World-class cultural highlights, top international cuisine, exclusive shopping worlds and spectacular surroundings: Munich has a lot to offer in every season of the year. Here you will find a few additional and individual ideas for each month of the year.
The Isar River is not just for swimming in. The urban river is also home to a number of fish, including trout, perch, pike, carp and eel. March is fish month in Munich for good reason. First of all, the month marks the end of the close season for most species, including brown trout and fingerling. Secondly, the weeks leading up to Easter are part of lent, during which it is customary for Catholics to give up meat. On Good Friday – the high point and end of the fasting period – fish is an essential part of any meal. Any Bavarian eatery worth its salt is sure to have fish on its menu. Take Bachmair Hofbräu on Leopoldstrasse, for instance, or Wirtshaus zum Isartal on Brudermühlstrasse. If you are keen to try a traditional fish dish from the Franconia region, look no further than Gasthaus Siebenbrunn at Tierpark. Here, they serve baked carp, a true speciality.
Winter in Munich without any skiing or snowboarding? Unimaginable! After all, the city has the mountains right on its doorstep. Brauneck mountain, for example, is around an hour away in the car or on the train. Lenggries ski resort offers a variety of pistes and a long valley run. However, its best snow conditions come during high winter. Sudelfeld Bayrischzell is Germany's largest continuous ski resort and is known for being particularly family-friendly. The lifts have been undergoing expansion and renovation measures for a number of years. Garmisch-Partenkirchen has not one but two resorts in its direct vicinity. One the one hand, you have the Garmisch resort with its local mountain, Alpspitze, Kreuzeck and the legendary Kandahar run. And on the other hand, you have Zugspitze, Germany’s highest ski resort. Up there, the peak is still covered in snow when the beer gardens back down in the valley are opening for the season. However, the terraces on Zugspitzplatt plateau are also an ideal spot to enjoy the first warm sun of the new year.
While Oktoberfest may attract the masses, the local champion of Munich’s many festivals is the Starkbierfest (Strong Beer Festival) at Nockherberg. For three whole weeks, strong beer takes centre stage at this traditional tavern in Giesing. The Starkbierfest can be traced back to the Paulaner monks who once lived at Nockherberg. Because their canon required them to observe a strict period of fasting prior to Easter, they needed a beer that was particularly rich in vitamins and minerals to balance things out. Their Salvator brew has been dispensed since 1651. The 18th century then saw the introduction of the custom of inviting the Elector to tap the first barrel. Over time, this practice slowly led to the establishment of Starkbierfest. Nowadays, Nockherberg is famous across Germany, primarily for its tradition known as “Derblecken” which takes place on the opening day. Derblecken is a type of performance where a speaker – normally a cabaret artist – is invited to make fun of the guests present, especially any Bavarian politicians. Insiders judge the quality of the Derblecken by the number of callers who ring into the local radio station to complain afterwards. The more calls, the more cutting and pointed the speech.