The Kockerlball is next on July 23, 2017. It's a quaint little Munich tradition
Here’s one right out of the history books. The Kocherlball or "Cooks’ Ball" is an early morning dance-fest that takes place around the Chinese Tower in Munich’s Englischer Garten Park.
HATS: A quartet of ladies in traditional clothing enjoy breakfast at the Kocherlball.
Photo: La inquieta mirada
Towards the end of the 19th century the dance took place pretty much every Sunday over summer.
The city’s servants, cooks, nannies and other minions would get up early to meet and dance around the tower from about 5am to 8am. This was often the only time the lower-classes could get off work because their masters were still asleep.
However, in a foreshadowing of Footloose, a
party-pooping mayor banned the dance in 1904 due to “lack of morality”.
BAVARIANS!: Gentlemen in taditional lederhosen enjoy
the Kocherlball. Photo: La inquieta mirada
WAITING: A couple of women in traditional
Dirndl dresses look like they're waiting for something
to happen atthe Kocherlball. Photo: La inquieta mirada
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