Munich comes alive during Fasching, Germany's Mardi Gras, the week before Ash Wednesday in the pre-Easter season. The festival of festivals, Oktoberfest, takes place from the end of September to early October.

Die Lange Nacht der Musik. In late April or May this festival is devoted to live performances through the night by untold numbers of groups, from heavy-metal bands to medieval choirs, at more than 100 locations throughout the city. One ticket covers everything, including transportation on special shuttle buses that run between locations. Munich, Bavaria. 089/3061–0041; www.muenchner.de/musiknacht. €15.

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