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The 2nd Biggest Beer Fest in Germany

The second largest beer festival in Germany is the Erlangen Bergkirchweih held at the beginning of June each year.

Erlangen Beer Festival

It’s all about the beer in Erlangen. Perched up on the mountain, this beer fest began with tastings throughout the “caves” where the beer is stored. Unlike the sprawling Oktoberfest held in Munich, here you must climb and wind your way between trees, small alleyways, and all the caves built into the side of the mountain.

Erlangen Beer Festival

There are a number of beers represented as you walk across the face of the mountain.  As you can see the waitresses and bartenders stay nice and cool in the caves where you can sit inside, outside, or even on top to enjoy their wares.

Bavarian Boy

Bavarians (and Germans) of all ages come to the fest to eat, ride the rides, play the games, and just have a great time.  Most Bavarians wear their traditional “trachtenmode” or traditional clothing.  This little boy is sporting his “lederhosen” or leather pants.

Corn Booth Erlangen

Who doesn’t enjoy a cup of cooked corn during a break from the rides?

Erlangen Beer Festival

Choosing the right ducks is important here.  You add up your points to claim your prize.

Erlangen Beer Fest

These little girls are enjoying their balloon, even though it’s tough to manage.

Haxen Bavaria

And what fest is complete without some good fatty fest food.  This vendor sells drippy, delicious haxen (pork knuckles), ducks, or chicken.  Yum. Yum.

The Erlangen beer festival might not be as famous as the Okotberfest, but they still have oompah bands, great food, lots of rides and games, and a whole lot of beer.  Don’t miss it!

Author Bio: Corinne Vail is a travel photographer, food lover, and a perpetual traveler who has been travel writing for over 14 years. For many years she lived overseas in Germany, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, and the Netherlands teaching the children of the US. military. She’s visited over 90 countries, and she’s not stopping anytime soon.

Have you been to the Erlangen Bergkirchweih Festival?  Tell us what you thought!

DJ Park Warden

Wednesday 3rd of April 2024

I was lucky enough to visit the Erlangen "Berg" beer festival in 2006 when the FIFA World Cup of soccer was being held in Germany, and... I LOVED IT!!! The atmosphere was incredible, boosted by the mood & festivies of WC, and the Beer Fest tself was once-in-a-lifetime for me & my friends. The locals were super-friendly, with many of them asking us, "why are you here if you speak English?" Ha ha, they said that this is the beer festival for Germans because Oktoberfest in Munich is "too touristy." It's one of my favourite travel memories ever... and the BEER & Jagermeister? AMAZING, hope to return someday!

Tiana Kai

Monday 24th of June 2013

Ah, so I just missed all the great beer! I love Bavaria and really hope to go back one day and explore a bit more!

Corinne Vail

Monday 24th of June 2013

Tiana Kai - If you get the chance to be in Erlangen for the fest, you need to do it. I absolutely loved it. I've heard many Bavarians say they prefer it to the Munich Octoberfest because there are fewer crowds. I'm not so sure about that. It felt really crowded to me, but I did enjoy every minute of it! Thanks for your comment!