Neuss celebrates the largest Schützenfest in Germany organized by a single club, which was first held in 1823. Around 6,000 men (only!) march and celebrate over four days each August, accompanied by about 1,600 musicians. There is a large carnival complete with rides as well. The entire city shuts down to celebrate, and whether you end up loving it or hating it, you definitely need to have seen it at least once.
After two years of being cancelled because of COVID-19, the Neusser Schützenfest is back, and I am organizing a small group to check it out. We will meet at 3 PM near the main train station and find a good place to watch the parade and enjoy some (BYOB) beverages. After the parade ends, we will stroll down through the beer and food stands to the main festival tent. My husband’s club has invited us to sit with them and enjoy a few beers while taking in the atmosphere (please bring some cash for drinks within the tent).
The area with rides is also close for anyone who is interested, and there is even an (informal!) ball for anyone who wants to make a long night of it. (Please let me know in advance if you are interested so I can get you free tickets to the ball and potentially plan to come myself!)
This event is family-friendly in the same way Oktoberfest is, although there are large crowds walking down to the festival grounds. Children are definitely welcome to come along and watch the parade with us!
Spots are limited to 6-8 people within the tent.
Please register by August 21st to let me know you would like to attend.
Krefelder Straße 47c
Google map and directions