Set your alarm clock (or, if you’re a night owl, just stay up through the night), wear Dirndl or Lederhosen (traditional Bavarian costumes), and join thousands of others for a morning of eating, drinking, and dancing. Last year about 9,000 people showed up for the event, so it’s recommended that you arrive way, way earlier than 4:30 a.m. if you want to get a table. Although the ball officially ends at 10 a.m., you can expect the celebration to last throughout the day.
Breakfast will be offered, but if you don’t have an appetite for meat, cheese, and bread, you can bring your own food. Keep in mind that drinks are supposed to be purchased at the Biergarten. Don’t know how to dance the Polka or Zwiefache? Just move to the beat; with such a large crowd of people, you won’t be the only uncoordinated one.
The Kocherlball takes place annually on the third Sunday in July, but what’s stopping you from dancing while watching the sun rise more than once a year? After all, it’s a sure-fire way to get your endorphins and energy flowing—and who couldn’t use more of that in the early morning?
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Story contributed by Taylor Isaacson
Taylor spent several years in Munich and has now returned to the States.
She is the author of "The Gift of Anxiety: 17 Ways to Relieve Anxiety while Finding out Who You Are"