Germany: highway closure = party

A bicycle built for ... the five guys in orange shirts, singing their hearts out

A bicycle built for … the five guys in orange shirts, singing their hearts out

It’s Sunday in Germany, and you could hear a pin drop.

Few cars are on the road, because no stores are open. And since work of any kind is frowned upon, you’re unlikely to even hear a lawn mower.

However, there is one sector that does a whopping business on this day: hospitality. Germans love to sit back and drink; not only do they demand open beer gardens on Sundays and holidays, they’ll look for just about any excuse to invent a festival and throw up a portable version.

Dubious? Maybe you’re stuck on what you’ve heard about their serious-and-super-industrious character? Don’t believe the hype. We’re convinced that’s merely the fruit of an eminently effective PR campaign!

When the B270 highway closed a 25-mile stretch to traffic between Kaiserslautern and Lauterecken last weekend, it was just such an occasion. Each village along the stretch hosted festivities, and people came out in droves with their bicycles to cruise up and down the highway, stopping at each one.

In the spirit of good research, we joined the crowd and bellied up to the bar(s), bringing back the following photo essay:

The workers of this office builiding celebrated with their own beer kiosk

The workers of this office builiding celebrated with their own beer kiosk

Ben has no problem finishing the beer in his stein

Ben has no problem finishing the beer in his stein

Flowerpots border everything this time of year

Flowerpots border everything this time of year

Some villages are offset from the road; this tells us where to turn

Some villages are offset from the road; this tells us where to turn

Oberweiler-Tiefenbach's Hawaiian theme was an unexpected surprise

Oberweiler-Tiefenbach’s Hawaiian theme was an unexpected surprise

Who needs a train station? The red electronic ticket machine lets you know the train will stop here.

Who needs a train station? The red electronic ticket machine lets you know the train will stop here.

Passing farm houses along the way

Passing farm houses along the way

Related tweets

  • Aug 7, 4:14 p.m. – 25 miles of highway blocked off, festivals in each village. These people know how to spend a Sunday!
  • Aug 7, 5:20 p.m. – Gotta love German predictability at our 1st stop: beer garden, brats, cover band of retro American hits. Pretty Woman, anyone?
  • Aug 7,  5:30 p.m. – And always some requisite quirkiness. In this case, a Hawaiian theme. Imagine 50 Germans in hula skirts staring at the two outsiders…

 

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  1. What a beautiful day for this party! There must be a good turnout for such an event. How surprising to see the Little Hawaii stand! The photos were so pretty and love your captions, too. xoxo

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