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Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt: A Sausage Market Turned "Largest Wine Festival in the World"


I put the largest wine festival in the world in quotes because is it really? I'll debate that later below, so keep reading!


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The Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt is a famous festival held annually in Bad Dürkheim, Germany.


It has about everything you'll find at a typical German festival!


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#1: Alcohol!


Featured above is a weinschorle (half wine, half sparkling water).


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#2: Fun rides!


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#3: Yummy food vendors!


The half chicken above was seasoned to perfection and so good!!


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#4: Live music/entertainment!


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#5: A Ferris wheel! Almost every large festival has one.


The only thing missing was a wide variety of items for sale. If you're looking to shop, this might not be the festival for you.



Now, it is time to address the claims of it being the "largest wine festival in the world." Okay, sure, there's a ton of wine. However, it's unlike the wine festivals you will find in the States. In the US, you will typically approach a wine stand, and they will let you taste the wines before purchasing a glass. That isn't typically the case at the Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt. For the most part, you need to purchase an entire glass. Which can be frustrating at times when you receive a wine you don't particularly care for (or don't like at all).


This is actually common at most German festivals and sometimes even wineries!


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Secondly, I understand the need for gimmicky phrases like "the largest" or "the biggest," but I know for a fact that I've been to bigger wine festivals in the US. My local wine festival in Norfolk, Virginia, typically boasts around 200+ unique wines. We aren't even in wine country, so I'm sure there are even larger ones in California and Northern Virginia.



Additionally, wine festivals in the US are typically just that—a wine festival.


The Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt, however, is a carnival on steroids.


Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt - Bad Durkheim Germany - World's Largest Wine Festival - Sausage Market - German Festival - Carnival

Attendees drink all kinds of beverages, including beer and liquor.


If you don't like wine, don't worry! Wine may be the prominent beverage offered, but it is not the only one you will find.



Don't drink? Go for the food!


There are many food options to choose from!


The slideshow above (click on the arrow to see more) features some of the food available, and man, is it good!!! My favorites, hands down, are reibekuchen mit knoblauchsauce (potato pancakes with garlic sauce), lagos (shown above with garlic sauce, cheese. scallions, and hot peppers), and the traditional bratwurst (of course)! Another of my favorites is the schweinsteak sandwiches they serve with the knoblauchsauce (garlic sauce).


If you can't tell, there might be somewhat of a garlicky theme here...



Have kids? The festival does cater to them a little with fun games and rides!


However, just as a warning, people are drunk ALL DAY LONG. It doesn't matter when you go. Of course, fewer drunk people will be in the morning/afternoon, but I went last year on a Tuesday at 10 a.m., and I swear people had been drinking all night. There was already an entire section of drunk people keeping the festivities alive.


I've seen someone fighting with security and taken away by paramedics at 1:00 p.m. Yesterday there was a fight in our tent at 3:00 p.m. The German people are pretty stoic and tame overall in everyday life, but when they party, they party hard.


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Why do I always insist you wear proper closed footwear and leave your furry friends at home? See above—so much broken glass. In the 3 hours I was at the festival yesterday, I saw at least three people drop and break their glasses (and that's during the day). This is very common at German festivals.


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I brought my Annie with me last year in the morning on a weekday, and I had to hold her the entire time because it was unsafe for her to be on the ground. It's also loud and crowded (especially at night). I sincerely regretted that decision.


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It is packed at night.


Not my cup of tea anymore, which is why you will almost always see me attending festivals during the day, taking a few photos when the sun goes down, and promptly leaving!



You'll discover some sections that are enclosed with entertainment. Be prepared for plenty of German entertainment and many typical American bar songs.


Note: I find it absolutely hilarious whenever they play songs like West Virginia - Take Me Home Country Roads, and you see a sea of Germans dancing and singing along. It's surreal and fun, and you're also like: "What is happening right now!?"



You'll find "fancier" sections where wineries have set up benches and tables covered by umbrellas. These are excellent areas to utilize for a more "chill" experience.


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Can we also talk about how hot it was Monday!?


This ice cream was beyond necessary, and I need it to be fall ASAP.


I went home and immediately bought small rechargeable table fans for Oktoberfest because although it will be a little cooler, it will still be decently hot. Add in tents packed with people, and I definitely want to be prepared with options to cool down.


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That's about all!


Please don't get hung up on some of the mentioned negatives. I highlight them only for you to be prepared. No matter what, I firmly believe in experiencing things at least once (if possible). Large crowds, heat, and tons of drunk people aren't really my thing anymore, but the Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt is still worth at least a few hours of your time! You don't have to stay all day/night.


Additional Information:


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Where to park?

There's plenty of parking nearby, depending on when you arrive and if you go on a weekend or weekday. When we arrived at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, we quickly found parking at one right in front of the festival. It cost us around 8 euros. Keep in mind that the word for a parking lot in Germany is "parkplatz."


Parking Suggestions:


What is a pfand?

A pfand is the extra amount charged when you receive a glass/mug from a drink vendor. So, if the drink costs 5€ and the pfand is 2€, your drink will be 7€. Then when you return your mug/glass (often to the same stall), you will receive your pfand back IF you choose to return your mug. I think at this particular festival you usually do return them.


Is it free to enter?

Yes! Most German festivals do not have a charge to enter festival grounds.


Do I need cash?

Yes! Overall, German festivals are almost entirely operated based on cash transactions. So you will need euros to purchase food/drinks/rides. It's also beneficial to keep some small change on you for bathrooms, etc.


Are bathrooms free?

Not usually. You will be charged anywhere from 0.50 - 1 euro for bathroom access.


Do I have to drive to the festival?

No! There is a train station (banhof) that is a 10-minute walk from the festival!

Bad Dürkheim Bahnhof


Should I plan to stay overnight in the area?

It's right there on the Weinstraße with plenty of charming wineries. If you want to incorporate this festival into a vacation or mini trip, there is plenty to do and see!


Can I bring my own food and water?

There was no one at the entrance that was checking for anything. We all brought our own water with us.


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I appreciate your support.

Happy adventures!

- Allie


Please enjoy the slideshow below (click on the arrow)!