Maypole in the Munich Viktualienmarkt

A few weeks ago when we were at the Viktualienmarkt in Munich, the air had a cold bite to it and the sky was gray. Standing at the foot of the huge Maypole, I couldn’t help but think ahead to what it would be like on May Day in towns across Bavarian and Austria. I gather from an expat blogger that as of today, the sky was still gray! Nonetheless, there must be excitement in the air tonight as new Maibäume across Bavaria are safeguarded until their big debut at tomorrow’s festivities. The typical celebration has far more on tap than just Bier. Oompah music, dancing, great food and perhaps even some Maibaumkraxeln (maypole climbing) are in order! 

Here are a few fun links to explore if you want to learn more about this fun holiday:

Blog: A Bavarian Sojourn – a great blog to read if you like all things Bavarian

Photo Essay: Enduring Wanderlust

Recipe for May Wine: Mountain Rose Herbs