Further Drachenstich

THE PLACE TO BE

Whether it’s a beer tent, a children’s festival, a “Heckenwirtschaft” or a “Zoiglstube” – locals and visitors alike are made to feel at home at Bavaria’s many festivals. These traditional events are as much a part of Bavaria as the famous art of brewing and the fairytale castles. In every region of the Free State they naturally have a big impact on the lives of the inhabitants.

From the Almabtrieb (cattle drive) to the Maibaumfest (May pole celebrations) or the Krampuslauf (Krampus run): Entire villages invest countless hours of work in the loving preparations for their festivals. Every generation gets involved. They sew costumes or decorate houses and streets - in ways that are original and authentic, as learned from their parents and grandparents.

On the day of the festival the whole village is out in force. Young and old join together with guests from elsewhere to celebrate the Bavarian sense of homeland and breathe new life into old traditions. The convivial sense of coming together is what gives the festivals in the Free State their distinctive – typically Bavarian – feel.

The young Bavarians are carrying the customs into the present day, by turning the centuries-old festivals into cultural events. In our stories we show you how Bavaria’s rich and varied customs come to life in its popular meeting places.

Sandra Bierl mit Ritter Michael Horn
Sandra Bierl mit Ritter Michael Horn

A new way to experience the Middle Ages

A new way to experience the Middle Ages

Together on and off the stage: Sandra Bierl and her boyfriend play the roles of the pair of knights at the 2016 ``Spearing the Dragon``. What an experience!

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The ``Plootzer`` request a dance

The ``Plootzer`` request a dance

Young couples, a jovial atmosphere, and everything around an old tree – the Limmersdorf Lindenkirchweih Fair continues to excite its visitors year on year.

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A historic focus for the whole region

A historic focus for the whole region

A medieval festival for more than 100 years: Visitors and locals enjoy a thrilling trip to the past at Burgfest Burghausen.

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A medieval celebration like no other

A medieval celebration like no other

The Landshut wedding is held every four years. The “Patrons” association organises an authentic medieval feast in celebration.

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Biergarten
Biergarten

The largest beergarden in the world

The largest beergarden in the world

Delicious snacks, quaffable beers, Annafest – enjoy Franconian cuisine and traditions in the largest beer garden in the world.

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Zoiglstern
Zoiglstern

Zoigl beer pubs

Zoigl beer pubs

In northeast Bavaria you can experience a quite special beer tradition: that of the Zoiglstuben - temporary pubs serving a special local beer called Zoigl.

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Heckenwirtschaft in Großheubach
Heckenwirtschaft in Großheubach

An Inn in the vineyard

An Inn in the vineyard

Anyone entering a ``Heckenwirtschaft`` (a temporary pub that opens for a few weeks of the year) for the first time is likely to get a shock: It is likely to be completely full, even at lunchtime. And yet, ``a good Heckenwirtschaft always has room``, as the locals say.

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Überfahrt über den Königssee
Überfahrt über den Königssee

``Almabtrieb by boat``

``Almabtrieb by boat``

When the alpine farmers from the Saletalm bring their cows down from the alpine meadows at the end of the summer, they take them on a quite extraordinary journey: humans and animals float on the Landauer boats, across the length of Lake Königssee.

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Klausen in Sonthofen
Klausen in Sonthofen

Driving away spirits and demons with cow horns

Driving away spirits and demons with cow horns

In December, it gets creepy in Sonthofen: over three evenings, young people from Sonthofen go through the town dressed as scary figures and celebrate the custom of ``Klausentreiben``.

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