Frühlingsfest is the name given to the spring festival. In Stuttgart, it is also called Cannstatter Wasen or simply Wasen. This festival takes place from mid-April to early May. This year, it will end on May 12 and this week is the last week to enjoy it! Wasen is known worldwide as the largest spring festival in Europe, in 2018 it reached a record number of visitors: 1.6 million! So for this 81st edition of the festival, we decided to be part of it!
It is impossible to compare Wasen to any « fair » or « funfair », impossible to compare it to the Bordeaux Fair of Pleasures, for example. Wasen is huge, I was immediately surprised by the extent of the festival. Nevertheless, one does not feel suffocated even though the crowd is present. The aisles are wide, so you can enjoy the show to the full. Wasen is the perfect combination of tradition, festivities and attractions. That’s why it can’t be compared to other fairgrounds. With family or friends, activities can be diverse. While walking around the aisles, I paid particular attention to the details of the decoration, traditional and warm.
On either side of the festival, you will pass by « tents » or big tops where the heart of the festival takes place. Admission is by reservation (you will be given a bracelet). Most Germans take a year in advance to hope to have the chance to book a table or a place inside these tents. You can even opt for a complete table + meal + a pint of beer (national drink!). In these tents, get ready to dance and jump on the benches to the rhythm of traditional music, drink multiple pints of beer and receive the other half on your head. I told you: the heart of the celebration!
It’s amazing how much this festival is a real immersion in German culture! One of the things I liked most was this feeling of belonging to a culture when you enter Wasen. Frühlingsfest is a tradition for Germans, and it is felt like nowhere else. You will find multiple stands in currywurst, spaetzle and maultaschen (typical local dishes), dozens of varieties of beers. You will hear German songs and sounds, and of course you will meet many people dressed in traditional clothes: the lederhosen or dirndl. I myself played the game to show you the traditional female outfit! So, what do you think?