Fischerstechen every four years in Ulm
Fischerstechen is a really old custom in Bavaria (translates to pricking of fishermen). It is not only found in Bavaria, but that's where it's most popular. And good old Ulm puts on quite a production at their Fischerstechen. And it seems the entire town comes out to see it so it's a lot of fun!
There are 3-5 people in a boat who try to fling 3-5 other people on a second boat into the rather chilly river (Donau or Danube). To do this they use lances. The pushing movements of the lances gave the tradition its name: The "pricking" of fishermen.
The boats and the respective pairs are decided by drawing lots. Those people with the least penalty points get into the last round. Penalty points are given each time a man is flung into the water.
The "Fischerstechen" takes place around the 15th of August (holiday of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary) every four years. So you're in luck, if you're headed to Germany this summer because I was there for it in 2001.
To witness this spectacle head down to the Donau river.
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Man of the Century
When old Cliffie lived in Germany, he taught at a secondary school called the Albert Einstein Gymnasium. Einstein, Time Magazine's Man of the Century, was born in Ulm in 1879. He subsequently became a Swiss citizen and then, in 1940, a citizen of the USA. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1921 for his discovery of the 'law of the photoelectric effect'. But his greatest achievement was his General Theory of Relativity. Anyone who can really understand it deserves a crate of Ulmer Bier!
Every weekend there is a market in the Munsterplatz (the square in front of the Munster) where you can get loads of great fresh produce and meet with the locals in a fun environment.
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