Hans Steyrer

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Hans Steyrer
Plaque on his tombstone.

Hans Steyrer (* 1849 in Allach ; † August 25, 1906 in Munich ) was a Bavarian butcher and innkeeper . He became known as a man of strength , called "the Bavarian Hercules".


The son of a master butcher and innkeeper learned the butcher's trade from his father. Even as an apprentice, he was able to lift every calf and every quarter of oxen on the hook and place a hectolitre on the ganter without any help .

In 1879 the Herzog circus was looking for the strongest Bavarian and poster this campaign across Bavaria. Hans Steyrer won all competitions and finally went one better: With the strength of his right middle finger, he was the only one who could lift ( lift ) a 508 pound stone for a few seconds . Since then he has been called "the Bavarian Hercules".

As a publicity stunt, Steyrer wanted to pull festively decorated carriages from his inn on Tegernseer Landstrasse through all of Munich to Theresienwiese for the first time in 1879. He himself drove on a four-in-hand truck loaded with beer barrels , followed by seven couples who carried the staff and musicians. However, he did not arrive at the Oktoberfest at the time - in the city center he was stopped by the police and forced to turn back. The subsequent court proceedings ended with the innkeeper being sentenced to a fine, which, however, could not prevent him from repeating the move in the following years.

For years, Hans from Steyr was the tenant of the forester's lodge at the Englischer Garten (Steinfeldstrasse 15, demolished), which had been converted into the “ Wilhelm Tell ” tavern, and ran a beer tent at the Oktoberfest as an Oktoberfest host .

Hans Steyrer was buried in Munich's Ostfriedhof (grave no. 46-5-12).


  • Thorsten Moser: Hans Steyrer: Bavarian Hercules. Books on Demand, Norderstedt 2011, ISBN 978-3844810714 .


  • Memorial plaques in his father's inn and at the tavern "Wilhelm Tell" (lost)

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