To wrap up this year, we are going to the Kocherlball at the Chinese Tower in the English Gardens on Sunday, 15 July, from 6 am to 10 am. That’s right: this is not a late-night event, it is a Greet-the-Sun-with-Fun one!
The tradition of the Kocherlball started around 1880 when house servants (cooks, nannies, butlers, etc.) met on Sunday – their free day or at least free morning – to dance and generally enjoy themselves. And enjoy themselves they did for the Kocherlball was banned in 1904 for “Mangel an Sittlichkeit” (lack of morality). It was re-instated in 1989 as part of the 200th anniversary of the English Gardens.
Nowadays people still come to dance – waltz, polka, Zwiefacher and Münchner Francaise, many dressed up in Tracht or 19th century dress. But most (up to 10,000 when the weather is good) come just to enjoy the morning atmosphere in the Gardens, listen to the music, and watch the dancers and other festivities. Yes, and have a beer or two.