Oktober Fest Munich Reviews
Jul 24, 2007
If you ever been to a fairly popular concert, you'll have a general idea of what Oktobber Fest is like. Story goes that this fest started some 800-900 years ago, in response to a kings wedding. The locals enjoyed the fest so much that they carried the tradition on. This fest takes place on Marine Platz in the outskirts of Munich, within walking distance of the train station. On an average, there will be some 500,000 people coming and going during the October fest period. Average daily influx nearly some 100,000 people a day. So if you don't mind being nearly elbow to elbow with strangers you are in the right place. Various indigenous flavors are readily available, so if you go have plenty of money and time. The beers are served in one liter glasses, and the local “dirndls” carry these huge beer mugs by the handfuls (Sometimes 10-12 at a time).
The beer tents that are there at the Platz, are guarantee to take forever to get into, unless you call ahead to make reservations or get there early enough to waltz to the front of the line. Once inside, don’t relinquish your seat, for it will be gone very quickly. Once insides, there will be local bands playing local drinking songs, and it will be a blast.
As for places to see in Munich itself, I would have to say the Hofbrauhaus which is next or near the Hard Rock Café in downtown Munich. There will be plenty of places to walk to once you are downtown, theres massive amounts of churches, and historical buildings, which are worth while to visit. Another place to visit is Dachau (in northwest Munich) which was the first concentration camp, where all other were measured against. And if that’s not your cup of tea, grab a rental and skip down to southern Bavaria, to see the castles along the Alps, (Garmish-partenkirchen or Schwangau). If you want to know more specific things about Munich or Bavaria don’t hesitate to message me.
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