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3 - 2 - 1 - It's time to celebrate wizards coming to Munich

Exciting news for Harry Potter fans

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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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Here’s what we’ve got for you today:

3 bits of news

Safe taxi initiative for women

Many women feel a bit uneasy when heading home late at night. Well, the city's got your back. Munich's unique Night Taxi Voucher program, initially launched in 2020, is making those late night journeys safer and more affordable.

They're considering increasing the current 5-euro voucher to possibly 6 euros or more. 

How does this work for you?

- One 5 euro voucher can be used per taxi ride by women or a group of women. Men are not allowed to ride in the car, but minor children are.

- The journey must be to a residential address (i.e. not to the nearest club)

- Simply pay the applicable fare reduced by 5 euros and give a voucher to the taxi driver.

- The vouchers are valid between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Taxi vouchers can be picked up at several locations around the city, like the city information center in the town hall or even local district libraries. The city will be adding more voucher spots around Munich, making it even easier for you to get a hold of them.

For more information and to grab your vouchers, click here. Don’t forget to spread the word to your female friends. 

For more details, read here (in German). 

Higher taxes on your espresso

Get ready to dig a little deeper into those pockets for your next café visit. From next year, our beloved brunch spots and coffee corners are set for a VAT bump to 19%. 

Authorities say this step is all about balancing the books amidst rising inflation and energy crises. Remember the good old days during Covid when the VAT for food and drinks dropped from 19% to 7%? That was a sweet deal, but now it's flipping back.

Not only does this mean we’ll be feeling the pinch on our wallets when we crave that avocado toast or frothy latte – your go-to dish might jump by about 1 or 2 euros – it also affects thousands of café owners, who might have to shut their doors if their regulars don’t show up. 

And it's not just about us enjoying our Schnitzels and lattes. Think school cafeterias – they're part of this mix too. With higher taxes, those yummy school lunches might see a change, maybe not for the tastier.

So let’s remember to support our local spots. Because a city without its cozy cafés and buzzing bistros is like a cup of coffee without caffeine.

For more details on this VAT change, read here (in English).

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Harry Potter magic 

Munich Muggles and wizards, get your wands at the ready because something magical is brewing in Munich. 

Thalia, the Hamburg bookstore giant, is bringing its spellbinding Harry Potter pop-up store to the Stachus Passagen. The store opens in Spring 2024 and promises a bewitching lineup of offerings and programs. 

Whether you're a die-hard Potterhead or just a curious Muggle, this enchanting shop is set to be your new hangout spot. If you're wondering about the vibe, we're talking about an immersive Harry Potter universe – right down to the last chocolate frog. 

For more details, check here (in German).


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2 upcoming events

Dickens' classic comes alive

Ready to get into the festive spirit with a classic Christmas tale? 

In December, Munich’s Theater Und So Fort is hosting a theatrical treat that's sure to sprinkle a little extra joy into your holiday season. Directed by the dynamic duo of Megan Nerlich and John Yates, and produced by Katharina Drobinski, “A Christmas Carol” is coming to life on stage.

Their adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale will take you through an emotional rollercoaster with Scrooge, as he's visited by three spirits teaching him the true essence of Christmas. Expect to be moved by this story of redemption and inspired to spread kindness and generosity – just in time for the holidays.

You’ll also be tapping your toes to holiday favorites like “Deck the Halls” and “Hark! The Herald” – and yes, singing along is highly encouraged.

Find more information here and here. You can purchase your tickets here. 

General information 

📅  Wednesday, December 20 – Friday, December 22

Special matinee on Saturday, December 23

⏰ Wednesday - Friday from 7pm 

     Sunday 12 Noon and 6pm

📍Hinterbärenbadstr. 2 / Pavillon, 81373, München

💶  €18

Warm up with ESME's winter concert

We have another toe-tapping, soul-soothing winter experience for you. English Speaking Music Ensembles, our city's vibrant non-profit music organization aka ESME, is all set to warm your hearts with their sensational “Sleigh Ride” Winter Concert. 

And you’re invited! 

With over 140 members from more than thirty different countries, it's a melting pot of cultures united by the universal language of music. ESME puts on two major concerts a year, so if you enjoy this one, stay tuned for their summer concert as well. 

Grab your tickets for the “Sleigh Ride” winter concert here.

And if you play an instrument, here’s how to join this musical family.

General information 

📅 Saturday, December 9th

⏰ From 6pm

📍Künstlerhaus, München 

💶 €16


1 new restaurant/café to try

Fink's Südtiroler Knödelküche

Craving something hearty and traditional from South Tyrol? 

Tucked away in our beloved Gärtnerplatz, Fink's is a delightful blend of rustic charm and gastronomic adventure. As the name suggests, this cozy nook specializes in dumplings and good vibes. From savory to sweet, meaty to vegan - there's a Knödel for every palate. 

A word to the wise: this place is a real hit! You might want to book ahead to avoid the 30-minute brrrrrrr outdoor waiting game.

General information

📍 Klenzestraße 40, 80469 München 

🥘 German

Monday - Sunday 11:30am - 2:30pm / 5:30pm - 11pm

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