September 08, 2011
Bietigheim Horse Market (Bietigheimer Pferde Markt)
There are so many reasons why I'm loving it in Germany. Bietigheim Horse Market is one of them. Mostly referred as the "Fifth Season of the Year" by the locals because they see the festival as a season and not as an event.
The Bietigheim Horse Market is a well-known festival in Bietigheim-Bissingen. It attracts several hundred thousand visitors every year. Despite this large crowd of visitors, however, the festival has retained the charm of a local festival. Besides the traditional horse market on Monday, a riding and horse-jumping tournament held from Friday until Sunday, other riding demonstrations and a procession and subsequent concours d'elegance on the Monday, there are also an entertainment park with marquees, a large market and fireworks after nightfall on the Sunday. It is full of cultural shows.