April: the little sister of the Oktoberfest

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.

Sports cars and merry-go-rounds: Frühlingsfest at Theresienwiese

One thing is clear. You know that spring has arrived when the merry-go-rounds start spinning at Theresienwiese. Frühlingsfest (Spring Festival) is seen as the start of festival season for Munich's locals – and a sign that the weather is finally going to start warming up after winter. It’s therefore no surprise to learn that Oktoberfest’s little sister’s popularity is rising all the time. Visitors can expect to find over 100 different rides and two large beer tents, Bayernland and Hippodrom. Bands perform in the evenings to get guests in the party spirit. There is also a dynamic programme of accompanying events. Every year, vintage sports cars and tractors roll onto Theresienwiese for the classic car event. The first Saturday traditionally hosts a huge flea market with thousands of sellers and even more bargain hunters. If you’re looking for something extra special, make sure you get up early.


See you soon: 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.

A taste for super herbs: It’s wild garlic season

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.

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Text: Nansen & Piccard; Photo: Christian Kasper

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