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3 - 2 - 1 - It's time to explore the Digital Pension in Germany

The digital pension overview is more than just a fancy website.

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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

Shop Asian flavors, save 10% 

A brand new GoAsia store just opened in Schwabing. It's as big as the one at HBF (now closed) and has all the yummy Asian foods and products you need.

They moved to Hohenzollernstraße 3-5, close to Münchner Freiheit, and they're rolling out a warm welcome with a 10% discount on everything until the end of March. So plan a sushi night or grab some udon or neoguri korean noodles (for as little as €1 during their sale). We are certainly excited to explore some new flavors. 

A second GoAsia store is gearing up to open its doors at Karlsplatz Stachus later this spring. And for those of you who prefer to shop from your couch, GoAsia's got you covered with their online shop.

Pension planning goes digital 

Counting the money

Photo by Omid Armin on Unsplash

Last June, the Federal Government rolled out a shiny new tool – the Digital Pension Overview, which is your one-stop-shop to peek into your retirement future. Whether it's your statutory pension or those extra bits you've squirreled away in company and private pension pots, this system's got you covered.

But not all pension providers are on board just yet. The clock’s ticking till December 31, 2024, for them to join the party.

How to dive in

You'll need an ID card with an online function and a bit of patience to set up your account. Once you're in, it's like having a personal pension dashboard and you can check in regularly to make sure your retirement planning is on track. 

Despite the fancy new digital digs, not everything's included. So, if you're investing in ETFs or hoarding gold coins under your mattress, you'll need to keep tabs on those the old-fashioned way. And for our friends in public service, there are additional gaps to be filled. Plus it is only available in German. 

The digital pension overview is more than just a fancy website; it's a commitment to transparency and empowerment, giving you control over your financial future. So, why not take a few minutes to set up your account?

Read in detail here (in German).

Green light for cannabis

Pinch, Load, Strike, Smoke - Repeat

Photo by Jeff W on Unsplash

Germany just made a historic move, joining the ranks of European countries like the Netherlands, Malta, and Luxembourg by saying “Ja” to cannabis for personal use. 

Starting April 1 (no fooling), if you're over 18, you can grow up to three cannabis plants and keep up to 50g at home. And for those who like to take their greens on the go, carrying up to 25g in public spaces is now on the green side of the law.

Come July 1, Cannabis Social Clubs (CSC) will spring up, allowing members over 21 to purchase up to 50g of cannabis per month.

Don't light up just anywhere, though. Smoking cannabis in pedestrian zones is a no-go between 7am and 8pm. And keep it 100m away from schools or sports facilities. Under 18? Getting caught with cannabis will land you in prevention programs.

This green wave hasn't been smooth sailing for everyone. Critics, including doctors and legal experts, worry about the impact on youth and public safety. The CDU/CSU bloc isn't thrilled either, dubbing the move as “rubbish.”

Meanwhile, the Bavarian Prime Minister Söder is considering legal action. He wants to “participate in everything” that delays or overrides the law. In addition, safety is given the top priority in his federal state. “I can already say today that we will apply this law extremely restrictively,” said the CSU chairman.

Find out more about this news here (in German).

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2 upcoming events

A spectacle of style meets art

Are you ready for a fashion journey that blurs the lines between art and haute couture? 

The Kunsthalle Munich is rolling out the red carpet for “Fashion Statements,” the first major retrospective of the iconic Dutch designer duo Viktor&Rolf in Germany. Starting from February 23rd and running until October 6th, get ready to be dazzled by fashion that's as much a statement as it is style.

Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have been redefining the essence of couture for more than three decades, crafting masterpieces that have graced global icons like Madonna, Tilda Swinton, and Lady Gaga (but not the meat dress). 

For the first time, alongside their iconic pieces, you'll find an array of videos, sketches, and exquisitely dressed porcelain dolls, as well as captivating works by photo legends like Andreas Gursky and Ellen von Unwerth.

Find more information here. You can purchase tickets here

General information 

📅  Saturday, February 23 Sunday, October 6, 2024 

⏰  10am – 8pm

📍  Kunsthalle München

Disco theme nights at the ice rink

Moscow, new year, red square

Photo by Nadin Mario on Unsplash

Ever thought about combining the thrill of ice skating with the vibes of a disco night? Our local rink is transforming into a boogie wonderland on wheels (well, blades) every week starting Thursday through Saturday nights.

Each evening comes with its own special soundtrack to keep your spirits high.

Thursdays are for “Worldmusic meets Best of Charts” at the B-Lounge, where global beats and chart-toppers mix for a truly eclectic skate. Fridays shout out to all you weekend warriors with “Thank God It’s Friday,” featuring a mix of pop charts and old-school hits that promise to keep the energy up. And Saturdays? They're legendary with oldies’ “Best of 50s to 90s” making it the perfect night for anyone who loves to groove to the classics.

Book your tickets here. 

📅  Thursday - Saturday 

📍 Olympiapark München

💶  From €5 to €8 


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1 new restaurant/café to try

Vegane Fleischerei

The newly opened “Vegan Butchery” next to the Viktualienmarkt is the talk of the town. 

Imagine stepping into a space where the aromas of home-cooked, hearty spices welcome you, minus the meat. Yes, you read that right—this is a heaven for plant-based goodness where the walls are adorned not with the usual butcher fare but with a cloth cow cheekily reminding us that animals are “Friends Not Food.”

What's cooking, you ask? Everything from soy-based Lyoner and jackfruit ox shreds to eggplant herring salad that'll have you questioning reality. The unanimous crowd-pleaser? Their vegan Leberkässemmel. 

General information

📍  Frauenstraße 11, 80469 München
🥘  Vegan
  Monday - Saturday 11:30am–6pm

Closed Sunday 

Coming soon: a second outlet at Häberlstraße 21, 80337 München

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