Fasching - The Carnival Season in Munich

The carnival season has different names in germany: in Cologne and Duesseldorf "Karneval", in Mainz "Fasenacht", in other regions "Fasnet" or "Fosnat". The carnival season in and around Munich is named "Fasching".

Carnival was originally a pagan festival, later it has become associated with the catholic church and was celebrated on the day before the beginning of Lent. Nowadays the carnival season begins officially on November 11 with the coronation of a carnival prince and a carnival princess and lasts about three months until Ash Wednesday seven weeks before Easter. The most Fasching events are held in the last four weeks.

During the Fasching main season from January 7 to March 4 this year more than 800 balls will be held in Munich. The biggest ones are parties with thousands of people. Most of them are fancy dress balls, but there are also classical gala balls in dinner jacket and evening dress ("Schwarz-Weiss-Bälle").

To get a first impression we recommend to visit one of the big traditional balls in the "Deutsches Theater" (the first costume ball in the "Deutsches Theater" was organized already in 1897) , in the "Löwenbräukeller", in the Hotel "Bayerischer Hof" or in the rooms of the Bavarian Broadcasting station ("Funkbälle").
  Ball dates Löwenbräukeller

  Ball dates Deutsches Theater

  Ball dates Bavarian Broadcasting

  Ball dates Hotel Bayerischer Hof

The "Ball der damischen Ritter" (Ball of the crazy knights) in the "Löwenbräukeller" on February 28 is a persiflage of Bavaria in the middle ages. You will see a lot of funny people dressed in knights' armours.

The "Weissen Feste" (white parties) in the "Max-Emanuel-Brauerei" are from legendary call. These Fasching parties, which were originally parties of the Schwabing artists, are held already for over 40 years. The visitors have to come in white costumes. In the light of the special neon tubes (so-called bull's-eye light) it looks quite eerie.

  Ball dates Weisse Feste

On February 16 from 1 p.m. the "Crazy Knights" will organize a small carnival parade starting from Sonnenstr. and ending at Hofbräuhaus, but it is not comparably with the big and magnificent carnival processions in Cologne and Mainz.

During the last three crazy days (on Fasching Sunday, on Rose Monday and on Shrove Tuesday - this year March 2, 3 and 4) the pedestrian area in the city center around Marienplatz is turned into a gigantic open air party zone with live music, fancy dresses and dancing. Climax is "München Narrisch" on March 2.

One of the highlights of the Munich Fasching is the dance of the market women on the "Viktualienmarkt"
(Victuals Market) at 11 a.m. on Shrove Tuesday. The market women rehearse for it already months before.

So, now try out the Munich Fasching. You need no expensive costume. Luxurious costumes are the exception here. All you need is a good mood and you will have a lot of fun during the carnival season in Munich.