It’s that time of year again… A couple of weeks before the start of the big bierfest that Munich is most famous for, many smaller regional versions spring up in the surrounding area. Herbstfests (Autumn Fests) are traditionally held to celebrate the end of harvest season, and (for me anyway, while we are here at least) signal the real start of Autumn… They tend to feel a bit more authentic, and give a real insight into how Bavarian’s like to let their hair down (with plenty of food, bier, music and laughter it seems!). Plus, given that there are generally far fewer tourists at these fests, the bier tends to be cheaper than at Oktoberfest too!
Should you happen to be in Bavaria at the end of August/beginning to mid September, keep an eye out for posters advertising Herbsfests, there are plenty to choose from!… It’s a brilliant way to spend an afternoon – and as I guarantee that after a Maß or two your German language skills seem to improve dramatically, it’s a great way to make new friends!…
Laura Huggins says
Lovely photo’s. I have never heard of this festival before. It looks amazing.
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No problem. Thanks Laura! :)
So bright and happy looking – I want to go! Mine’s a super big bier!
It’s about all you will get here anyway so probably just as well! Prost! :D
Ah, to be in Bavaria in the autumn. Enjoy. Prost!
Prost Rachel, hope all is well! :)
Funky Wellies says
Great pics, totally captured the spirit of a Herbstfest! :o)
Going to an Oktoberfest party soon, have to wear that Dirndl again!! xx
Thank you! Do you know, I am always so nervous about putting one of mine on, but then once you get there and realise that you really would be the odd one out if you hadn’t got one, and then I relax and enjoy it! :D xx
A lovely selection of photos to really show what the event is all about. Have never heard of it before but looks like you’ll be in an alcoholic stupor for the foreseeable future? ;-))
I was on Sunday yes! :D x
I do miss the German festivals! I really do. We must have been to every one in our neighbourhood when we lived there. My favourite as it was so bizarre was the kartoffelfest! Welcoming the potato season. So many happy memories of meeting friends, talking, eating and drinking and EATING! Elinor x
We missed our potato fest by a day, but this weekend, we have kurbisfest!! Thank you Elinor! :) x
Love these photos – made me feel very nostalgic! Did your kiddos wear their Trachten?
They wore theirs on the Friday, I wore mine on the Saturday! :D
The colours and the costumes are very inviting!
It makes for great people watching! Thank you! :)
Love the third pic (and all the others) with the rim lighting. Thinking of you having fun there. xx
Thanks Mum. Speak tom?? xxx
Erica Price says
Love those traditional outfits. I like the fact that they wear it still.
I think it’s a bit of a shame that we don’t have anything similar! Thanks Erica! :)
Mama Syder says
It looks so much fun. I love the first photo of the little boy, soooo adorable x
So cute isn’t he? Thank you Mama S xx
Rollercoaster Mum says
It looks fabulous – love the photos – especially the little boy in his outfit at the beginning. I love the sound of a Herbstfest – one day I think we will have to come to Bavaria.
You must! We could all go together! :D
Right, I am planning my trip for next year! :-)
Brilliant. Make sure you do! :)
A Patchwork Life says
Can hardly believe it’s that time again – where has the year gone?
Lovely photos, think the smaller fests would be more my cup of tea, or pint of ale…Looks like a lot of fun :)
Thank you. I am recovering from last nights as we speak… :D
We’re actually thinking about a holiday in the Frankenjura next August….Maybe we could try and extend it and link it into a Herbstfest somewhere…. Although I think it would take more than a bier or two to improve my non-existent German. Still, I’d be happy to give it a go ;-)
You must! Come up this way if you can… And if it helped my German, it will def help yours existant or non-existant! :D