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Until Mon, May 21, Weilheim, Volksfest with fairground attractions Thu, May 17 and every Thursday 8 a.m., Partenkirchen, Ludwigstrasse, Farmer’s Market, Fresh produce and local food specialties. Fri, May 18 and every Friday, 8 a.m., Garmisch, pedestrian zone, Farmer’s Market, Fresh produce and local food specialties Fri - Mon, May 18 - 21, Bad Tölz, Klostergärten – Cloister Garden, Rose Days Fri - Mon, May 18 - 21, Herrsching/Ammersee, Ammersee Promenade, Beach Market Fri - Mon, May 18 - 21, Fürstenfeldbruck, Kloster – Cloister, Garden Days with Italian Night and fireworks on 19 May. 250 vendors. Sat - Mon, May 19 - 21, Munich, Olympiapark, Theatron Pfingstfestival, An open-air festival in the Olympic Park will present rising talents from the international rock and pop scene for free! 18 bands from all over the world perform open-air at the lake stage. If it's true that the best things in life are for free, you should not miss the extraordinary line-up of the Theatron Music Festival. Bands from the UK, Belgium, Norway and the U.S. will rock the Amphitheater located behind the Olympic Swimming Pool each day from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. But also local talents will get the chance to present their tunes to a broader audience http://www.muenchen.de/veranstaltungen/event/11933.html

Sat, May 19 – Aug. 11, Noon – Midnight, Munich, VaterRhein-Brunnen, Kulturstrand, Even though the ocean m ay still be far, far away, getting to the beach will be a lot easier during Munich's summer months. The Kulturstand (cultural beach) project will set up an urban beach bar by the Vater-Rhein-Brunnen near the Ludwigsbrücke with tons of sand and comfortable deckchairs. Each day from noon children may build sand castles while parents have a cold drink. At night, a diverse cultural programming, such as openair movie nights and live DJs will entertain visitors to the beach. For more information on the bar's scheduled cultural events, visit kulturstrand.org. Sat, May 19, 11 a.m., Oberammergau, Passion Play Theater, 45 min. guided English tour Sat, May 19, 11.30 a.m., Munich, Mathaeser Kino, Bayerstr. 5, 80336 Munich, Royal Wedding live from Windsor, w atch the royal w edding in England live on a big m ovie screen. Free admission but need to reserve a seat. www.mathaeser.de Sat, May 19, 4 p.m., Ettal, Basilika, Men’s Choir Concert, free adm ission


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Sun, May 20, – 1.30 p.m., Garmisch – Pa., Ludwigstrasse, Festive Historic Parade, on the occasion of the Bavarian County Exhibition presenting the history of Bavaria. 41 themed wagon, 16 marching groups, more than 10 music bands, 150 horses… Ludwigstraße, Rathausplatz, Sankt-Martin-Straße, Alpspitzstraße, pedestrian zone, Richard-Strauss-Platz.

Monday, May 21—German Holiday— Pentecost, all stores closed Mon, May 21, Grossweil, Open Air Museum, Mill Day, On "Germ an M ill Day" the whetstone mill, the tuff saw, the flour mill and sawmills will be in operation. We will demonstrate the great variety of historic mill technology and will explain work cycles of the past. A storyteller will transport small and big children to the mystic world of mills. In addition, children will be invited to take an active part in open handcraft workshops. Mon, May 21, – 8 p.m., Grainau, Kurhaus, Concert by the Musikkapelle Grainau Tue, May 22, 12.30- 1 p.m., Garmisch, Kurpark, Luna Yoga, m eet at the entrance of the Kurpark, free class. Tue, May 22, 8 p.m., Garmisch, Kurpark, Live Swing Music Fri - Sun, May 25 - 27, Munich, Coubertinplatz Olympiapark, EBike Days, everything around EBikes, test rides available, expo area with 120 vendors, workshops for drivers safety and technique, lounge area with food trucks. Sat, May 26, 7 a.m., Kochel, trimini parking lot, Flea Market Sat, May 26, 8 a.m., Oberammergau, Festplatz, Flea Market Sat, May 26, 4 p.m., Garmisch-Pa., Riessersee, 2nd Annual Strongman Competition with BBQ https:/ / www.facebook.com/events/356247254886555/ Sat, May 26, 5 p.m., Weilheim, Kleine Hochlandhalle, Indoor Night Flea Market Sun, May 27, 9 a.m., Peissenberg, Center, May Market, shops open Sun, May 27, 10 a.m., Schongau, Marienplatz, Market Sunday

Thu, May 31 – German Holiday - Corpus Christi – Fronleichnam - All stores closed

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Fronleichnam (the Feast of Corpus Christi) marks the end of the Easter cycle. Also known in Bavaria as Prangertag (prangen meaning adorned), the holiday is celebrated in many villages with a procession. The basic elements of today’s Fronleichnam proceedings follow the Spanish procession order from the 16th century, which was introduced in Bavaria by Jesuit monks. It usually opens with altar boys carrying a cross, followed by the children of the village and delegates of the local clubs. The baldachin, under which the monstrance with the holy host is carried, is flanked by gunmen and altar boys swinging incense. The procession ends with a band and village residents dressed in traditional costumes. The first Feast of Corpus Christi procession in Bavaria took place in Benediktbeuern in 1273.

Thu, May 31 – Sun, June 10, Munich, Wittelsbacher Platz, Original Hamburg Fish Market, fresh seafood and fish. Fri & Sat, June 1 & 2, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Garmisch – Pa., Parking lot Hausberg, Flea Market Fri, June 1, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., Munich, Parkharfe at Olympiapark, Flea Market, about 450 vendors Sun, June 3, 6.45 p.m., Ettal, Monastery Courtyard, Concert with the Musikkapelle Ettal

Open Air Movie Theater – Munich Olympiapark From May 17 until September 15 the Open Air Kino at the Olympic Lake will show movies at 9.15 p.m. almost every night. Often in the original language (OmU). The theatre is located outside the Olympic Swimming Pool. The entrance is right by the Olympic Tower. Doors open at 7 p.m. You can book tickets ahead https://www.kinoamolympiasee.de/de/ticketshop or get them at the box office the same evening. Seating is divided in three categories. Love seats, single seats and grass areas where you can sit down with a blanket. Picnics are allowed but you can’t bring your own drinks. Food is available at several bars and beer garden.  

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Courtyard Flea Markets in Munich Each Saturday throughout Summer, residents in different Munich districts will install vending tables to sell anything from knickknack to high-quality furniture from their private households. More than 150 courtyards in Haidhausen have already started a series of district flea markets in late April. After the kickoff event, collectors may hunt for bargains in the courtyards of Neuhausen, the Glockenbach district and Schwabing the following weekends. For a full list of scheduled markets throughout May and the rest of the summer, visit http://www.ganz-muenchen.de/freizeit/flohmarkt/hofflohmaerkte.html

Richard-Strauss Festival, June 22 – July 1 One week solely dedicated to music He was born in Mßnchen but Garmisch-Partenkirchen was his home. The famous composer Richard Strauss used to live in his Garmisch "country house" for more than 40 years. And he loved his sanctuary, the marvelous landscape, the peace and tranquility. Here, he was able to relax and recover from his exhausting concert tours. Being one of the most important artists of his time, Strauss travelled to all the major musical metropolises. However, there was only one place where he felt "at home": Garmisch. He loved to spend all the months of spring and summer here, together with his family – and his sheets of music. In remembrance of our famous son, we celebrate via a music festival each summer: The Richard-Strauss-Festival. This legendary week that is dedicated to music always presents high-class musicians ranging from internationally well-known conductors, brilliant soloists and large orchestras, all of which inspire us with the works of Richard Strauss. You can look forward to an interesting and diversified program. More info and tickets: http://www.richard-strauss-festival.de


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English Garden – Englischer Garten One of the world’s largest city parks, Munich’s English Garden easily upstages London’s Hyde Park or New York’s Central Park No other city in the world is blessed with a green oasis comparable to the one found in the middle of Munich. Here, endemic flora and fauna flourish in abundance. Millions of visitors flock to it throughout the year. This remarkable place is Munich’s English Garden. Despite the park’s undiminished popularity over the centuries, it was, at first, doubtful that the project would ever come to fruition. From 1387, the area that is now the English Garden was part of the hunting grounds of Bavaria’s ruling family, the Wittelsbachs. It was an impenetrable wilderness, frequently flooded by the Isar River. Surprisingly, it was an American who, in the 18th century, conceived the idea of a public park for Munich. Benjamin Thompson (1753–1814) from Massachusetts—who was later made Count Rumford in recognition of his numerous achievements—served as war minister and worked as a social reformer during the reign of the Bavarian Elector Karl Theodor (1724–1799). Karl Theodor never intended the Wittelsbach land to be used as a public park. In 1789, he commissioned Thompson to establish a military garden on the site of the former hunting grounds, where the soldiers could grow their own food in peaceful times, thereby lowering the cost of provisions. The project, stalled by a heat wave and the start of the French Revolution on July 14, was never completed. Thompson, who realized how potentially explosive the political situation was, talked the Elector into converting the military garden into a public park, open to all citizens. On August 7, 1789, work began on the giant project, under the combined leadership of Thompson and the celebrated landscape architect Friedrich Ludwig Sckell. Volunteer groups worked day and night. Area farmers lent their horses and oxen. Gardening experts, technicians, engineers, craftsmen and their apprentices also contributed. Nurseries from Schleissheim, Schwetzingen and Biburg sent thousands of trees and bushes. In May 1790, the English Garden was almost finished—even by today’s standards an incredibly short amount of time to give shape to a huge, completely new park. Apart from the natural landscape that had been planted, decorative bridges and follies were also built. One such folly still in existence today is the five-story Chinese Tower, a monument to Europeans’ fascination with Chinese objects in the late 18th century. The edifice we see is, of course, only a replica: the original tower was destroyed during World War II. It is unlikely that Thompson, responsible for adding the pagoda, ever imagined that, 200 years later, a beer garden—let alone one that serves about ten thousand people on a single warm day and more than one million liters of beer during the summer season—would thrive at the foot of this tower. The English Garden was also designed to serve educational and scientific purposes. Thus a tree nursery, an agricultural school and a school of veterinary medicine—which is now the university’s veterinary faculty—were incorporated into the park. Some areas of the garden were also left to shepherds, a tradition that is maintained today. Those who stroll through more remote corners of the park may find themselves confronted by a herd of sheep. The northern and southern halves of the park are quite different from each other. In the north, a wilderness of trees, bushes and animals flourish freely. Most meadows are not even mowed until late summer. This area is never crowded; even on hot weekends, when more than two hundred thousand people visit the English Garden, large groups are rarely encountered here. The very tip of the northern section, however, is a bit more crowded. Here, the Aumeister, one of the three beer gardens in the park, offers a pleasant Bavarian atmosphere in contrast to the raucous merriment found at the Chinese Tower or the Seehaus, a yuppie hangout on the shore of the Kleinhesseloher See. On hot days, it is hard to find a grassy spot in the southern section of the English Garden on which to relax. Rhythm and music groups frequently hold sessions here; tai chi and meditation groups seem unperturbed by their musicmaking neighbors. Some people play soccer, baseball and badminton, while others sleep, read, philosophize or sunbathe. Sun-worshippers can bare all, much to the amazement of many first-time visitors to Munich. The Freikörperkultur (FKK, nude culture) is as much a part of the English Garden as the Chinese Tower and is nothing to be offended by.

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Volksmarch What is a Volksmarch? Volkssport (People's Sport) encompasses Volksmarch (People's Walk) and other forms of non-competitive physical fitness. The primary sport, walking, is ordinarily a 10 kilometer route (6.2 miles) on scenic trails along bodies of water, around historic sites, or through your own neighborhoods. Clubs frequently offer trail lengths of 5 and 20 kilometers as well. There is no set start time, but a window of time, approximately 5 hours. Walkers go at their own pace and the only requirement is to finish by the end of the event, approximately 3 hours after the final start time. Trails are marked along the way. Most routes take two hours to complete at a leisurely pace. Many trails are stroller-friendly and provide great opportunity to explore the countryside. After the walk, everyone meets for food and drink in the hall. Nervous about not speaking the language? Many clubs have a special table with someone who speaks English. Here is a list of upcoming volksmarches in the Munich and Upper Bavaria area: http://www.dvv-wandern.de/regionales-angebot/ muenchen-oberbayern.html

Rock & Pop in Munich Find out who’s coming to the concert locations in Munich and get your tickets: http://www.muenchen.de/verticals/Veranstaltungen/RockPop/312095/ index.html

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Heidelberg - Castle Illuminations Saturday, June 2, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 Saturday, September 1, 2018

The element of fire features strongly in Heidelberg’s varied history. The city has suffered great destruction during the 30-years’-War and the Palatinate War of Succession. When the French general Ezéchiel de Mélac practically eradicated Heidelberg in 1693, the castle was blown up, too. To commemorate the destruction of the castle by the French, Heidelberg celebrates castle illuminations three times every summer. Picturesque and otherworldly Bengal fires drench the ruined walls in a dazzling red light. When the ‚fake fire’ dies away, a cheerful, brilliant fireworks display takes over, which enthuses thousands of visitors every time, and adds festive glamour to the beautiful Old Town. For the best view, get a space along the river routes Neckarstaden/B37 (South bank) or Ziegelhäuser Landstrasse and Neuenheimer Landstrasse (North bank). A very special treat is in store for you if you watch the spectacle from one of the river boats of the Rhine-Neckar River Cruising Company. The fireworks are ignited from the Old Bridge, which consequently is closed for pedestrian traffic as of 5:00 PM. But the river can still be crossed via the weir (by Karlstor, pedestrians) or Theodor-HeussBridge for vehicles and pedestrians. All traffic is diverted from the river routes as of approx. 9:00 PM and opens again after the crowds have dispersed around 11:00 PM. http://www.heidelberg-marketing.de/en/events/highlights/castleilluminations.html

More Information: Heidelberg Event GmbH, P hone +49 6221 58402 61, Fax +49 6221 58 46 40 269 e-mail: seiferling@heidelberg-event.com, www.heidelberg-event.com

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