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Festivals and events also play a big part of life in Dachau. Classical music concerts are held all year round in the palace, there is a Christmas market in December, and a number of open-air events in the summer. Dachau's annual fair and the old town festival are popular with all ages, while the Bergkriterium, the traditional bike race through Dachau's old quarter, is Bavaria's third-largest cycling event.
Dachau annual fair
Held for ten days in the middle of August, Dachau's annual fair takes place on the Ludwig Thoma Wiese. The festival has its origins in a horse race dating back to 1652, and has been staged in its current form since 1946. Every year, the fair proves a hit with visitors thanks to its grand opening parade, firework displays and fantastic atmosphere.
Old town festival
Dachau's old town festival is held every year in the middle of July. Enjoy Bavarian specialities and entertainment along with a friendly bierfest atmosphere. There are also events and attractions for kids.
Dachau's "Bergkriterium" Cycle Race
On the 15 August every year, cycling fans flock to Dachau to watch this spectacular race with its energy-sapping climbs and breathtaking descents. The action takes place on the hill on which Dachau's historical old town was built.
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