Biergarten and entry to this amazing fair.
You can find the event details here.
📅 Saturday, October 21 - Sunday, October 22
📍 Paulaner am Nockherberg, Hochstraße 77, 81541 Munich
⏰ Saturday, 12 Noon - 8:00 p.m.
⏰ Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
💶 €5 - €15
Just a heads-up: we're 13 days away from some spooky Halloween fun, 36 days from that hearty Thanksgiving feast, 68 days from the jingle bells of Christmas, and a mere 75 days from welcoming in the New Year. Let us know what plans you have.
1 new restaurant/café to try
Next Monday on October 23, the ASH Restaurant & Bar chain will be adding Munich’s Leopoldstraße 9 to its list of preferred dining addresses.
Get dressed up though because dinner at the ASH won’t be your typical night out. Imagine savoring each bite of mouth-watering dishes–from the all-time grilled classics to the juiciest burgers, crisp salads, and special steak cuts–while soaking in the roaring 20s atmosphere inspired by American supper clubs from that era. Who wouldn’t want to travel through time.
The ASH is the perfect venue for larger or corporate events too. And it’s much more than a steakhouse. For those craving seafood, you can look forward to freshly prepared salmon fillets, delectable tuna steaks and lobster. They also offer vegetarian options such as their truffle pasta dish. Who wants to join us in welcoming the ASH to Munich?
📍 Leopoldstraße 9, 80802 München
⏰ Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to Midnight
Friday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Sunday and Public Holidays 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
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Aazar, Arlene, Christina, and Heidi
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