Sure, Springfest is the the little bro of Oktoberfest, but there is so much more to do and see than just the inside of a tent and the bottom of a stein. Make sure you take in the traditional ceremonies, take a spin on the rides, eat your way through all of the traditional Bavarian delicacies, and take all the pics to document your experience!
1. Attend the Traditional Ceremonies
Friday, April 24th
It kicks off with the Parade of the Wiesn Landlords and Breweries, where people follow the Münchner Kindle, the city mascot, and the carriage of the Munich mayor throughout the town as they make their way towards Theresienwiese, the festival grounds. Each Wiesn landlord and their family has a flower covered carriage, which is quite a site, plus each of the Munich breweries has one as well, led by draft horses. The parade is also quite lively as bands march along throughout the time.
The mayor taps the first keg at Hippodrom!
2. Try all of the Foods
Pork Knuckle, candied almonds, roasted chicken, and pretzels are only a few of the delicacies you can eat in Munich and at the Festival.
3. Ride the Rides & Play Carnival Games
Or, just watch as other inebriated festival-goers try their shot at the traditional challenges. Remember to bring cash with you to ride or play! Here are some of our favorites:
The Can’t-Miss Classics
The Witches’ Whip (Hexenschaukel)
The “madhouse” has existed since 1894 and was reignagurated as a regular in 1994. Hop on this for illusions that make you feel like you’re turning upside down
The Devil’s Wheel (Teufelsrad)
The Devil’s Wheel is a spinning disk challenge where participants try to stay on as long as they can. It’s surrounded by stands so that you can watch as other’s try their skill (or luck), and it’s a fan favorite because of the MC Wiggerl Kugler.
A carousel might not scream FUN to you after the age of 8, but this is the only ride at Die Wiesn that has its own brass band.
The Giant Swing Carousel (The Wellenflug)
You’ve probably seen the photos on instagram. Now you can ride in a swing as it spins around and goes up and down in waves. At night, it lights up with colorful flashes.
Willenborg’s Ferris Wheel
Another must-take photo spot, this is the symbol of Springfest. Hop onto one of 40 gondolas that take you over 50 meters high. You can fit up to 10 of your friends in one gondola, or makes friends with someone else.
Another ride ripe for spectators, the Toboggan is half slide, half conveyor belt that riders must climb in order to slide down. Unfortunately, this conveyor belt is more of a challenge than an aide, and the audience loves watching people try to balance their way to the top.
Adrenaline Junky Paradise
This is the world’s largest transportable rollercoaster (it takes a full week to set it up and another week to dismantle it). Zoom through 5 loops at speeds up to 100 km/h. Yup, you’re going upside down, so maybe don’t save this for the end of your night!
This is the world’s tallest tower drop at 80 meters. Lose your breath at the top and catch it at the bottom for a thrill.
Brand new in 2018, the Predator spins around as it rises into the air, then quickly pivots around spinning you upside down and at all angles. Another that we don’t recommend on post-stein stomach!
If five loops aren’t for you, hop on this traditional roller coater where the car is longer than the rail on which it sits for surprising turns and shocking moments.
4. Have a Photoshoot!
You didn’t dress up in the coolest lederhosen or the prettiest dirndls not to document your experience! We’ve curated a list of the prettiest photo-op spots here! Don’t forget a selfie stick. They actually come in handy for shots on the rides or to get your whole squad in a shot inside the tents.
5. Explore Munich Outside of Springfest
We recommend a city bike tour and a few day trips that take you to locations in the Bavarian countryside, like the Castle that inspired Walt Disney to create the Sleeping Beauty castle. Head to our website to check out the excursions in detail!