Anyone who thinks of Munich first thinks of the Oktoberfest. But any newcomer to Munich will quickly discover that this mother of all festivals is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to events. The Frühlingsfest, Film Festival, Sommerfest, Blade Nights, Tollwood, countless street festivals and lots more all merge seamlessly into one another. It’s best not to exhaust yourself trying them all – first have a careful look at exactly what’s on offer.
Well worth checking out is Tollwood, an “alternative” festival that takes place twice a year and is growing increasingly popular. There’s also plenty for cinema fans to feast their eyes on at Munich’s International Film Festival every year at the end of June, and at a host of open-air cinema nights. Then, laden with blankets and picnic baskets, crowds flock to the romantic Seebühne (lake stage) in the Westpark or open air cinema at the historic Königsplatz in July.