It is no secret that Two Trekkers enjoy a beer or two! When we were in Peru trekking to Machu Picchu a fellow traveller, Julia from Stuttgart, told us about the Cannstatter Wasen Volkfest, a big party similar to the Munich Oktoberfest. Of course we made a note to visit in our travel itinerary. Fast forward seven months and the stars had aligned! We met up with Julia to enjoy the beer festival that is held in the Bad Cannstatt area of Stuttgart for 17 days each year in late September/early October.
Located on a 35 hectare site on the banks of the Neckar River, the Cannstatter Wasen Volkfest attracts over four million revelers, a figure growing each year since its inception over 200 years ago as an agricultural festival slash King’s Birthday celebrations. An impressive alternative to the circus that is the Munich Oktoberfest, the Cannstatter Wasen is free to enter.
This year it had 10 huge tents, capable of seating around 1,300 people. The tents are also free to enter and entry is only refused when capacity is reached. You can also reserve tables ahead of time to guarantee entry. If you are unluckily unable to go into a tent, there are food and beer stands everywhere as well as live music and seating – a major difference to the Munich Oktoberfest where all the action happens inside the tents and people find themselves queuing for ages for a piece of the party action.
The festival also has loads of amusement rides for people of all ages, food stalls, music and of course beer! Inside the tents – we visited the Klauss & Klauss and the Zum Wasenwirt – beers come in real glasses! (a shock for Australians) and start at €9.90 for a Maß which is a litre of golden goodness. You can also order traditional German food, all sorts of sausages and grilled meats. The bands are wonderful, playing all the famous German drinking songs and dancing on the tables is also encouraged! Prost!