To be in Germany, in Munich, at the time of Oktoberfest, is one of the best things that have happened to me! Although we planned our entire vacation around a U2 concert, we just got lucky that the dates for it came about the same time as Oktoberfest’15 that started on the 19th of September in Munich.
I have heard stories about the world’s largest Volkfest (beer festival) and how insanely fun it is, but to have been there and done it all, all I can say its more fun than can be put in words! Its definitely NOT just a big party in a tent, which most people imagine it to be but its a party nevertheless. 14 different beer stalls, rows and rows of candy stalls, food stalls, rides and a whole lot of music and dancing! Thats what I call a grand party!
We reached Munich on the 21st contrary to our original plan which had to be altered due to a last minute cancellation by our host on Airbnb. That, in fact turned to be a blessing in disguise because we could then explore Innsbruck and if you haven’t seen the pictures from our time there please do now! So, once we reached Munich we dropped off our bags at the apartment, took a few instructions from our host and set out. We were famished and excited and pretty much clueless (lack of planning never helped anyone!). We took the metro to the main station in Munich and as soon as we reached there we knew we were in the right direction. Most people were dressed in the traditional Oktoberfest attire and all we had to do was follow where the drindls were going!
We walked the way from the Main station to Theresienwiese, which is the ground in the center of Munich where Oktoberfest happens. Suddenly out of nowhere we saw this giant roller-coater and loud LOUD music! Oh my word it was amazing! That place absolutely fills you up with happiness and makes you want to jump around dance sing and be crazy! We walked around a bit and then chose the first beer stall we saw and got a place to sit. In about 2 seconds we made an order of two giant mugs of beer and the traditional Hendl (roast chicken.. actually no the MOST delicious roast chicken I have EVER eaten! not even kidding) we were so hungry that it didn’t occur to us to take pictures of the food but, imagine a whole tender, succulent chicken with the perfect glaze and an equally delicious potato salad to go with it. aah my mouth still waters when I think of it!
It was a really bright day and we were very lucky (once again) because the next day turned out to be cloudy and the day after that it rained! We had our meal, spent a couple of hours walking around all tipsy after that giant beer damage and ate pretzels! We decided to come back in the evening for the action at night and went around the town for the rest of the afternoon. By the time we got back to the grounds, the lights were put on and everything was a hundred times more brilliant than it was in the day!
Sadly this was the time when my back pain was at its worst which meant I couldn’t go up on any rides but it was a lot of fun watching it too. Also, now I have a very good reason to go back!
Have you been to Oktoberfest? Is that something you’d want to go to?