Feeling on top of the world….

25 Apr

….and some other local experiences you won’t want to miss.

On top of a mountain (well maybe just more of a really big hill) in the (middle of crapping nowhere) middle of the Fränkische Schweiz on the first weekend in May, you find a wonderful beer festival with some of the best views (and beers) in the area. It’s called the Walberlafest and I strongly recommend you go.

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Walberlafest 2013, and yes it’s all on the top of a mountain!

It’s origins are seriously ancient, possibly right back to pagan feasts in the 9th century and because of this it’s considered by some to be the oldest Spring festival in Germany. It is quite a hike up Walberla and in places it can be quite steep, wear sensible shoes and take a coat, even if the sun is out in the morning, it is a long way down in the rain.

The best way to get there is by train, one of the most popular paths up Walberla starts in the small village of Kirchehrenbach, incidentally this is the best station to get off at and start your climb to the top. Erlangen-Forchheim-Kirchehrenbach is how your trip would go from Erlangen Hbf, be prepared for the trains to be crowded if you are travelling later in the day. Saturday and Sunday are the main days for visitors 10am-11pm, though the tapping of the first cask takes place on the Friday at about 6pm. There is also a church service at the Chapel on Walberla at 9am on Sunday.

Die Blaue Nacht (The blue night) is Nuremberg’s cultural offering to May, the night of May 3rd to be specific. Now you might be thinking, blue night? what? so everything is blue? Well yes in  German feat of wonderful organisation every bulb in every lamppost in Nuremberg is replaced with a blue one, for a night. That’s not all it is obviously, but it’s a distinct amount of effort that goes into things like this, it really is all in the detail for me.

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A tiny idea of what goes on on Blaue Nacht from 2012

The city centre opens it’s doors, it’s churches, it’s spaces and even it’s castle, to a ‘long night of art and culture’. You can buy a ticket to attend various events around the city but there is such a lot to see for free that I haven’t ever felt the need to buy one. There is usually a light show projected onto the castle once the sun goes down, it is very impressive but it can get very busy so maybe don’t go in a huge group.

The bierkeller of the Forchheimer Kellerwald open this weekend 26 & 27 April, you can sample beers and food so you know where to head for the good stuff when you arrive for Annafest later in the year

Entla’s Keller Erlangen also kick off their musical events for the year this weekend 26 & 27 April with some fabulous Franconian music ‘Fränkisches Gwerch am Berch’. Check out the calendar of events for information on dates and musicians.

Some Osterbrunnen (including Bierberbach) are still dressed and waiting to be photographed and the Volksfest in Nürnberg continues.

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6 Responses to “Feeling on top of the world….”

  1. Frau Dietz (Eating Wiesbaden) April 28, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    You have such an awesome range of things going on. Over this way, wine season is just starting, so it’s all just wine, wine, wine round here from now until the end of the summer. Not that I’m complaining 😉

    • The Erlangen Expat April 28, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

      It’s mostly beer beer beer around here just there’s always walking too which at least helps exercise off the calories!

  2. Jürgen Hubert April 15, 2015 at 10:05 am #

    My family traditionally hikes to the Walberla from Effeltrich on the first Sunday in May. I first walked the route when I was four.

    • Alie C April 21, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

      Such a lovely family tradition!

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