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July 2005

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There’s likely to be a cracking atmosphere at the annual open-air opera extravaganza “Oper für alle,” which is part of the Munich Opera Festival (Festspiele). Every year, a live performance inside the Nationaltheater is broadcast on a giant screen on Max-Joseph-Platz, as a thank you to Münchner for their loyal support of the Bavarian State Opera. This year’s performance is of Verdi’s Rigoletto, on Saturday, July 9. The following day, a concert of Strauss favorites will be performed on Marstallplatz. Both events are conducted by Zubin Mehta and entrance is free.

Classical music lovers take note—now’s the time to book your Munich Philharmonic season tickets for 2005/06. Five concerts, all conducted by Christian Thielemann, cost between € 100 and € 335. For more information call 480 98 55 55.

Summer wouldn’t be summer without the Jakobidult. If you enjoy rummaging through second-hand wares, such as books, antiques, kitchen utensils and many other low-cost items, or if you simply enjoy drinking beer, this summer festival on Mariahilfplatz is the place to be between July 30 and August 7. The event is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm.

For those who didn’t quench their thirst at Weinwelt München last month, there are plenty more opportunities in July. Visit the Fränkisches Weinfest in the Vinorant Alter Hof at Alterhof 3, from July 12–17, open Tues.–Fri. 3 pm–11 pm, Saturday 11 am–11 pm and Sunday 11 am–10 pm. The Kaiser Hof in the Residenz is also hosting a wine festival from July 30 to August 8.

Get your skates on and head to one of Munich’s infamous blade nights. Skating begins at 9 pm. Visit the official Blade Night Website for more details:

It’s wedding season again. But if you’re looking for somewhere extra special to tie the knot and guarantee yourselves a real high, then we’ve got the answer. The Taborkirche is located at 1,674 m, on the Hochfelln mountain in Chiemgau. Guests can be transported to the top by cable car and there’s even a conveniently situated mountain hut for the reception afterwards. Check out for details, or call Tel. (08862) 83 21.

It’s still not too late to sign up for the first Munich Triathlon, which takes place on July 31. The “Olympic” route features a 1,500-m swim in the BUGA lake, a 40-km cycle through Munich and a 10-km run through the BUGA park, while the “everyman” event is a 500-m swim, 20-km cycle and 5-km run. More than 1,000 people have already got their names down to take part—you can join them by registering online at by July 10.

For expats in Munich, every day is a celebration of different cultures. But if you want to do your bit for internationalism on a more official level, get down to the International Summer Festival being held in the Westpark on July 17. Aimed at marking Munich’s cultural diversity, the event features folklore groups from around the world and a special program for kids, and is held from 12 pm to 8 pm.

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