Thursday, May 10, 2012
Cannstatter Wasen: a Stuttgart tradition
The Ferris-wheel is said to be the largest portable Ferris-wheel in the world! I think the emphasis is on "portable" because it certainly isn't there the rest of the year. Now, that big thing on the banks of the Thames in London is notably larger, of course, but I don't see that going anywhere any other times of the year.
Even though the fair-ways could be mistaken for any fair in North America, there is one thing that makes it all German: the massive beer tents with benches and tables and music and singing and eating and large mugs of beer in every hand. You are allowed to stand on the wooden benches to sway arm-in-arm with your neighbor while singing all the songs, but never stand on the table: it just ain't fittin'!
Labels: Bad Cannstatt, Baden-Württemberg, Cannstatter Wasen, Festivals, Germany, King Wilhelm I, Stuttgart, Tour Germany
A native Virginian who worked in several different countries from Europe to Asia and across the U.S. before settling permanently in Germany in 2006. Particularly loves photography; architectural history, exploring the quieter streets; finding a friendly café where he can chat up others and hear their exciting travel adventures; travel writing; Eastern European history, and doing Chinese calligraphy.