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

Event calendar

March: Starkbierfest & beginning of spring

The Starkbierfest at Nockherberg, the Munich Creative Business Week and St. Patricks Day: March in Munich has all kinds of events. And then there is the official start of spring – and with it the time for the first visit to a beer garden of the year!

Event calendar at muenchen.de

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Events in March 2022: Typically Munich 

 

Strong beer festival on the Nockherberg

March is very cheerful, social and typically Munich every year, because the Paulaner Brewery hosts its legendary Starkbierfest, which expresses the local attitude to life and is as much a part of the city as the Oktoberfest. Strong beer is drunk together with brass band music, there is a lot of talking and fun, just to enjoy life. Since time immemorial, Munich residents have made a pilgrimage during Lent to the "Berg", or more precisely to the Nockherberg in Giesing. There are several festivals in and around the city – but this one is cult and the original. Because the strong beer was invented on the Nockherberg and is called "Salvator" by the way.

Starkbierfest, March 11 to April 3 2022, Nockherberg

Strong beer festival in the Augustiner Keller

From March 3 to April 2, 2022, strong beer can be tasted in the Augustiner Keller lager cellar, where beer was once stored and is drunk today. The vaults made of raw red bricks, the rustic wooden benches and, last but not least, the huge old lager barrels create a unique atmosphere. During the strong beer season, the old lager cellar becomes a place of pilgrimage for all friends of the "Augustiner Maximator", who are already eagerly awaiting the quaffable dark Doppelbock of the Augustiner Brewery after the winter.

Augustiner Keller, March 3 to April 2 2022, Strong Beer Festival

 

Top events in March 2020

St. Patrick's Day Parade digital

Due to the pandemic, St. Patrick's Day in Munich will be celebrated as "2nd St. Patrick's Day at Home" without a parade, but as a stream (via YouTube) of the Munich Irish Network on 13 March, before the city's Irish pubs light up green on 17 March - often with live music, drink specials and Irish food.

St. Patrick's Day, 17.03.2022, in the Irish Pubs in Munich

 

The Rocky Horror Show in the Deutsches Theater

It’s time to bring back the best party and the naughtiest production of musical theatre history: Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show returns to Munich. From 15 March to 3 April we’ll sing again: „Let’s Do the Time Warp Again!“.

Rocky Horror Show, 15.03. - 03.04.2022, Deutsches Theater

 

33rd Turkish Film Days Munich

The Turkish Film Days Munich are going hybrid this year. On Thursday, 24 March, the festival will open at the Rio Filmpalast. Afterwards it continues at the Gasteig HP8. There, from 25 March to 3 April, a total of 23 award-winning feature films, documentaries and short films will be shown in the Projektor cinema. At the same time, there is the possibility to watch the films online, up to and including 10 April.

Turkish Film Days, 24 March - 10 April 2022, Gasteig HP8

 

Events for children 

 

Children's Crime Festival

What's in store for the little ones at the children's crime festival, which has its "crime scenes" in the beautiful, winding Seidl Villa in Schwabing, in several city libraries and even in the Munich puppet theatre. What happened? Forensics, an investigation file and a detective's identity card put all crime thrillers on the right track. 

Kinder-Krimifest, 26.03. to 09.04.2022, Seidl-Villa

Kuckuck - Theatre festival for beginners

The "Kuckuck - Theaterfestival für Anfänge(r)", which takes place in the Schauburg in Schwabing (district), in the Münchner Stadtmuseum on Jakobsplatz and in the Elly Heuss-Knapp Protestant Family Educational Institution between Stachus and Sendlinger Tor, should be similarly exciting. Children up to five years of age experience the fascinating world of theatre with all their senses.

Kuckuck, 11. to 21.03.2022, Schauburg, Munich City Museum, Elly Heuss-Knapp Evangelical Family Educational Centre

What else happens in Munich in March:

 

The Munich Fish Month: Under the sign of the fins

The Isar is not only there for swimming: in fact, the city river is home to many fish such as trout, perch, pike, carp and eel. No wonder that March of all months is Munich's Fish Month. Firstly, this is when the closed season for most species ends, including brown trout and char. Secondly, the weeks before Easter are considered to be Lent, during which one renounces meat according to Catholic custom. Especially on Good Friday, the climax and conclusion of Lent, fish should therefore be put on the plate. Every reputable inn with Bavarian cuisine then has fish on the menu: for example the Bachmair Hofbräu in Leopoldstraße or the Wirtshaus zum Isartal in Brudermühlstraße. If you are looking for traditional fish dishes from Franconia, you will find them at Gasthaus Siebenbrunn at the Tierpark Hellabrunn (Hellabrun zoo): There you can get baked carp. A real speciality.

 

With the first sunrays: Off to the beer garden!

Just as you sit in street cafés in Paris in spring, you meet the people of Munich in the beer garden. The first cool measure in which the first rays of sunshine break, should not only be photographed, but also heralds a new attitude to life in the city. From now on summer is within reach. Since with so many beautiful beer gardens it is usually hard to decide where to start, our typology will help you find out which one is the right one. Beer garden beginners are well advised with our tips – you can usually bring your own food, but you should not necessarily order a "beer".

 

You can find a detailed calendar of events here.

 

 

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

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Landmarks
Towers of the Frauenkirche in Munich taken from the air.

Landmark par excellence

With its distinctive towers, the Frauenkirche is the city’s most famous landmark.

The Munich cathedral: with its distinctive towers, the 15th century Frauenkirche is probably the most famous landmark in the city.

The Englischer Garten in Munich with the skyline of the inner city.

More than just a city park

A green oasis right in the middle of Munich: the English Garden is one of the world's largest inner city parks.

An oasis of green right in the middle of Munich: the Englische Garten is equivalent to the size of around 640 football pitches, making it the largest inner city park in the world. 

Maypole at Viktualienmarkt in Munich.

simply delicious!

The Viktualienmarkt is a place for gourmets who will find everything their hearts desire.

Located in the heart of the old town, Viktualienmarkt used to be a farmers’ market. These days, it attracts epicures and foodies, who find everything they could dream of and more – from traditional Bavarian delicacies to more exotic produce.

The Allianz Arena in Munich illuminated in red at sunset.

Enjoy world-class football

In the Allianz Arena you can enjoy first-class football and the FC Bayern Museum.

The heart of football in northern Munich: at the Allianz Arena, you can marvel at top-class matches and enjoy the FC Bayern Museum.

Panoramic view from the Olympiaberg with Olympic Lake, Olympic Tower and the headquarter of BMW in Munich in the background.

The key to success in 1972

The Olympiapark in the north of Munich is a great example of the successful reuse of an Olympic venue.

The Olympiapark in the north of Munich is a great example of the successful reuse of an Olympic venue. And there is still a lot to do here in terms of sports and culture.

Exterior view of the elephant house with two elephants at Munich Zoo Hellabrunn.

Animal adventures

A day out for children and adults alike: a visit to Tierpark Hellabrunn, the world’s first “geozoo”.

An exciting day out for children and adults alike: a visit to Tierpark Hellabrunn, the world’s first “geozoo”.

The double helix of BMW Welt in Munich with the Olympic Tower in the background

Masterpiece of modern architecture

Vehicle manufacturer BMW’s very own experience and delivery centre has been known to deliver up to 34,000 horsepower in one day.

A real car heaven behind the futuristic facade: BMW’s very own experience and delivery centre has been known to deliver up to 34,000 horsepower in one day.

Facade of the Hofbräuhaus in Munich.

The original comes from Munich

“In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus – oans, zwoa, g’suffa…” That is the opening line of the 1935 song that made the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl famous all over the world.

“In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus – oans, zwoa, g’suffa…” That is the opening line of the 1935 song that made the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl famous all over the world.

A photo of the inscription "Deutsches Museum" at the entrance to the museum in Munich.

Be amazed and join in

The Deutsche Museum in Munich is one of the largest and most traditional science and technology museums in the world.

Founded more than 100 years ago, the Deutsches Museum now houses one of the most important natural science and technology collections.

Frontal view of the Alte Pinakothek with trees and a sculpture in front of the building in Munich

World-renowned museums

18 museums and exhibition houses, over 40 galleries, six universities and numerous cultural institutions: the Kunstareal!

18 museums and exhibition houses, over 40 galleries, six universities and numerous cultural institutions: the Kunstareal!

Nymphenburg Palace in Munich in the early morning.

A jewel of the Baroque

Nymphenburg Palace served as a summer residence for the Electors and Kings of Bavaria in the 18th century. 

Nymphenburg Palace served as a summer residence for the Electors and Kings of Bavaria in the 18th century.  Today it is one of the largest castles in Germany.

People standing in the shade at the Residenz in Hofgarten in Munich.

Bavarian centre of power

Between 1508 and 1918, Bavaria’s rulers governed the fates of their subjects from the Residenz.

Dukes, electors and kings: between 1508 and 1918, Bavaria’s rulers governed the fates of their subjects from the Residenz.

The Alter Peter in Munich with the Alps in the background.

Landmark and viewing platform

Alter Peter (Old Peter) affords one of the best views over the city’s rooftops.

Alter Peter (Old Peter) affords one of the best views over the city’s rooftops. It is the tower to Munich’s oldest church, Peterskirche, which is located just behind Marienplatz.

Sun umbrellas of a Restaurant at Marienplatz in Munich photographed from above.

The heart of Munich

There’s always something going on in this world-famous square, whether it's the Christmas market, the Glockenspiel, or another of FC Bayern's championship celebrations.

There’s always something going on in this world-famous square, whether it's the Christmas market, the Glockenspiel, or another of FC Bayern's championship celebrations.

Blue sky above the Neues Rathaus and the Frauenkirche in Munich.

FC Bayern's favourite balcony

The Neue Rathaus is the home of politics and its balcony is also the place where FC Bayern greet their fans when they’ve won the championships.

The Neue Rathaus is the home of politics and its balcony is also the place where FC Bayern greet their fans when they’ve won the championships.

Bicycles in front of the Feldherrnhalle at Odeonsplatz in Munich.

Love of the south

Munich is often known as Italy's most northerly city. Stand on Odeonsplatz square and you'll understand why.

Munich is often known as Italy's most northerly city. Stand on Odeonsplatz square soaking up the spectacular scenery around you and you'll understand why.

Feldherrnhalle at Odeonsplatz in Munich.

Florence sends its regards

Anyone familiar with the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence may not believe their eyes – the Feldherrnhalle looks almost identical to its Italian role model.

Anyone familiar with the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence may not believe their eyes – the Feldherrnhalle looks almost identical to its Italian role model.

Interior view of the Theatinerkirche in Munich.

Italian Grandezza

With its yellow facade and ornate interior, the Theatinerkirche at Odeonsplatz is one of the most beautiful churches in Munich.

With its yellow facade and ornate interior, the Theatinerkirche at Odeonsplatz is one of the most beautiful churches in Munich. The white interior is wonderfully cool and forms a surprising contrast.

Boutiques at Maximlianstraße in Munich.

The city's noble address

The Maximilianstraße is Munich's most expensive avenue. A tour.

The Maximilianstraße is Munich's most expensive avenue: almost all international luxury labels of the fashion and jewellery industry are represented here. A tour.

Propyläen at Königsplatz in Munich in autumn.

Magnificent buildings – ancient art

King Ludwig I commissioned the construction of Königsplatz, which was modelled after the Acropolis in Athens.

King Ludwig I commissioned the construction of Königsplatz, which was modelled after the Acropolis in Athens.

Interior view of the Asamkirche in Munich.

Baroque glamour

The splendid Asamkirche is one of southern Germany’s most significant Late Baroque buildings.

Asamkirche on Sendlinger Straße, with its splendid facade, is one of southern Germany’s most significant Late Baroque buildings.

 Michaels Church and Frauenkirche

Largest Renaissance church of the north

Michaelskirche is the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps. Ludwig II, the Fairytale King, is buried in its royal crypt.

Michaelskirche Jesuit church in Munich’s pedestrian zone is the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps. Ludwig II, the Fairytale King, is buried in its royal crypt.

View of the Bavaria and the Ruhmeshalle (Hall of Fame) in Munich.

Patroness of the Bavarian state

The monument, the first colossal statue to be made entirely of bronze since the classical period, is a true feat of engineering.

Enthroned at an impressive height of 18 metres, Bavaria, patroness of the Bavarian state, presides over Munich from the edge of Theresienwiese. The monument, the first colossal statue to be made entirely of bronze since the classical period, is a true feat of engineering.

Surfer on the Eisbach in the Englischer Garten in Munich.

The Eisbach wave

The Eisbachwelle is one of Munich's top attractions – for some from a sporting point of view, for others from a tourist point of view.

The Eisbachwelle is one of Munich's top attractions – for some from a sporting point of view, for others from a tourist point of view.

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Small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus in Munich

Exclusive tour through the town hall

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

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Magistrates, Monachia and magnificent celebrations: explore the Neue Rathaus on Marienplatz with an official City of Munich tour guide. A visit of the famous law library is also included!

Stage and audience of the Passionsspiel in Oberammergau.

The game of suffering, death and resurrection

The inhabitants of Oberammergau staging probably the world's most successful and largest amateur play. Buy your Tickets here.

The inhabitants of Oberammergau have staged what is today probably the world's most successful and largest amateur play. Buy your Tickets here.

Merchant with dried fruit on the Viktualienmarkt in Munich.

Viktualienmarkt Tasting Tour

Discover the most delicious delicacies of the city and learn all kinds of interesting facts about Munich's most famous food market.

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Discover the most delicious delicacies of the city and learn all kinds of interesting historical facts about Munich's most famous food market.

Panoramic view of the Neues Rathaus in Munich with the Frauenkirche in the background.

Visit to the Town Hall Balcony

Join us on the famous balcony of the New Town Hall, where FC Bayern has celebrated a triumph many times - and enjoy the beautiful view over Marienplatz.

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Join us on the famous balcony of the New Town Hall, where FC Bayern has celebrated a triumph many times - and enjoy the beautiful view over Marienplatz.