Next on: April 19 to May 5, 2013
Party time: The action inside the Augustiner beer tent.After that we sat in the Paulaner beer garden to soak up the sun and a bit more beer before transitioning into the Augustiner beer tent as the sun went down. Then party, party, party.
The band plays on: A Bavarian band keeps visitors entertained
in the beer garden at the Munchener Fruhlingsfest.
The festival kicks off with a big parade and Böllerschützen, where aging artillery enthusiasts shoot mini hand-cannons into the air.
The first keg is tapped inside the Hippodrom-Festzelt at 4pm on the opening day to get the beer flowing.
On the first Saturday of the festival you'll find one of Munich's greatest flea-markets: Over 1000 stands peddling everything from boomerangs to Beethoven. Vendors open at 6am so you'll need an early start to snap up the best bargains. On the second Friday there's usually a big fireworks display after sunset.
Other special events that pop up sporadically at the fest included a vintage car exhibition and a couple of days where visitors can pay with (now extinct) Deutschmarks.
|Location||The Munchener Fruhlingsfest takes place at the Theresienwiese (Oktoberfest Field), Munich|
|Next on||April 19 to May 5, 2013|
|Open||Daily from 11am until 11pm (11.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays). Beer is only served after 4pm on the opening day.|
|Cost||Free entrance to the grounds and the beer tents. A Maß (one litre mug) of beer costs around 8€, about a euro cheaper than at the Oktoberfest.|
Ganz Muenchen (German only)
|Directions||Take the U Bahn no 4 or 5 to Theresienwiese, or you can leg it 15min south-west from the Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station).|
Check it out: Buddies of mine on our arrival at the festival.
All rise: Dancing on the benches inside the Festhalle Bayernland beer tent.
Spin 'n' surp: The slowly spinning carousel with a built-in bar
at the Munchener Fruhlingsfest.
Al fresco: Outdoor festivities in the beer garden.
Let's get funky: The band heats things up inside the Augustiner beer tent.
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