When the temperatures rise and the sun shines in the blue sky, the most beautiful time of year has arrived. And where can this be better enjoyed than in the cosmopolitan, cosy, Bavarian state capital. A summer full of numerous attractions and special highlights is waiting for you in Munich.

Below we present some of the most interesting events for you.

Art Highlight:  Vilhelm Hammershøi and Europe Exhibition
Sports Highlight: DTM at the Olympic Stadium
Event and Culture Highlights: Classical Music on Odeonsplatz, the Opera Festival, Auer Dult/Jakobidult, Isar Island Festival, Coldplay Concert

The Art Highlight of the Summer

Vilhelm Hammershøi and Europe Exhibition: A Turn of the Century Danish Artist (15/06 to 16/09/2012, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung)

Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864 – 1916) was a Danish painter of silence and light. After the successful exhibitions in Hamburg, London, Paris, New York and Tokyo, more than 100 of the artist’s works were exhibited for the first time in Munich. The exhibition showcases an overview of all stages of his work as well as a comparison with around 30 other international works by European artists in order to demonstrate parallels and differences. Vilhelm Hammershøi is known as the most significant Danish artist of the second half of the 19th century.

You can visit the exhibition at the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung from 15/06/2012 to 16/09/2012 from 10am – 8pm daily.

Picture source: flickr (*clairity*)

The  Sports Highlight in Munich

DTM at the Olympic Stadium (15/07/2012, Munich Olympic Stadium)

After last year’s success the new edition of the motor-racing spectacle is now taking place again in the Munich Olympic Stadium. This time the BMW re-entrants can demonstrate their abilities in the atmosphere of their home stadium against Mercedes-Benz and Audi. The audience is expecting a spectacular race of the highest class. A diverse supporting programme with various top musical acts makes this event an incomparable occasion.

You can obtain tickets at www.dtm.com

Picture source: flickr (tonylanciabeta)

The Great Event and Culture Highlights

Classical Music on Odeonsplatz (07 and 08/07/2012, Odeonsplatz Munich)

Surrounded by the Residence, the Theatine Church and the Feldherrenhalle, Odeonplatz provides the perfect setting for an Open Air Concert in a class of its own. On July 7 you can experience the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra live. On July 8 the event comes to a close with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Every year these two great orchestras captivate the city with an audience of around16,000.

You can obtain tickets at: www.muenchenticket.de

Picture source: flickr (digital cat)

Munich Opera Festival (23/06 to 31/07/2012, at different Event Locations in Munich)

The annual Opera Festival in Munich is gaining larger, international popularity amongst lovers of classical music. This year Richard Wagner’s “Ring der Nibelungen” is the main event of the Festival. The event locations are, among other places, the Prinzregenten Theatre, the National Theatre and the Cuvilliés Theatre. More information about the 2012 Opera Festival can be found on the Platzl blog.

Auer Dult / Jakobidult (28/07 to 05/08/2012, Mariahilfplatz)

After the May Dult, the second of a total of three exceptional folk festivals begin at the end of July on the Mariahilfplatz. The summer fair is the so-called Jakobidult and at this fair too you can experience numerous amusement rides and carnival rides, as well as delicious, traditional delicacies and a market. A special highlight of the summer dult is the Auer Dult summer evening festival on July 28 from 10am – 10pm. Mariahilfplatz is most easily reached from the Platzl Hotel Munich on the number 17 tram from Hauptbahnhof (the central station) in the direction of Schwanseestraße.

Isar Island Festival (31/08 to 02/09/2012, Prater Island)

This year the Isar Island Festival is taking place in Munich for the third time, after it enjoyed great popularity in the previous two years. It was modelled after the Danube Festival in Vienna. Visitors can expect a diverse festival with various booths, bands and delicious treats. The main event is a free, diverse cultural programme. You can find more information on this at: www.isarinselfest.de

Coldplay Concert (12/09/2012, Olympic Stadium)

This summer fans of good rock-pop music can look forward to a very special highlight. The British band Coldplay will be at the Munich Olympic Stadium on September 12 and will be playing songs in particular from their new album “Mylo Xyloto.” The four musicians and the band’s front man Chris Martin will be captivating the audience with their songs about feelings such as insecurity, happiness and loss. They have already sold more than 50 million albums and have been honoured with seven Grammys and six Brit Awards. You can obtain tickets at: www.muenchen.de

Picture source: flickr (Allie_Caulfield)

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