Oktoberfest in Munich Germany- Travel Diary
The world is a pretty small place. What started out as a birthday party for German royalty has turned into an international celebration. It was breathtaking to be in the city where the Oktoberfest tradition was born. Cities all over the world will make their own celebration but nothing will compare to the original fest.
We arrived in Munich on the Friday before the keg tap that starts the three week celebration. Once we landed, we took the train to the city center and began to explore. We went to the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) and Glockenspiel Tower, and found ourselves inside of the beautiful Cathedral Church of Our Lady that shared a wall with Urban Outfitters, of all places. We walked into local shops (I could spend hours inside of the coo- coo clock shop) and attempted to eat as many pretzels as possible.
When 7am hit, everyone in our 12-bed dorm was awake and ready to take on the crowds of Oktoberfest. I have never seen so much rain in my life… okay, that’s an exaggeration but it did rain the entire time we were in Munich. We put on raincoats over our dirndls and took off towards the fest.
The “tents” they set up are not tents at all. They are temporary buildings the size of warehouses that are beautifully decorated and can hold upwards of 10,000 people per tent! We waited outside for two hours before we were let in and rushed to a table. The best part about traveling in a pair is that we can squeeze into anywhere. We managed to score a table with other girls from the US who are also studying abroad in another part of Europe. We enjoyed more pretzels and we tried a liter of a German drink (no idea what it is but it tasted like flat soda and apple juice.) At noon, the keg was tapped and the party began.
If you ever question the strength of German women, just Google beer maiden and be prepared to have your mind blown. These women would carry a dozen liters of beer to the tables through crowds of people without breaking a sweat. Myself, on the other hand, could hardly lift one liter without feeling the burn. The rest of the day had a lot of prost-ing and singing along to every song that was in English.
On Sunday, we did a self-led walking tour of Munich. We ended up in a park and watched people surfing on the canals. We saw tons of beautiful buildings with incredible architecture and design. After wandering around for FIVE hours, we ended up clear on the other side of Munich. After a tasty dinner and a cab ride back to the hostel we were wiped out.
All good things must come to an end. Monday eventually rolled around and the fest was just about over for us. We walked through all of the tents just to look inside. During the week, it is much easier to get into tents, even just to look at them, than it is on the weekends. We enjoyed our last pretzel and radler beer and hopped on the plane home.
Would I do it all again? ABSOLUTELY. I would go back to Oktoberfest in a heartbeat. On top of that, Munich is such a beautiful city with rich history. I would love to go back when the fest is not going on and see all the city has to offer.