3 - 2 - 1 - It's time to witness Munich's HBF transformation
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3 bits of news
Transformation of Munich's Central Station
Our beloved HBF, which welcomes about half a million travelers and commuters daily, is getting a major makeover. Imagine stepping into a modern, vibrant hub that will seamlessly connect with the old town and the bustling pedestrian zone.
The project, inspired by Auer Weber's winning design from an urban planning competition, is all about bringing a fresh vibe to the Starnberger Flügelbahnhof, the Bahnhofplatz, and the forecourts. Thanks to the city council's decision in 2015, Deutsche Bahn AG is moving full steam ahead with the renovation.
It's not just about looks either; the station is set to become more user-friendly with more bicycle parking and better traffic regulation, which will enhance everyone's travel experience.
But that's not all. Inside, there'll be more spaces dedicated for travel necessities, dining, and shopping.
For more details, read here (in German).
Munich chef triumphs at cook-of
Earlier this week, Bonn hosted the gastronomy event of the year at the Kameha Grand Hotel. It was a glittering gathering of more than a thousand industry insiders, celebrities and TV crews. Amidst this buzzing atmosphere, Miguel Marques from Alois by Dallmayr in Munich clinched the prestigious title of Cook of the Year 2023.
Six incredible cooking talents battled it out in the final round of this live competition. Each contestant had 5 hours to create a three-course menu, with a twist – they only found out the main ingredients the evening before.
From appetizers featuring Norwegian Seafood King Crab to desserts centered around Sicilian moak coffee and a main course with a surprise basket including venison, the competition was fierce. But chef Marques, with his culinary finesse, emerged victorious, followed by Marcel Förster from Düsseldorf and Marcel von Winckelmann from Ruderting in second and third places, respectively.
This isn't just a win for Marques; it's a celebration of Munich's sophisticated culinary scene.
For more details, read here (in German).
Affordable new housing coming soon
Are you tired of sky-high rents and dream of an affordable place to call home? Well, the new Neufreimann district, with its thousands of budget-friendly apartments, is about to make those dreams a reality.
Spread over 50 hectares, this former Bavarian barracks area is being transformed into a bustling neighborhood complete with schools and daycare centers. By 2030, Neufreimann will be a place where modern apartments and any city amenity such as shopping centers and sports facilities are just a walk away. Rents are slated to be capped at a maximum of 14,50 euros per square meter (cold).
Subscribe to their newsletter to learn about the application process, the types of homes being built and much more.
For more details, check here (in German).
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2 upcoming events
MS Bazaar: Shop for a Cause
The MS Bazaar is more than just a market; it's a beacon of hope and support for those in our region affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
This weekend, the MVG Museum welcomes dozens of vendors so you can explore a treasure trove of high-quality second-hand clothing, rare collectibles and other fun stuff. Whether you're hunting for brand-name fashion, unique home decor, or just browsing for hidden gems, the MS Bazaar benefits many local families.
Your purchases support the vital services provided by the DMSG, Landesverband Bayern, a key organization helping those with MS.
Find more information here.
📅 Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 19, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
📍 MVG Museum, Ständlerstraße 20, 81549 München
Join Munich's garbage-free day
Munich is on a mission to become a zero waste city and you're invited to join the movement. Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 18th, because Zero Waste Munich is hosting a Meet 'n' Brunch at the vibrant Import Export venue.
Delve into the world of sustainable living with various zero waste initiatives: Chat with like-minded individuals, explore DIY activities and learn from the experts at the Zero Waste specialist booth.
The day is packed with activities that embody the zero-waste mantra: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Find out about local initiatives and soak in valuable insights during the exciting 5×5 pitch session. If you're feeling energized post-brunch, stick around for a clothes exchange, a creative workshop, or a leisurely stroll through the creative quarter.
Find more details here.
📅 Saturday, November 18
📍Schwere-Reiter-Str. 2h, 80636 München
⏰ 11 a.m - 5 p.m.
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1 new restaurant/café to try
Blue Nile is a dining experience that promises to transport your taste buds straight to the heart of Africa.
This was our first Ethiopian food adventure, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Doro wat chicken, beef tibs, and a variety of rich, spicy dishes await. The honey wine is delicious.
Sure, the price might be on the higher side, but trust me, it's worth every penny for the authenticity and the experience.
📍Viktor-Scheffel-Straße 2, München
⏰ Monday - Friday 6 p.m. - 12 Midnight
Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. - 12 Midnight
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