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

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February: Carnival and lard pastry

Munich is not a carnival stronghold - and yet with the market women on the Viktualienmarkt it has something unique to offer.  Those who already dream of summer holidays and outdoor sports in February will get the best inspiration at the travel and leisure fair "f.re.e".

Events in February 2023: typical Munich

 

Carnival in Munich and dance of the Market Women on Shrove Tuesday 

Shortly after Christmas, the colorfully filled doughnuts are already piling up in Munich bakeries, a clear sign that the Faching is approaching. Because the carnival season officially begins on Epiphany (January 6) and ends on Shrove Tuesday. This day is the highlight of the Munich carnival season:  At the Viktualienmarkt the Lord Mayor speaks, the prince and princess couple and carnival guard say goodbye with their last performance - and thousands of people look forward to the dance of the market women. During the year these women sell fruit and vegetables, fish, flowers, spices or fresh juices at their stalls. Now they whirl across the stage in brightly coloured costumes, so that the petticoat skirts and high hats just fly. Every year the start is made by the cult song "Linie 8", followed by newly rehearsed dances. A unique experience!

Shrove Tuesday, 21 February 2023, Viktualienmarkt

 

Top events in February 2023

 

Trade Fair „f.re.e“ 

At the trade fair "f.re.e" from 16 to 22 February 2022, people will be mentally on holiday, in the mountains, on the water and on their bicycles. The largest travel and leisure fair in Bavaria inspires in camping, cruising, health and wellness, water sports and everything to do with outdoor activities. On site at the Messe München, visitors can climb steep rock faces, try their hand at stand-up paddling and even take a taster diving course.

Trade Fair "f.re.e", 22 to 26 February 2023, Messe München 

 

Ausstellung Duckomania Ägyptisches Museum

Exhibitions in February 2023

 

Max Beckmann – Departure

This large-scale monographic exhibition is dedicated in the first instance to the theme of travel, which was of existential importance to Max Beckmann (1884 – 1950). His life was marked by tragic experiences of war and uprooting, transit and exile, but also by glamorous vacations, the urge for freedom and the longing to travel.

Around 100 loans from important private and public Beckmann collections in Europe and the USA, such as the first triptych “Departure” from the MoMA (cover picture of the exhibition preview), show the enormous range of travel-oriented pictorial motifs and concepts and complement the largest European collection of Beckmann paintings from the Modern Art Collection at the Pinakothek der Moderne art gallery.

Through a donation from Max Beckmann’s family estate to the Max Beckmann Archive of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen (Bavarian State Painting Collections) in 2015, numerous previously unseen materials and documents such as photo albums and films are now presented for the first time, providing a new and updated view of the artist.

Max Beckmann – Departure, 25 November, 2022 to 12 March 2023, Pinakothek der Moderne

 

A trip to the mountains: Skiing in the Munich area

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.

Let your hair down with a sledge ride

If the sledging slopes in Munich’s parks are too small for you, why not try heading to a proper mountain. The best place is Wallberg mountain in Rottach-Egern, a 1722-metre-high peak in Bavaria’s Alpine foothills. Starting at the mountain station for the Wallbergbahn cable car, a 6.5-kilometre-long natural sledge track winds its way down the valley. The route is one of the longest and sportiest in Germany. Sledgers need around 30 minutes to cover the 825-metre drop in altitude from the top to the bottom. Sledges are available to rent from the Wallbergbahn cable car. The sledge route is open daily if there is enough snow; the track is then prepared overnight ready for the next day. After your descent, relax with a beer or snack at Herzogliche Braustüberl Tegernsee or a trip to the lakeside sauna Seesauna Tegernsee. The highlight of any trip to the sauna is a round in the Irmingard sauna ship, a 15-tonne steam boat from 1925 that was once used to train captains. Please note the currently valid Corona rules for gastronomy and for saunas and baths.

A culinary tradition: Time for Schmalzgebäck

Schmalznudeln – also known as Auszogne or Kiachl in Bavaria – literally means “shortening noodles”, though these deep-fried pastry treats have little to do with pasta. Auszogne are a traditional part of Alpine cuisine. They are made from a yeast-based dough, cooked in fat and then dusted with icing sugar. These little discs are thick around the edges and exceptionally thin in the middle. The Bavarian name Auszogne comes from the traditional technique used to make the pastries. The dough used to be pulled out (“ausgezogen” in German) by hand and stretched over the knee to make rings. Auszogne are sold in plenty of bakeries, though the undisputed number one choice when it comes to Schmalznudeln is Café Frischhut on Viktualienmarkt. In the 1970s and 80s, no sooner had the discos closed for the night than the city’s night owls arrived at the café for a Schmalznudel and cup of coffee. Nowadays, the café’s most loyal customers are the stall owners at the Viktualienmarkt.

Video: simply winter

A detailed calendar of events can be found here.

More about this: New arrivals talk about where to find a taste of home in Munich. Hélène Badault from Paris (aufildelene.com) talks about popular pastries, chatty restaurant owners, and lamb that tastes of summer. Bonjour Munich.

 

 

Text: München Tourismus; Photo: Christian Kasper, Frank Stolle; Video: Redline Enterprises
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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.

Panoramic view of the Munich Christmas market at Marienplatz.

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Get in the mood for Christmas on this tour through the old town in the wonderful atmosphere of fragrant almonds and glittering lights.

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Get in the mood for Christmas on this tour through the old town in the wonderful atmosphere of fragrant almonds and glittering lights.

Get in the mood for Christmas on this tour through the old town in the wonderful atmosphere of fragrant almonds and glittering lights.

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Explore the Neue Rathaus on Marienplatz with an official tour guide. A visit of the famous law library is also included!

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