Enthusiasts Höhlerfest in Gera: At least 20,000 visitors await
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The city of Gera expects at least 20,000 visitors to the Höhlerfest this weekend. The festival mile in the city center offers enough space to receive 40,000 to 50,000 guests as in maximum times, a city spokeswoman said before the start of the four -day event on Friday. "But we doubt whether we can do this on this autumn weekend and with rain forecast." The city festival will open on Friday evening with 784 fanfare bumps and the traditional beer barrel tapping.
As in previous years, the Höhler - these are artificially created deep cellars - can be visited on tours on all four days. Until Monday, there is also a parade and live music on the program. In addition, many Geraer shops are also open for a shopping spree on Sunday. For the first time this year there is a ribbon to be bought with which there are small gifts and discounts in participating shops and Co. The proceeds go to the Höhlerfest itself. "However, a volume is not a duty," said the spokeswoman. The city festival is still free of entry.
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The underground vaults under Geras city center were created in a depth of five to twelve meters in the 17th and 18th centuries - among the actual basements. Because of the constant temperature of twelve degrees and an air humidity between 80 and 100 percent, the Höhler were ideal for this. Due to the Geraer Bierbrau Privile from 1487, all homeowners were entitled to brew beer or brew.
at the end of the 1930s the cavities were connected by corridors to use them as an air -raid shelter. After the Second World War, they were largely forgotten.
only designed new buildings as a city planner in the 1970s, the deep cellars were rediscovered. A total of around 220 Höhler are known, which extend over a length of nine kilometers below Gera. Many of these basements were filled with building rubble, among other things, a few restored. They can only be visited for guided tours.
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