Summer in Munich

Munich, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase

Saturday officially begins summer on the north hemisphere of the World, but in Munich it has already started! Summer makes Munich even more interesting and a total different city than what it is during winter. From the dark and cold days to a very hot and sunny city, and from being stuck inside to simply go out in the streets and experience what Munich has to offer this season.

If you are in Munich or planning to visit it during this summer, there are plenty of options to choose from to enjoy the most of the city and the sun. Therefore, I have made a list to help you decide what to do if you are around, and if you are not, you can save it for whenever you come:

The München Tram

Tired of the hop on hop off buses found in every European city? Trying to find a nice and different way to have a quick overview of Munich? Take the München Tram, the ride takes you to the main sightseeing for 45 minutes and the guide speaks English. Don’t forget to check the dates and time and buy your ticket online!

Tram in Munich. By Packing my Suitcase

Barbecue (grillen)

Besides beer, football and potatoes, the Germans love making a barbecue on a sunny day. On the weekends is a challenge to find a free spot to make your barbecue, everyone seems to have the same idea. So if you want to join, a weekday must be the best option. One of the most famous places to barbecue is on the riverside of the Isar, where you can also enjoy swimming and tanning:

Isar, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase

Sit outside and have a cold drink!

Choose a nice café or restaurant to sit outside and just take your time to enjoy the food and a refreshing drink, like the famous Hugo, an Aperol Spritz or a Schorle!

Rhubarb Soda, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase

Rhubarb Schorle

Summer in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase.

Take a walk around the parks

Take a walk in one of Munich’s parks, you will see a bit of everything: pic nicks, dogs swimming, people getting tanned, kids playing around, ice creams melting, someone drinking a cold beer and some just relaxing on the grass, just watch out for the bikes, there will be lots of them.

There are several amazing parks in Munich and my favourite ones until now are the English Garden, the Olympic Park and the Castle Nymphenburg’s Park:

Englischer Garten

Englischer Garten

Olympia Park

Olympic Park

Nymphemburg Castle's Park

Nymphenburg Castle’s Park


Enjoy the various types of German beer and eat traditional Bavarian food at a famous Biergarten – or Beer Garden – enjoying the sun and maybe even traditional music played by live bands. A nice way to get the feeling of the Oktoberfest.

Biergarten at the Englischer Garten

Biergarten at the Englischer Garten

Go surfing, why not?

Love surfing? Who said you can’t surf in Munich? I often see surfers on the streets, the first time I thought: where do they think they are going with surfboards? So I was told about this famous place, the Eisbach – part of the English Garden – where is possible to surf or simply watch the surfers. As the name says – Ice Creek – the water can be a little cold, but some people just don’t care:

Surfing at the the Isar
Surfing at the Isar

Have a famous ice cream

If after all the walking and heat you need to freshen up your day, stop by “Der Verrückte Eismacher“, which means “The crazy ice cream maker”. Now you must be wondering why is it called like that. It’s simple: he makes crazy ice cream flavours like: bolognese, beer, champagne and raspberry, apple pancake, basil and passion fruit, white sausage, white twix and much much more.

Apart from falling crazily in love with the ice cream, you will feel like you are part of Alice in Wonderland – which was inspiration for the store’s decoration.

Ice cream, Munich. Packing my Suitcase

Ice cream in Munich. By Packing my Suitcase

Tollwood Festival

Summer in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase.

The Tollwood Festival happens every year starting at the end of June until mid July. The festival offers food stands with dishes from all over the world, as well as drinks, handcrafts, live music and much much more. It is located at the Olympic Park and it it’s open from 2pm – 1am (Mon-Fri) and from 11am – 1am (Sat-Sun). Here you can check the exact dates and more information about Tollwood.

*The Tollwood festival also happens during winter, and it’s called Winter Tollwood, which is basically a huge Christmas Market.

Go to an Open Air Cinema

Every year the Olympic Park builds an open air cinema in summer called Kino am Olympiasee. There are many movies options to choose from, and if you haven’t experienced something like it before, here is your chance. Check their program to buy your ticket and to choose if you want to watch it in German or in the original version. Have fun!

Summer in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase.


Open Air Cinema in Munich. Photo by Kino am Olympiasee.

Enjoy your summer!