Two girls are strolling with their parents through the Oktoberfest in Munich.

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April: Frühlingsfest & flea market

In April the spring festivals in Munich begin with lots of tradition and beer. At the first flea markets there is haggling and gossiping – and those who need thrills come to the Olympiapark.

Events in April 2022: Typically Munich 

 

Auer Dult - Maidult

It could hardly be more Munich-like: On Maria-Hilf-Platz with its magnificent church and the magnificent view over the city, people meet in traditional costume or in the normal way to the Auer Dult (festival) – or more precisely to the Maidult, which begins in April (just as the Oktoberfest starts in September...). It is called that because it starts on the Saturday before May 1st. From 25. April to 3. Mai 2022, around 100,000 guests will celebrate spring - everyone to their liking: children love the nostalgic chain carousels, handmade doll's clothes, small furniture for their playhouses at home and the cotton candy. Adults browse through pottery, knitted jackets or practical household goods – and of course don't forget the beer and steamed noodles. Dult is cult!

Auer Dult, 30.04. until 08.05.2022, Maria-Hilf-Platz

 

Frühlingsfest (spring festival)

Also on the Theresienwiese, where the Oktoberfest takes place every autumn, the spring festival invites to a cosy get-together. From 22. April to 8. Mai on the "Frühlingswiesn" you can find everything from small shooting galleries to ship swings and huge rides like the "XXL Racer". In the beer tents and beer gardens, the smell of chicken and roasted almonds is accompanied by brass bands and beer.

Frühlingsfest, 22.04. to 8.05.2022, Theresienwiese

 

Radikal jung - The festival for young directors

A highlight of Munich's young theatre scene is the annual Radikal jung festival at the Volkstheater. For the 16th time young directors present their productions here. Young directors show their productions here. The aim of the festival is to promote the new generation of theatre-makers, to show their thematic and aesthetic preferences and to present them to both a professional audience and the general public.

Radikal jung, date for 2022 not yet set, Volkstheater

Flea market on the Theresienwiese

Munich residents and visitors alike also love the legendary flea market here on the Theresienwiese - which is why it is worth getting up early on April 25th. Very early indeed! If you want to make bargains in peace and quiet, then you have a good chance. In the morning at the latest, it gets really crowded here between the almost endless beer and wallpaper tables full of half-measures. The good thing about it: The Bavarian Red Cross flea market supports social projects.

Flea market, 30.04.2022, Theresienwiese

 

 

Top events in April 2022

 

“Rock meets Classic 2022”

One of the musical highlights of the year is the rock concert "Rock meets Classic 2022" in the Olympic Hall. On 3 April 2022, a symphony orchestra and a band will play the greatest hits of rock history.

Rock meets Classic, 03.04.2022, Olympiahalle

 

Mouse on Mars installation in Lenbachhaus

Mouse on Mars is a German electro duo that has been making music together for 25 years now. You can experience them for several month in 2022: Thanks to a sound installation they developed themselves in the Kunstbau im Lenbachhaus, which deals with the themes of space and architecture. The Kunstbau is located near the underground station Königsplatz and is the underground exhibition space of the Lenbachhaus. 

Mouse on Mars, 09.04.2022 – 18.09.2022, Kunstbau in the Lenbachhaus

 

BMW Open Tennis

At the "BMW Open Tennis" tournament from 22.4. to 1.5.2022, the MTTC Iphitos club on Aumeisterweg will be showing who will be cheering for the winner's cup at the end of many exciting matches.

BMW Open Tennis, 23.04. to 01.05.2022, Aumeisterweg 10

Events for the adventurous

 

Obstacle course event "Spartan Munich

The Olympic Park offers all kinds of action and excitement for the more adventurous. In the "Spartan Munich" obstacle course, amateur athletes will rise above themselves when they have to overcome walls and barbed wires, wade through mud or swim in lakes and climb ropes. At the finish line, everyone is a hero!

Spartan Munich 2022, 8.04.2022, Olympic Park

 

Motocross races at Munich Airport

The SBS-Südbayernserie is an annual event in which the motocross clubs of southern Bavaria organise races in a total of 8 classes. After a two-year break from Corona, the 1st round will take place in 2022 at MSC Freisinger Bär, the off-road park at Munich Airport. On Saturday, 23 April it will be the turn of the youth and the ladies with training sessions from 11.15 am, competitions from 2 pm and the award ceremony at 6 pm. On Sunday, 24 April it will be the turn of the stars of the scene and the seniors with practice sessions from 9.30 am, competition races from 1.00 pm and the award ceremony from 5.30 pm.

On the fringes of the sporting action, spectators will be well catered for with a legendary curry sausage and coffee and cake.

Free admission!

Motocross at the airport, 23. to 24.04.2022, Nordallee 44, 85356 Munich, Germany

What else happens in Munich in April:

 

Tip for excursions in the surrounding area: A pilgrimage to Heiliger Berg

Blessing and basking in the sun – the two go hand-in-hand at Heiliger Berg (Holy Mountain). The terrace at Kloster Andechs (Andechs Abbey) boasts an incredible view over the Munich area. The church next door is an important place of Catholic pilgrimage and is also the burial place of several Bavarian dukes. People having been making the pilgrimage to Heiliger Berg in Andechs since the 12th century, making it the oldest pilgrimage in Bavaria. The abbey itself has been around since 1455, when the Benedictine monks moved into the former castle. It is still home to six monks today. Nowadays, pilgrims are also less likely to travel to Heiliger Berg looking for salvation but rather the abbey’s excellent food and, above all, beer. Several paths lead up to Heiliger Berg, the two most popular of which start at the train station in nearby Herrsching. One winds its way up from the bottom through the forest while the other follows a ridge to the abbey. The higher path is slightly shorter while the lower is better for pushchairs and bikes. You should plan around one and a half hours for the route.

 

This is the taste of spring – the wild garlic sprouts

Chefs love this plant for its taste: reminiscent of garlic, hot yet also somehow mild and fresh. Wild garlic is a true super herb. Its leaves are ideal for salads while its stalks can be chopped down and used for flavouring. Experts in natural healing prescribe wild garlic for gastrointestinal problems. Eating wild garlic is also said to protect against heart attacks and strokes. In the Middle Ages, the plant was therefore regarded as a particularly beneficial medicinal plant that could ward off harm. If you’re lucky, you may find fresh wild garlic in the local supermarket. True wild garlic fans, on the other hand, go hunting for the plant themselves in April. Wild garlic thrives in moist, shady spots in lowland forests and deciduous woods. You’ve got a good chance of finding some in the Englischer Garten, the Isar flood plains or Pasinger Stadtpark on the banks of the Würm River. You may also find it in the Ostfriedhof and Waldfriedhof cemeteries. During your hunt, it’s always best to follow your nose. If you can smell garlic then you’re on track for finding wild garlic.

 

A detailed calendar of events can be found here.

 

 

Text: Munich Tourism; Photos: Christian Kasper, Frank Stolle

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A man is wearing a red knitted hat on a winter day in Munich.

January: ice skating and warming up

With "Holiday on Ice" and wonderful winter walks January in Munich will be one thing above all: very sporty!

With "Holiday on Ice" and wonderful winter walks January in Munich will be one thing above all: very sporty!

A couple is on a sunny winter day in the Hofgarten in Munich.

February: Carnival and lard pastry

Munich has something unique to offer in February with the Marktweibern on the Viktualienmarkt.

Munich has something unique to offer in February with the Marktweibern on the Viktualienmarkt.

A man with white beard is standing in a beer garden in Munich and is laughing.

March: Starkbierfest & beginning of spring

The Starkbierfest, Munich Creative Business Week and St. Patricks Day: that's what March has in store for Munich. 

The Starkbierfest, Munich Creative Business Week and St. Patricks Day: that's what March has in store for Munich. 

A young women in front of a ride a the Auer Dult in Munich.

May: Street festivals & backyards

Munich takes to the streets: At the Streetlife-Festival and the Hofflohmarkt the attitude towards life of the city is shown.

Munich takes to the streets: At the Streetlife-Festival and the Hofflohmarkt the attitude towards life of the city is shown.

A young man and are women are climbing up a small hill at the festival Tollwood in Munich.

June: Tollwood & Film Festival

In June, Munich is a big stage: the Allianz Arena is the venue for the European Football Championship and the Tollwood Festival.

In June, Munich is a big stage: the Allianz Arena is the venue for the European Football Championship and the Tollwood Festival.

A women and and a man are sitting on benches in a beer garden and are talking and laughing. In the background is a lake.

July: Kocherlball & fireworks

In July you can spend the day outside: at the traditional Kocherlball and at the fireworks at Sommernachtstraum.

In July you can spend the day outside: at the traditional Kocherlball and at the fireworks at Sommernachtstraum.

A woman with red long hair is standing and smiling at the Isar River in Munich on a sunny day.

August: Open Airs & Isar

There are films and open-air concerts under the open sky. Otherwise the only thing that helps: a jump into the Isar.

There are films and open-air concerts under the open sky. Otherwise the only thing that helps: a jump into the Isar.

A woman and a man with grey hair are sitting on a bench and eating chestnuts at Hofgarten in Munich.

October: Kirchweihdult & Munich Marathon

Jogging through the Olympic Park in Dirndl and Lederhosen - this is only possible during the traditional costume run in October.

Jogging through the Olympic Park in Dirndl and Lederhosen - this is only possible during the traditional costume run in October.

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