Things to see and do in Munich this April

Things to see and do in Munich this April

Kiss goodbye to those long winter months and embrace spring and all the fun it has to offer in Munich’s buzzing city streets. Check out these things to see and do in Munich this April! 

Oktoberfest 2016 Arrives in Munich

Sample some serious Bavarian beer! 

During the period of lent some of the city’s breweries serve strong beer. 

March 10 – April 8, 2017  STRONG BEER SEASON

The fifth season in Bavaria. Strong beer is served during lent by many breweries. One of the highlights is the “Derbleck’n” of politicians in the Paulaner beer hall at Nockherberg

things to do in Munich this April

Welcome spring to Munich and join the spring festival!

Munich’s Spring Festival is not to be missed. The celebration known locally as Kleine Schwester des Oktoberfestes or Oktoberfest’s Little Sister, is a two week celebration of spring held in the best of Bavarian style- with beer and fun!

The festival sees people gathering at Theresienwiese to join the crowds enjoying fairground rides including the massive Ferris wheel, listening to live music and drinking Bavaria’s finest brews in the beer hall that seats 2,000 people!

This year’s celebration takes place from April 21 to May 7 and starts with a parade and Böllerschützen, where small hand cannons are fired into the sky.

Don’t miss this chance to toast the beginning of spring.

For more information click here.

Things to see and do in Munich this April

Discover Munich’s most famous market

If you want to get to know Munich then make a date with the famous Auer Dult folk market and celebration!

The world-famous market is held only three times a year, and has been since ancient times. This spring the first market of the year is on April the 29th in the traditional surroundings of Mariahilfplatz.

This iconic square is transformed into an enormous bustling market, (stalls are open 10.00 -20.00), where everything you can imagine is sold from clothes, antiques, rare books and much, much more.

This is more than a well-loved market, it’s a giant celebration with fairground rides, stalls serving traditional Bavarian food and delicious beers in the beer garden! This is your chance to party with the locals and you can even buy a pair of lederhosen!

Things to see and do in Munich this April

Don’t miss the erecting of Munich’s celebrated Maypoles!

Celebrating May Day in Munich has always been a big deal for communities in the city. Each area builds a Maypole – literally a massive brightly painted wooden pole decorated with ribbons and flowers- to mark the first of May and to compete with neighbouring areas to have the biggest and the best!

If you’re in Munich on the 1st of May make sure you watch the traditional celebrations. It is traditional that each district tries to steal the other Maypole before it has been put up for a ransom!

Once the poles are up then the beer drinking begins! Don’t miss out on this colourful celebration of springtime.

For more information click here

Things to see and do in Munich this April

Spring brings the opening of Munich’s famous beer gardens!

You know that the winter months are behind you and that summer is just around the corner when Munich’s famed beer gardens open for business. 

The city has a wealth of biergartens to choose from- over 200 crowd the city.

Some of the best know include the Königlicher Hirschgarten which is the largest beer garden in Munich and Bavaria- it seats 8,000 people! It serves traditional food and Bavaria’s renowned beer in the beautiful surroundings of Hirschgarten recreational park.

Another is the traditional Augustiner Keller beer garden which has been around in Munich for a very long time and serves Bavarian delicacies to enjoy with the traditionally fine and strong Bavarian beers.

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Ten things to do in Munich this March

 

 

Ten things to do in Munich this March

Spring is coming soon and we’re loving it – here are ten things to do in Munich this March from sports to parades for you to enjoy it! You can still enjoy skiing in the nearby mountains and all the goodness of Munich in the winter, but the weather is warming up and we’re already looking forward to some spring activities.

Ten things to do in Munich this March

Ten things to do in Munich this March

1. Watch World-class German Football

What better way to kick off March that with a football match between giants of the sport? FC Bayern Munich, the top team in the Bundesliga, and FC Schalke, the second largest football club in Germany, will meet on the first of March in the DFB Cup competition at Bayern’s home ground the Allianz Arena.

The Allianz Arena is a celebrated landmark of the Munich skyline. The Arena’s eye-catching architecture with its 3,000 cushions of air that make up the façade that is lit to create a futuristic and beautiful effect and home to football at its best. It hosted the 2006 Football World Cup!

If you’re not a fan (yet) then this is the best way to get to grips with the world-famous Bundesliga. Don’t miss out on being part of the incredible atmosphere of a live game of football delivered by the masters of the sport!

Bayern Munich Training

Bayern Munich Training

2. Wash your wallet with the locals!

On 1st of March (at 11.30am), join local people at the Fischbrunnen in Marienplatz in the unusual activity of washing your wallet or purse in the newly cleaned fountain to bring financial luck for the year ahead!

This tradition dating back to the fifteenth century is still popular and a fun way to join the people of Munich in keeping up old customs and you never know- it just might work!

3. German food at its best

For dining in style try Broeding. This popular and friendly restaurant even serves up an amazing six course tasting menu with excellent wine. Broeding is also a well-known wine shop and knows exactly how to pair its glorious menu with the most delectable of vintages.

On Wednesday the 1 March, Ash Wednesday, this celebrated restaurant will be producing an amazing fish menu to mark this date.

Goerreshof is another well-loved friendly restaurant with an excellent reputation for its Bavarian menu with generous portions (the Schnitzel is highly praised) and naturally you can get great beer.

Goerreshof is family friendly and a popular spot to try Bavarian cooking at its best. Booking is recommended.


Ten things to do in Munich this March

4. Discover Bavarian treasure at the Flohmarkt Riem

If you want to see the true Bavaria then what better way to do this than by joining the Flohmarkt Riem or flea market?

Munich’s Flohmarkt Riem, is one of the largest in the country and is the perfect place to uncover the pre-loved treasure of Munich. If you like a bargain or simply want to wonder the stalls and eat local delicacies then make a date with this shoppers dream! It takes place at the Messeturm on Saturday 4 March (6am-4pm).


5. Art for all

The Pinakothek Museums are three individual – but related – museums in the beautiful city centre. These include the Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek and the hugely popular Pinakothek der Moderne – a massive modern art museum. This March why not go and visit the amazing collection to amaze and inspire the art lover or new comer to modern art alike.

If you want to see some of the best modern art in Europe then make sure you visit this cathedral to art. It is currently hosting exhibitions including “Paint On. Dimensions of the Painterly”.
Ten things to do in Munich this March

See men fly in the Olympic Stadium

The hottest import from the US is its basketball and it doesn’t get better than seeing the Harlem Globetrotters roll into town for an unforgettable one-off night of basketball wizardry! Check ticket as they will sell out soon! March 16th

This is your chance to see inside the mighty Olympic Stadium with the barnstorming event to match this huge location; Munich’s largest.

For more information click here.

Ten things to do in Munich this March

Circus spectacle in Munich

If you want your entertainment to be spectacular then make sure that a visit to Circus Krone is on your itinerary. Circus Krone is one of the largest circuses in Europe, housed in a massive permanent building.

March sees a new show begin at the famed venue where you can be dazzled by the incredible feats of daring and dexterity. This circus tours for most of the year so grab a seat at one of its March shows before the circus literally leaves town!

For more information please click here.

 

Celebrate Bavarian style

Bavarian bier is best experienced in the authentic atmosphere of a Munich beer hall. Oktoberfest aside, the best way to taste beer is at one of the city’s beer halls.

Hofbräuhaus is possibly the best known of Munich’s beer halls but there are many more to whet your appetite and relax in the traditional surroundings serving some of the best beer in the world.

Hamlet in Munich

This is one for theatre lovers and a chance to see the famous Danish King on stage in this forth coming adaptation. If theatre is on your menu in Munich then make a date with the forthcoming production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Christopher Rüping.

Culture doesn’t get more highbrow or universal in its theme than this iconic Shakespearean play. This new production is on stage at The Munich Kammerspiele, the renowned and historic Art Nouveau Municipal Theatre from the 1-23 March.

For more information please click here.

Ten things to do in Munich this March

The luck of the Irish

Bavarian’s love to celebrate St Patrick’s Day but to do it in style they wait for the weekend to really let their hair down!

On 22 March join the crowds lining the streets of Munich in a parade to mark this ever popular celebration of all things Irish!

Revellers will lead the parade to Odeonsplatz where after the traditional blessing of the shamrock, there will be live Celtic music and dancing, stalls selling beer and a party atmosphere! There will also be live bands and dancers performing in Wittelsbacherplatz.

Munich knows how to celebrate so come and join the people on the streets to be part of the global party for St Patrick.

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Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich

Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich

Mozart, the Sound of Music, Alpine views – what about a day trip to Austria? Salzburg may be in neighbouring Austria but this gem of a city is only 2 hours on a scenic train ride from Munich! Why not take advantage of such good news and take a day trip to Salzburg from Munich. 

Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich

Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich


Nestled in the Austrian Alps, Salzburg is a beautifully preserved medieval town with the 900 year-old Festung Hohnensalzburg (fort) looking down over the old town and dominating the city’s skyline. Explore the medieval streets and see the spectacular Domkirche Cathedral and palaces in this scenic city. Also famous for chocolates and patisseries, there are countless places to grab a coffee and something sweet and watch the bustling city. 
  

In the summer they have the awesome Salzburg festival and there are events all year round. Check the timetable of what’s on as they have concerts at the fortress! 

Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich

Mozart’s manuscript


Mozart’s Hometown 

For Mozart fans you can visit his childhood house complete with musical instruments along with his birthplace and some favourite spots of his including cafes and his hang outs.

Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich


Beer World – Stiegl-Brauwelt

Stiehl-Brauwelt is Salzburg’s oldest privately-owned brewery (525 years!!) and you can hot spot on our list of places to visit! There’s a beer tower, a cinema experience and of course – you can sample the beer! There are all kind of facts to learn about the beer making process – find out how the horses used to deliver the beer from the brewery around the town. 

Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich
Salzburg’s Ice Caves

If you have time then visit Salzburg’s ice caves – the largest in the world and filled with spectacular ice sculptures. There’s a labyrinth of pathways amongst the caves and almost 30 miles of underground network to explore – don’t get lost! These are above the nearby village of Werfen and open from May to October. They’re underground (and made of ice…) so dress up warm!! 

Hit the ski slopes

If you’re visiting in winter you can also go skiing in Salzburg if you’re staying a bit longer! There are free bus transfers from the slopes to the centre from December until March 19th. In summer you can do the Sound of Music tour of course – watch the lush green hills come alive!

If you want to stay the night and see more of this cool city then why not stay at Famous Hostel Yoho International Youth Hostel in Salzburg 

Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich

Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich

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Take a trip to visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

Take a trip to visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

If you’re looking for something fun and unique that’s near then take a trip to visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria – the Schloss Neuschwanstein. Open to the public since the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, this is an ideal day trip from Munich and set in a woodland idyll, and affectionately known as “the castle of the fairy-tale king.” Check out the Disney look for yourself.

Neuschwanstein Castle

The castle was paid for by the King rather than public funds to be a private refuge and no expense was spared. Set on a hill overlooking the town of Hohenschwangau the castle was built as a homage to the composer Richard Wagner.

Reportedly over 1.6 million people visit each year so make sure you check for tickets in advance. It’s also a popular film set and has inspired several other castles since – even Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty’s” (although is sometimes called the Cinderella castle).

Take a trip to visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

Inside the Castle Gates

The castle isn’t actually finished – it was due to have almost 200 rooms but only has 15 completed. One of these is the ball room so it’s still not small, and the ‘Throne Room.’ A lot of restoration work on the castle has been undertaken, including the high stone walls and the luxurious interior. The king had a reputation for being a little eccentric (or ‘the mad king’) but he wanted the elaborate castle to be decorated in a romantic style, as you can see from the interior.

Take a trip to visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

How to get there and tickets

You need to buy your ticket before you get there. Check here for more info and to make a booking.

To get to Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich you can take the train – the castle is near Schwangau and Füssen in the Allgäu. Find out more here

It’s a half hour walk from the ticket office to the palace – there’s a map for the walk – a short shuttle bus, or you can even get a horse and carriage! Fancy. Check out the options here. If you’re visiting you can make a small detour to nearby Linderhof Castle on the way – it’s based on the French palace in Versailles.

It really does look like something out a movie!

Take a trip to visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

Make the trip and enjoy – then head back to Munich for a beer in the evening! Perfect day out.

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Munich’s Traditional Christmas Markets 2016

Munich’s Traditional Christmas Markets 2016

We love Christmas in Munich! The gingerbread, mulled wine, Christmas carols and stalls with traditional handycrafts. And you will love it too, as the streets and squares are lit with decorations, rowdy with music and concerts, and filled with traditional market stalls. Munich’s traditional Christmas markets are the best in Germany – Nuremberg is bigger, but not better 😉 – and date back to 14th century.

Christkindlmarkt in Marienplatz

Munich Christkindlmarkt

The markets are actually made up of several different ones – the best known being the traditional Christkindlmarkt in Marienplatz (in the main square) with the 70 year old tree. Expect nightly Christmas carols from the balconies and plenty of mulled wine along with traditional gifts and sweets to buy – get your gingerbread here!  

Christmas Markets

Christmas Market


Worth visiting are the Middle Ages Market – great for traditional roasted food and if medieval music is your thing, Tollwood market for a more modern touch, the Pink Christmas for a lively gay market with plenty of music, beer and food at the (summer beer garden) at Christmas Market at the Chinese Tower, the student zone Schwabing Market, and the Märchenbazar for a circus-themed selection of stalls.

Krampus

The famous Krampus

The traditional Krampus Run, 11th December

Don’t miss this unique sight! The devilish bestial Krampus Run is a chance to see the fearsome costumes of these horny beasts. The Krampus Run is a tradition folk festival that can only be found in Bavaria and neighbouring Austria. It originates from the mythical beastly Krampus – a companion to St Nicholaus (the good one in red with the presents) who frightens children and chases them around – to frighten them into behaving next year! He is represented by a traditional costumed group – called the “Sparifankerl Pass” group, who dress up as him and terrify the locals, with everyone running and hiding around the town. Find out more about the Sparifankerl Pass group here. The children’s event is 12th December, adults 11th December for 2016.

Munich’s Traditional Christmas Markets 2016

Tollwood Winterfestival Alternative Market
From 23rd November to 31st December

If you’re looking for something a bit different but with plenty of atmosphere then check out Tollwood Winterfrestival. This is the place to find circus acts, live performances, art installations, concerts and more – along with an ecological theme of movement. With no admission charge (yes free!) you can see art exhibitions, live music, fire shows, stage performance from act Osadia, Frieda & Yohto at the ‘Deep-in-the-woods bar) and cabaret, theatre, workshops and more! There is also plenty of delicious food and drink – all organic and from free range animals and sustainable sources. 

The Cirque Eloize is performing again this year’s festival and they throw an amazing New Year’s Eve party too – find out all the events taking place here.

Munich’s Traditional Christmas Markets 2016

If you’re looking for more Christmas markets for day trips, then the world’s largest is at nearby Nuremberg (until 24th December) along with impressive markets at Augsburg (until 24th December), Regensburg (until 23rd December) and Salzburg in neighbouring Austria.

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Oktoberfest 2016 arrives in Munich

Oktoberfest 2016 arrives in Munich

Oktoberfest 2016 Arrives in Munich

What is this Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest is here! For two weeks and with over 6 million visitors, the biggest beer festival in the world takes place in Munich – this is the Oktoberfest (mostly held in September..)  The festival began in 1810 and now sees huge amounts of happy locals and tourists enjoying the celebrations in the numerous beer tents, often in traditional costume and enjoying the famous ‘oom pah’ music, as well as a host of parades and events that take place over the two weeks.

Oktoberfest 2016 Arrives in Munich

What not to miss

Kicking off with the mayor opening the first barrel of beer, the festivities continue with lots of… beer… merry making and of course lots of amusement rides to go on after you’ve had a few beers. The highlights are seeing the costumes, the concerts, the gun salutes, the rides, and…. tasting all the different beers!

There is also of course delicious German food such as hendl (roast chicken), schweinsbraten (delicious roast pork) and the gingerbread hearts that you can eat your heart out on!

The last day of the festival is a holiday this year – so you have an extra day! Don’t miss the Gun Salutes on Monday 3rd October. Check out the programme here:

Oktoberfest 2016 Arrives in Munich

Oktoberfest 2016 Arrives in Munich

Be Prepared

Like a scout, you must be prepared for Oktoberfest. The beer is strong – especially if you’re not used to the local offers, and the day is long. There are 14 beer tents and you will be lucky to get a seat, so get there early! Last year 7.5 million litres of beer was consumed so don’t worry about it running out.

Oktoberfest 2016 Arrives in Munich

Quick Facts:

Do I need to pay?

It’s free to enter! But you do need a free ticket and to enter in the appropriate places for bag checks and security.

What if I don’t drink beer?

Well…there are things to do that are not just drinking beer – there are plenty of things for kids in the family areas

When does it close?

At 1.30am, but it opens again at 8am so there’s plenty of time to enjoy it

Can I take a bag?

Yes as long as it fits the dimensions on the website and contains nothing dangerous – there is luggage storage.

Oktoberfest 2016 Arrives in Munich

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Images from www.muenchen.de and www.oktoberfest.de

Find out more information on the Oktoberfest 2016 here www.oktoberfest.de

What to do in Munich this Summer

What to do in Munich this Summer

It’s that time of year for celebrating Summer in the city! – here’s what to do in Munich this Summer!

What to do in Munich this Summer

In the summertime, when the weather is hot (sometimes), Munich has lots of ways to stay cool and enjoy the summer around town, from parks swims to beer gardens. Here’s what not to miss this summer.


City Beach – Stadtstrand

It’s not just Paris that has a sandy beach in the city – Munich has one too – the “Great Bavaria Reef”! With DJs, a fountain to splash around in and plenty of events, get yourself down to the best beach in town. There are a whole host of cultural events until 9th October, check out the programme here

What to do in Munich this Summer

Parks and green space

Known as one of the biggest urban parks, the English Garden (or The Englischer Garten to the locals) is a great place to spend a summer’s day, whether you’re in the beer garden (one of our favourite spots), the shaded woods or watching the surfers on the Eisbach (yes surfers! See more below..). For a great place to picnic try Prater Beach – with sand! 

What to do in Munich this Summer

What to do in Munich this Summer – image from www.Muenchen.de

Open Air Cinema

Until September 3rd

This summer enjoy a cinematic experience under the stars! Check out the movie selections at the Olympic Park, Stockyard cinema, Idyllic and Autokino Aschheim for everything from Hollywood blockbusters to art house foreign language movies.  Bring a blanket and a picnic! (No glass allowed..)

Check out the listings at the Olympic floating stage here

What to do in Munich this Summer

Check out the surfers on the Eisbach River

You can watch pro surfers catch waves in Munich, right in the centre of town on the Eisbach River. The river flows overground creating a ‘standing wave’ that’s great to surf or even kayak on – right in the English Garden. The best spot for watching is from the bridge where you can see the surfers jump in (and often wiped out). If you can surf then give it a go – but it’s not for first timers as the wave is pretty powerful!

There are also lots of cool rooftop bars around town if you want a view and have some cash to splash – check out these recommendations here.

We hope you enjoyed our guide to What to do in Munich this Summer

Tollwood Summer Festival 2016

Tollwood Summer Festival 2016

From June 29th to July 24th the Olympiapark will be the home of the Tollwood Summer Festival 2016 – a month long celebration of live music and theatre, and 70% of it is free! Don’t miss out this great event in Munich!

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Dating back to 1988, Tollwood takes place twice a year and promotes cultural events such as music and theatre and environmental activities. Determined to be a festival ‘for humanity and the environment’, this year the theme is preserving the oceans to raise awareness of plastic waste and over-fishing.

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International Music Acts

This year the Tollwood Musik-Arena hosts a This year acts include Deep Purple, Anastacia, Jamie Cullum, Melody Gardot and Rea Garvey with his ‘Get Loud’ concert. They even have ZZ top playing! To find out about the acts check here

Tollwood Summer Festival 2016

Tollwood Summer Festival 2016   

Tollwood Summer-Theatre

The Theatre Tent arena hosts three international acts from shadow play performances to ‘Nouveau Cirque’ (which is an adaptation of traditional circus by French performance artists and acrobats ‘Un loup pour l’homme’. Australian company Bunk Puppets presents ‘Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones’ shadow play and another Aussie group of 7 acrobats – Gravity & Other Myths. 

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An Environmental Festival

Tollwood is an ecologically minded festival and with 1.5 million visitors each year it promotes and runs projects devoted to waste reduction, organic and fair food, climate preservation and ecological and social projects. 

Find out about their action group for fairer-farming – As Nature Made Them – here

UEFA Euro 2016 Football Championship

UEFA Euro 2016 Football Championship

As all football fans will know, the UEFA Euro 2016 football championship begins this month (10th June – 10th July), with the first matches drawn and the teams recently announcing their chosen players. We’re so excited here at Euro Youth we can hardly wait!
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Watching a Bayern Munich Football Match

Watching Bayern Munich play football

If you’re in Munich and even slightly into the Beautiful Game that is football, then you will probably want to catch the home team Bayern Munich playing a football match while you’re in town. You will also know that Bayern got through to the quarter finals of the Champions League, meaning there are some BIG matches coming up very soon!!

Bayern Munich Training

Bayern Munich Training

To make this a little easier for you – here’s a list of who, when and where – and how to get a reasonably priced ticket without getting scammed!

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Next Up Matches

Check out the National League or Champions League matches here

Bayern Munich matches 2016

Bayern Munich Champions League Matches 2016

And the National League matches here:

League matches for Bayern Munich Football Team

League matches for Bayern Munich Football Team

And the DFB Polka final match against Bremen

DFB POKAL final Munich match

DFB POKAL final Munich match


How do I get a ticket for Bayern?

First of all, don’t panic – we can help you with this. The best place to get tickets (and also returned tickets) is here at the official Secondary Ticket MarketThey have tickets for ‘members only’, but also for the public. And you will not get scammed by someone ruthless with really expensive tickets to your beloved match. Hurry, hurry! They’re selling out fast!

Bayern Munich Football Matches at Euro Youth Hotel

The Euro Bar

Didn’t get a ticket? If you’re staying with us at Euro Youth Hotel and want to watch the match with the best atmosphere (outside of the stadium..) then head along to The Euro Bar where we always show the game! It’s bound to be cheaper than the real thing (unless you start a Jäger train) and there’s sure to be happy hour and plenty of drinks flowing! Come along to our screening and cheer the home team with us!

Bayern Munich Football Matches at Euro Youth Hotel