September in Munich naturally has only one hotspot: the Theresienwiese. Here millions of people meet for the Oktoberfest - this time without the "Oide Wiesn", but with an agricultural festival. For everyone else it will be colorful and flowery.
Sure, the Wiesn will start on Saturday. But for many people in Munich, the Oktoberfest doesn't start until the next day, when the traditional costumers start parading through the streets. Always on the first Sunday of the Oktoberfest the traditional costume parade takes place, the largest in the world. Around 9000 people take part, including shooting and traditional costume clubs, marching bands and bands from all over Europe. The Münchner Kindl rides at the front. Munich's Lord Mayor and Bavaria's Minister-President roll past in festive carriages, the breweries send their magnificent carriages with several horses. The entire train is about seven kilometres long and winds its way through the city centre to the Theresienwiese. If you want to stand in the front row as a spectator, you should arrive early, the rush is especially great when the weather is fine. As an alternative, you can watch the train on television: Bayerischer Rundfunk broadcasts live. The costume parade first took place in 1835, at the silver wedding of King Ludwig I. and Therese of Bavaria - their wedding on 12 October 1810 is considered the origin of the Oktoberfest. Since 1949 the traditional costume parade has been held annually.
The tradtitional costume and hunter's parade, 20.09.2020, through Munich city centre to Theresienwiese
The bad news: the "Oide Wiesn" (historic Oktoberfest) with its nostalgic rides, tents and stands will be cancelled in 2020. The good news: As every four years, the Bavarian Central Agricultural Festival will take place at the same location. From 19. to 27. September 2020 the most beautiful horses can be admired here, breeders will be awarded for their best animals, and the "Tradition" marquee of the "Oidn Wiesn" will also find its place.
Bavarian Central Agricultural Festival, 19 to 27.09.2020, Theresienwiese
If you are looking for an alternative, a new art and culture festival is waiting for you: In the beginning of September the "Superbloom" will start in the Olympic Park and Stadium. The whole thing is still a wonder bag. That much is revealed: The organizers promise good music, art, design, undreamt-of adventures and lots of fun to leave everyday life behind.
Superbloom, 05./06.09.2020, Olympic Park
On the weekend of 04. to 06. September 2020 the popular Isarinselfest will take place again. Every year different eBands play here, there is a cultural and sports program. Also the little ones are well taken care of with workshops and demonstrations. And the best: the Isarinselfest is completely free!
Isarinselfest, 04. to 06.09.2020, between Ludwigs- and Maximiliansbrücke
One thing is clear: the Oktoberfest dominates the city. It starts on 19.9.2020, when Munich's mayor taps the first beer barrel in the Schottenhamel marquee with just a few strokes. For two weeks until 4.10.2020, the beer tents and rides on the Theresienwiese will be on their way. By the way, the largest and most popular folk festival in the world was originally a horse race to celebrate the wedding of the future King Ludwig I and his Therese, after whom the venue is named.
Oktoberfest 2020, 19.09. to 04.10.2020, Theresienwiese
In the autumn, when the leaves turn colour, the "Holi-Festival of Colours" takes place at the fair. At the wild party on 5.9.2020 thousands of people dance under the open sky to the live music of the best electro DJs. Every hour there is a countdown: 3, 2, 1 and go! Then the participants tear open bags of paint and distribute the colourful powder to the neighbours and themselves. A motley mess!
Holifestival of Colours, 05.09.2020, Munich Trade Fair
Mouse on Mars is a German electro duo that has been making music together for 25 years now. You can experience them in Munich in autumn 2020: Thanks to a sound installation they developed themselves in the Kunstbau im Lenbachhaus, which deals with the themes of space and architecture. The Kunstbau is located near the underground station Königsplatz and is the underground exhibition space of the Lenbachhaus. The opening will take place on 11 September 2020 from 7 pm.
Mouse on Mars, 12.09.2020 - 08.11.2020, Kunstbau in the Lenbachhaus
In autumn it is pleasantly quiet on the lakes. The bathing season is almost over, the number of day tourists from Munich is decreasing. Best time to explore the Five Lakes Country. First choice for this are of course canoe, pedal boat and sailboat; for the latter, however, you need a sailing license. There are boat rentals in every bigger place. The boat rental of Peter Neuner is considered to be a classic destination in Herrsching - which is also the case in the restaurant next door. Matos fish shop offers the best fish sandwiches at the Ammersee. If you prefer a more comfortable trip, take a tour with the Bayerische Seenschifffahrt, their steamers shuttle between all ports. Alternatively, you can take a walk along the Ammersee high trail. The 12.2-kilometre-long circular trail begins at Schondorf railway station. It then leads first into the hinterland to Achselschwang and via Utting on the lakeside back to Schondorf. You should plan about two and a half hours for the route.
When Bavarians say this sentence, they want to spend half the autumn day wandering around in the woods to get some fresh air - and look for some mushrooms. Going for mushrooms is a kind of popular sport, which is lovingly cultivated especially by the elderly. Because: Newcomers have a hard time. Mushroom hunters are secretive, good mushroom sites are passed on. Nevertheless, a few things have gotten around. For example, that Munich's best mushrooms grow in the south, in the Ebersberg, Perlacher and Hofoldinger forests or in the forests around Ammersee and Starnberger See Holzkirchen and Sauerlach. Especially popular are porcini mushrooms, mushrooms and chanterelles. But be careful: poisonous and edible mushrooms often look very similar. Therefore, if you are not sure what you have found, you should visit the town hall on Mondays (10-13, 16.30-18) when the Mushroom Society holds its office hours. If you don't find anything, you don't have to worry - instead of going out into the countryside, you can go to the Zollner mushroom and forest stand at Viktualienmarkt.
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Curious? The old town tour is for all those who want to get to know the most beautiful corners of Munich city centre. Book the tour with an official guide at Munich Tourism.