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157th Stuttgart Beer Festival
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Stuttgart invites you to have fun at Europe's second largest Beer Festival

Stuttgart is again expecting millions of enthusiastic visitors at the 157th Stuttgart Beer Festival (Cannstatter Volksfest), which has now become the world's most beautiful folk festival. Between September 21st and October 6th, 2002, there will be non-stop action around the beautifully decorated, 24-metre-high Fruchts„ule (fruit column) on the Cannstatter Wasen. This imposing symbol of the festival dates back to 1818, the year when King Wilhelm I started a harvest festival after years of famine.

The festival will be officially opened at 12.00 on Saturday, September 21st , 2002 when the Lord Mayor of Stuttgart, taps the first barrel of beer. From 11.00 onwards on Sunday, September 22nd, 2001, the large traditional folk festival procession will wind its way to Cannstatter Wasen. The procession will feature lovingly decorated brewery drays drawn by four and six horses as well as traditional costume groups from all over Baden-Wrttemberg.

16 days the festival will be open from 11.00 to 23.00. More than 300 venues on the almost 16-hectare site on the banks of the River Neckar will provide hours of fun with new attractions and rides. The varied programme is suitable for all age groups and ideal for families. Numerous rides such as the largest transportable Ferris wheel in the world, the rapid wildwater ride or the nostalgic chain-driven merry-go-round will fascinate young and old alike. Beer taps will run almost continuously in the four large brewery beer tents (containing about 5.000 persons), and in the regional brewery tents and outdoor beer gardens and Swabian specialities such as "Kasspatzle" (Swabian cheese noodles), roast pork, etc. make sure that no one goes hungry.

For anyone wanting to experience this event live, Stuttgart Marketing GmbH is offering a Beer Festival fun package" which includes hotel accommodation and breakfast, a welcoming cocktail, a voucher booklet ("Fun on the Fair") and a 3-day public transport pass and a Festival T-shirt. The package costs from 60 Euro per person in a double room.

For further information and bookings, please contact Stuttgart-Marketing, Postfach 10 44 36, D-70039 Stuttgart phone +49 (0)711 / 22 28-246, fax: +49 (0)711 / 22 28-251 pauschalarrangements@stuttgart-tourist.de




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