Picture this: Oktoberfest, but on Spring Break. Wild, crazy, warm! That’s Munich’s Springfest, also known as Frühlingsfest.
This delightful Oktoberfest alternative is another favorite in the land of German beer festivals. It’s incredibly popular among the locals and is a great way to kick off the biergarten season! So to get you started on your planning (you know you’re going), here are the 5 details you need to know about Munich’s Springfest.
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1. Springfest dates
Not to be mistaken with Munich’s Starkbierfest which happens during Lent (mid-late March), Springfest takes place a little bit later in late April-early May. As far as spring travel goes, we can’t think of anything better.
2. Springfest location
Just like its older sister Oktoberfest, Munich’s Springfest also takes place at the Theresienwiese. Though not as enormous as Oktoberfest, Frühlingsfest happens on the same festival grounds with fewer tents but no shortage of awesomeness.
At Springfest, fewer tents equals more room for things like the annual Classic Car Show, musical fireworks displays, and…
3. Munich’s biggest flea market
That’s right, during Frühlingsfest is when Munich’s biggest flea market of the entire year takes place. Right there on the Theresienwiese on the first Saturday of the festival. Yes, for only one day. (Hope you packed your running shoes!)
At this huge event you’ll find more than 2,000 vendors selling their swag to over 80,000 visitors throughout the day. They sell everything from tractors to trinkets.
4. Springfest is smaller
Munich’s Springfest may be the best springtime Oktoberfest alternative there is, but there are a few differences. One being that it isn’t quite the size of its big sister.
While Oktoberfest has 16 large beer tents, Springfest has just two—the Hippodrom and the Festhalle Bayernland. They’re still massive and they’re still fun, but now you don’t have to stress about all that festival FOMO. You can have it all!
5. Munich beer
Like at Oktoberfest, only Munich breweries are allowed to distribute at Frühlingsfest. And because there are only two major beer tents this time, that means you’ll only be able to find Augustiner and Spaten inside the beer tents.
However, you can still expect to find the others—Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, and Hacker-Pschorr—around different parts of the festival.
Think you’re ready to shake things up next spring? Get more information on attending Frühlingsfest here.
More info at the City of Munich’s official festival website here.