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.
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February 18, 2015
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.
February 4, 2015
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.
January 7, 2015
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.
December 23, 2014
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.
December 10, 2014
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.