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Easter in Munich

I know I said that there’s not a great deal going on this week in Munich, but I was wrong. I’ve found a treasure trove of events for you.

From Saturday to Monday, the Markt der Sinne‘s on at the Praterinsel. Focusing on handmade goods, honest food and wellness, the market champions creativity and crafts. There are lots of stands that I’ll be stopping by at – MadaSpice offer spices, teas and craft goods from Madagascar, Virginia Wolf’s at work preparing crepes and cappuccinos, Monsieur Sall will be selling weaved baskets from West Africa and you can stock up on organic, local honey from Der Honig Graf. For a full list of exhibitors, see here.

If you have plans to hike in the mountains, stop by the Bad Tölz Easter market on your way – they have some lovely hand-painted Easter eggs on offer, if you’re after a last minute Easter gift. If shopping in Bad Tölz leaves you short on time for your hike, head over to Alpamare for water slides and indoor surfing, or if you’ve really overdone it, a little relaxation in their wellness area.

If you have kids, or if you’re simply a big kid yourself, the zoo are putting on a few small events for Easter. They baby polar bears, Nela and Nobby, are a real draw, so get there early if you’re planning to visit. Oh, and take your bike/public transport, as over the past few weekends, the car parks have been full to bursting.

A long weekend does offer the chance to do things you don’t normally do. If you have never seen the Munich Philharmonic in action, now’s your chance. You can choose between classical – Bach’s masterpiece the St. Matthew Passion on Friday – or something more modern – with music from the blockbuster Gladiator on Saturday or Sunday. The Gasteig are also hosting a really small evening of music on Sunday – in the Black Box, you can check out the White Noise / Black Silence festival. The festival features prog-rock band Average Engines, Edinburgh trio Free Nelson Mandoomjazz and the Ukrainian composer Lubomyr Melnyk, the pioneer of continuous music. Melnyk is incredible – and the festival is entirely free. It’s most definitely worth spending your Easter Sunday in the Gasteig just to have your breath taken away by Melnyk’s piano playing.

Last but not least, there are still a multitude of good movies showing in the cinemas – The Grand Budapest Hotel is showing at Cinema tomorrow at a quarter to six and Spiderman II is out (with lots of screenings at Cinema). Spike Jonze’s Her is showing at Lichtspiele, which I still haven’t got around to seeing and I’m dying to catch.

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