Munich tradition: The Auer Dult on Mariahilfplatz

Auer Dult in der Sonne

Auer Dult: Three times a year on the Mariahilfplatz

Strolling, shopping, enjoying delicacies, or taking a spin on the carousel - that's what the Auer Dult is famous for. Three times a year the Auer Dult takes place on the Mariahilfplatz in Munich.

The most important information about the Auer Dult

  • These Auer Dults exist: Maidult (spring), Jakobidult (summer), Kirchweihdult (fall)
  • Shopping: On the Dult you can find tableware, souvenirs, but also Bavarian costumes and all kinds of curiosities
  • Gastronomy: Tasty food and freshly tapped beer await you at numerous stands.
  • Rides: For the younger visitors there are some merry-go-rounds or also pony rides
  • How to get there: Underground U1 or U2 (stops: Fraunhoferstraße or Kolumbusplatz) ; Tram to Mariahilfplatz

Jumble sale: What you can discover here

Stimmung bei Auer Dult, Foto: muenchen.de/ Dan Vauelle
Foto: muenchen.de/ Dan Vauelle

It is one of the major seasonal events in the city in recent times. Holding the largest jumble sale, it is a unique place to search for rarities and artefacts from ancient times.

A lot of stands offer rare books and old prints, haberdashery goods, natural hair and skin care, a largest selection of china and cooking equipment. Many authentic traditional garment (be it lederhose or dirndl) can be found here; and if you are lucky, you might find an actual treasure.

Carousels and pony rides

Schiffschaukel auf der Auer Dult, Foto: LHM-RAW/Lukas Barth
Foto: LHM-RAW/Lukas Barth

Children also enjoy horseback riding, the puppet show and carousels, one of which features a historic organ; teenagers will probably be 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.

Gastronomy: Fresh food and beer

Steckerlfisch auf der Auer Dult - Maidult, Foto: Lukas Barth
Foto: Lukas Barth

After all the searching and entertainment, there is nothing like a good, tasty lunch. There are plenty of stalls selling fresh food and drinks like beer, fruit juices and fresh coffee. You can have that with traditional Bavarian snacks such as fish-on-a-stick, barbecued sausages and chicken. You'll also find caramelized almonds and plenty of candy.

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Dates and opening hours

Dates for the Auer Dult in 2021:
  • Kirchweih Dult (Church Anniversary Dult): 16 October - 24 October 2021
Dates for the Auer Dult in 2022:
  • Maidult (May Dult): 30 April - 8 May 2022
  • Jakobidult (St James Dult): 30 July - 7 August 2022
  • Kirchweih Dult (Church Anniversary Dult): 15 October - 23 October 2022

Opening hours (daily):

  • Maidult and Jakobidult: market 10am - 8pm / rides 10-30 am - 8pm
  • Kirchweihdult: market 10am - 7pm / rides 10-30 am - 7pm

 

Getting there

Tram line 18, Buses 52 and 62 to Mariahilfplatz or Subway (U-Bahn) lines U1/2 (Stations Fraunhoferstraße or Kolumbusplatz)
www.mvv-muenchen.de

Park and ride for car and bus travelers:
Garching-Hochbrück, Fröttmaning, Kieferngarten, Studentenstadt, Klinikum Großhadern, Neuperlach Süd, Michaelibad, Innsbrucker Ring, Fürstenried West, Candid- and Mangfallplatz
www.parkundride.de

History of the fair

Die Auer Dult früher, Foto: LHM-RAW
Foto: LHM-RAW

A "dult" was orginially a fair connected 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 types 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 Au suburb the right to hold a fair twice a year, and the "Dulten" has been held regularly. Since 1905, there have been three of such annual fairs at Mariahilfplatz.

Official organiser

City of Munich
Department of Labor and Economic Development
80313 Munich
Germany
Tel. +49 89 233 82814
E-Mail: veranstaltungen.raw@muenchen.de

Press service

City of Munich
Department of Labor and Economic Development
Claudia Bauer, Tel. Tel. +49 89 233 82804
presse-veranstaltungen.raw@muenchen.de

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