For nine days starting in the last week of July, Kulmbach celebrates its fifth season. This year the Bierwoche takes place from the 26th of July to the 3rd of August.Bierwoche is Kulmbach’s answer to Munich’s Oktoberfest. With about 120,000 visitors per year this fair is the biggest fair worldwide that is only dedicated to beer. Whereas the Oktoberfest includes a lot of fun rides and carnival attractions and therefore has more the character of an amusement park, Kulmbach focuses on the essential: beer.Known as Germany’s secret beer capital, Kulmbach celebrates its Bierwoche for the 60s time this summer. The town is the home of four beer companies, that each put up a huge pavilion in the town center to sell their various special beer.Of course it is not only about drinking. The fair offers a great variety of typical Franconian food, which is generally quite hearty and mostly includes meat or sausages. Don’t miss out on trying the famous Kulmbacher Bratwürste (barbecue sausages) or Haxn with Kloß (special kind of roast pork with potato dumplings) and if you prefer something lighter, have a go for their excellent geräucherte Forelle (smoked trout).A pageant including original and droll parade floats followed by the traditional barrel-tapping ceremony in front of the town hall on the first Sunday of the fair is the highlight of Kulmbach’s Bierwoche. Further entertainment throughout the week is provided by various bands that play not only typical Bavarian folk music, which is especially beloved by the older generations but also modern pop and rock music for the younger people that come to party at night.Bierwoche 2009: 26th of July to the 3rd of August.This is an example of what you can do in Kulmbach while traveling in Germany. If you want learn more about Kulmbach we compiled a more comprehensive Kulmbach travel guide in collaboration with local residents that provides unique travel insider tips which you can use during you Germany vacation.