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Fasching Dienstag 2013 - 12th February

One of the more lively and colourful festivals, Fasching, occurs every spring, preceding the start of Lent. This is Munich's answer to Mardi Gras.

The Fasching season itself lasts for 6 weeks however it is for the final few days that most people visit the city.

Carnival Sunday (Sunday 12th February) is family day with a large parade through the city past Karolinenplatz and Konigsplatz to the Lowenbraukeller. Bright floats with people in fancy dress play music, dance and throw sweets into the crowd. Also part of the parade are bands and acrobats to entertain the crowds.The parade begins about 11am and lasts for over an hour.

On Fasching Dienstag (Shrove Tuesday) the area around Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt becomes one big party zone. There are stages with DJ's and live music, food and drink and the citizens of Munich turn out in fancy dress to party and see the start of Lent. The shops all close at 1pm so everyone can join in. There is a parade that heads to the Viktualienmarkt for 11am and one of the main attractions "The Dance of the Market Women" takes place on the stage set up in the centre.

Top Tip:

If you are planning to visit then get yourself a mask so you feel part of the celebrations.

See the video page for what a good time you can have at Fasching