With its beers, dancing on tables, and belting out merry songs with new friends, Munich is celebrating the 41st Frühlingsfest, or spring festival, every day from 11 to 12 p.m. from April 15 to 24. Entrance is free, while a multitude of other rides and a Saturday flea market add to the endless entertainment options.
The “Little Oktoberfest” is not nearly as crowded or tourist-heavy as its bigger version, which means shorter lines and getting even more of a chance to see real local tradition.
In fact, aside from Springfest, Munich has beautiful parks, museums and historical sights. A 20-minute train ride from downtown Munich is the Dachau concentration camp, a humbling experience that provides an up-close perspective on Nazi atrocities during World War II. The Neuschwanstein Castle day trip is another option for history buffs as Walt Disney’s inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Entrance is only granted with a guided tour.
Bus2Alps offers a Florence to Munich Springfest getaway that includes more than just the popular festival. Whether you prefer to call home base a comfortable hostel or try camping for the weekend, the student tour company provides unmatched accommodation. Those who choose camping are set up with a sleeping bag, tent and mat on the best campgrounds for Springfest. Both options include a bike tour of the city, an ideal way to see all of the city’s beautiful sights such as Marienplatz, Hofbrauhaus, the English Gardens, Chinese Tower, Surfer’s Bridge and Bavarian Parliament. The Munich Bike Tour, which lasts about three-and-a-half hours, has been called the best bike tour in Europe by many travelers, and is led by some of the best international guides in Europe.
At Springfest you’ll be able to take advantage of the amusement park, live music, roasted almonds, giant pretzels and, of course, beer, with much greater ease.
The largest interactive technological museum of its kind, the Deutsches Museum is known for its historic artifacts concerning the fields of science and technology. The BMW Museums offers another kind of experience with motoring exhibitions being remodeled every few years.
Fruhlingsfest: The main reason most of you chose this weekend to come to Munich, the festival will be rocking out each day from Noon until 11 p.m. Fruhlingsfest showcases two beer tents, Spaten’s Hippodrome and the Augustiner tent. Entrance to tents is free.
Munich Bike Tour: Hailed by travelers as the best bike tour in Europe, Munich’s Bike Tour is the ideal way to cover all of the major city sights be entertained and learn about the city. Stops on the bike tour include, Marienplatz, Hofbrauhaus, English Gardens, Chinese Tower, Surfer’s Bridge, and Bavarian Parliament.
Dachau Concentration Camp: Located a 20 minute ride on the train from downtown Munich, this humbling experience brings into perspective the atrocities that occured during Nazi rule in World War II. Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Deutsches Museum: This interactive museum is the largest technological museum of its kind and is known for its historic artifacts that mark important steps in the field of science and technology. Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
BMW Museum: The museum’s exhibitions, remodeled every few years, takes visitors into the motoring world of yesterday. Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip: Located in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, this beautiful castle became Walt Disney’s inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. It is only possible to enter the castle on a guided tour. The location also hosts an Alpine Sledding track.