The last night of Bergkirchweih

Germany loves ceremony. Every event I’ve ever been to, from the opening of a farm shop for the season, to a concert at the Town Hall is preceded by long speech during which everyone in the world is thanked (in great detail) and the assembled audience waits patiently and claps with gusto (to wake those who have nodded off during said speech) when its finally over. Bergkirchweih is no exception.

Well, it kind of is. No one will ever fall asleep during the finale at Bergkirchweih.

last night erich keller

Last night is something I would recommend to anyone living in Erlangen, the atmosphere is unbeatable and there is just something more authentic about Bergkirchweih during the week (I suppose less tourists for a start). Head on down tonight, whatever the weather and enjoy the beer atmosphere.

Last night is a night of tradition. The final barrel is carried through the crowds and then buried at the keller which will hold next years opening ceremony. Erich Keller is the place to be to get a front row for the action on closing night…last night waiting

…look out for the men with pickaxes and shovels travelling through the crowds with that final barrel hoisted above their heads…

last night hanky waving

…to wave goodbye to the barrel you’ll need a white hanky (usually a tissue) handy…

…all whilst singing ‘Blutwurst und Sauerkraut’ to the tune of the British national anthem, yes you read that right, I’m not kidding…

And just like that Bergkirchweih is over for another year, 17th May 2018 can’t come soon enough!

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2 thoughts on “The last night of Bergkirchweih

  1. germanginge says:

    “Germany loves ceremony. Every event I’ve ever been to, from the opening of a farm shop for the season, to a concert at the Town Hall are preceded by long speech during which everyone in the world is thanked (in great detail)…”

    Never a truer word was written. It was like that at Saturday’s Japantag in DUS Altstadt…

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