We love Munich in Autumn: Here’s why!
October • 10th, 2019
by Expat in the City Team
Our tips for things to do in Munich in autumn
The Expat in the City Team loves all seasons as every season is beautiful in its own way. Autumn is no exception (despite the rain and colder days). Changing colours of the leaves, some final warm sunny days, The Holidays that are coming soon, the candle lit evenings and time spend inside with family and friends playing board games, watching movies, drinking red wine and eating delicious comfort foods.
And for a lot of people it is also a time to start new. With the summer holidays over and back into the routine of work and school it is a good time to check the status of all the New Years resolutions that you had back in January and see what still needs to be done.
What is autumn like in Munich? What does this beautiful Bavarian capital have to offer its expats in the fall? Will living here perhaps make autumn your favourite time of the year?
Here are some tips from us for this season:
Autumn is movie time! Movies in English
In Germany it is still quite common that non-german movies are translated into German. Meaning that all actors ‘speak’ German, no matter if they are big Hollywood movie stars. This is something that even if your German has become fluent still feels weird. Tom Cruise in German…does not feel right, right? Luckily nowadays there are quite a few cinemas in Munich that also show the original version (OV). Here are some places to visit to enjoy the movie in its original version (watch for the OV/OF films = Original Version/Fassung).
*Extra tip and our absolute favourite: The Astor Film Lounge at ARRI Kino. This cinema feels like an old theatre, with a huge screen, the most comfortable red velvet chairs which you can lean back on and it’s even possible to order your food and drinks directly to your seat. A real movie heaven!
Nurturing the body at the Spa
When it’s cold outside what is better than getting warm in one of the spa’s that can be found in Munich? A warm sauna, a massage or perhaps a facial to keep the skin pretty and smooth during the colder months of the year.
If you like to hike then you are as good as gold here in Munich, no matter the season. However, Autumn is special with all the changing colours of the leaves. Along the Isar, in English Garden or in the beautiful Westpark or Nymphenburger Park. A great way to enjoy the day and maybe also shoot some Insta worthy photos. If you want to spend a couple of hours and escape the city life, taking a walk at one of Munich’s wonderful surrounding lakes will not only make your Insta heart jump with joy. And if you are more into hiking than strolling, make sure to check out one of the areas’ peaceful mountain huts - one we can always recommend is Berggasthof Neureuth at Lake Tegernsee - when up there, make sure to enjoy a well deserved ‚Kaiserschmarrn‘ - it’s the absolute best ;)
golden leaves, cozy mountain huts and the best bavarian food - autumn hikes at Lake Tegernsee
A couch, a blanket and a book = perfection.
When the rain, wind and cold make their appearance again then it is time to crawl on the couch with a cup of tea or hot coco and enjoy a good book. Although reading books in German is very good to practice your German (check out our article for more tips on learning German) it is most likely not so ‘relaxing’ yet. If you visit most book stores in German you will find mostly German books, which makes sense of course as you are in Germany :) But if you are looking for some English books it can be a bit more challenging.
If you are looking for English books in Munich you can find a selection in the City library or in one of these book stores:
Halloween in Munich
This holiday this year is celebrated on 31 October. Originally it’s a holiday mostly celebrated in the United States of America, but now it is more commonly celebrated in Germany as well. In Munich you will find it is mostly celebrated with themed parties in clubs. Keep an eye on the club scene website to see which parties are organized this year. The biggest Halloween party crowd you will find at Heart and P1!
Extra tip: Because of Bavaria’s holiday ‚Allerheiligen’ on 1 November there’s an official dance ban. So make sure to not go too late - at 2 o'clock the lights will be switched on again!
Food to fit the season
Traditional Bayrisch foods are excellent for the colder days. Rich in flavour (and calories) and prepared with love and attention. You probably know the Weisswurst and the Bretzen. But how about Kassspatzen or Schweinhaxn or the many dishes with Kürbis that come with Autumn. If you are looking for some traditional Bayrisch food these restaurants are perfect for trying it:
Book an art course or one of the many other courses in English at MVHS
Perhaps one of your New Years resolutions was to attend a drawing course or an acting course. This can be difficult if you don’t understand German yet. We have a great tip for you: The Münchner Volkshochschule offers a whole range of courses in English. Perfect for some much needed inspiration and motivation for the darker months of the year. Book yourself a nice course and tick of this ‘to-do’ of your New Years resolution list.
Check out the overview of courses here:
And finally a poem by Emily Brontë about the season of the changing leaves.
Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.
Enjoy the season!