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This historic regional and kids fest means four days of party in the whole city, with music, dance, food and drink. Its roots go back many hundred years, being a celebration of thanksgiving and peace after the Thirty-Year War (1618 – 1648), as Göppingen had also been occupied during this nearly endless war – even until 1650!
The first celebration of the new freedom and the end of hunger, disease and suppression in Göppingen took place on 11 August 1650. This tradition has been kept alive over the centuries, soon called Maientag (May Day). Only the more religious character has changed a little into a more worldly and party atmosphere. But the carnival-like cortege has been transformed back into the presentation of historic events in historic costumes.
Highlights are the historic cortege on Saturday and the Maientagsball, a big dancing ball.
In 2008 the date for the Maientag celebrations is 30 May to 2 June.
Written Sep 20, 2007
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You cannot miss the tourist information centre. It is in the middle of the city centre, at the intersection of Hauptstraße and Marktstraße, in the Marktplatz wing of Town Hall (Rathaus).
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Phone (07161 ) 650-292
Fax (07161) 650-299
Updated Sep 20, 2007