In memory of Peter Meier
Pullman City’s history
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Pure adventure

”Don’t dream your life, live your dream”

This philosophical sentence originates from “Chief Seattle”, the chief of the Duwamish, a North American Indian tribe. Deep meaningful words that a man called Peter Meier adopted as the guiding principle for his life. This Peter Meier was no one less than the spiritual father of the Pullman City Western theme town, as well as its planner and builder.

 Together with his friend and partner Sepp Schöffmann he managed the fates of Pullman City in Eging am See in the Bavarian Forest as its owner for many years. The world of cowboys and Indians had fascinated him since his childhood but he was particularly taken with cowboy work and Western riding. Even as a child Peter Meier harboured the wish to build his own complete Western town someday. This wish manifested itself increasingly over the years. His dream and life ended on 21 May 2003. Peter had already created a monument with the Pullman City Western town during his life though.

ONE MAN ONE SADDLE
and his five friends

The Pullman City story began at the start of the 1990s when Peter Meier and his friend°Wolfgang Hagenberger discovered the “Mercedes” of Western saddles in an equestrian store – the “Pullman Saddle”. This magnificent saddle is handmade by the Continental Saddlery in the US state of Indiana and has a lifetime warranty. Fascinated, he proudly presented this first-class saddle to his friends with whom he shared a passion for all things Western and his fondness for Western riding.

THE WESTERN HORSE EVENT IS BORN

His enthusiasm had such a sustainable impact that it did not take long before gradually five more of his Western riding friends could call the saddle their own. What could be more apt than to form a club of “Pullman Saddle Owners”. No sooner said than done, the “Pullman Saddle Club e.V.” was founded in 1992. Peter Meier and his friends celebrated special events as they came around and it was therefore quickly decided that they wanted to organise an event to do with the Western horse and Western riding themselves. It was to be a festival for children and adults and introduce the special flair of the Country and Western scene to visitors ...  

The Pullman City Western Horse


A festival that was held for the first time in August 1993. None of the six club members had any idea back then that they were to set off an avalanche with this event. The concept was astonishingly simple. There was entertainment for big cowboys with live music and an attractive show programme and the kids could spend time with pony rides, the steam railway and various fairground carousels. However, the festival’s focus was on the Country culture and Western riding.

LOTS OF KINDRED SPIRITS

The event also attracted hobbyists from all over Germany who provided a very special mood and flair. They set up their tipis and lodges and experienced the informal, friendly atmosphere of the special festival up close with the romance of the campfire in the evening. A lot of riders came to this event in Eging am See as well. Paddocks were built and some of the riders enjoyed spending the night under open skies like a cowboy right next to their horse. Every day of this four-day festival was packed with a colourful and interesting Western riding show programme: trail riding for everyone, cutting, lasso disciplines and Western riding captivated visitors.

MORE SPACE

The success of 1993 confirmed to the “Pullmen” that they had really hit the mark with the “Western Horse”. Despite all the hard work, sore throats and all the other side effects of an exhausting festival it was clear: the “Western Horse” should become a traditional set-up. In the two following years the festival grew into a real crowd puller. Peter Meier and his friends had to admit though in 1995 that the current grounds were now simply too small to meet the festival’s requirements. So they started looking for larger grounds and found the perfect site a little bit later: the plot of the former fairytale park not far from the current grounds was up for sale with 200,000 sqm.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Peter Meier now saw the opportunity to make his dream come true. The success of the Western Horse events spoke for themselves. For many people were obviously eager to immerse themselves in “America’s freedom and past” for a little while. As the owner of a construction company Peter Meier had the best prerequisites on his side: an outstanding building crew, fantastic ideas and a knack for drawing plans. He was also able to convince his partner, Sepp Schöffmann about his idea of a Western town. The third member of the team was Wolfgang Hagenberger, who was a blacksmith by profession and had an incredible talent for organisation. Together, they struck out to overcome the rocky path of bureaucracy. They received great support from Konrad Kobler, a member of the Bavarian Parliament.

A dream becomes reality

The “glorious three” unyieldingly battled to make Peter Meier’s dream come true. Thanks to the idealistic, in fact almost superhuman commitment of 180 men and women all the buildings in the Western town were built in just five months. Resulting in one of the most wonderful Western town experiences in Germany: Pullman City. Many of you will now ask: Was does Pullman actually mean? This is its story: Mr. George Mortimer Pullman was born on 03.03.1831 in Brocton (NY). Mr. Pullman built the first corridor coach for the Northern Pacific railway in 1864, with opulent, grand interior design (Pullman Wagon) as well as a luxurious coach for the President of the United States. The term “Pullman” therefore became a seal of quality. For example, Mercedes Benz used this name for its state carriage, the 600 and Continental Saddlery used it for its grand saddle. Mr. George Mortimer Pullman died in Chicago on 19.10.1897 by the way and was laid to rest there too. Back to Pullman City. 

A smash hit
The show programme and town law concept in this Western town was a ban on shooting and this non-violence was very well received. Peter, Sepp and Wolfgang all agreed that Pullman City should be a day trip and holiday destination for the whole family. The show programme was made up of comedy magic, American history with a priority on authenticity, Western riding and a whole load of fun for children. Trigger-happy cowboys, duelling gunslingers, bank robberies and hanging scenes around high-noon had no business here. Despite all the scepticism and criticism, Peter, Sepp and Wolfgang remained faithful to their decision and by resolutely sticking to their concept they were soon rewarded with resounding success. The Pullman City Western Town adventure in Eging am See near Passau, at the foot of the Bavarian Forest opened its gates on 16 May 1997. A success that nobody could have dreamed of at the opening. Here you can drop your everyday existence and immerse yourself in America’s past – in the era from roughly 1860 to 1890. A non-violent journey through time that you won’t forget so quickly and will want to repeat as soon as possible. The fact that this is very often the case can be seen by the large number of regular guests, who come here several times a year, some since Pullman City was founded, and feel a strong connection with Pullman City.

A breath of fresh air

Since 2011 the Western town has been run by Claus Six from Eging, Ernst Grünberger from Ruderting and four other partners who know Pullman City like the back of their hand. Their shared goal is to develop Pullman City further in the spirit of its founding father Peter Meier and to also accomplish pioneering work in new areas.

The Western town continues to grow

Another important man is the presenter and show manager Deddy Jeschke. The “Sheriffs” are constantly concocting new ideas with him, for example the Rockabilly Rumble Band Contest, Rockabilly Convention, Country Music Festival, Quad Meet, Wild West Games and much more. The Pullman City team places great importance on organising the theme park to be even more family-friendly: the Little Pullman adventure playground was built in 2011, children’s entertainment with Indian drum making, games, stories and torch-lit hikes have been offered in the school holidays and at weekends since 2012. The Adventure trail, a low-rope course with lots of opportunities for balancing, swinging and climbing, opened in April 2013.