The hottest days of the year are behind us. Autumn is slowly drawing in, lending the trees a multi-coloured splendour. Everywhere people are enjoying the final warming rays of sun and the golden light which gives the city a special atmosphere. You can fully enjoy this season with the varied range of events in Munich.

We‘ve put together a selection of interesting events for you.

Art highlights: Long Night of the Museums, Magnificent Manuscripts
Sporting highlights: Ice Hockey Deutschland Cup
Event and cultural highlights: Oktoberfest, Auer Dult fair, Herbert Grönemeyer concert, David Garrett concert

Autumn art highlights

Late Night at the Museums (20/10/2012, 7pm – 2 am):

On 20 October the 14th cultural adventure tour through the city will take place. Over 100 museums, galleries, collections and churches will open their doors from 7pm – 2 am, offering a varied programme to culture vultures, art lovers and night owls. As well as enjoying art, visitors can expect musical performances, guided tours and performances as well as a special children’s cultural and entertainment programme. Participating institutions include the Alte Pinakothek, the America Haus, the Alpine Museum, the Deutsche Museum, the Bavarian National Museum, BMW on the Lenbachplatz and the BMW Museum, the Nymphenburg Botanical Garden, the Haus der Kunst, the Beer and Octoberfest Museum and many others. Visitors can choose between five tours and shuttle buses will take you to the participating museums every 10 minutes. For more information, see www.muenchen.de.

Magnificent Manuscripts – Treasures of Book Illumination from 780 through 1180 (19/10/2012 to 13/01/2013, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung):

From 19/10/2012 to 13/01/2013, the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung presents a unique exhibition. “Magnificent Manuscripts” presents around 80 manuscripts from the Bavarian State Library collection and offers visitors an overview of the earliest examples of German book illumination. The works originate from the Carolingian period, Ottonian art and the Romantic period. You should not miss this unique opportunity to view original examples of cultural heritage which are over 1000 years old. The exhibition is open daily from 10 am to 8 pm. It is closed on 24 December and reopens on 31 December at 2pm. For more information, see www.kultmuenchen.de.

Sporting highlights in Munich:

Ice Hockey Deutschland Cup (09/11 to 11/11/2012, Olympia Eisstadion):

http://www.platzl.de/blog/hotel-muenchen/files/2012/08/110802332_fc9a60c6c7.jpgFrom 9/11 to 11/11/2012, a top-class sporting event will be held at the Olympia Eisstadion: international ice hockey teams will battle it out for victory at one of the most important ice hockey tournaments for national teams. In 2011, the German team succeeded in obtaining second place behind Slovakia, the 2012 runners-up. This year is going to be just as exciting, as the German team will face tough opponents such as Canada, Slovakia and Switzerland over three days. For more information, see www.olympiapark.de.

picture source: flickr (Moskitomaniac)

Major autumn events and cultural highlights:

Oktoberfest (22/09 to 7/10/2012, Theresienwiese)

This year is the 179th Munich Oktoberfest. The traditional Bavarian folk festival enjoys worldwide popularity and each year receives around 7 million visitors. The Oktoberfest is known for its good Bavarian beer which can only be offered by breweries in Munich. Visitors can also again expect a wide range of modern fairground rides, all kinds of sweet and savoury delicacies, traditional brass band music and beautiful traditional costumes. Anyone who finds the evening hustle and bustle too much, can go to the Wiesn at midday and enjoy a fresh litre of beer and a bite to eat in peace and comfort and without needing a reservation. More information about the Munich Oktoberfest can be found in the Platzl blog Munich Oktoberfest 2012

picture source: flickr (JasonParis)

Auer Dult (20/10 to 28/10/2012, Mariahilfplatz)

This year the third of the three Munich fairs takes place as usual from 20 to 28 October on the Mariahilfplatz square. Following the Maidult and the Jakobidult fairs, the Auer Dult, which is held in the autumn, is also called the Kirchweihdult. Every year the three traditional fairs attract around 300,000 visitors. Over 9 days, 300 dealers and fairground performers provide plenty of entertainment and fairground rides, various delicacies and also a large produce market. The fair is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm. The best way to reach the Auer Dult is by tram 17 to the Ohlmüllerstrasse stop, U-Bahn line U1/U2 to the Frauenhoferstrasse stop or the 52 bus from the Marienplatz to Schweigerstrasse.

Herbert Grönemeyer concert (5/11/2012, Circus-Krone-Bau):

Herbert Grönemeyer is one of Germany’s most famous musicians and has been performing for over 28 years. This year the artist from Bochum is accompanied on his tour by a colourful crazy rap soul group. Herbert Grönemeyer is famous for his unusual support acts and inspires his audience with his meaningful songs for which he has received awards including nine ECHOs, four COMETs, and also the Adolf-Grimme Prize. On 5/11/2012 he will be performing at the Circus-Krone-Bau, Munich. Tickets are available at:www.eventim.de

David Garrett – Rock Anthems 2012 (21/11/2012, 8pm, Olympiahalle Munich):

The German-American violinist is only 32 and has fascinated audiences and the press around the world with his unique, modern interpretations of the classical repertoire. With a new crossover programme, he is on a world tour in 2012. On 21 November you can see him live at the Munich Olympiahalle. The world-renowned violinist has already received three ECHO awards for his unusual mix of classical and rock and pop music, and was the holder of the Guinness record for the fastest violinist in the world from 2008 to 2010. Tickets available atwww.eventim.de.

Bildquelle: flickr (Winkelbohrer)

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