On these holidays people are BANNED from dancing in Munich (Ban on dancing on Silent Holidays)


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Find out why the clubs’ dance floors must remain empty on these public silent holidays in Munich

In addition to the public holidays, there are also silent days. On quiet days, public entertainment events that do not correspond to the serious nature of those days are prohibited. The ban on dancing in Munich covers a lot of things.

Silent Holidays: What is allowed and what is not despite the ban on dancing?

There are a total of nine “quiet days” in Bavaria: There is a general ban on dancing in bars, pubs, clubs and discos. But what about private parties?

When are the silent holidays in Bavaria?

  • Memorial Day – 11/14/2021
  • Repentance and Prayer Day – November 17, 2021 (no school)
  • Sunday of the Dead – 11/21/2021
  • Christmas Eve – December 24th, 2021
  • Ash Wednesday – 2.3.2022
  • Maundy Thursday – April 14, 2022
  • Good Friday, Holy Saturday – April 15/16, 2022 (midnight – midnight)
  • All Saints’ Day – 1.11.2022
Ban on dancing

What can you not do during the ban on dancing?

On all silent holidays, the dance floors must remain empty – regardless of any music that may be permitted. Public entertainment events that do not correspond to the seriousness of the respective silent day are not permitted. This is especially true for music in restaurants, clubs or discos.

Following a change in the law, it is now possible to “celebrate in” until 2 am on most silent holidays. After that, the clubs can stay open, but have to turn the music down and get you off the dance floor. Gamers among you already know: amusement venues such as amusement arcades are closed.


What can you do despite the ban on dancing?

Concerts and other music events are assessed on a case-by-case basis. If they correspond to the character of a quiet day, then they are allowed. The district administration department in Munich decides on a permit. Heavy metal concerts or hard rock are not tolerated on these days, but classical concerts can usually be held without any problems. When it comes to pop music, jazz or hits, it depends on the repertoire being played. The organizer must have this approved. 

Cabaret, variety and circus shows , on the other hand, are allowed, because the legal regulation affects dancing to loud music. Therefore, sporting events are also possible – with two exceptions: Repentance and Prayer Day and Good Friday.

And what about a private party like weddings? Here you are actually always on the safe side if you invite guests and not everyone has access – because the ban on dancing applies to public events . If you have any doubts, it is better to ask the district administration department beforehand.

Ban on dancing

The Bavarian Ministry of the Interior justifies the legal regulation as follows: “On quiet days, public entertainment events that do not correspond to the serious nature of these days are prohibited.”

Applies to the city of Munich on quiet days

According to Art. 3 of the Public Holidays Act, public entertainment events that do not correspond to the seriousness of the respective silent day are prohibited on the following days:

  • Ash Wednesday
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Good Friday
  • Holy Saturday
  • All Saints’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Day of Prayer and Repentance
  • Dead Sunday
  • holy Evening

Temporal scope of the ban:

  • The protection of the silent days applies on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Penance and Prayer Day, All Saints’ Day, Memorial Day and Death Sunday from 2 a.m. to midnight
  • On Christmas Eve, protection begins at 2 p.m. and ends at midnight.
  • On Good Friday and Holy Saturday, the protection applies from midnight to midnight

The amusement restrictions therefore apply from Maundy Thursday from 2 a.m. continuously up to and including Easter Saturday midnight.

Music performances / concerts:

▶ With the exception of Good Friday, when all types of musical performances in rooms with bars – especially in restaurants (including discotheques) – are prohibited without exception, musical performances or concerts are not fundamentally prohibited on other quiet days.
For this, however, an assessment of the specific individual case is always necessary, whereby the decisive factor is which repertoire is to be performed.

▶ In most music genres (for example folk music, hits, rock, pop, folk, classical or jazz) there is a selection of quiet, calm titles that can match the character of a quiet day. In hard rock and heavy metal concerts as well as in dance and discotheque operations, however, it can be assumed that these do not correspond to the serious character, especially since music is played at high volume there.

▶ On the basis of the above, the organizer must therefore demonstrate to the district administration department, in particular by means of an exemplary repertoire of music performance, that the event is compatible with the serious nature of the quiet day.
In any case, a general statement by the organizer about the compatibility of the performance with the respective “silent day” is not sufficient.

▶ The district administration department can only make an overall impression of the event and make a final assessment based on a specific description.

▶ On all quiet days, however, there is a general ban on dancing – regardless of any music that may be permitted.

Ban on dancing

Cabaret, variety and circus performances:

Such performances are generally allowed on the quiet days, since it can be assumed that the serious character corresponding to the quiet days is preserved.
However, the music ban must be observed on Good Friday .

Sports events:

With the exception of Good Friday and the Day of Repentance and Prayer, sporting events are also permitted on quiet days.

Gambling halls:

Amusement arcades are so-called amusement facilities and their operation is therefore to be assessed as a public amusement. Accordingly, these must be closed on all silent days during the times listed at the beginning. They must also remain closed during the main service time on Sundays and public holidays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Exceptions are not possible.

Closed (non-public) amusements or societies:

Since only “public” amusements are forbidden under the Public Holidays Act, this does not apply to “closed companies”, provided that they are actually a “closed group of people”.
This is generally the case when the participating people have a personal relationship with one another, as is the case at family celebrations, birthdays, weddings or similar celebrations. In addition, company celebrations are also conceivable at which a company or a department of a company rents a restaurant in full and only employees have access to this event.

▶ “Walk-in customers” or uninvolved third parties are not allowed to enter.
The “public holiday law” cannot be circumvented or excluded by founding associations or similar associations.

▶ Regarding the question of the public, it is also particularly irrelevant whether the members of these associations or associations become members at the door of the restaurants, whether this is done in advance via the Internet or whether an existing database is accessed and then hundreds or more members Invite thousands by email or SMS. This would give the public in the sense of the Public Holidays Act.

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