May: kick-off of the Dult season

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.

Half-festival, half-party: Welcome to Mai Dult

Auer Dult is the ideal folk festival for nostalgia fans. Anyone taking a stroll around the stands set up on the square at Mariahilfplatz will soon understand why it is known as a “fun” fair. Over 300 stalls selling kitchen appliances, antiques, clothes and bric-a-brac compete for space on this tiny square while market criers promote their wares. One corner of the square even has a few fairground rides, including a historic Ferris wheel from the 19th century. This colourful, nostalgic combination of attractions draws in thousands of visitors each year. The first Dult fair was held in 1310 and the event now takes place three times a year. The start of Dult season is marked by Mai Dult, also known as Frühlingsdult (Spring Dult festival). Jakobi Dult takes place every July, followed by Kirchweih Dult in October.


Dance your way into May in Rottach-Egern

A Bavarian village without a maypole? Good luck finding one of those! You may even come across a city neighbourhood or company with its very own maypole. These painted or decorated poles stand guard over town halls, churches or village squares. Maypoles and May-time festivities are pretty easy to find; however, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled if you want to actually watch a pole being erected on May 1. Often, the poles are only replaced once every few years. The town of Rottach-Egern on Tegernsee lake, for example, will be replacing their pole in 2018. The men of the town prefer to erect the pole through physical power alone. To do this, they use things known as Schwaiberl, long pairs of rods which they use to lift the pole up from the bottom until it’s finally upright. It’s a pretty big job and it has to be finished in time for when the church bells ring 12 o’clock. After all, you need to leave plenty of time for the celebrations and May dance.

Asparagus fit for a king

May in Munich means one thing: the best time to enjoy fresh asparagus. The heart of Bavaria’s asparagus-growing region is Schrobenhausen, 70 kilometres north of the state capital. The first stalk of asparagus from Schrobenhausen was delivered to Munich’s royal court in 1856. Farmers later began cultivating it on a large scale in 1913 and asparagus has been a Schrobenhausen tradition ever since. Harvesting – also known as asparagus plucking – normally starts in mid-April and ends no later than 24 June. During asparagus season, countless local eateries, like Gasthaus Zum Schimmelwirt, serve fresh asparagus dishes on a daily basis. The tips of the asparagus are generally considered to be particularly delicious. Anyone keen to find out more about this delicacy can pay a visit to Europäische Spargelmuseum (the European Asparagus Museum) after their meal. The world’s only asparagus museum is housed in the former prison tower in the town walls.

A detailed calendar of events can be found here.

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Text: Nansen & Piccard; Photo: Christian Kasper

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