What’s better than spring in beautiful Florence? Spring in Munich! The city is celebrating Frühlingsfest, or Spring festival, from April 16 to May 3, and the people of Munich are gearing up to enjoy the party.
This year Frühlingsfest is being held on the Theresienwiese, the same open space that hosts the legendary Oktoberfest. While both involve lots of beer, dancing on tables, and belting out merry songs with dozens of new friends, Springfest isn’t nearly as crowded or tourist-heavy, which means shorter lines and getting even more of a chance to see real local tradition.
In addition to two large beer tents, Spaten’s Hippodrome, the Augustiner tent and a Weissbier beer garden, there is a revolving Pils carousel that allows you to drink beer and go on a ride at the same time, in case you were having trouble deciding between the two. Entrance to the tents is free, and a multitude of other rides and a Saturday flea market add to the endless entertainment options.
Aside from Springfest, Munich boasts 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.
Munich also boasts several famous beer halls and nightclubs. Kultfabrik is a playground for young adults, with more than 40 bars and clubs situated in a converted warehouse, ranging from sports bars to pubs and dance clubs, open till the early hours of the morning.
SmartTrip offers a Florence to Munich Springfest getaway that includes more than just the popular festival. Travellers will call home base a comfortable hostel. The trip includes an optional 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.
5 Things you didn’t know about Munich springfest:
- It’s highly similar to Oktoberfest- except less people and much better weather!
- You can dress up in traditional Bavarian clothing while enjoying the festival
- Munich is a fantastic city with giant pretzels, efficient public transportation and gorgeous parks
- Enjoy some of the best beer IN THE WORLD in Munich
- If you’ve had enough of the festival, you’re in luck because football is also in season, take in a game to break from the festivities