If there’s one thing the people of Munich enjoy, it’s partying and any old excuse to throw one will do. That includes having a festival to celebrate each season, and as many as possible in between. And typically, this involves lots of beer drinking (see the Starkbierfest). Munich is celebrating its 40th Frühlingsfest (Spring festival, April 16 - May 2) this year on the famous Theresienwiese, the home of the Oktoberfest.
The Frühlingsfest is almost exactly like the Oktoberfest, but on a smaller, less crazy scale. They have only two big beer tents, in comparison to the Oktoberfest’s 14, and a few thousand people visit it, instead of a few million. They still have an amusement park, live music, fireworks, roasted almonds and pretzels, of course.
In addition, they have a Weissbier beer garden, and in case you can’t decide whether to go on the rides or to drink beer, there’s a revolving Pils carousel, so that you can kill two birds with one stone and get dizzier even quicker than usual. There’s also lots of rides and go-cart racing for the children and a flea market for the ladies on Saturday.
The festival is open from 11:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 23:30, Sun 11:00 - 23:00. Metro: Theresienwiese.