Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Bergkirchweih roughly translates as "the dedication of the mountain church," referring to a church on the outskirts of Erlangen.

From the Erlangen website:

"When the city councils of the municipalities decided on 21st April 1755, to relocate the traditional Pfingstmarkt (fair on Pentecost) from the old town market up to the Burgberg (castle hill), they could hardly imagine what a significant decision they had made. This decision was the birthday of the Erlanger Bergkirchweih, a beer festival, which has been celebrated for more than 250 years every year for 12 days around Pentecost. When the Lord Mayor of Erlangen taps on the first beer barrel -opens herewith the "fifth season", the Huguenot city will expecct more than one million visitors from near and far. Under the splendid old, chestnut trees decorated with Chinese lanterns, the thirsty festival guests can enjoy cool beer out of steins. Franconian dishes, like fried sausages or the well known Breze (pretzel), will be served as well as many international dishes, as Langos or Döner. Under the symbol of the Erlanger Bergkirchweih, the biggest portable Ferris wheel in Europe, the carnies present more than forty rides and carousels, from traditional to high-tech, and many in lottery booths, shooting galleries and sales booths.
Already more than 250 years ago the cellars of Erlanger Castle Hill were used by the local breweries to store their beer, so that even in the summer months it was always cool and fresh. Until the invention of refrigeration machine by Linde the local breweries benefited of this unique locational advantage explained the fame as the No.1 city of export beer even before Munich and Kulmbach. Not only Karl May praised the excellent quality of Erlanger beer in a book, even today the term "Erlanger" is a quality determination in the United States. "

Needless to say, being the 3rd largest Beer Festival in Bavaria, this is the highlight of the year hear in Erlangen. You can't see it in the pictures, but many people wear traditional lederhosen and dirndls to the "Berg".

As you enter you can see the big Riesenrad (Ferris Wheel).

The chinese lanterns seen in the trees...

Lebkuchenherz (A sort of gingerbread heart). You might buy this as a souvenier for somebody.

"Greetings from the Erlanger Bergkirchweih"

Breze (Pretzels) anyone?

The largest outdoor Beer Garden....

The band attired in traditional clothing...
Entrance to a Bier Keller (Beer Cellar)
Mmmm...Weisenbier (wheat beer)!

But lots of candy too!

The "Berg" is laid out in a very long fashion with beer gardens on one side and rides on the other with more beer gardens up the mountain a bit.

Ferris Wheel!

Views from the Ferris Wheel of the Greater Erlangen Metropolitan Area:
To the west:

To the southeast:

We live about here.............V... on the far side of the green patch on the top.

Wolli-Ber! (Wooly bears)

Farewell until next year!


vicki said...

I thought the "Berg" was the 2nd largest bierfest in Bavaria. What is 2nd?

Blopper said...

According to wikipedia the Berg is the third biggest fair in Bavaria after the Oktoberfest in Munich and the Gäubodenvolksfest in Straubing.

Silbermond said...

Excellent pictures!