Ferris Wheel at the Ulmer Fest 2012
Ferris Wheel at the Ulmer Fest 2012

Munich is of course known for the world famous Oktoberfest, but even in the middle of the summer very similar, yet mid-sized festivals are held throughout Upper Bavaria. Each of these have carnival games, rides, and of course, beer tents with what many would say is a more authentic atmosphere than its big brother on the Theresienwiese. Here are a few Volksfests coming up in the next couple weeks:

July 11-22 – Kaufbeuren’s Volksfest is known as Tänzelfest. Kaufbeuren is one hour Southwest of Munich and easily reachable by regional train every hour from Munich. Information on the events at the Kaufbeuren Tänzelfest can be found on their official website.

Tapping the first keg of beer at the Ulmer Fest 2012
Tapping the first keg of beer at the Ulmer Fest 2012

July 12-22 – The Ulmer Volksfest is held on the East side of Ulm. Ulm is two hours west of Munich by Regional Express, with trains every hour. More information on events at the Ulmer Volksfest can be found at their website.

July 14-22 – Right in the heart of Munich, the 55th Magdalenenfest is held at the world’s largest beer garden, the Hirschgarten. This is by far the easiest Volksfest on this list to get to and yet still remains quite small and hidden from the majority of Münchners.

July 16-21 – The town of Neufahrn, on Munich’s S1 line, has its Volksfest for only a few days. You can find more information on the town’s website.