While we don’t want to wish the summer away, the recent spell of cooler weather has suddenly got us feeling all autumnal. But the change in season doesn’t mean the adventures have to stop.
If, like us, you need something to look forward to once summer is over, why not book a trip to Munich? Not only does the Bavarian capital stun with its regal architecture, it has a whole lot on offer this September. Here’s a roundup of the activities you should add to your holiday itinerary:
Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich, starting from mid to late September. The 16 to 18-day folk festival has now been running for more than 200 years and attracts millions of people from all over the world. But why is it called Oktoberfest? And what can you expect?
The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 from October 12 to 17 to celebrate the wedding between the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. In the following years, the celebrations were extended and moved forward into September to allow for better weather conditions.
While there are lots of other activities, from fairground attractions and sideshows, Oktoberfest is all about the beer. However, beer served at the festival has to meet special requirements.
This year, Oktoberfest will open on Saturday, September 22 and run until October 7. The Mayor of Munich will tap the first keg of Oktoberfest beer at noon in the Schottenhamel tent.
Munich was very heavily bombed during World War II but, as Time Out explains, a careful reconstruction plan has helped bring beauty back to the city’s architecture. Luckily, many original features remain and the Glockenspiel is one such attraction.
Located in the northern end of Munich’s central square, Marienplatz, in the tower balcony of the Neues Rathaus, is a cuckoo clock dating back to 1908. Depending on the season, the Glockenspiel has two or three shows every day and it’s worth finding a space and grabbing a coffee to watch the city’s history in 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures.
What do you get when you combine street food, cocktail stalls, an indoor night flea market, and live music? Well, you get the Midnightbazar! Held every other Saturday from 5pm until midnight, you can wile away hours with the locals rummaging through the vintage goods on offer. There’s a small entrance fee but you get to soak up the amazing atmosphere and browse bargain upon bargain - and don’t forget to haggle!
Rest your weary feet by heading to the Müllersches Volksbad. The restored Art Nouveau dome makes this one of the most beautiful indoor swimming pools in Europe. Once you’re done floating in the 100-foot pool, marvel over the Baroque touches in the Roman steam baths or detox in the Finnish sauna.
If you like your holidays to have a bit more adventure, head to the BMW and MINI Driving Academy Maisach, just 40 minutes outside Munich. You’ll get to drive the most recent BMW model and your coach will assist you through customisable courses that range from challenges on snow and ice to driving on two wheels, to learning how to find the racing line.
Whether you’re drawn to the beer, the architecture, or the BMW Academy, Munich has something for all travellers. Make sure you don’t forget to book the right travel insurance for your trip. Medical Travel Compared can help find the best policy for you.