Munich and Bavaria: cultural and leisure tips from Simon Viktor – Munich

Well it’s summer again! This is especially true if you, like me, moved to Ammersee. In fact, that has always been the case. Also the last fifteen years I lived in Munich. The city is just beautiful in the summer – and the sidewalk cafes (thank you, Corona) made it even more beautiful. In the winter, on the other hand, I would prefer to hide in bed and sleep for several weeks at a time. That’s what I actually did during the lockdown winter: I hid. However, not in bed, but in our basement. And I did not sleep either, I wrote a book – on an empty shelf between the dryer and a bag of children’s clothes size 56 … Well, it’s summer again!

Monday: The world’s best worms

The mornings belong to my one and a half year old daughter Cleo. Together we move around the houses in Dießen, throw stones at Ammersee, dry worms from a converted chewing gum machine into the chicken garden on Mühlbach and then usually end up at Marco, who runs the world’s best Italian café on Mühlstraße. There we drink coffee or milk froth and eat a piadina con tutto before half of our team goes for an afternoon nap and the other half goes to the home office in front of the laptop.

Tuesday: Strength through craftsmanship

Celebrity tips for Munich and Bavaria: In Craft Bräu in Dießen there are not only home-brewed beers, but also cultural events and live music, for example by "Craft brew combination".

In Craft Bräu in Dießen, there is not only home-brewed beer, but also cultural events and live music, for example from «Craft Bräu Combo».

(Photo: Nila Thiel)

On Tuesday, I look forward to the evening all day: I meet friends for the traditional “Tuesday beer” at Craft Bräu in Dießen. In the cozy “Trinkhalle” of the small brewery there is home-brewed beer (I recommend “Hellmuten”), good music and good conversations, delicious homemade pizza and the occasional cultural event. On really wild evenings, after the last round, you can go to the beer vending machine. Where is it? It remains a secret, because a cold beer in Diessen at three in the morning can not be weighed in gold …

Wednesday: home visit

Celebrity tips for Munich and Bavaria: In memory of the train accident on July 16, 1945 between Aßling and Oberelkofen: A priest consecrates the graves.

Marking of the train accident on 16 July 1945 between Aßling and Oberelkofen: a priest consecrates the graves.

(Photo: Peter Hinz-Rosin)

Tonight I am reading from my book in the town hall of my hometown of Aßling in the Ebersberg district. The village plays the central role in my debut novel “Through the world, a crack”, which tells of a difficult time of upheaval and a catastrophic event not only in the village’s history, but also in German history. I’m a little nervous, after all everyone in the village knows each other. But I am also really looking forward to reading, but also to sitting down with family and old friends afterwards. By the way: next week I will read in my new home in Diessen (July 14 at 19 in CoLibri bookstore).

Thursday: Swing at Diana

Celebrity tips for Munich and Bavaria: On sunny Sundays, Munich dance fans meet for "Turn on Sunday" in the small Diana temple in Hofgarten.

On sunny Sundays, Munich dance fans meet for “Swing on Sunday” in the small Diana Temple in Hofgarten.

(Photo: Robert Haas)

A note is tattooed on my finger: as a kind of reminder that music has a similar life-sustaining function for me as eating and sleeping. I know this sounds silly, but other people have apps that remind them to drink water instead. Anyway, this morning my daughter Cleo and I are banging our speakers and shaking the butt of my latest Spotify find: the Basque folk-punk band “Huntza”. Speaking of dance: If you want to embark on a journey back in time to the wild 1920s, you should visit one of the many swing events in Munich (swinginmunich.de). Or stop by the Diana Temple in Hofgarten on Sundays from 19: Lindy Hop, Shag, Balboa and Charleston dance there. Do not forget the dancing shoes!

Friday: sail

Celebrity tips for Munich and Bavaria: Little Caribbean in the middle of Bavaria: In Wartaweil am Ammersee, the pier from "frog garden" to linger.

Little Caribbean in the middle of Bavaria: In Wartaweil am Ammersee, the footbridge from “Froschgartl” invites you to linger.

(Photo: Arlet Ulfers)

Today I try to do my office work as fast as possible. Because when the wind and the weather are right, I go out to sea: With the mini dinghy, I hit a little ahead of the wind and then sail over to Froschgartl, a small outdoor restaurant right on the eastern shore of Lake Ammer. So I get a cyclist, sit on the pier and think – again – about whether I should write another book or whether I should focus on honest work.

Saturday: Rock in Munich

Celebrity tips for Munich and Bavaria: Describe your music style "Jaya cat" as "Full rock reggae": On Saturday, the band, which was founded in Boston and now based in Amsterdam, will perform at Backstage.

“Jaya the Cat” describes their musical style as “Drunk Rock Reggae”: On Saturday, the band, which was founded in Boston and is now based in Amsterdam, will perform on Backstage.

(Photo: Pitpony Photography)

Saturday is family day. It starts with us going to the market hall at Dießen train station together. Our daughters can eat waffles there and later whiz between the stands with the many other children. Conveniently, the many other children have parents that my wife and I can take coffee with in the meantime. My evening program then depends entirely on my condition: If I still have enough energy, I go to Munich and listen to the concert Jaya cat behind the scenes. If I’m too lazy for this trip, I’m relaxing with an episode of my current favorite series, ‘Detectorists.’ In it, the two main characters (big: Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones) march through English meadows with metal detectors and talk about everything that is life while digging old boxing rings off the ground.

Sunday: Höhenluft am Königshaus

Celebrity tips for Munich and Bavaria: King Ludwig II traveled to Schachen every year on his birthday on August 25 to celebrate there.  Worship is still celebrated on this day in front of the royal family.

King Ludwig II traveled to Schachen every year on his birthday on August 25 to celebrate there. Worship is still celebrated on this day in front of the royal family.

(Photo: Andreas Gebert / dpa)

On Sunday I go to the mountains with my big brother. Last time we walked to the royal house on the Schachen. And because there was probably crispy mushrooms in the sauce for the dumpling, we went even further up to Meilerhütte below Leutasch Dreitorspitze. It was a meter and a half of snow there, but we were wearing shorts (it was midsummer). We stayed at the lodge and had a good time – until the next morning we found out we had no more money. Thank god the landlord did not keep us there to wash the glasses and we were able to transfer our bill later. This time I will definitely bring some extra euros and long pants!

Simon Viktor studied philosophy, literature and political science, worked as a journalist and toured world history as a drummer. Today, Viktor works as an artist agent and author (among other things for Bavarian television). His debut novel “Through the World a Crack” about the – today almost forgotten – most serious train accident in German post-war history tells of a difficult turning point in a Bavarian village community.

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