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Expat in Germany: German Beer Festivals

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

German Beer Festivals

The beer tents are THE place to be at German beer festivals!      

It's that time of year again for German Beer Festivals!  You have undoubtedly heard of Oktoberfest, held in Munich every September and October as it is the largest Volkfest (Festival for the People) in the World, but you may not have heard of Cannstatter Volkfest, a German beer festival in Stuttgart, the second largest in Germany after Oktoberfest. I am especially fond of the Cannstatter Volkfest,(the German beer festival in Stuttgart, which runs Sept 24 - Oct 10, this year, and I bought my ticket in July, yes that's right, July) in part because while it is still a lot of fun and attracts 3 million people, it is not quite as crazy as Oktoberfest, which attracts 6-7 million people each year.  Several million too many for my liking, not to mention the horrendous traffic jams that come with 6-7 million people all heading to the same place and the over 150%+ increase in hotel prices. 

You will see lots of hederhosen and dirndls at German beer festivals!
Regardless of which German beer festivals you attend, you will find they all have common elements - carnival rides, beer tents, beer and traditional German fair food - who can resist the roast chickens, pork knuckles, sausages, pretzels and cheese spatzle?  OK, maybe I can pass on the pork knuckles.  Did I mention beer?   The beer does not come cheap mind you.  At German beer festivals you can except to pay over 8 for a beer, but that will get you 1 liter of beer!  And my personal favorite of all German beer festivals?  The lederhosen and dirndls which locals will actually wear to work during the time of the German beer festivals in place of their business suits!  Prost! , as they say in German. 

Traditional German food served at German beer festivals.
 More information on German Beer Festivals:
Cannstatter Volkfest
As to be expected, there is a LOT of beer at German beer festivals
 See also:  German Beer Festival in Stuttgart

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At September 21, 2010 at 8:44 AM , Blogger MissEmy said...

That looks like fun! And a good time was had by all, I'm sure.

At September 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM , Blogger shufuinjapan said...

I agree with you! The Stuttgarter Volksfest is terribly underrated. Why go to Munich when you can do the same thing for way less hassle in Stuttgart! I hope you've got yourself a dirndl!

At September 21, 2010 at 6:32 PM , Blogger Seh said...

My husband is from the Stuttgart area and has mentioned this festival there. Maybe we'll make it there next year. But I prefer a Radler rather than pure beer. :)

At September 22, 2010 at 9:16 AM , Blogger Stuttgartgirl said...

No dirdnl yet, but I'm seriously contemplating it :)

Seh, hope you make it next year. I would like Radler as well, but am allergic to beer. Oh the irony of living in Germany with all the beer festivals and being allergic to beer.

At November 29, 2010 at 8:13 AM , Blogger Morgenmuffel said...

lol I have just spent some time staring at the lady carrying the six beer steins... is it just me or does she only have one arm?

At November 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM , Blogger Expat in Germany said...

LOL! I'm going guess 2, but you're right from the picture it looks like one! I have no idea how they carry so much beer!


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