Bundesliga 2019-20 fixtures: Bayern Munich hosts Hertha Berlin in season opener

Bayern Munich welcomes Hertha Berlin for the opening fixture of the 2019-20 season, while newcomer Union Berlin tackle RB Leipzig.

Bayern Munich staved off Borussia Dortmund's challenge to lift the Bundesliga title for a seventh straight season.   -  Getty Images

Bayern Munich will launch tits Bundesliga title defence with a home match against Hertha Berlin.

That match gets the campaign under way on Friday, August 16, and was announced when the new season's fixtures were released on Friday.

The champion heads to Schalke on the second weekend before returning to the Allianz Arena to face Mainz.

Borussia Dortmund, who faded badly in the second half of last term, could field new signings Thorgan Hazard and Nico Schulz in their first outing at home to Augsburg.

Lucien Favre's side then meets two promoted sides in Cologne and Union Berlin. Union Berlin's top-flight debut begins with a visit from Julian Nagelsmann's RB Leipzig.

Leipzig's other early opponents include Europa League semi-finalists Eintracht Frankfurt and a team that narrowly missed out on the Bundesliga top four in 2018-19, Borussia Monchengladbach.

Dortmund kept the title race alive until the final day last season and will view its two Der Klassiker dates against Bayern as crucial to mounting another challenge.

The initial encounter takes place in Bavaria between November 8 and 10, with the reverse fixture scheduled for April 3-6.

Before then - on the last weekend in October - comes the first Ruhr derby as Dortmund looks to atone for its costly April loss to close rival Schalke.

Other opening weekend fixtures see Bayer Leverkusen entertain promoted Paderborn, with Werder Bremen welcoming Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Former Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner goes to Gladbach for his first Bundesliga match in charge of Schalke.

Opening round fixtures in full

Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin
Borussia Dortmund v Augsburg
Bayer Leverkusen v Paderborn
Borussia Monchengladbach v Schalke
Wolfsburg v Cologne
Eintracht Frankfurt v Hoffenheim
Werder Bremen v Fortuna Dusseldorf
Freiburg v Mainz
Union Berlin v RB Leipzig

Bayern Munich's 2019-20 Bundesliga fixtures in full (all times local):

August 16: Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin (20:30)

August 23-25: Schalke v Bayern Munich (TBC)

August 30 - September 1: Bayern Munich v Mainz (TBC)

September 13-15: RB Leipzig v Bayern Munich (TBC)

September 20-23: Bayern Munich v Cologne (TBC)

September 27-29: Paderborn v Bayern Munich (TBC)

October 4-6: Bayern Munich v Hoffenheim (TBC)

October 18-20: Augsburg v Bayern Munich (TBC)

October 25-27: Bayern Munich v Union Berlin (TBC)

November 1-3: Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayern Munich (TBC)

November 8-10: Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund (TBC)

November 22-24: Fortuna Dusseldorf v Bayern Munich (TBC)

November 29 - December 2: Bayern Munich v Bayer Leverkusen (TBC)

December 6-8: Borussia Monchengladbach v Bayern Munich (TBC)

December 13-15: Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen (TBC)

December 17-18: Freiburg v Bayern Munich (TBC)

December 20-22: Bayern Munich v Wolfsburg (TBC)

January 17-20: Hertha Berlin v Bayern Munich (TBC)

January 24-27: Bayern Munich v Schalke (TBC)

January 31 - February 3: Mainz v Bayern Munich (TBC)

February 7-10: Bayern Munich v RB Leipzig (TBC)

February 14-17: Cologne v Bayern Munich (TBC)

February 21-24: Bayern Munich v Paderborn (TBC)

February 28 - March 2: Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich (TBC)

March 6-9: Bayern Munich v Augsburg (TBC)

March 13-16: Union Berlin v Bayern Munich (TBC)

March 20-22: Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt (TBC)

April 3-6: Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich (TBC)

April 11-13: Bayern Munich v Fortuna Dusseldorf (TBC)

April 17-20: Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich (TBC)

April 24-27: Bayern Munich v Borussia Monchengladbach (TBC)

May 2-4: Werder Bremen v Bayern Munich (TBC)

May 9: Bayern Munich v Freiburg (15:30)

May 16: Wolfsburg v Bayern Munich (15:30)