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Munich Blade Night

Skaters cross Munich's Hackerbrɒcke during Munich Blade Night. Credit to GREEN CITY e.V., ũ SOS-Service, Olaf Spanner

Apr - Sep 2009; Mon only (annual)
Hours: From 7pm; race 9pm-11pm
Cost: Free (including skate hire)
Telephone: +49 (0) 89 89 06 68 0
Fax: +49 (0) 89 89 06 68 66
Address: Goethestrasse 34, 80469 Munich, Germany
Link: Munich Blade Night Website
On Monday nights, around 10,000 inline skaters roll through the streets of the city for Munich Blade Night. There are five routes between 17.5km and 21km long. Join the skaters at 7pm for the pre-race beer garden, music and food.
Mass evening skates have become popular in Germany in the past few years, and now the Bavarian capital has one of its own. While those in some cities go forward whatever the weather, poor weather sometimes leads to the cancellation of Munich's event, but the website and SMS (text message) service aim to keep skaters up-to-the-minute.

Of course, the attractions of the Munich skate include not only the beautiful streets of the city but also the prospect of a beer garden at the end of the night's run - there's one in the Alter Botanischer Garten, or cross Karlsplatz and skate down the pedestrianised Neuhauserstrasse to the Augustiner.

The skate begins at Gasthaus Alte Messe, at 15 TheresienhɆhe. Family Day is on 12 May in 2008, so expect a shorter 10.5km course on this Monday, and the fun begins earlier, at 1pm, with the skating between 3pm and 8pm.

Please note that in 2008 there will be no Blade Nights on the 9 or 16 of June due to the Euro 2008 championships.
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