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Sunday, April 08, 2007


The Bavarians enjoy their beer festivals and they have a secret. Many foreign tourists have arrived in Munich at the beginning of October, disappointed to find that they have just missed Oktoberfest, which is carefully timed so that it usually falls in the last two weeks of September. What they don't tell you is that you can be early for their second biggest beer festival which is in the Spring. The festival is Der Berg or to give it its official title, Bergkirchweih in Erlangen.

Bergkirchweih Erlangen has been held annually since 1755 and this year is scheduled for 24 May - 4 June, 2007. Over a million visitors enjoy the Berg each year but few are foreign tourists and it is much easier to find a hotel bed than it is in Munich during Oktoberfest.

Erlangen is a university town close to Nuremberg and there is a wider selection of hotels in Nuremberg; special late-night trains run back there during the festival.

Here is a video clip posted by Celaniry which gives the flavour of Bergkirchweih, actually flavour is the wrong word because there is not much beer in evidence but the festival atmosphere is nicely portrayed.

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