Cranger Kirmes


Written by Anneke Söpper and last edited by Garry on


Nobody knows exactly when the tradition of the funfair in Crange was established. It is said that during the 15th century, it was customary for a horse fair to be held in this part of today’s Herne. Almost six hundred fairs on, the Cranger Kirmes is the second largest folk festival throughout Germany.

Some 4 million people visit the spectacular event, which takes place on a vast area every year. The fair always commences on the first Friday in August and usually runs for ten days. It offers pleasurable hurly-burly, cheering, laughing, eating and drinking. A funfair with cult status.

Loved by the locals, a special bond has been built and the fair has attained a special kind of cult status. Whether its wild roller coaster rides, scary ghost trains, exciting water rides, the big wheel or maybe just a big cotton candy, cool beer or tasty sausage: visitors get can find everything here.

The daily routine of the funfair also includes special events such as the opening and closing firework displays, childrens’ and seniors’ afternoons as well as a family day.
Since the fairground is actually the streets of the town down by the canal, public transport is advisable, or even travel on a boat of the Weisse Flotte.



Cranger Kirmes

Sradt Herne

Friedrich-Ebert-Platz 2

44623 Herne , NRW


Phone: +49 232 316 0

Fax: +49 232 316 2100

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Location of the fair is Kirmesplatz am Rhein-Herne-Kanal