Everyone knows about Oktoberfest—the world’s largest beer and folk festival. But not everyone is familiar with the Stuttgart Beer Festival, the world’s second largest. And the fact that they don’t know about it is part of what makes it great. (So shhh!)
Many will tell you the Stuttgart Beer Festival (locally known as Cannstatter Volksfest) is better than Oktoberfest. But how can that be? Oktoberfest is world famous and huge and one of the best times of your life! Well, here are 3 simple reasons.
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1. The Stuttgart Beer Festival has fewer tourists.
Part of what makes Oktoberfest great is that people from all over the world come to Munich to celebrate together. But part of what makes the Stuttgart Beer Festival better is that they don’t.
The Stuttgart Beer Festival has all the same gemütlichkeit and chances to make new friends as Oktoberfest, only without the drunken shenanigans, ridiculous costumes, and disrespect hordes of tourists can bring.
Though Cannstatter Volksfest is the world’s second largest beer festival, the vast majority of attendees are not foreign tourists. For a more local “Oktoberfest” experience, head to the Stuttgart Beer Festival.
2. The Stuttgart Beer Festival is less traditional.
Oktoberfest in Munich is loaded with tradition. From the Oide Wiesn to the parades and concerts, from the rules and regulations to the music and performances, Oktoberfest is incredibly true to its roots.
While Cannstatter Volksfest is almost as old as Oktoberfest, they’ve instead embraced the changing times. At the Stuttgart Beer Festival you’ll find a party of a different sort—with lasers and techno tunes, party hits and rock bands in funny costumes, and a less rigid atmosphere.
The Stuttgart Beer Festival doesn’t entirely stick to the same tradition-centered rules as the festival in Munich which makes this party the best of both worlds.
3. Attending the Stuttgart Beer Festival is less stressful.
Planning for Oktoberfest can be incredibly overwhelming with finding hotels, getting beer tent reservations, dealing with the crowds, and more!
But since the Cannstatter Volksfest doesn’t have the millions of tourists that Oktoberfest does, navigating the planning process is so much simpler.
At the Stuttgart Beer Festival, snagging a spot in a beer tent—whether by reservation or just by showing up—is much easier. Navigating the park, getting a beer, and spreading out for showing off your epic dance moves is as easy as can be here.
If you want all the fun, food and beer, dancing and dirndls of Oktoberfest but without the tourists, the tradition, and the total overwhelm of Oktoberfest, check out the Stuttgart Beer Festival.
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