Beer gardens, sports, sightseeing: Discover Munich in the spring season

10 things you should do in Munich in spring

Munich blossoms in spring: The beer gardens open, people meet at the Isar and in the parks. You can join them. With these 10 things, you can really enjoy the warm season in the city.

Der Dianatempel im Hofgarten der Residenz

Join the Munich lifestyle in the English Garden

What you can do: In spring, the English Garden, one of the largest inner-city parks in the world, comes to life: On the wide lawns, you can simply lie in the sun or play sports. You can take a boat trip on the Kleinhesseloher See lake, listen to amateur musicians giving spontaneous concerts or look out over the Munich skyline from the temple-like Monopteros. Especially the quieter northern part invites you to long walks. Tip: Enjoy the beer garden at the Chinese Tower.


  • English Garden, 80538 München, U3/U6 Münchener Freiheit, Giselastraße, Universität, Odeonsplatz
Englischer Garten im Frühling Hofmann

Flower tour through the city centre

What you can do:  In spring, thousands of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils decorate the city center in vivid colors. Plant pots are set up in the streets and flower beds are cultivated, usually with bee-friendly flowers. If you want to get a glimpse of the sea of ​​flowers, take a walk in the pedestrian zone (between Marienplatz and Stachus), or visit some public places eg the Gärtnerplatz, the Weißenburger Platz or the Promenadeplatz.


Gärtnerplatz in München

Barbecuing in the river-bank Flaucher or Munich parks

What you can do: With the onset of spring, the scent of steaks and bratwursts wafts through the air at the Flaucher, a stony stretch of the banks of the Isar River. If you come to Munich for camping, you should make a detour there for a picnic. But there are other recommended places in Munich where barbecuing is allowed. Some of the most popular barbecue areas are in parks, such as Westpark or Hirschgarten.


Watching surfers on the Eisbach

What you can do: Watching surfers on the Eisbach (a side arm of the Isar) is a must for young people: Munich is known worldwide for its artificial wave at the English Garden. The surf acrobats rush onto the water, no matter what the weather, and have long been a spectator magnet. Even surfing legend Robby Naish has ridden the wave here. However, if you want to try it out for yourself, you should already be an experienced expert and bring your board.


  • Eisbach standing-wave , 80538 Munich, Tram / Bus National Museum / House of Art
Surfer am Eisbach
Michi Reinhardt

Discover the palace gardens

What you can do: Munich’s royal castles have a lot to offer. In spring, the fountains emerge from their protective winter shell and the first flowerbeds bring colour to the parks. Visitors to the palaces in Nymphenburg and Schleißheim or the Hofgarten (the garden of the Residence) will encounter symmetrical garden architecture in the Baroque gardens and can also discover enchanted corners. And those who don’t want to be inspired by the sumptuous flowers alone but also by culture can, of course, visit the castles themselves.


Gondel auf dem Nymphenburger Schlosskanal

Experience the beer garden culture

What you can do: You feel the Munich cosiness in one of the many beer gardens. As soon as the first rays of spring sun warm up the city, people are drawn to the shade of the chestnut trees, where they enjoy a hearty snack. In the traditional beer gardens, visitors can bring their own pretzels, Obazda (a Bavarian cheese specialty) and fresh salads; only the drinks have to be bought there.

Where? There are countless beer gardens in Munich. We recommend a few here:

Brotzeit im Biergarten
Falk Heller

Explore Munich by bike

What you can do: You can easily reach the sights of Munich by bike. There are hardly any inclines in the city, there are numerous, well-signposted bike paths and you can conveniently rent bikes. The Munich Transport Corporation (MVG), for example, offers an inexpensive system with rental bikes at its stations. So you don't even need to bring your own bike.

Where you can get a bike:

Riding on inline skates

Bladerin im Olympiapark
Olympiapark München GmbH

What you can do: Munich’s long, well-developed stretches of asphalt offer the perfect conditions for a springtime inline tour. In Olympic Park, rollerbladers skate through the greenery on asphalt paths at high speeds. And in the English Garden, there are miles of skating fun to be had on two wheels. If you want things to be even more action-packed, then your best bet is to visit one of more than 30 skate parks in Munich.


  • Olympic Park, 80809 München, U6 Olympiazentrum (more information)
  • English Garden, 80538 München, U3/U6 Münchener Freiheit, Giselastraße, Universität, Odeonsplatz (more Information)

Sightseeing by bus, Segway or tram


What you can do: Visitors can comfortably explore the city in the red or blue double-decker buses. There are different routes and providers and you can get on or off at numerous stops. If you want to experience spring in Munich in a unique way, then book a guided Segway tour. Get to know the city from a new perspective on these small speedsters. An insider tip is to explore the city by tram. The 19 line takes you past numerous tourist attractions and is perfect for a little tour.

Where and how? 

Visit flea markets

Riesenflohmarkt 2018 / Mónica Garduño

What you can do? At the flea market in the Olympic Park, bargain hunters are early on Fridays and Saturdays. Here you can find real curiosities at real flea market prices, ideal for a souvenir from Munich. The numerous backyard flea markets in the various parts of the city also invite you to browse. Once a year, as part of the Spring Festival at the end of April, the giant flea market (Riesenflohmarkt) takes place on the Theresienwiese, Bavaria's largest flea market.


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