Three times a year for nine days of shopping, searching, watching, shopping and amusing. Maidult, Jakobidult and Kirchweihdult are cult in Munich.
The typical Munich market with folk festival fun has a long tradition. In 1796, Elector Karl Theodor gave the suburb of Au the right to hold a fair twice a year. Since then there have been the Auer Dulten. The oldest of the three Dulten, the Jakobidult, was mentioned in 1310 in the town's charter book and came to Mariahilfplatz in 1905.
Originally the name meant "tult" or "Dult" church festival. In the course of time the word changed its meaning and stood for "fairground". Today, 290 market merchants and showmen offer their goods and folk festival attractions on 22,000 square metres of floor space.
The Auer Dult is just as popular with Munich residents as it is with visitors. Children and young visitors especially enjoy the fairground with lots of rides to enjoy: bumper cars, carousel or swingboat - something for every taste.
In the meantime, parents can rummage through antiques, crockery and all kinds of bits and bobs in the open-air department store. Especially the rich selection of porcelain will make your heart beat faster: You are spoilt for choice in one of Europe's largest tableware markets with porcelain from the major manufacturers.
If you are looking for more entertainment, visit the Neuheitengasse. Here, the latest kitchen wonders, which you have certainly always missed in your household, are advertised: from polish to cleaning agents to all kinds of cutting devices.
Dates in 2020:
The "Maidult": cancelled due to the coronavirus
The "Jakobidult": took place at four different locations in Munich as part of the "Summer in the City" campaign
The "Kirchweihdult": 17.10. until 25.10. at Mariahilfplatz
This is wonderful news: The Kirchweihdult will take place again from October 17th to 25th on the Mariahilfplatz! With the well-known and proven sales stands, Dult specialties such as Steckerlfisch, Käspatzn and Fischsemmeln and carousels.
In times of Corona, the beautiful and traditional market has a slightly different face than usual: keeping your distance, observing hygiene rules and the obligation to wear a mouth and nose protector throughout the Dult premises are the order of the day. Also, only about half of the usual applicants could be admitted. In total, no more than 500 visitors are allowed on the Kirchweihdult. Visitor counting is done by an electronic system. Contact details of guests are recorded at all stands offering food and drink.