We have to admit that Munich might not be the right choice for the real Carnival enthusiasts. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that the city doesn’t have nice offers for the “wild days”. Here are some options how to spend Carnival (or Fasching, as the locals call it) in Munich.
Sunday, 03.02.2013, 13:13: Carnival parade
Since 2006 the “Damischen Ritter” organize a Carnival parade in Munich. About 50 different Bavarian and foreign Carnival groups and bands accompany it – around 1,500 people. You should arrive on time to have a good view among the 30,000 visitors.
The procession starts at 13:13 in the Herzog-Wilhelm-Straße and ends with an after-parade party in the Hofbräuhaus.
Shrove Tuesday, 12.02.2013, 10:30: Dance of the market woman at Viktualienmarkt
Instead of selling fruits, vegetables and other delicacies, on Shrove Tuesday it is a tradition for the market women at Viktualienmarkt to perform a special dance. While they are busy up on stage, their hats are richely decorated with the products they normally deal with. In good weather, up to 15,000 people assist their performance – which means that it’s really worth the weeks of training.
Ash Wednesday, 13.02.2013, 11:00: Washing purses in the Fischbrunnen at Marienplatz
When partying hard it is easy to lose control over your finances. Fortunately, a solution is easy to find: It is said that miracles happen when you wash your purse in the Fischbrunnen at Marienplatz. This has been known for ages – the tradition has been mentioned for the first time in the 15th century. No wonder even Munich’s Mayor shows up to symbolically clean the municipal purse in the water of the fountain – the city’s treasury has to be maintained.