Dancing on tables, prosting steins of beer, and belting out merry songs with dozens of new friends is what festivals in Munich are all about! Munich welcomes the beautiful spring weather with an equally crazy celebration, Fruhlingsfest. Just as epic, but without the lines, Springfest allows you to take a break and explore the beautiful city by bike, have a traditional Bavarian beer in the middle of the park, or admire the architecture. Cheers the Spring with the Bavarians!
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The trip departs Florence from the Santa Maria Novella train station. The meeting point is in the International Ticketing Hall opposite tracks 8 and 9. Please meet your trip leader 20 minutes prior to departure. Travel to Munich is by private luxury coach with A/C, DVD, and toilet. We play DVDs through the duration of the trip. We make one 45 minute stop. Upon arrival to Munich, your Bus2alps Trip Leader will point you in the direction of public transportation, Theresienweise (the site where the festival takes place), and assist you in locating your accommodation.
Friday you are free to explore everything Munich has to offer. The day is free to head out to some of Munich’s museums and attractions like the Dachau Memorial, Olympic Park and BMW World (situated next to each other), the amazing Deutches Museum or to the Theriesenweiss, the site of the Springfest. Plan accordingly if you expect to spend the better part of your evening at the festival.
The Springfest Festival runs from 11:00AM to 11:00PM. If you choose to not attend the festival, you can check out Munich’s famous beer halls and great nightclubs. A great after festival club spot to check out is Kultfabrik that has over 40 bars and clubs in a converted warehouse area.
Wishing to return to the festival? Saturday is the most popular day for the locals! Bus2alps will have a group leaving after breakfast from the hostels in the morning to head to the festival. It is likely tables will be reserved by locals in the afternoon so it is important to get there early if you would like a table.
Those of you looking for a good meal away from the festival atmosphere, your Bus2alps guides will be happy suggest local venues and beer halls for an authentic Bavarian meal. If you choose to not attend the festival, Saturday is free to explore Munich at your leisure, recovering from the previous night’s activities by lounging in one of Munich’s beautiful parks, or checking out sites like Dachau, the Deutches Museum Olympic Park, or BMW World.
The festival will again close around 23:00. At night you can check out Munich’s famous bee rhalls and great nightclubs. A great after festival club spot to check out is Kultfabrik, which has over 40 bars and clubs in a converted warehouse area.
Sunday morning you will have time to explore Munich, or to head back for a little more partying at the Theresienwiese. It is easier to obtain entrance into the beer tents on Sunday and the atmosphere is more laid back. There is enough time if you wake up early to head out to Dachau, or check out any of Munich’s great museums.
Please be at the meeting point at the designated time for departure. We will make one 45 minute stop for dinner.
Springfest: The little sister of Oktoberfest takes place in Theresienweise, a massive field that is converted into rows of large beer tents, jolting carnival rides, carnival games, food stands, and downright fun.
Munich Bike Tour: Hailed by travelers as the best bike tour in Europe, Mike's Bike Tour is the ideal way to cover all of the major city sights be entertained and learn about the city. Stops on the bike tour include Marienplatz, Hofbrauhaus, English Gardens, Chinese Tower, Surfer’s Bridge, and Bavarian Parliament.
Dachau Concentration Camp: Located a 20 minute ride on the train from downtown Munich, this humbling experience brings into perspective the atrocities that occured during Nazi rule in World War II.
Deutsches Museum: This interactive museum is the largest technological museum of its kind and is known for its historic artifacts that mark important steps in the field of science and technology.
BMW Museum: The museum’s exhibitions, remodeled every few years, takes visitors into the motoring world of yesterday. Almost every vehicle produced by BMW is represented. The section devoted to the present day includes both BMW’s current models as well as demonstrations of modern production methods.
Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip: Located in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, this beautiful castle became Walt Disney’s inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. It is only possible to enter the castle on a guided tour.