September 29th, 2005 – by: olia_t
Oktoberfest. famous Lederhose!
Germany. Before my traveling to this country, the only associations this word evoked in me were - war, Nazis, Volkswagen, beer, sausages…So a one- week trip in mid September 2005 around Bavaria became a revelation. I was impressed, I was amazed, I had discovered much more than I expected to! And fist of all I discovered that Germany’s the land of festivals. Imagine, I witnessed 4 festivals in one week • Weinfest (wine festival) in Bad Neuenahr, Altstadtfest(old town festival) in Nuernberg, Oktoberfest in Munchen and Cattle parade + Village Fair in Alpbachtal!
Yes, they know in Germany how to have fun • I loved their food, their beer, live music and dances.
Germans not only eat and drink at their festivals they do sing and dance! And Oktoberfest is no doubt the pinnacle of German art of having fun! The atmosphere at this world’s biggest folk festival can hardly be compared with anything else! Don’t forget to reserve a table well in advance if you want to sit inside one of the large tents. Otherwise you’ll have to drink your beer standing or sitting outside in the sun. By the way if you expect to see those pretty full-breasted Oktoberfest witresses that you see in ads I'm afraid you'll be disappointed (at least I was). Probably carrying beer mugs is too harmful for the health of young ladies, so waitresses are mostly middle aged women with strong arms and quite plain appearance. I've found out why the waitresses try to carry as many beer mugs at a time as possible (literally pyramids of beer mugs!) - the thing is they get 1 euro for every mug sold. So they say they make small fortunes during the festival))) I imagine they've got to practice during the rest of the year to keep such perfect balance and to carry such heavy stuff!
Oktoberfest. Girls in national costumes(Drindl)
If you are in Munchen, don’t be lazy and go to the Alps.
Bavaria is all about countryside! I was lucky to watch the Cattle parade in Alpbachtal. In the afternoon, the beautifully decorated cattle crossed the village to return to their stables from the pastures in the mountains where they spent summer. This is the most important festival of the year in Reith featuring a traditional Tirolean fair at its best.(www.alpbachtal.at)
Oktoberfest beer singing.
Oh, as for the local food if you happen to be in Germany do not forget to taste such weird drinks as Schorle and Radler. Schorle = ½ wine +1/2 soda water. Radler = beer + lemon-lime soda. Here is a small story about Radler:
On a hot summer afternoon in June of 1922, Franz Xaver Kugler, the owner of a Gasthaus high in the Deisenhofner Kugler-Alm in Bavaria realized that he did not have enough beer to accomodate all of his guests for the day, both bicyclists as well as mountain hikers.
Hence, he decided to offer his remaining beer, interestingly a dark beer, as a mixture of beer and lemon-lime soda of which he had an ample supply, and thus he nick-named his newly-found drink after the bicyclists,- hence a RADLER! (In the mountains of Germany and Austria, the bicyclists (Radler in German) need a good refreshment, and a little additional nutritious fortification after a long climb up a mountain road in the blazing, humid weather, but they also need the soberness and strength to return home, down the long, steep hills).
So my dear friends, go to Germany in September and let this beautiful country amaze you!