Bavaria, one of the sixteen states of Germany, is never a boring region. There are always these so called “Volksfest” or festivals everywhere from small villages up to its big cities. The second largest folk festival in Bavaria, the Gäubodenvolksfest, is celebrated every year in Straubing. It is only second to Munich’s Oktoberfest.
The Gäubodenvolksfest was founded by Maximilian I Joseph, King of Bavaria in the year 1812 as an agricultural festival to organize an annual meeting of the people in the Danube region.
I visited this festival last 2009 and I found it very interesting. I wanted to go back there last year but I was away for a Europe tour. Hopefully this year, I can visit it again.
There are always a lot of attractions and carnival rides during this festival. The Olympia Looping which is the biggest moveable roller coaster of the world with five loopings, the Wilde Maus, Feuer und Eis (Fire and Ice), Bumper car, Bavarian Big Wheel (a Ferris wheel), Transformer, Whitewater channel, are only some of its rides and attractions.
Always remember that in every festival in Germany, beer is always a part of it especially in Bavaria. It is always a part of any German fair and celebration. This year’s Gäubodenvolksfest will takes place from August 12 to August 22.
Here are some of the images I took during our visit last August 2009.