In the Catholic state of Bavaria they take their religious holidays very seriously, which means that shops and offices close on Good Friday (April 9) and Easter Sunday and Monday 11-12 April). However, restaurants and museums remain open. As this is mainly a family holiday, there are few public events in town. People typically have a nice meal of lamb or fish at home with the family and an Easter egg hunt for the children. (Hellabrunn Zoo [see What to see] offers an Easter Egg hunt for children this year). On Fridays during Lent it is tradition not to eat meat, so in most Bavarian restaurants you’ll find a special fish menu.
Considering the rather somber Easter celebration, it may come as some surprise that the real party time in Munich is during Lent when the Starkbierfest ‘strong beer festival’ takes place and the time leading up to it called Fasching or Carnival.
Church Services in English
Anglican-Episcopal church of the Ascension, Emmauskirche, Seybothstr. 4, tel. 648185.
Bible Baptist Church, Balanstr. 324, tel. 682726.
St. Bonifaz Catholic Church, Crypt, Karlstr. 34, tel. 399081.
Church of Latter Day Saints, Hofbrunnrstr. 85, tel. 797792.
English-Speaking Catholic Mission, parish center, Landsbergerstr. 39, tel. 5003580.
Gospel Life Center, Am Kiesgrund 2-4, tel 9038803.
Lent is normally thought of as a time to reflect and to fast, but the fasting was a bit too much for the Bavarian monks. Craving something a bit heavier and more substantial during their fast, they came up with an officially sanctioned fasting loophole, Starkbier, which they actually referred to as ‘liquid bread’.