Germany really knows how to enjoy beer. The famous Bavarian festival Oktoberfest is the world’s greatest tribute to beer, a tribute which attracts millions from around the world as soon as October arrives. What about the summer though? Germany doesn’t disappoint. Gäubodenvolksfest takes place this month and attracts 1 million visitors annually. Not bad, for a beer fest!
Grab a pen and write this down: August 13 and the 23rd. The festival runs between these two dates. Gäubodenvolksfest (try to say that three times fast after a few pints…) takes place in Straubing in the southern region of Germany. The festival started small but has grown to be the second more important cultural festival in Germany since then.
The rural surroundings definitely lend themselves to the atmosphere of the folklore festivities. This festival isn’t all about the beer, it’s the regions chance to revive some old traditions through traditional costume and musical performances. In the background you can explore the medieval town of Straubing where you can indulge in some traditional recipes as well as sample some of their highly prized beers.
For those of you who thinking that beer fests are not a child-friendly affair, think again. Once you’re inside the gates of the festival there are dozens of rides, roller coasters, bumper cars and games ready to entertain even the littlest tykes. There are many activities organized for kids as well, giving them a chance to discover the rich heritage of the region and take part in some of the traditions.
The event is also of course a great opportunity for beer lovers to enjoy their favourite drink. Gäubodenvolksfest is the perfect solution for a holiday that suits the whole family. For more information, visit the festival homepage.
How to get there?
It’s pretty simple from just about anywhere in Europe. From London, search for cheap flights to Munich on liligo.com. From there you can go by train or by car the rest of the way to Straubing.
Don’t forget go wear your trachten, your traditional Bavarian clothing!
Interested in different drinking cultures around the world? Take a look at a previous article, 10 destinations to “drink up!”