I love almost any kind of festival, especially the ones here in Germany – Christmas markets, the Hamburger Fischmarkt in Stuttgart, the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival, the chocolART festival in Tübingen, and of course German folk festivals. A few days ago I had the chance to visit a new festival (for me at least) – the Kiliani-Volksfest in Würzburg.
The Würzburger Kiliani-Volksfest, known locally as the Mess, runs every year between early to mid-July at the Talavera parking lot in Zellerau, a district of Würzburg. The popular folk festival attracts up to 1 million visitors per year. The Kilianimesse, the festival’s market counterpart, takes place during the same time period at the city’s central Marktplatz. Here you can buy all kinds of goods like spices, sweets, kitchenware, clothing, and more. This market has been running since 1030 – can you believe it?!
I went to the festival with S’s family on a Monday night which turned out to be Ladies’ Night. Much like Family Day at the Stuttgart Spring Festival, prices for some rides, games, and food are reduced on these special days. Sounds good to me!
We went right at dusk and caught a beautiful pink sunset over the fairgrounds. We walked around and admired the thrilling rides, visitors decked out in Dirndl and Lederhosen, the Würzburger Hofbräu beer tent, and the food stalls selling cotton candy, corn on the cob, candied nuts, and bratwurst. We played a game called Pferderennen, a horse race. Players are each assigned a horse and are required to throw a little ball into coloured holes, some which will make your horse run a little bit or a lot. After a pathetic start (I was throwing the ball in the wrong section!), I got a few shots in. Just when I started getting into a groove, though, the game was over. Better luck next time.
We had just eaten a big dinner before we went so we didn’t buy any treats, but I was pretty excited to spot a Lángos stand in the mix; I haven’t had any luck finding Lángos in Würzburg before.
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The Kiliani-Volksfest runs from July 1-17 this year – it’s definitely worth a visit!
Have you ever been to the Kiliani-Volksfest? Any tips for winning the horse race game?