Springfest, known locally as frülingsfest, is Germany’s other beer festival. Every year, from mid April to the beginning of May, tens of thousands beer lovers make their way to Munich’s partying fields, because they can’t make the October celebrations, or because two beer festivals a year isn’t nearly enough, or just to say auf wiedersehen to the too-long winter. Once there they spend the next little while, whether it’s one day or the whole three weeks, drinking their weight in German beer and otherwise enjoying the festivities that one would expect from a German beer party. We could give you 10, but you need to focus on getting beer/party fit, so here are three reasons why you’ll love Munich’s Springfest.
- It’s basically the same as Oktoberfest, but more authentic
So it’s got all the elements we adore about Oktoberfest — it’s in Munich, it’s basically a Disneyland for adults, the beer is delicious and comes served by the litre, the beer tents are huge parties seating thousands of beer lovers at a time, the food they serve make for just the perfect drinking fare, Bavarian beer costumes, the dirndls and lederhosen, just make everybody look the cutest, the oompah bands play the best beer drinking songs and supply the perfect soundtrack for your daggy drunken dancing, and outside the beer tents there are carnival rides that rival most theme parks. All of these things you’ll find at Oktoberfest and Springfest, but the big difference is that Springfest doesn’t attract as many foreign visitors, just the Munich locals and international beer die hards. The result is a party of tens of thousands, not millions, which means less waiting time for your beers and a lower probability of bumping into drunk dads from Wisconsin.
2. German beer is the best beer
Now this is a fact that is backed up by legislation. You see, back in 1516 Duke Wilhelm IV decreed that only hops, barley and water were allowed to be in beer, later adding yeast to the list. Four ingredients! No preservatives or artificial additives, no weird infusions, no colours, no added sugar or any of that other crap that makes your hangover worse, just hops, barley, water and yeast. Simple! And the beer that comes out is not only delicious and clean, but also strong, like up near 6% strong, and, as we mentioned, it comes by the litre, will cost you €10, and will definitely have you dancing by the end of the first glass. At Springfest you’ll be able to try Augustiner beer, Spaten Frülingsfest Hell and Paulaner wheat beer. We particularly like the Spaten Frülingsfest Hell, just for the name.
3. You can stay with Stoke Travel
Our Oktoberfest parties are legendary and we pretty much do the same thing for Springfest. All your accommodation is supplied, with twin share tents, air mattresses and sleeping bags, so nothing to worry about there. We’ll be cooking you breakfast to line the belly before you make your way into the festival itself, and dinner for when you return. We will have DJs and drinking games making sure that the party at the campsite is just as wild as the official party in the beer halls. There will be hundreds of like minded, beer loving travellers staying with us, so you’ll easily find plenty of new friends and maybe a love interest. And fuelling it all is our amazing €10 open German beer bar, serving as much beer or sangria as you can fit in your belly, between opening hours.
Are you in love with Springfest yet? It really is the second best beer festival in the world, maybe the best if you really dig that authentic local flavour. You should probably check out some more information on the event, because it’s coming up sooner than you think…