What to do in Easter in Bavaria

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From visiting elaborate Easter fountains to listening to a classical concert in the state rooms of the Residenz, discover why spring is one of the best times to visit Munich.

Easter Fountains

Decorating Easter fountains has been a tradition in Franconian Switzerland for over a hundred years. You’ll find numerous fountains colourfully decorated during Easter with thousands of brightly painted eggshells, flowers and wreaths. The custom arose as a way to pay tribute to the importance of water for the water-poor plateau of the Franconian Alb. Head to Bieberbach near the municipality of Egloffstein, a 2 hour drive from Munich, to see the world’s largest Easter fountain: It is decorated with 11,108 hand-painted eggshells, as celebrated in the Guinness Book of Records.

Easter Graves Tradition

Used as a makeshift bible by people who couldn’t understand Latin, Easter graves have long been a common concept across the Alpine country. Traditionally, the backdrops elaborately depicted the story of Jesus’s death and Easter tombs can still be found today in several churches in Bavaria, in the south-east of Germany and Tyrol, a western Austrian state in the Alps. You can follow Jesus’ journey as though you were seeing it enacted on stage and the tomb is decorated with coloured glass balls which create a mysterious ambience. Visit the Franciscan monastery in Schwaz to see the largest Easter tomb.

Classical Music at Easter

Classical concerts will be held to celebrate Easter this year as part of Bavaria Klassik, in the magical, regal ambience of the state rooms of the Residenz, which was the seat of government and residence of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings between 1508 and 1918. You can also experience wonderful festive concerts in Nymphenburg Palace, a Baroque palace in Munich's western district where Mozart gave concerts as a child, or in the Cuvilliés Theatre, a fine Rococo theatre where he premiered his Idomeneo.

 

 

Celebrate spring in style at the Charles Hotel in Munich and discover an array of Easter traditions. Contact our friendly concierge at concierge.charles@roccofortehotels.com or +49 89 5445550 for more information.