Volksfest: Hassle-free fun

Now writing from beautiful Edinburgh, but more on that tomorrow – first I wanted to catch up on Stuttgart’s Volksfest.  This is the second-largest beerfest in the world, attracting 4 million visitors to Munich’s 7 million.  The main perk of this is that you avoid the blood, sweat and tears associated with getting into an Oktoberfest beer tent, but you don’t miss out on the atmosphere.

I have to admit that I had my doubts at first – the beer tent was sparsely populated with elderly german men nursing their steins.  When the busabout group arrived at about 3:30 pm on a Monday, you could practically hear crickets, and the stares we got made me feel like part of a travelling circus.  There were three long tables in the middle reserved for our group, and everyone immediately took advantage of our free beer tokens.  It wasn’t long before we forgot about being tourists surrounded by locals, and the next thing I knew, the entire beer tent was full of people, all dancing on tables and making spectacles of themselves.

The all-female band was soon relieved by a young rock band, who played English-language favorites mixed with German tunes, and, of course, the classic ‘Ein Prosit’. Volksfest:  all the fun of Oktoberfest, and you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to enjoy yourself.


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