Rosenheim Fall Festival

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Rosenheim Fall Festival
Rosenheim Fall Festival

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Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) isn’t the only place in Germany with an impressive beer festival. If you’re looking to get a sneak peak of the Oktoberfest spirit, and experience Germany’s long standing love for beer festivals, head to the Rosenheim (Rosenheim vacation rentals | Rosenheim travel guide) Fall Festival.

The Rosenheim Fall Festival, or Rosenheim Herbstfest in German, draws over one million visitors annually and is the largest such festival in the area. Within Rosenheim the festival is referred to simply as “Wiesn”, as it is held on Loretowiese, a large public space in the city. In medieval times Loretowiese functioned as a public park by the city gates and was often used for fairs and other public entertainment. Today, in addition to hosting the beer festival, the area is used as an exhibition center and has more modern function: a parking area.

The festival, which is organized by the Wirtschaftliche Verband, begins with a traditional opening ceremony on the first Saturday. This event is more than just beer, and is fun for the whole family. Loretowiese is filled with rides, games, food stalls, and loads of entertainment. You can watch the crowning of “Miss Herbstfest”, and take in some evening fireworks. The traditional clothing, called Trachten, for beer festivals in Bavaria are sold in shops all over the area. Men traditionally wear Lederhosen, a pair of leather pants of varying lengths, and women wear Dirndls. A Dirndl with the apron tied on the right signifies that they are married, and on the left that they are single.

The Rosenheim Beer Festival begins on the last Saturday of August and is open for 16 days. They stop serving beer at 11pm, but as the tents open early in the day there is plenty of time to enjoy the food, companionship, and, of course, the beer!

How to get there: Rosenheim is located 70km southeast of Munich. Simply follow the A8 to Rosenheim and pick up the B15. If you don’t have a designated driver, don’t worry, as there are plenty of train connections from Rosenheim’s main station to take you to surrounding cities, and the local public transportation makes getting around the Rosenheim itself easy. Rosenheim is almost the midpoint of the train journey between Munich and Salzburg.

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Allison Stendardi-Deptolla

This travel guide has been written by Allison Stendardi-Deptolla.

Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.

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