You thought that with the end of Oktoberfest came the end of the parties in Munich? Nope. Münchners can always find a reason to celebrate and gather in the beer garden, and have been doing so for centuries. The Auer Dult is no different; in its current form, it's been celebrated for over 200 years, and it's heritage stretches all the way back into Medieval Europe.
The Auer Dult is a neighborhood festival that occurs three times per year, each time for a stretch of nine days. The fall "Kirchweihdult" kicked off this weekend. The other two festivals - the "Maidult" and "Jakobidult" are celebrated in the spring and the summer, but the fall Dult is my favorite. The setting is especially beautiful in the fall, with the leaves a bright canopy of oranges and yellows over the market stalls, and the holiday food making its first appearance. Even when it rains, it's somehow still cozy and festive to buy a warm drink and stand near the market stalls cradling the drink, and later wandering the fair looking for holiday gifts for friends and family.
The Auer Dult is always held at Mariahhilfplatz in the neighborhood called Au on the right bank of the Isar. It's like a mix between a Christmas market, a carnival, and a flea market, with rides for the kids and booths selling all sorts of local products, as well as pottery, baskets, other household wares, and antiques. In fact, the Auer Dult is Europe's largest market for tableware and all kinds of pots and pans, including porcelain and handmade pottery. It's also one of the best places to find antiques and rare curiosities (including a few of the more typical "junky" flea market goods, but that's all just part of its charm).
In general, the Auer Dult is a great place to enjoy the short-lived Munich fall. There's also a temporary Paulaner Beer Garden at the northeast corner of the square right at the entrance to the Dult, and as always, it's a good place to sit and enjoy a beer after a couple of hours of wandering around the market.
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM (8:00 Pm for the spring and summer Auer Dult