Munich celebrates 850th anniversary

Munich celebrates 850th anniversary
Getting down Bavarian style. Photo: DPA
Bavarians celebrate the 850th anniversary of Munich on Friday with a party that will last into the weekend and with special events all summer.

Christian Ude, the city’s mayor, and plenty of prominent Bavarians will show up for the official kickoff Friday evening, but the celebrations will go late into early hours of June 14, the day in 1158 that is considered the date Munich was actually founded.

Traditional craftsmen will showcase their trades and folk dance groups from around the world dance on the city’s public squares during the weekend.

The highpoint on Saturday will be the reopening of the rococo Cuvilliés Theatre after two years of renovations with a production of Mozart’s opera “Idomeneo,” which premiered there in 1781. Some 5,000 Trachtler wearing Lederhosen and Dirndls will show off Bavarian sartorial style on Sunday.

Of course, the home to the world-famous Oktoberfest certainly has no trouble extending a party over several days. There will be plenty of music, dance and beer on hand all summer to celebrate the anniversary’s motto “Building Bridges.”