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.
With a name that translates as ‘King’s Square’, it’s no surprise that Munich’s Königsplatz is lined with grand architecture and the famous square is one of the city’s most important historic landmarks, home to a cluster of prestigious museums.
Sampling Bavaria’s hearty food and world famous beer is an important part of any tourist itinerary and there’s no better time to indulge than the festive season. From traditional sausages to delicious sweet treats, here are some of the best seasonal foods to look out for at Bavaria’s Christmas Markets.
Think of winter in Bavaria and you probably think of the enchanting Neuschwanstein Castle covered with snow, a medieval village glittering with fairy lights or sipping mulled wine at a Christmas market, but Germany’s southernmost state is also a hotspot for snow activities and there are plenty of opportunities for winter sports in and around Munich.
Held every year since 1991 and drawing upwards of 600,000 visitors, Munich’s Tollwood Winter Festival is one of the city’s biggest festive events, running from late November up to New Year’s Eve. Held on the Oktoberfest grounds of Theresienwiese, the focal point of events is the huge Tollwood Christmas Market, but the vibrant festival is much more than just a market, with dozens of dramatically illuminated tents spread through out the grounds and a series of shows, activities and entertainment lasting throughout December.
With its sweeping landscapes, whimsically painted houses and fairytale castles, traveling through Bavaria unveils one story-book scene after another, and there’s no denying that this is one of Germany’s most architecturally rich regions. From the medieval villages along the Romantic Road to the futuristic monuments and museums of Munich, here’s your guide to Bavaria’s most beautiful architecture.