|Can you tell where everyone rubs for luck?!
Whilst maypole are often a permanent feature in towns, in some cases it is put up specifically for this festival which dates back to the 16th century, usually combined with a village fete on 30 April or 1 May. The tradition remains very strong in the Bavarian Alps villages with large celebrations. The maypole is typically painted blue and white (the Bavarian colours) and decorated with symbols representing local crafts and industry. Usually there is a procession through the village, accompanied by a brass band.
And decided that next year, I would head to an Alpine village to see the full celebrations.