While the tradition of the Maypole isn’t unique to Germany, the Bavarians seem especially fond of what they call the Maibaum. Across the southern German state, you’ll find wooden poles in the region’s trademark white and blue shooting up into the sky. They’re in small villages, big cities, and popular destinations like farmers’ markets and your favorite Biergarten.
But how do these giant landmarks get there? While some towns embrace modern technology and use a crane, others are still doing it the old fashioned way with manpower. In the town of Aying, just outside of Munich, the local Burschenverein (a local men’s club) hoist the Maibaum by hand — and it takes the whole day!
While no one could accuse Munich of being too urban, it just takes a short trip to the suburbs to really get a taste of Bavaria. The small, sleepy village of Aying comes alive quite quickly. That’s thanks in large part to Ayinger Beer, the town’s brewery, and the beer brand’s restaurant and Biergarten. The charming town is well worth a visit — whether it’s merely a trip out from Munich for a meal and a drink or for an overnight adventure. I’ve put together my guide to Aying, Germany to share my favorites.
You would have to be living in a cave to not know that Bavaria’s kind of famous for its beer. Germany’s largest Bundesland has quite a few breweries, including those that are state-owned and operated. However, there are some smaller, privately-owned breweries. For example, Ayinger. The award-winning brewery is based in the small town of Aying that is just about sixteen miles southeast of Munich. In addition to owning the Ayinger brewery, the Inselkammer family also operates Brauereigasthof Hotel Aying, a four-star hotel in Aying. I recently ventured out of Munich to visit the town of Aying and to spend the night at the Brauereigasthof Hotel Aying. Continue reading →