Many travelers associate Stuttgart with high quality beer; every year the city hosts a grand celebration, the Stuttgart Beer Festival. The Beer Festival is held at the end of September and lasts for two weeks; it is comparable with those arranged in Munich. Every year, the holiday is visited by over three million foreign visitors; however, it won’t be difficult to find a suitable place for beer tasting.
In contrast to the crowded Munich festival, quite calm and measured atmosphere reigns in Stuttgart. The story of the bright national holiday is very interesting; it was first held in 1818. The holiday was timed to the opening of the Hohenheim University and has been celebrated annually. Originally celebrations lasted for only one day. Locals enjoyed their favorite treats and beer and organized interesting events and fairs.
Over the years, the festival's program expanded. In the early 20th century, the celebration was held for 3 days; in 1920, it has taken 5 days. Since 1860, beer has been the main symbol of the holiday; during the festival, it just flows like water. Since 1972, the festival has been celebrated not less than 14 days; in addition to tasting beer, it provides a lot of interesting entertainment options.