Festivals all year round! These are some of the things I love in Germany. You can experience it in any seasons of the year. These so-called Volksfest or People’s Fair for example are very prevalent not only on summer season but also on spring and autumn or fall seasons. Imagine going to the world’s most famous and biggest festival, the Oktoberfest in Munich!

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A beer tent in one of the Volksfest I attended in Bavaria, Germany. It is still not full when we went inside.

The one held in Stuttgart known as the Canstatter Volkfest is also a fabulous festival to visit. Although  this Volksfest is not strictly speaking a beer festival, it is considered by many to be the second largest beer celebration in the world after the Munich Oktoberfest. Read more… »

There are many festivals you can experience in Germany.  Whatever time  and season it is  of  the year, festivities are all year round.   I miss this interesting festival known as Tillyfest. It is celebrated annually in Breitenbrunn every month of September. My last visit in Tillyfest was in 2010. I should be going there last year but it was a conflict with my other appointment.

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Musicians playing drums and trumpets at the Tillyfest in Breitenbrunn. This  is a municipality in the district of Neumarkt in Bavaria, Germany.

This is so far the biggest festival in this town. It is visited by locals and tourists. Americans who live and work in the US Army  Training Area in Hohenfels are also visiting it.    Tillyfest is actually a historic festival in commemoration of Johann Tserclaes von Tilly during the Thirty Years’ War in 1618-1648. Read more… »

I haven’t been to the famous Fasching or carnivals in Germany like in Mainz, Cologne and Düsseldorf but I have been to some  Fasching parades in Bavaria.  This is one of the celebrations I love to witness in this region.

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One of the places where I experienced a Fasching or carnival parade is in Hemau. This is town in the district of Regensburg in Bavaria, Germany. Hemau is a historic town. The area around Hemau was settled in pre-Roman times. Of archeological interest are the remains of two Celtic settlements (Keltenschanzen) in the nearby villages of Laufenthal and Thonlohe. Read more… »

The world’s largest fair has just started! Today, marked the beginning of the 180th celebration of Germany’s most famous festival. Everyone is welcome to visit and party in Theresienwiese, the area where the festival is held in Munich.

At 12:00 noon today, October 21, 2013, Christian Ude, the current mayor of Munich tapped the first barrel of beer in the “Schottenhamel” beer tent. Christian Ude is a member of the German Social Democratic Party and has been the mayor of Munich for two decades. With two strikes, Ude drove the tap into the barrel and spoke the magic words: “O’zapft is!” – “It’s tapped!”

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Mr. Ude handed the first mug of beer to the Bavarian Prime Minister, Horst Seehofer. Since this will be the last term of office,  somebody else will serve the beer to Horst Seehofer next year. Ude has already reached the the maximum number of terms, thus he can no longer run for office again. Read more… »

This medieval festival is finally over. I am happy when I visited it again for the second time. Landshuter Hochzeit known in English as the Landshut Wedding festival is truly a  must to experience when you are in Germany. It is one of the famous and the largest historical pageant in Europe.

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The street in the Altstadt or Old City was filled with guests, tourists and spectators. In the background is the brick tower of St. Martin’s church. It is said to be the highest church brick tower in the world. This was taken during our visit last July 14, 2013 © www.europetravelpad.com

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It is almost an hour now since I am browsing some photo albums in my external hard drive. I am looking for some photos I took in an Equestrian show in Berching, Germany some years ago. We  happened to pass this show while we were driving on the way  to Eichstätt, a town in Bavaria.

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I remember a friend who visited us last summer 2010. She told me that she wanted to visit Karlovy Vary. Sad to say, I was not able to bring her to this city. Last year, I visited this place for the second time. It was a perfect timing because the International Film Festival was going on. There were a lot of people there. You can find entertainers and musicians everywhere.  I am guessing if the one of the musicians you see in the image below  was  playing gibson les paul standard that time. I did not really take a look on their music instruments because I was more interested on the songs they play.

That was good timing during our visit. We did not only watch musicians but also did some sightseeing and shopping.

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Group of musicians in Karlovy Vary in Czech Republic last June 2012.
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Today is called the  Rosenmontag in Germany’s Fasching season.  This is the highlight of the German Karneval,  known in English as carnival.  It is  similar to the  Halloween celebration of the Americans  considering the costumes  worn by those who participate this celebration. Rosenmontag is celebrated in German-speaking countries, including Germany, East Belgium, Austria, and Switzerland.

Rosenmontag is considered to be the “fifth season of the year”. Clubs organize “sessions” which are show events called Sitzung with club members or invited guests performing dance, comedy and songs in costumes. We have been watching the  various “Sitzung” in the different programs in German television since the past two weeks. Among  the few ones that we watched were from Mainz, Cologne, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and in  Franken  part of Bavaria, Germany. You will surely have a lot of fun if you watch this  Fasching program. You need  to understand  German  for you to relate on it. I am glad that I can already speak and understand basic Deutsch (German).

The famous Chinese Fasching in Dietfurt, Bavaria, Germany. © www.europetravelpad.com

The famous Chinese Fasching in Dietfurt, Bavaria, Germany.
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During  the  Fasching or carnival season,  most school are closed especially on Rosenmontag and Thursday before  Rosenmontag. I guess this is due to the many events and  celebrations going on during these days. Carnival is not really a national holiday in Germany. Read more… »

I guess I was lucky to witness one of the best known annual events in London, the Lord Mayor’s Show  last  November 2008. The weather was not  friendly that time because it was raining. Despite of that  the show  was still continued.  My good friends who live in this city told me that my visit was a perfect timing  because the London’s famous and historical  event will take place that time. I did not hesitated to say yes and watched  it.   Thanks to these good friends of mine.

The Lord Mayor’s  Show takes place every year after a new Lord Mayor is appointed. This public parade that is made of his inauguration reflects the fact that this was once one of the most prominent offices in England. After having many changes through out the years, this show is now held on the second Saturday in November. The parade, which begins at about eleven o’clock in the forenoon, concludes at about half past two in the afternoon. There are many participants in the said parade with various motives and costumes. Several colourful  floats  are also being shown.


The  band playing during the Lord Mayor’s Show in London, England.

The   golden  Lord Mayor’s Coach which is
housed in the Museum of London after the event.

Many jazz aficionados do not know that there are many jazz festivals taking place each year, in various European countries and towns. They are well-organized events that attract some of the best talents in the business.

The following are some of the best and most popular European live jazz festivals showcased across the region:

Varna Jazz Festival, Bulgaria

This festival was started in 1992 and it happens in Varna, which is a small city located in Bulgaria near the Black Sea. It is the largest Jazz festival in Bulgaria and it attracts talent mostly from around Europe. It takes place for 3 days and it is held in the courtyard of the Archeological museum. The director of this festival is a gentleman by the name of Anatoly Vapirov, who is also an accomplished saxophonist.


Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon, Austria

This town is located in Austria, near the Czech border. This jazz festival started in 1986 and has managed to become a highly acclaimed European Jazz festival. The focus of this festival is improvisation, at the same time this festival is also known for so called hybrid music. This would be jazz fused with other forms of music. The primary concerts are done at the Jazzatelier Ulrichsberg building, however there are other venues showcasing special music projects.

Vilnius Jazz Festival, Lithuania

Vilnius is a town situated in Lithuania and it started a jazz festival back in 1988. The first reason for starting this festival was an act of rebellion against the former Soviet Union. It was a way for Lithuania to show its differences with the Soviet Union. Even though this festival has political roots, it has grown to become an astounding jazz festival, attracting talent from all over the world. It is known for its highly creative and ambitious talents, stretching musical improvisation to its limits. This festival is ultimately linked to the growth of a distinctive style of jazz known as Vilnius jazz.

Konfrontationen Nickelsdorf, Austria

This jazz festival was started in 1980 in the town of Nickelsdorf which is located near the border of Hungary. Ever since this festival started it has attracted the top talents from America, Europe and Japan, making it a virtual Mecca for improvised jazz music. This place can be described as a small village and the festival takes place outdoors. It is organized by the Nickelsdorf Jazz Gallery.

 

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Traveling has always been her passion. Ruby wants to share her travels, adventures and personal experiences in Europe and maybe from around the world. The reason why Europe Travel Pad was created. Discover Europe virtually through this blog and travel with her as the journey goes on.

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