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Pauksaal of the Landwehrschenke near Göttingen, around 1895

A Pauklokal or Mensurlokal is in striking student associations a place where a Pauktag is held, so an event on the previously agreed scales are performed. The break days are determined by the local arms rings for the semester .

The requirements for a drum club are that the room must offer enough space for the mensur, both for those directly involved and for the “ spectators ” (Latin for “spectators”). The height of the room must ensure that the edges of the timpani do not hit the ceiling or hanging lamps with the blade.

Before the Second World War, the break days often took place in public pubs in the rural surroundings of the respective university town, among other things because they were beyond the jurisdiction of the university. Today, in most cases, they are held at the corporation house of one of the associations involved. While most of the connections convert their Kneipsaal into a drum hall for the class, a few connections also have a separate room with a gallery or grandstand for a better view. As a rule, the house right for the drum hall is transferred to the respective referee during the grading .

In Erlangen or Münster, there is still a lot of fighting in pubs today. In some university towns it is a tradition that at least once in the summer semester there is an outdoor class.

Well-known pubs

French horn


  • Egon Erwin Kisch : Old Prague Mensur restaurants. In: From Prague streets and nights. (Collected works in individual editions, Volume 2.) Aufbau Verlag, Berlin, 5th edition 1992, ISBN 3-351-02024-4 , pp. 172–176.

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