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American bowling and its European predecessor Kegel (see also: kegeln or nine-pin bowling) remain hugely popular in Europe with organized clubs, teams and alleys in almost every major city center. Photographer Robert Götzfried set out to document the phenomenon simply titled Bowling Alleys. In our opinion it’s the closest thing you can get to bowling porn without searching the dark places of the web or rewatching that iconic scene from The Big Lebowski. From a wood-lined alley inside a Bavarian beer hall in the south of Munich to enormous, American-style alleys clearly setup for cosmic bowling, Götzfried traveled around Germany documenting the cool and interesting bowling setups that showcase the evolution of the sport as well the traditional aspects that made it so popular in the first place. One thing’s for sure: if any of these places were stateside we’d be willing to bet some of them would end up on a list of best bars in America.

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