#stayinghome on Easter during Corona - how to make the easter holidays even as special
April • 8th, 2020
by the Horbach Munich for Expats Team
Just because parties are smaller doesn't mean they still can't be special
Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal and new life. During these times we are going through a lot of changes and this is why we think it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on and celebrate hope and change in a new way! So even though there will be no Easter services, markets, bonfires or outside (except your own garden) egg hunting, there are still many ways to have a great time with your family! Since the weather forecast for Munich is looking great also, here’s a list of things you are still allowed to do - because just because parties are smaller doesn't mean they still can't be special!
1. Zoom Easter Party
Since common exit and travel restrictions still apply through the easter holidays, visiting grandparents or more distant parts of family will not be possible physically - but thank god we love in times of Facetime, Zoom and Houseparty! We’re used to video conferences from working at home, but it’s also a great way to feel festive and connect with our loved ones, even from afar.
2. Holy and Easter services via live broadcast
After the Vatican had made it clear that the Easter festival could not be rescheduled, Cardinal Reinhard Marx will celebrate the services in Holy Week and at Easter alone in the Munich ‘Frauenkirche’. As the services are not open to the public, they are broadcasted live on their website and on the social media of the Archdiocese: www.erzbistum-muenchen.de/stream
There will be live broadcasts on the following days:
Holy Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m. : Cardinal Reinhard Marx
Good Friday, April 10, 3 p.m. : Cardinal Reinhard Marx
Easter night, April 11, 9:00 p.m. : Cardinal Reinhard Marx
Easter Sunday, April 12, 10:00 a.m. : Cardinal Reinhard Marx
Easter Monday, April 13, 10 a.m.: Cathedral Dean Lorenz Wolf
3. Buy gifts and chocolates from local Munich stores
This year we all spend Easter at home in Munich. Of course, this also includes gifts, like books, and games for the holidays, chocolates, flowers or other little presents. It’s a great opportunity to support and shop locally online and in person - check out our article on how to support local stores in Munich for an overview of shops that are there for you despite Corona.
3. Decorate your home with your favourite flowers and painted easter eggs
Gladly, nobody has to do without daffodils, bouquets or the traditional Easter wreath. Florists are on the positive list of the Bavarian Senate. Also, it’s a great time to be creative in general and especially on easter it’s even more fun. Decorating your home with a lot of colourful flowers and painted eggs can make it feel like spring even from the inside; painted old wine or water bottles also make great vases for flowers in any season! Here you can find which local flower stores are near you or even deliver them to your home directly.
4. Get creative with baking and cooking for a special easter brunch
Basically, most supermarkets will not be open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, that’s why customers are encouraged to plan purchases as early as possible to avoid chaos. At the same time, Bavaria extended the opening hours until April 19: on regular working days, grocers, banks or drug stores are allowed to open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Or why not, in terms of change, get yourself your easter meal delivered from your favourite restaurant you can’t wait for to reopen? - Here’s a list of all restaurants in Munich that make it possible!
6. Walk through Munich numerous parks instead of taking the car to the lake or mountains
Exit and travel restrictions in Bavaria also apply to hikes, lake trips as well as to motorbike rides. But, of course, we can and should go out into the fresh air, as long as we manage to avoid tight crowds of people. That’s why it’s still important to stick to the general rules, meaning a 1,5 to 2 meter distance to others and being outside either only with a second person or with the family members you live together. This means as long as you’re careful, you can still enjoy the nice weather and beginning of spring by taking a long walk through one of Munich’s many many parks - without even having to take the car.
Here’s a list of our favourite walks and tips how to avoid the mass:
English Garden: With an area of 3.7 km2, the Englischer Garten is one of the world's largest urban public parks - so there are definitely many ways to avoid huge crowds even on easter! Our tip is to walk or bike further outside to Munich’s Unterföhring borough, which is much less visited than the walks around Monopterus or Chinesischer Turm - also it’s great if you want to experience some calm and untouched nature
Nymphenburger Schlosspark: Always one of our favourites is of course the great Nymphenburger Palace Park, located in the Munich Neuhausen-Nymphenburg. It’s also much bigger than most people would think - the park area covers 180 hectares to be exact, so we’re sure you have a lot unknown yet to discover
Isar: Sure, everyone in Munich knows and loves walking, running or biking at the Isar river, that’s no secret. But most people stay within the city when they do it - but further outside, like at Großhesseloher Brücke or Grünwald, it’s much more easy to avoid the masses and also possible to find a little place only for yourself to have a drink and a little bite to eat
We hope you all have a wonderful holiday despite the situation and a great time with your loved ones - stay safe everyone!
The Expat in the City Team