Dates 2020: 28th May to 8th JuneAlthough Munich's Oktoberfest may be bigger and more famous, the Erlangen Bergkirchweih is older – by 55 years, in fact. This traditional beer festival attracts more than a million visitors every year. The atmosphere and charm of the 'Berch', as the festival is called for short in Erlangen, appeal to the young as well as the old.
Erlangen's mayor tapping the first barrel of beer on the Thursday before Whitsun signals the start of the 'fifth season' in the ancient Huguenot town. Underneath the beautifully old chestnut trees, decorated with Chinese lanterns, guests can enjoy a cold Festmärzenbier, a beer traditionally brewed in March especially for the festival and served in stoneware tankards, Franconian specialities and international dishes. Carousels and other fun fair attractions, such as lottery booths and shooting galleries, provide a wide variety of entertainment.
Der Berg ruft! ('Follow the call of the mountain!') ...as they say in Erlangen. Visit Germany's oldest beer festival – the Erlangen Bergkirchweih.