Saturday, July 20, 2013

Fischerstechen

We went to see the Fischerstechen last weekend.  It only happens every four years.  It's like jousting on canoes.  The competitors and others parade through town beforehand and do some dances in some of the squares.  The competitors play different people from Ulm's (and Neu-Ulm's) history and townspeople, such as Emperor Karl V, the King of Bavaria, farmers, and jesters. New this year were the Sparrow (a symbol of Ulm) vs Albrecht Berblinger, who tried to fly across the Danube.  The winner, i.e., the one who stayed standing the most, was the King of W├╝rttemberg, so he will face this week's winner.
UPDATE: The King of W├╝rttemberg beat the King of Bavaria in the final.