Best time to visit Bavaria

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Best time of year to visit Bavaria

June through September is deemed to be the best time to visit Bavaria. Warm summer months are famous for the bright cultural events like Kaltenberger Ritterturnier or Bayreuth Festival and for the perfect conditions for hiking in the Alps. Spring may offer thinner tourist crowds but is also famed for heavy showers, so it is nice to have an umbrella by your side. Bavarian autumn is mild but can be quite busy due to the Oktoberfest. As the period between November and February can be rather cold, packing a warm jacket sounds like a good idea. Moreover, skiing at Zugspitze makes an unforgettable winter experience, so don't miss the chance to hit the slopes.

9 THINGS TO DO IN BAVARIA (APRIL 29 - MAY 08)

Castles and Nature

Castles and Nature

May–November • nature

Bavaria is a country of castles and you'll have the chance to discover all of them

Spotting Wildlife at the National Park Bavarian Forest

Spotting Wildlife at the National Park Bavarian Forest

May–October • nature

The outstanding beauty of untouched nature and its wildlife can be observed in a huge area at the Bavarian Forest National Park

Hiking

Hiking

April–October • activity

Discover and enjoy the beauty of nature and wildlife in this gorgeous Alpine region

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

March–October • nature

Most bird species in Bavaria are best spotted during spring, summer, and autumn

Maibaumaufstellen (May Day Festival)

Maibaumaufstellen (May Day Festival)

May 01 • event

One of the most beautiful spring holidays with unique traditions and lively colourful celebrations

Climbing

Climbing

May–October • activity

Enjoy classical and sport routes, via-ferratas, and some bouldering suitable for climbers of any experience level

Flowers of Mainau Island

Flowers of Mainau Island

late March–September • nature

Check out amazing flower gardens with millions of plants!

Skiing at Zugspitze

Skiing at Zugspitze

November–April • activity

The highest mountain in Germany presents an unforgettable view

Ice Climbing

Ice Climbing

December–April • activity

If you are looking for some thrill and excitement and a challenge check out ice climbing in Bavaria!

17 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

September 21–October 06, 2019 • event

The most famous beer festival in the world welcomes everyone to enjoy Bavarian culture, rivers of beer, and great traditional cuisine

Krampus Nacht and Krampus Run

Krampus Nacht and Krampus Run

December 09, 2018 • event

This scary demon can frighten even adults, so be sure you are ready to meet Krampus!

Viehscheid

Viehscheid

September 12–13, 2019 | September 21, 2019 • event

A unique event held annually in Bavaria. When cows come back home, the locals greet them and celebrate their return

Christmas Market Foods

Christmas Market Foods

late November–December • food

Visit Bavaria's picturesque Christmas markets and enjoy some great traditional food, sweets, and drinks

Kaltenberger Ritterturnier

Kaltenberger Ritterturnier

July 12–14, 2019 | July 19–21, 2019 | July 26–28, 2019 • event

Want to see real knights fight? Check it out at Kaltenberger Ritterturnier

Bayreuth Festival

Bayreuth Festival

July 25–August 29, 2018 • event

Feel the atmosphere of the most prestigious opera festival dedicated to a single composer–Richard Wagner

Christmas & New Year's Eve Shooting

Christmas & New Year's Eve Shooting

December 17–December 24 | December 31 • event

Prepare for a loud celebration with lots of fireworks, bells, and even firing guns

Funkensonntag

Funkensonntag

March 10, 2019 • event

The reflection of bonfires set along the riverbank and the magical colours of the evening sky is something not to miss. Don't miss this authentic and unique tradition of driving away the spirits of winter in the Allgau region

Munich Pride or Christopher Street Day (CSD)

Munich Pride or Christopher Street Day (CSD)

July 13–14, 2019 • event

For two days, Munichers celebrate CSD in memory of the Stonewall riots (gay demonstrations) in New York's Christopher Street in June 1969

New Year's Ski Jumping (Neujahrsskispringen)

New Year's Ski Jumping (Neujahrsskispringen)

December 31 2018–January 01 2019 • event

Share the best ski jumping moment at the Olympic Ski Stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with over 20,000 winter sports enthusiasts

Master Draught (Der Meistertrunk)

Master Draught (Der Meistertrunk)

June 07–10, 2019 • event

Hear the jaw-dropping legend of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and join the celebration!

Landshut Wedding (Landshuter Hochzeit) 1475

Landshut Wedding (Landshuter Hochzeit) 1475

summer (TBA) 2021 • event

Immerse yourself in a medieval wedding celebration held in Landshut, Bavaria

Snowkiting

Snowkiting

December–early March • activity

With a bit of experience skiing or snowboarding, it might be time to take the next step!

Carnival Season

Carnival Season

March 03–06, 2019 • event

This unique tradition passed through generations attracts people to Bavaria's villages

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

December–February • activity

Choose among plenty of picturesque trails and enjoy this favourite winter sport

Snowbiking

Snowbiking

December–March • activity

Try out snowbiking for a more active winter sport!

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

November 27–December 24, 2018 • event

One of the largest and oldest holiday fairs in Germany, a good reason to visit Munich