Useful hints and tips for travelers in Germany
It all starts on Saturday morning (September 24th, 2011) when the mayor of the city “taps” a pint of beer. At that point the drink flows freely between the large stands of the local breweries, Hofbräu, Dinkel, Acker, Schwaben Braü, Fürstenberg Bräu. The Cannstatter Volksfest, Stuttgart’s Beer Festival, will close after two weeks in a blaze of fireworks.
The feast of Stuttgart has nothing to envy to that of Munich: the big tents (Festzelte) can contain up to 8 000 people, the modern amusement park offers dozens of attractions, the food stands prepare local food from morning to night, music is always present and the atmosphere is truly exciting.
The Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart has all the ingredients to be considered an important cultural and tourist event. However, this is primarily a local event, which attracts many visitors from the neighboring towns to the large stands, as Ludwigsburg, Böblingen, Esslingen am Neckar, and which gives a special, traditional atmosphere to the party.
Within the Cannstatter Volksfest there is also a craft market – Krämermarkt and on Sunday morning there is a procession of beer floats, set up by the local producers. Of course, in addition to those present in the Festzelte, there are many other stands that offer the best of gastronomic specialties from Baden-Württemberg, such as roasts, Käsespätzle, Schupfnudeln and Göckele, beef and pork served with sauerkraut and potatoes, but especially along with mugs of beer.
In the two weeks of Cannstatter Volksfest it is difficult to find hotel rooms in Stuttgart if you have not booked in advance. The above mentioned neighboring towns, may be good alternatives where to book.
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