With its tent-inspired buildings, 80,000-capacity stadium and futuristic tower, Munich’s famous Olympiapark is one of the city’s most striking parks, laid out for the infamous 1972 Olympic Games. Germany’s second stint as an Olympic host was designed to be symbolic of a forward-thinking post-war Germany and, despite the games being marred by the tragic terrorist attacks known as the Munich Massacre, the Olympic buildings have left a lasting legacy. Transformed into a public park after the games, Olympiapark now serves as a popular recreational area, as well as hosts a number of seasonal events, festivals and music concerts.
As renowned for its beautiful Baroque church as it is for its historic brewery, Andechs Monastery is a popular day trip from Munich, located just southwest of the city. Perched atop the Heiliger Berg (‘Sacred Mountain’) above Ammersee Lake, Andechs Monastery has a history dating back more than 1000 years, with the Benedictine monastery founded in 1455 and the picturesque complex becoming an important place of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages.
With its mild weather and out-of-season prices, spring is the ideal time for a sightseeing tour of Munich or a road trip through the Bavarian Alps, and there are plenty of seasonal events and festivities that mark the countdown to summer. From visiting the beer gardens at Oktoberfest’s sister festival to taking part in unique carnival celebrations or dancing around the Maypole; here’s our pick of the best spring festivals in Munich and Bavaria.
There’s still months to wait until Munich’s legendary Oktoberfest, but if you’re visiting the Bavarian capital in April, you can still get a taste of the city’s iconic beer festival at the annual Frühlingsfest, Munich Spring Festival. Oktoberfest’s smaller, less-crowded sister, Frühlingsfest has been held in Munich for more than 40 years and with live music, fairground rides and an endless flow of Bavarian beer, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of spring.
Rising to fame at the turn of the 19th century, Schwabing’s bohemian hangouts and impressive list of resident artists quickly earned it a reputation as Munich’s artist’s quarter and it remains an important creative and social hub today. Thomas and Heinrich Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, Franziska zu Revetlow, Karl Valentin and Frank Wedekind are among the many artists who worked or lived in Schwabing at some point, not to mention that it was the first home of Adolf Hitler when he arrived from Austria in 1913.
With spectacular costume parties and masquerade balls, elaborate street parades and all-night parties, celebrating Fasching, Munich’s Carnival Season, is an incomparable experience and it’s one of the biggest and brightest carnivals in all of Germany. Fasching festivities in Munich start on January 7th and run all the way to Ash Wednesday, with the main events taking place on Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras). Munich’s central Viktualienmarkt and Marienplatz are the center of Fasching festivities, transforming into lively party areas with live band stages, street entertainers and stalls selling traditional Bavarian foods, Brazilian-style Caipirinhas and krapfen, traditional donuts filled with jam or chocolate.