Think of the words “Munich” and “event” and the first thing to pop into your head is very likely: Oktoberfest. While this annual beer and carnival celebration is a huge draw, there’s quite a few other Munich events to keep you entertained.
This sixteen-day festival is undoubtedly Germany’s (and one of the world’s) biggest parties. It began under King Ludwig on October 1810 to celebrate his new marriage. They held a horse race in the new king and queen’s honor.
These days, you’re a bit more likely to find beer tents and fun amusement park rides. Traditional Bavarian food and, of course, beer is on offer. But there is soda and water for those who’d rather stay sober.
In spite of its name, modern Oktoberfest usually begins in September to take advantage of Bavaria’s favorable weather at that time. But the last days of the festival are still held in October.
On average, about six million people attend this Munich event each year.
So you couldn’t make it to Munich in time for Oktoberfest. What’s a traveler to do? Lucky for you, Munich offers several other events during the year. The Auer Dult is one of them.
Held three times a year (each season except winter), this festival is a mini-Oktoberfest with its beer tents and rides. But you’ll also discover antiques and other goods for sale in the weeklong markets.
There’s a May fair called Maibaumaufstellen — another great time to be in Munich. To commemorate this first of May holiday, you’ll be treated to traditional Bavaria at its best.
Men in lederhosen and women in dirndl dress run in the streets with their maypoles. The maypoles are bound together and it becomes a competition between cities to see which one has the tallest one.
The sounds of oompah bands usually accompany this fun festival. :-)
This Christmas tram is a part of the annual Munich event of the local Christmas market. One special tram will run through the city, decorated in the spirit of the season. Mulled wine and Christmas carols greet you in the tram interior.