Postcards from Springfest (Munich, Germany)

I am sure that you have heard of Oktoberfest, but you may not have heard of her sister event held every spring in Munich – Frühlingsfest (commonly referred to in English as Springfest). Springfest is held on the exact same grounds as Oktoberfest, and is basically a smaller, more local version of Munich’s famed Oktoberfest. Now I have never been to Oktoberfest (I am hoping to go this September), but I liked that Springfest was smaller, less crowded, and from what I was told, much less touristy.
The festival has two massive beer tents, which serve delicious local Bavarian beer (and champagne if you ask… not that I did…), as well as lots of fun rides, games, and food. Now I am not a beer drinker, but even I enjoyed the beer. Although, I must confess that I liked the half-beer, half-lemonade slightly more. Inside the giant beer tents are rows and rows of tables and benches. You need to arrive early to stake out your territory. You then spend the next 6 to 10 hours drinking beer, eating amazing Bavarian food, talking to friends (and strangers), toasting (lots of toasting), and listening to live music. It is a really fun atmosphere. Eventually, as the evening wears on, the locals will begin standing on the tables to sway and dance to the music. I was warned to always let the Germans start this, since they don’t get in trouble for standing on the tables lol.
Six hours in the beer tent was about my limit. I am just not a big beer drinker and there is only so much of the beer tent I can take before I need to stand up and move around or explore something new. Fortunately, there are lots of rides on the grounds and the city center of Munich is nearby. 
By far my favorite part of Springfest was dressing up in traditional Bavarian dress… but more on that later!
Have you ever been to Spingfest or Oktoberfest? 

15 thoughts on “Postcards from Springfest (Munich, Germany)”

  1. Glad to hear you enjoyed your time in Munich! I've never actually been to Frülingsfest but I always try to make it out once a year to Oktoberfest! You really need to try to come out again to visit it! Oktoberfest is an experience- sounds like the Frühlingsfest x10 more in terms of beer tents, noise and Bierleichen (my favorite German word 😉 ). It's something you have to experience though. Cute dirdnl!! Your pictures are great!

    – Eliza

  2. This sounds like my speed (I've always wanted to try Oktoberfest but I feel like the crowds would be overwhelming), anything that celebrates spring, involves theme dressing, adult beverages, and making new friends sounds perfect! These pictures are some of my favorites you've posted – and there's no way I'd look even close to as put together and fresh faced as this after even a quarter of one of those beers, so kudos! I assume you took these closer to the start of the 6 hours? lol

  3. Um yeah, all of these were taken within the first hour or so lol. But seriously, I think Springfest is the best alternative to the craziness of Oktoberfest.

  4. Hey! I just booked everything for Oktoberfest for this upcoming September and my main concern is the outfit. There is a specific store/website that you recommend for shopping for a dirndl?!

  5. There are a ton of stores along the main shopping street in Munich. It will not be hard to find a cute one there! They all carry similar styles, so just set your price point and find the one you like the most.

  6. This looks amazing! I'm actually planning to be in Munich around this time, do you have any recommendations for companies to go with? I'm looking at Stoke Travel since i'll be travelling solo!

    1. I went with stoke to oktoberfest last year erin and was going to do the same for springfest. did you enjoy yourself last year? thanks casey.

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