A week or so ago, Sarah and I were in the local mall, and we noticed a poster for an old west town not far from Regensburg. There is a lot of that sort of thing in Arizona, as you can imagine, so I was intrigued to see what the Germans would make of it. Today was another sunny day (that’s two in like two months!) so we headed out.
Pullman City is just south of the Bavarian Forest national Park and about an hour away from us. The first thing I noticed when we got there was that there was a surprising amount of people dressed up (like SERIOUSLY dressed up). At first, I thought it was employees heading in, but I quickly realized that these were visitors. That is definitely different than the places I have been to in the US.
The little Main Street part of town was a bit of a hodgepodge of old west/old Dixie/Civil War/pre-revolutionary frontier town. This was mostly based on the array of costumes people were sporting. Of course, modern County music was blasting over the speakers and the one-man mariachi band sang from a list of songs that actually were Mexican (or Bavarian) and songs about the Bayou….. It was a little confusing but entertaining at the same time. We ate at the Mexican place – when will I ever learn to NEVER order Mexican food in Germany? Although, admittedly, for chicken (curry) tacos, they weren’t too bad.
With all of the people and excitement, Clair was bouncing off the walls. Her favorite things by far were petting the horses tied up in front of the one building and going up and down some stairs. She almost exploded when she discovered the play grounds. I suspect that in a couple of years, she may enjoy other aspects of the place.
Anyway, it was fun to see what the “Old West” means to the Germans. It almost reminded me of the Renaissance fair with all of the enthusiasts in costume, but one big difference is that no one in costume interacted with us. From Virginia to Arizona, whenever there are people at a time-period kind of park, there is always the creepiness of actors in costume interacting with you. I was kind of expecting that this time, but the enthusiasts just kind of did their own thing. In fact, one section of the town is a little camp that has been constructed by local enthusiasts who used their own funds to construct it. Some of them were sitting in from of their buildings by a fire just hanging out pretending to be living from any time between 1776ish to 1900 (as far as I could tell).
The place is actually on a plot of land that has cabins and tents you can rent. The camping is away from the main street and in a bit of a park. We were thinking of renting a cabin one night with some friends and their kids. It is the kind of place that the kids would LOVE (you can rent ponies and go on carriage rides & pan for gold!), and sitting around a camp fire next to a cabin sounds like a good ides right now. I have a feeling that finding a free cabin this summer will be tough. The place was packed today, and it seems quite popular in general.
I feel like I discovered a little piece of German subculture today, and that is always fun. As an aside, they have some rodeo events here too. There are stables where over night guests can park their horses. They had a team pinning event going on when we arrived. Next time my brother comes to visit and brings his cowboy hat, I finally know where to take him!
Here are a few photos. We spent a lot of time walking ad chasing Clair, so we didn’t take too many.