Cultural tips

Did you know that in Munich during one week more people visit a music event taking place in the city than would fit in two sell-out matches at Bayern Munich’s 69.901 capacity Allianz Arena stadium? Munich has four orchestras and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the ten of its kind in the world. The traditional Opera Festival (in 2016, June 19 – July 31) and the classical open air concert “Classical Music at Odeonsplatz” (in 2016, July 16 – 17) impressively testify to the musical quality of the Munich orchestras. Munich is also home of the second largest German film festival and other major traditional festivals such as the Biennale, the only festival worldwide to show exclusively premieres of new music theatre works.

The Pinakotheken and other museums and galleries such as the Lenbachhaus and the Kunsthalle present a platform for exhibitions of international stature. Currently the complete Blue Rider collection can be seen in a new presentation at the Lenbachhaus.

haus der kunst

Munich has a total of 61 theatres, including two opera houses, the Gärtnerplatz Theatre, rotates its daily operas from a repertoire of 30. The Bavarian capital also has some 60 major museumscovering many aspects of a city rich in tradition, art, culture and history, and it would take a determined tourist quite some time to appreciate them all. We have listed and described the most interesting of them by category (art, cultural history, natural history, technology and other).

To talk about Munich and culture without mentioning the role of the city for worldwide beer culture is impossible, especially so this year, 2016, the year in which the 500th anniversary of the Bavarian Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot) is celebrated. In Munich there will be a whole festival celebrated to mark the important jubilee (from July 22-24).

Here at you’ll find dates and ticket info on all major cultural events taking place in Munich throughout the year, as well as information about museums, festivals, cinemas and many other tips on the cultural life of the Bavarian capital.

Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, 

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