Munich is a great city to visit any time of year, but more so in autumn when there are a variety of festivals and events to keep you entertained. Here are a few reasons to come and visit this city:
Dress up for Carnival
The carnival season has different names in Germany: “Karneval” in Cologne, “Fasenacht” in Mainz, and “Fasnet” or “Fosnat” in other regions. The carnival season in and around Munich is known as “Fasching”, and it’s a time for celebration! Parties are held across the city with people getting dressed in their best gowns and hiding behind elaborate masques with glitter and plumes (you can buy your Karneval dress here). The carnival season, also known as the “Fifth Season”, begins each year on 11 November at 11:11 a.m and lasts until Ash Wednesday of the following year.
If you happen to visit Germany in the fall, then you cannot afford to miss a celebration that centres around beer. Yes, I mean Oktoberfest! The 16-day festival runs from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Oktoberfest is a celebration of Bavarian culture, and with this comes live music performances, dishes from the region, traditional dances, and plenty of men in lederhosen.
You may think November is a bit early to usher in the holiday season, but that’s exactly when Christmas markets start sprouting up in the town squares. Almost every German city celebrates the season with a least one Christmas market, and the capital of Berlin is home to a whopping 60 different Christmas markets! Expect to drink hot cups of spiced wine, and eat lots of gingerbread cookies while you’re out. Of course, along with all that food, there are also musical performances to enjoy. German Christmas fairs start on the the last weekend of November and usually last until Christmas Day.