An autumn fair, the Stuttgart Beer Festival, as a harvest thanks giving celebration, originated in 1818 , has become one of the world’s largest leading beer festivals in Germany. Celebrating autumn with Swabian food, beer and wine, and bring the family for Oompah bands, parades, roller coasters, and the world’s largest mobile Ferris wheel.
For almost 200 years, the festival has enjoyed enormous popularity and annually attracts about four million visitors from near and far to the state capital of Baden Württemberg. People are captivated by the special atmosphere of the wonderful funfair coupled with beautiful festival tents, a colourful flea market and many spectacular attractions. Rich in tradition, the festival is not only the biggest festival in Baden Württemberg but it is also has one of the biggest funfairs in the whole of Europe.
Each year the festival opens with a grand procession with magnificently decorated brewery drays drawn by four or six horses, and with groups from all over the region dressed in traditional costumes.