The months of September and October can be dedicated to a holiday in the warm before the arrival of winter, a break in Europe visiting some of the city made even more magical by the autumn foliage or a weekend at the light-heartedness and…beer!
If you have already been to the Oktoberfest in Munich, this year changed the destination and opt for the Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart or to theHerbstfest in Rosenheim. These beer festivals represent a valid alternative to the Oktoberfest, and, indeed, for the lowest turnout of foreign tourists that offer an authentic atmosphere and charming that you can discover the most typical of this great popular tradition.
The smaller size of the Cannstatter Volksfest and the Herbstfest, you can enjoy the event without having to deal with the long queues for access to the sheds that are formed in Munich in peak times.
Discover, then, the Oktoberfest alternative in Munich where you can spend an unforgettable weekend and the all important practical information for you to make the most of the feast:
- The Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart
- Herbstfest Rosenheim
1 – the Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart
Among the best Oktoberfest alternative to Monaco, there is the famous Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart , which this year will celebrate its 174ª edition. The origins of this festival of beer dates back to 1817 when king William I, to lift the morale of the peasants after a very difficult year due to a poor harvest, decided to put a few days of celebration in a big meadow near the town, the Wasen in bad Cannstatt.
Since then, between September and October all the citizens of Stuttgart gather at the Wasen to spend days devoted to songs, dances, good food and beer, and still today the symbol of the festival is the Fruchtsäule, a column of fruit, high 24 meters, which is reminiscent of the peasant origins.
The Cannstatter Volksfest there are 10 main warehouses that offer, depending on the size, from 3 thousand to 8 thousand seats. The regulation of this celebration of beer involves, in fact, that you are able to order their drink only when you are sitting at a table in order not to create confusion or over-crowding.
- Dates Cannstatter Volksfest, Stuttgart, 2019: September 27 – October 13
- Where you hold the Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart: Cannstatter Wasen, along the east side of the river Neckar.
- How to reach the Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgartyou can reach the festival area via the lines S1, S2 and S3 S-Bahn train and get off at the station Bad-Cannstatt (Cannstatter Bahnhof), line 42 tram and get off at the station Mercedesstraße, and the lines U1, U9, U11, U13 metro.
What to see in Stuttgart
If before the return home, we remain of the time, visit the charming and picturesque city centre of Stuttgart and its vast palace square, dominated by the Column of the Jubilee , erected in 1841, from the New Palace and the Old Castle dating back to X century.
Other interesting attractions in the city and the Solitude Castle, once the private residence of hunting of the duke of Württemberg, where you can treat yourself to a relaxing stroll in the beautiful gardens that surround it and the Mercedes-Benz Museum, a must-see for fans of the car.
Where to sleep in Stuttgart
During your weekend in Stuttgart, if you want to stay close to the Wasen choose the Hotel Restaurant Kiehl’s Linde, a comfortable family-run hotel in the district of Bad Cannstatt.
If, instead, you prefer to enjoy greater peace of mind get away from the area of the beer festival and opt for the Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten, an elegant property located in the city centre and offers a michelin starred restaurant.
2 – Herbstfest Rosenheim
Another of the most important beer festivals of Germany is theHerbstfest in Rosenheim, one of the main cities ofupper Bavaria , located about 60 km south-east from Munich.
The origins of the Herbstfest in Rosenheim, as for the other Oktoberfest German, are very ancient and of peasant origin, but only in 1925 he began planning this festival in a more organized.
The Herbstfest Rosenheim is held at the Loretowiese, a public park where they are mounted tents. The biggest and the most important is the Flötzinger Festzelt and the typical amusement park.
Among the most important events of the program of the event include the inaugural parade , in costumes, part of the station to reach the area of the party and the election of Miss Herbstfest.
- Dates of the Herbstfest in Rosenheim 2019: 31 August – 15 September
- Where you hold the Herbstfest in Rosenheim: Loretowiese, a public area located in the centre of the town.
- How to get to the Herbstfest in Rosenheim: for its small size compared to other Oktoberfest, this beer festival can be comfortably reached by car by parking in the nearby multi-storey car park.
What to see in Rosenheim
Participate in the Herbstfest in Rosenheim can be an excellent opportunity to visit this charming German town. The heart of Rosenheim, with the typical buildings from facades painted in pastel colours is represented by the Max-Joseph-Platz, the main square, while the symbol of the town is the beautiful church of St. Nikolaus, in late gothic style.
If you have time and love nature, the advice is to also give you a tour of the Chiemsee lake , approximately 40 km away from Rosenheim. This small lake is characterized by the presence of an island on which stands the majestic Castle of Herrenchiemsee and offers glimpses of natural tale.