The Auer Dult is held three times a year on the square around Mariahilf church and is one of Munich's oldest markets. The name "Dult" is derived from an old German word meaning "observance" ...
It was orginially a fair in connection with an ecclesiastical celebration, attracting junk dealers, quacks and performers. The meaning of the word, however, changed over the centuries, and today it simply means "fair". "Auer" refers to its location in Munich's borough "Au".
These type of fairs have a long tradition in Munich. They were mentioned for the first time in 1310; in 1796, the Electoral Prince Karl Theodor granted the suburb Au the right to hold a fair twice a year, and since those days there have been "Dulten" regularly. Since 1905, there have been three such fairs a year on Mariahilfplatz.
Nowadays it is one of the major seasonal events in the city: its largest jumble sale and a unique place which you can search for rarities and curiosities from the old days. About 300 stands offer rare books and old prints, haberdashery goods, natural hair and skin care, or Europe's largest selection of china and cooking equipment. Many an authentic traditional garment, be it lederhose or dirndl, has been found here; and if you are lucky, you might find a real treasure.
Children rather appreciate horseback riding, the puppet show, the merry-go-rounds, one of which features a historic organ; teenagers are probably more interested in a ride on the bumper cars or in testing their skills at shooting galleries. Acrobats and clowns entertain all generations just like in the old days.
After all the searching and entertainment, there is nothing like a good, savoury lunch. There are plenty of stalls selling fresh food and drinks: beer, but also fruit juices and fresh coffee, which all go well with traditional Bavarian snacks such as fish-on-a-stick, barbecued sausages and chicken. You'll also find caramelised almonds and plenty of candy.
How to get there
You can easily reach Mariahilfplatz via bus or tram. Tram line 27 to Schwanseestraße departs from Karlsplatz/Stachus, bus 52 to Tierpark/Alemannenstraße departs from Marienplatz. Either way, you will be there in no more than 10 minutes.
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Dates for the Auer Dulten in 2013 an 2014:
Maidult (May Dult)
27 April - 5 May 2013
26 April - 4 May 2014
Jakobidult (St James Dult)
27 July - 4 August 2013
26 July - 3 August 2014
Kirchweihdult (Church Anniversary Dult)
19 October - 27 October 2013
18 October - 26 October 2014
Sales: 10am - 8pm (Kirchweihdult: 7pm)
Entertainment: 10.30am - 8pm (Kirchweihdult: 7pm)
Children's day: reduced prices for children's entertainment on Tuesdays