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How would you reimagine Munich, Dieter Schweiger?

In a new My City Reimagined series for Neste’s Journey to Zero, local people give us their vision of their hometown with sustainability at its core - watch major cities transform in 3D-animated videos. The second episode is about Munich, as reimagined by fruit stall holder and local celebrity Dieter Schweiger, also known as Obststandl Didi (Fruit Stall Didi).



“I love Munich, because it is a big city and a small village at the same time. We have a good atmosphere, best drinking water, great weather and awesome people.” 

Follow Dieter Schweiger as he takes us to his three favourite areas in Munich and shares how they could be made even better, with a focus on sustainability. 

Watch the My City Reimagined video to see what Schweiger’s Munich would look like in real life.

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“Theresienwiese is the home of Oktoberfest; for two weeks people celebrate, eat, drink and have fun, but the rest of the year this large area is mainly empty. We could do something about that.

“I have lots of ideas for the place. You could set up solar panels to generate electricity – or chargers for cars, motorcycles or bikes. You could also add plant beds with vegetables, berries and fruits. That would be a wonderful way to use the area.”

Fact: Theresienwiese is about the size of 60 football fields, according to

A man on top of a hill in Munich


“Viktualienmarkt has over 200 years of history. It started as a small herb and vegetable market but it has grown more versatile. Nowadays you can buy everything here: vegetables, fruits, eggs, fish, poultry - everything. It reminds me of my grandparents who were farmers.

“Last but not least you go to a beer garden or a small café. Wonderful!

“I can certainly think of ways to make Viktualienmarkt even better, quite simply. They should sell a lot more regional fruits and vegetables. The waste disposal needs to be improved, and customers should bring their own shopping bags.”

Fact: The Viktualienmarkt has been held daily since 1807 excluding Sundays and public holidays, according to That translates into roughly 64 000 market days. 

Local restaurants

 “People from Munich are known to be full of life – we love to laugh, eat and drink together. Restaurants and bars are an important part of the way of life here.

“In restaurants, I’d like to see water and waste recycled better. The used cooking oil could be safely processed into renewable diesel. Wouldn’t that be amazing?” 

Fact: Munich is said to have around 5,000 bars and restaurants, says Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Infographic of how used cooking oils can be turned into valuable raw material for producing renewable products.

Neste helps make cities more sustainable, providing renewable and circular solutions to businesses in the transport, aviation and plastics sectors. Read more about how waste and residues, such as used cooking oil, are used as raw materials for renewable products. Neste is also exploring the raw material potential of, for example, recycled waste plastics and municipal solid waste.

Credits: Neste