60th Bavarian Finger Wrestling Championships

Tomorrow sees the 60th Bavarian finger wrestling championship, located just south of Munich, in Feldkirchen-Westerham.

Fingerhakeln is a traditional Alpen game similar to a thumb war. For amateurs, it’s played in rowdy bars, after rather a lot of beer. For the experts, fingerhakeln is a semi-professional sport, where championships take place and rules have been defined. The table must be 79 cm high, 74 cm wide und 109 cm long. There are rules about how high the stools can be, and, like boxing, there are weight classes.

Visitors are very welcome, so if you fancy watching some traditional Bavarian finger wrestling, head to southern Bavaria tomorrow.

Categories Culture


I'm Rachel, the author behind Arts in Munich. I moved to Munich in the summer of 2008, and work as an editor in the city. I also do freelance work for the BBC, MONOCLE, Singapore Airlines and Kaltblut, among others, and previously wrote for the Huffington Post and Electronic Beats.

1 comment on “60th Bavarian Finger Wrestling Championships

  1. Pingback: next week in munich | arts in municharts in munich

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.