DULT??? What is this strange word? Derived from the Bavarian dialect, it is a synonym for a BEER FESTIVAL for the people that takes place yearly.
What?? There is another beer festival other than Oktoberfest??
Yes, in fact many towns and villages have some form of beer festival that takes place for 1-2 weeks each. Some towns may even have the festival more than once a year!Twice a year in, Regensburg has two festivals – One is in the spring, Maidult, and the other is in the fall, Herbstdult. I definitely plan my social calendar around when Dult takes places just because nothing makes me feel more like a Bavarian than partaking in the beer festival and having a feeling of Gemütlichkeit all night for 2 long weeks!
- Herbstdult 2016 – August 26 – September 11
History of Regensburg’s Dult
- It has a longer tradition than Oktoberfest! Dult dates back all the way back to the 10th century! The townspeople of Regensburg started this tradition, whereas Oktoberfest started as a wedding celebration for the Bavarian Princess Therese and Prince Ludwig I. So technically, this festival was made by the people, for the people!
- For two weeks the festival is held at the Dultplatz and the local breweries from around Regensburg set up their tents and people come flocking for a Maß (Mass) beer, which is always 1 liter.
- A Maß beer is cheaper here than at Oktoberfest – 8.50€
- There are only two tents (Hahnzelt & Glöckl)
- There is no waiting in long lines in hopes of getting inside the tent. There are way less people, making for a better experience the entire night!
- Dult also has games, rides & shops!
What time should I go?
Both the Maidult and the Herbstdult start off with a parade always on the opening Friday which starts on Maximilianstrasse (directly in front of the Main station) and ends at the fair grounds. On the last Saturday there are always fireworks to end the Dult season with a bang!
The Regensburg Dult is open daily from 11 am to 10pm.
While it is too early in the morning to fall off the wagon, you can still go, play the games and ride the rides before they get too crowded, or even have lunch.
However, if you’re looking to have a night of debauchery, then reserving a table online is a must! Once a table is reserved, you must be there by 5pm to keep and hold the table until the rest of your party arrives! If you wait until after 7pm to arrive, finding a table for a large group will be hard to find! Anything later than 8pm and you may have to work hard to find a table to join. Otherwise, don’t be afraid to stand around and partake in the festivities, but be sure to stay out of the way of the beer waiters and waitresses! They will plow you down without a second’s hesitation and you better be ready to jump out of the way!
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What should I wear?
Historically, people didn’t wear their Lederhosen and Dirndls to beer festivals, but in the last few years, it has become the MUST trend! What, I know right!? I can’t believe it hasn’t been a historical fashion either!
Men, women and children flock to Dult wearing their traditional Lederhosen or Dirndls. You will find many different variations of Lederhosen and Dirndl depending on where you originate from. Short, medium or long dirndls all with different cuts but with the same eye pleasing effect. Most importantly, if you have and wear your Dirndl, make sure you tie your apron bow appropriately. There are different meanings for how women tie their bows.
Which tent should I go to?
Both tents hire live bands to play from 6pm until closing which get the crowds rowdy, singing traditional songs, swaying from side to side and prosting at every chance, increasing that jubilant feeling of Gemütlichkeit.
By far the most popular tent at Dult by the younger crowd, the music is entertaining, the food is delicious, rambunctious table dancing and there is even a May Pole to climb! If you reach the top and ring the bell, you get a free beer!
A slightly calmer tent than the Hahn Zelt, but still equally packed with loud singing, table dancing and good food!
If you’re not in the drinking mood, make sure to check out the rest of Dult! There are many food stands and candy stands as well as games and rides of kids of all ages! Dult can also be very family friendly without the alcohol. I’m talking about the adults too! It is definitely worth taking a ride of the Ferris wheel which offers great views over Regensburg and a fantastic photo op of the Regensburger Dom (Cathedral)! Plus, its just downright romantic when you get a carriage to you and your lover.
If you don’t feel like checking out the rides and games, make sure to stroll through the shopping tents which sells anything from Lederhosen and Dirndls to kitchen accessories and other fun knickknacks such as scarfs and clothes, purses and other random tidbits!
Learn the Lingo!
The German equivalent to “Cheers” which you will say at least 5,000 times in one evening while slamming glasses with your neighbor! Not to worry though, those glasses are practically unbreakable! Be sure to keep eye contact otherwise you’ll bring them bad luck!
Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit!!
If you’re not singing this song every 10 minutes at any Beer festival, you’re doing it wrong! It is the most festive song, sung to bring good cheer and swaying side to side before prosting even more!
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