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A quaint alternative to the Oktoberfest: The Auer Dult

2015-04-26 18.38.00At the end of September the Oktoberfest starts. World-famous not only for the beer, but also for the masses of people and a lot of pushing. If you´re looking for something smaller, more “gemütlich” and more original, you find it at the “Auer Dult” three times a year: Maidult in April / May, Jakobidult in July / August and Kirchweihdult in October.

Whereas the Oktoberfest has just passed its bicentenary, the “Dult” can look back on a couple more centuries. In 1310, it is mentioned as “tultmargt” for the first time. “Tult” is an old German word and simply means “party”. According to an old custom, during a party traders had the right to offer their products on the churchyard. This also happened during the patronage party of St. Jacob´s church in the city center of Munich (today the square is called “St.-Jakobs-Platz” – there, you find the synagogue and the city museum). After the Jakobidult´s popularity increased over the decades, the original place soon became too small and thus moved within Munich several times, until in 1796 elector Karl Theodor lent the right to hold twice a year a “Dult” to the neighbourhood “Au”. Since that year, the “Dult” had found its place and name “Auer Dult”. Also, the duration of the Dult-market was stretched – from one day at the beginning to its current duration of eight days.

2015-04-26 18.39.082015-04-26 18.40.04What is there to see? There are art and vintage stuff exhibitors from Munich and surroundings who offer all kinds of antiques. The assortment reaches from porcelain chamber pots to old furniture. Moreover, the Auer Dult is one of the biggest crockery market of Europe. Hand-made plates or plain white everyday dishes – here you´ll find all. Also recommendable are the spice stalls whose choice is even bigger or more unusual than what you find at the Viktualienmarkt. Besides, there is a nice choice of old-fashioned rides (big dipper, chain carousel, ship swing, Autoscooter and shooting galleries). One of the best known showmen is Stephan Bastian, the „Royal Bavarian court photographer“ who has been on the Auer Dult since 1976. Here you can have your picture taken, dressed up in costumes from the 19th century.

And of course there are numerous snack booths and a beer garden for the hungry. Even if a steady throng of people pushes through the narrow sales lanes – in contrast to the Octoberfest and the Munich spring festival, the Auer Dult is still quite “gemütlich” with only 300,000 visitors all in all.

Munich, Mariahilfplatz
How to get there:
By tram (line 17, stop “Mariahilfplatz”)
By underground (line U1 / U2, stop “Fraunhoferstrasse” or “Kolumbusplatz”)
By bus (line 52 or line 62, stop “Schweigerstrasse”)
Opening times:
Market stalls daily from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m.
Showrides daily from 10.30 a.m. till 8 p.m.

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