The Complete Guide to Munich Frühlingsfest (Springfest): Everything You Need To Know For This Year

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Ah, Springtime in Munich; when the chill of winter fades away and the city awakens with the promise of a warmer, brighter, and beer filled future. And as part of the seasonal festivities, the Munich Frühlingsfest takes its place.

From the smell of sweet treats, to the sound of the carousel music and the sights of the amusement park rides, Frühlingsfest in Munich is a delightful April experience. If you have ever been to Munich in the Spring, you know just how special the city becomes during this time of year.

To pick up the best tips and tricks for navigating the festival, you won’t want to miss out on this ultimate guide!

Munich Frühlingsfest Springfest 2023

What Is The Munich Frühlingsfest / Springfest?

The Complete Guide to Munich Frühlingsfest (Springfest): Everything You Need To Know For This Year

Munich Frühlingsfest, or Springfest, is a two-weekend celebration full of fun rides, food, and of course, enormous amounts of beer!

Aside from being the smaller sibling of Oktoberfest, Frühlingsfest is also much, much younger. It seems like just yesterday that Frühlingsfest began (only a little over 50 years ago) whereas Oktoberfest started way back in 1810.

Basically, Frühlingsfest began as a filler for people who couldn’t wait for Oktoberfest, while its older sibling was first held as a royal wedding reception.

When Is The Munich Frühlingsfest?

The Complete Guide to Munich Frühlingsfest (Springfest): Everything You Need To Know For This Year

The Munich Frühlingsfest always takes place from the end of April to the start of May, and the best way to experience the Munich Frühlingsfest is to definitely plan ahead.

Frühlingsfest 2024 Dates

  • April 19, 2024 – May 5, 2024

Frühlingsfest Opening Times

  • *Opening Day* Friday, April 19, 2024 // 4p.m – 11:30 p.m
  • Monday to Thursday // 11 a.m to 11 p.m
  • Friday & Saturdays // 11 a.m to 11:30 p.m
  • Rides: Monday to Friday from 12 a.m // Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m
  • The tents are open until 11 p.m and the last drinks will be served at 10.30 p.m

How Much Does The Munich Frühlingsfest Cost?

The admission and beer tent tickets for Munich Frühlingsfest are free, just as they are for Oktoberfest. Tickets for Frühlingsfest are not required and there is also no need to make beer tent reservations.

However, if you want to save a table for a special group or occasion, just know that reservations for Frühlingsfest beer tents are only possible for full 10-person tables and must be made directly with the beer tent owners.

Munich Frühlingsfest 2024 Beer Prices

  • A maß of beer in the Festhalle Bayernland tent: 12,40 €
  • A maß of beer in the Hippodrom tent: tbd (but one can assume it will be similar!)

Where To Stay For The Munich Frühlingsfest

If you’re looking for a good place to stay, we’d recommend as near by as possible!..Not that the city’s particularly tricky to navigate, but we are always big fans of keeping our trips the smoothest as possible (especially when they involve litres of beer!)

For acquiring accommodation at a reasonable distance and reasonable price, try these great tools for:

finding hotels in Munich:

and finding hostels in Munich:

How To Get To The Munich Frühlingsfest

The Complete Guide to Munich Frühlingsfest (Springfest): Everything You Need To Know For This Year

Getting around the city in general with the Munich public transit system is pretty easy. And luckily lots of stations are located close to the event grounds, so you’ll find yourself at the festivities in no time!

Arriving In Munich By Plane

In case you are planning to arrive by air, you should become familiar with Munich’s two airports: If you arrive at Munich’s main airport, the S1 and S8 S-Bahn trains will take you directly into down town Munich every 20 minutes. This trip takes about 45 minutes and costs less than 10 euros.

For those arriving at the second Munich airport, a bit farther out and usually where Ryan Air or other European flights get the best deals, there are several shuttles that operate daily from Allgäu-Airport Memmingen to Munich’s main train station (Hauptbahnhof). The trip takes almost an hour and a half since it’s a little further out.

Arriving In Munich By Car Or Bus

The city is easily accessible by train, bus, and car (if you want to brave the German autobahn, that is…). If you are planning to travel from elsewhere in Europe, look to take trains that end at Munich Hauptbahnhof, right in the heart of the city. And make sure your bus journey ends at Munich’s main bus station, the ZOB.

To get to the festivities with ease within Munich, the best way to go is with public transportation.


  • U4 or U5 to Theresienwiese or Schwanthalerhöhe
  • U3 or U6 to Goetheplatz or Poccistraße


  • The S1 – S8 to Hackerbrücke and then about a 10-15 minute walk


  • Tram lines 16 or 17 to Hackerbrücke and then about a 10-15 minute walk
  • Tram lines 18 or 19 to Hermann-Lingg-Straße and then a 10 minute walk


  • Bus 53 to Schwanthalerhöhe
  • Bus 58 to Georg-Hirth-Platz, Beethovenplatz or Goetheplatz
  • Bus 62 to Hans-Fischer-Straße, Poccistraße or Herzog-Ernst-Platz
  • Bus 134 to Theresienhöhe or Schwanthalerhöhe

Munich Frühlingsfest Special Events And Highlights

The Complete Guide to Munich Frühlingsfest (Springfest): Everything You Need To Know For This Year
Photo from Micha.ob

Did you know that the Munich Frühlingsfest also has a cool calendar of events like fireworks or family days? If not, just keep reading to find out!

Family Days

Families with kids can enjoy special deals and reduced prices on Tuesday afternoons from 12-7pm.

Firework Fridays

Usually, Fireworks shows will be held on both Fridays of the festival at 10p.m. Getting there early is important if you’re hoping to get a good view, because these times can usually be prettttyy crowded!

Flea Market Of The Bavarian Red Cross

In the early morning of Saturday April 20, 2024 , the traders set up their stalls to await bargain hunters at 7 a.m. The BRK (Bavarian Red Cross) flea market has been part of the Spring Festival for over thirty years and is actually one of the largest in southern Germany.

Munich Frühlingsfest Vintage Car Meeting
A shot of the vintage car meetup from Munich Travellers

Vintage Car Meeting Of The Automobil Club München (ACM)

Proud classic car owners will arrive at Theresienwiese with their vehicles. It has been a tradition of the ACM to organize the classic car meeting below the Bavaria Statue since 2006.

Cars such as pre-war models, VW Beetles, Opel Mantas, noble sports cars, and American chrome sleighs can be found in the car exhibition. And at the Old-timer Corso starting at 10 a.m., classic cars of special value will be displayed.

Day Of Customs And Bavarian Music

Starting at 11 a.m on Sunday April 30, 2024, As part of the Frühlingsfest weekend finale, you can hear local Munich and Bavarian groups performing Schuhplattler, Goaßlschnalzen and brass band music.

What Beer Tents Are At Munich Frühlingsfest?

One of the main differences between the Frühlingsfest and Oktoberfest is the size..hence the nickname of ‘Oktoberfest’s little sister’..

Instead of the big collection of 15+ tents you find at the Oktoberfest, Frühlingsfest has a klein aber fein (German for small but great) duo.

The Festhalle Bayernland Tent

The Complete Guide to Munich Frühlingsfest (Springfest): Everything You Need To Know For This Year

This is the classic Bavarian blue adorned tent serving one of Munich’s six founding beer fathers, the delicious Augustiner brew. The Festhalle Bayernland tent is the oldest tent at the Frühlingsfest as well as a favourite for locals. Check out their menu online here to see the prices and, to our excitement, alll the delicious photos!

The Hippodrom Tent

The Complete Guide to Munich Frühlingsfest (Springfest): Everything You Need To Know For This Year

Although Hippodrom is technically the smaller of the two, don’t let it fool you, this tent offer seating for about 2000! This tent is common for offering a venue for day time business crowds, Spaten beer and even a cocktail bar. ..Here’s their menu from last year for a little reference, unfortunately no updated one for this year has been posted yet.

What To Eat And Drink At The Munich Frühlingsfest

The Complete Guide to Munich Frühlingsfest (Springfest): Everything You Need To Know For This Year
Photo from Visit Munich

If you’re planning a trip to Munich for the Frühlingsfest, you’ll want to know what to eat and drink! The Munich Spring festival is a fantastic German celebration, and the food and drinks are an integral part of the experience.

Bavarian specialties such as Weißwurst (Bavarian white sausage), Brezn (pretzel), and Obatzda (a spicy cheese spread) are popular favourites. Then wash it all down with a maß (a liter glass of beer) or a Radler (a German classic mix of sprite and beer) and you’ll be ready to join the fun!

Traditional German dishes such as Schweinsbraten (roast pork) or Knödel (dumplings) are also common fare at the Munich Frühlingsfest. There are also a variety of non-alcoholic drinks available such as Apfelschorle (apple juice mixed with sparkling water) and Spezi ( Our personal favourite, a soda mixture of cola and fanta flavor).

Of course, don’t forget to finish off your meal with a hearty helping of Kaiserschmarrn ( a tasty pancake dessert, pictured below!).

The Complete Guide to Munich Frühlingsfest (Springfest): Everything You Need To Know For This Year
Photo from Hippodrom MUC

Whether you’re looking for a traditional German meal or a casual snack, Munich Frühlingsfest has something for everyone!

What To Wear For The Munich Frühlingsfest

Munich Frühlingsfest Bavarian Outfitters Tracht Rental
typical bavarian musician with tradtitional clothes and beer glasses

Just like Oktoberfest and Starkbierfest, the Munich Frühlingsfest a great excuse to get into a pair of lederhosen or a darling dirndl!

As fantastic as they are, Bavarian Tracht (lederhosen and dirndls) can be an investment, but they are great fun. Renting a pair is a great option if you’re only here for a short time or simply don’t want to commit to a forever pair.

Bavarian Outfitters is an awesome and oh so easy solution. This central city shop has a wide selection of tracht (over 60 different styles!) at a per day price. They even offer group discounts, a 50% off deal if you are renting more than 1 day and sizes from XS to XXXXL.

  • Lederhosen daily rental price: 35,90€
  • Dirndl daily rental price: 47,90€
  • Lederhose set (lederhose, shirt & socks) daily rental price: 54,90€

You can find all the details and more on their website here!

Final Tips For Attending Munich Frühlingsfest

The Complete Guide to Munich Frühlingsfest (Springfest): Everything You Need To Know For This Year

Once you’ve decided to visit the Munich Frühlingsfest, make sure you plan ahead to make the most of your trip. We’ve added a couple common topical tips here to do our best to support that!

  • Bring plenty of cash (coins included!) As the Frühlingsfest is mostly a cash-only event this is essential to paying and naturally giving your servers a well-deserved tip for carrying those big glasses through the chaos.
  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and watch out for the weather. In Spring it can be incredibly chilly or wet. Ideally, dress in layers so you can be equally comfortable when you’re in the hot tent or walking outside.
  • PACE YOURSELF. Sorry for shouting, but we’ve all been here before and want to warn our fellow foreigners about the hazards rapidly drinking multiple litres of German beer can do.

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    2 thoughts on “The Complete Guide to Munich Frühlingsfest (Springfest): Everything You Need To Know For This Year”

    1. Hey Aspen, What time do the grounds actually open Sunday for the car show? Would love for you to be my guide. Only 2nd trip to Munich, I’m practicing for Oktoberfest.


      • Hey Dean, sounds super exciting, for sure a great time to practice!
        The grounds open at 10am when the show starts,and typically getting in a bit before shouldn’t be an issue


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