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Home Page > Features > Frühlingsfest (Spring Festivals)

Beginning Spring with the Frühlingsfests

The Frühlingsfest is one name for a town's or city's Spring Festival.  Spring festivals are very common as the school year heads toward its end and the flowers come into full bloom.  Certain special events, such the Wittmontag and Happy Mosel Winefest celebrations, are peculiar to a specific village.  But it seems like all towns, large and small, ring in the spring in their own special way.  And so, here is a brief montage of four spring festivals or events, each a little different.

WalldorfIn mid-April, we found advertisements for a Frühlingsfest parade in Walldorf, just a few miles from our house, so we decided to attend.  The day was very gray, rainy at times, but that didn't prevent the crowds from coming out in full costume.  Most of the costumes were of a medieval nature, like this group here. 

The dominant group of participants were children, who were broken out by school and class.  It seemed like several area schools were represented -- one had their children carry flags, another flowers, another pretzels stuck on top of a colored stick.  The objects were color-coded, like the red and green flags you see here, according to the age group. 

Nussloch.  Naturally, we took advantage of the Spring Festival held right outside our house, too.  Nussloch's event is called the "Brunnenfest" or fountain festival, as it takes place on the main square where the town's fountain resides.  While Nussloch's fall festival is loaded with food and beer tents and music, the Brunnenfest has more of a business theme -- the town's businesses remained open after hours and on Sunday (very unusual in Germany).

Meanwhile, the town square was a forum for a Saturday night open air concert, and on Sunday it played hosts to various events such as a fashion show, shown here.  (It wasn't a fashion show in the Milan-catwalk-with-anorexic-babes, this was ordinary people modeling the newest 'ordinary' outfits, available at local merchants.)  There were plenty of amusement park rides and such as well.

Rastatt.  The city of Rastatt hosts a weekend-long Spring Festival in its festival grounds just across the Murg River from the old city.  The Spring Festival consisted mostly of amusement park rides and games, with fireworks slated one of the nights.

Most of the early attendees were families, especially with little kids, and groups of teens looking to hang out.  That was the typical pattern at most of the small festivals, the bigger crowds tended to come out in the later afternoon/early evenings.

Munich.  Munich's Frühlingsfest lasted for over a month, and was about half as large as the Oktoberfest.  In fact, it seemed almost exactly like the Oktoberfest except for all the beer tents.

We were there on a Friday with a couple hours to spare, but as we could not stay late, the festival was sadly empty.  So, we spent our time taking a ferris wheel ride that gave us some spectacular city views and a good look at the Peterskirche (shown at upper left here).

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Based on various events in 2004 -- Page last updated 01 September 2006 -- (C) 2004 Tom Galvin

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