Want Oktoberfest in August? Visit the Plärrer
The last weekend in August is the opening day of the "Plärrer", Augsburg's annual big Volksfest, which lasts two weeks.
The festival is opened in the afternoon of the last Friday in August. On Saturday around noon, the big parade starts in Maximilianstraße and leads through the city centre out to the fairgrounds.
Dreaming of the Oktoberfest in Munich? Why bother with skyrocketing hotel prices and tourist crowds? Here's an alternative, not the only one by the way, which is just as "Bavarian" - even though Augsburg is actually a Swabian city!
See my five travelogue pages for more pictures of the parade!