To Do on Easter Weekend

Easter time in Munich is another great way to usher in the spring season and discover German Easter traditions.

Good Friday (the Friday before Easter Sunday) and Easter Monday (the Monday after Easter Sunday) are both public holidays in Germany and most places will be closed on those dates.  If you are looking for some inspiration on what to do over the four day weekend, then you have come to the right place!

Below, is a list of some unique events that are going on in Munich as well as in a few other “day trip” accessible regions.


  • Tierpark Hellabrunn – The Munich Zoo is open on Easter Sunday & Monday. It is hosting an Easter egg hunt for the kiddos.  Find out more here.
  • Olympia Park Munich – On Easter Sunday there is an Osterfest at Olympia park with music, games and even a street art exhibition.  Opens at 11:00 AM and entry is free.
  • Markt der Sinne – If you are looking for more than just Easter themed events, then head on over to Praterinsel, a small island in the Isar River.  The event, Martk der Sinne, is where you can shop for handmade arts and crafts.  Over 90 artisanal exhibitors will be there and will take place from Saturday to Easter Monday.

Nuremberg & Franconia Region

  • Franconian Switzerland – If you want to discover something really special, then head on up to the northern part of Bavaria, which is part of the Franconia Switzerland.   The towns in this region are famous for the OsterbrunnenOsterbrunnen is the tradition of elaborately decorating the town wells and fountains for Easter. For more information, contact the regional tourist office.
  • Nuremberg – A quick day trip to Nuremberg for their Easter Market is definitely worth a visit!  The Market starts on March 31 and continues through April 17th.
  • Ingolstadt – From April 1st to the 17th,  the town will host its annual Ostermarkt.  Open daily from 10:00 to 19:00.  Tip: Don’t forget to check out their Osterbrunnen!

Chiemgau Region

  • Traunstein – Just an hour and half’s drive southeast of Munich, located in the Chiemgau region, is the beautiful little Bavarian town of Traunstein.  Every year on Easter Monday, you can see their traditional sword dance and horse procession.  Truly beautiful and unique to witness.  The town itself is surrounded by beautiful countryside with an up-close view of the Alps.
  • “Osterdorf” RuhpoldingRuhpolding is also located in the beautiful Chiemgau region, and during Easter the town transforms into Osterdorf Ruhpolding.  On Saturday, April 15th, Toni the Easter Bunny visits Kurhaus Ruhpolding.  Then, on Easter Sunday, the Freizeitpark Ruhpolding holds it’s annual Easter Egg hunt. The ultimate Easter weekend family get-a-way!
  • Rinsersee – If the weather is nice and you have a craving for some Spargel ice cream, then Rinser Natur Eis, is the place to go. Located about an hour’s drive southeast of Munich, not far from the idyllic Rinssee, getting ice cream could turn into a little adventure!

Tell us what some of your favorite things are to do over the Easter Weekend.