The Augsburg Plärrer is a great alternative to the Oktoberfest in you're in Bavaria at that time of year
That's me on the right with my girlfriend and a friend of hers in Dirndl dresses in one of the beer tents. Note that I'm drinking dark beer (Dunkles), well worth a try at the Augsburg Plärrer!
I used the "tilt-shift" technique for this shot of the Plärrer grounds from the ferris wheel. The big tent-like structure is the Binswanger, stage of many of my best debaucheries.
The Steckerlfisch experience. Clockwise from top left: the fish roasting away, giant pretzels (Breze) are the perfect complement, and below, friends of mine enjoying the finished product.
The Plärrer can trace its roots back to the old city market festivals or "Dults" which have been held in Augsburg for more than 1,000 years.
The festival was officially called the Geplärre until 1978 and moved to its current location outside the old city walls in 1878 because it was getting too noisy for comfort.
After the First World War no alcohol was served for almost 10 years until 1927.
The first beer tent appeared in 1930.
Although rides and amusements are considered fun enough these days, things were different and a darned sight wackier in the past.
For example, in 1969 the festival’s star attraction was "the smallest man in the world" measuring just 78cm!
A map of the
Augsburg Plärrer grounds, click on it to see it on Google Maps.
Key 1. Plärrer tram stop 2. main entrance 3. Festzelt Hühnerbrateri Ebert-Miller 4. Festzelt Binswanger 5. Ferris wheel 6. Sterndl Alm Festzelt 7. Festhalle Schaller.
Website (in German) www.plaerrer-volksfest.de
Opening times Monday to Thursday 12pm to 11pm, Friday/Saturday 12pm to 11.30pm, Sundays and public holidays 10.30am to 11pm.
Costs Entry is free. Rides and amusements generally cost €2-€4. Count on €10 if you want a decent meal inside one of the beer tents. A Maβ (litre of beer costs around €8, so round it up to €9 with a tip).
Reservations It’s possible to book a table inside the beer tents. However unlike at the Oktoberfest where you have to book months in advance, a few weeks ahead should suffice for the Plärrer.
Contact the beer tent management directly to book.
For the Festzelt Schaller Phone 0821 508 7161 Fax 03212 508 7165
For the Festzelt Binswanger Phone 0821 298 298-0 Fax 0821 298 298-29 Email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Directions Augsburg has a well-serviced train connection to Munich and it takes as little as 30min to get there (by high-speed ICE train) or 45min with a regular train. From the Augsburg Hauptbahnhof (main train station) it’s a 20min walk to the Plärrer grounds.
If you want to cut the walk short you can walk 10min east to the Königsplatz and get Tram No. 64 from in front of the McDonalds to the stop "Plärrer" direction "P+R Augsburg Nord". If you’re using a Bayern Ticket to get to Augsburg from Munich you won’t need to buy an extra ticket for the tram.
Other useful numbers: Plärrer police stand 0821 323 2291 Lost and found 0821 324 5888 Augsburg taxi 0821 350 25.
A bit of partying inside the Binswanger tent…
…and a bit more with everybody up on the benches! You see, just like Oktoberfest!
Like to see more photos from the Augsburg
Pärrer? I've put together a whole page devoted to 'em, see here: Augsburg Plärrer Photos.
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