Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
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The Original Münchner Vogelpfeifer

Szidäh szidäh szidäh dit! The Vogelpfeifer

Not far from the Bavaria, Oktoberfest is a great time to get chirping – and powerfully at that. The Munich Vogelpfeifer (bird whistlers) have their stand here and provide good entertainment.

What’s special: chirping and Bavarian humor

The smallest stand at Oktoberfest is not far from the Bavaria: the Original Münchner Vogelpfeifer (Original Munich Bird Whistlers). Here, Horst and Tobias Berger stand and chirp like only bird whistlers can. The whistle consists of a wax cardboard box, a metal ring, and a membrane. Here’s how it works: Place the Vogelpfeiferl on the tip of your tongue and soften it. Then press it lightly against your palate behind your teeth with your tongue. If you then make the right sounds with your teeth closed, it will make the bird noises. The Vogelpfeiferl can be purchased at the stand.

The Münchner Vogelpfeifer: a Wiesn cult hit!

You simply have to experience the Münchner Vogelpfeifer when you are at Oktoberfest. The chirping of birds has a long tradition. Berger's predecessors already imitated a wide variety of bird species in the post-war period. This is not only entertaining for grown visitors, but especially for small Oktoberfest guests. The incomparable style of Horst and Tobias Berger contributes to the fact that the Vogelpfeifer stay in your memory, and you keep making visits to their stand every time you visit the Wiesn.

Vogelpfeifer for backseat drivers: the thieves were to blame

The Vogelpfeifer already existed when Horst Berger was a young boy. Back then, Michael Bader imitated the birdcalls and captivated the young Horst. He kept coming back to listen. It wasn’t just the chirping of birds, no – it was also the jokes and sayings of the bird whistler. One day, when drunks tried to steal Michael Bader’s wallet, Horst Berger helped him and was given his first Vogelpfeiferl as a thank-you gift. From that day on he helped out at the Vogelpfeifer stand and, after Bader’s death, he followed in his footsteps.

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