February 8, 2011

Oktoberfest in München (Munich)

 Ahhh......Bavaria in September...

You can't live in Germany for any length of time and not pay a visit to Oktoberfest!!!

We were blessed with some sun during our visit last fall to this incredible picturesque city!  What a ride!  Everywhere you look are lederhosen und dirndls. The locals and tourists wear the traditional garb, and the big department stores had whole floors of them!!  (We did outfit the family by the way!)  According to der Mann (otherwise known as the Husband), lederhosen are very comfortable!

München Glockenspiel

A little cafe whose owner was after my own heart because all of the tables FACED INTO the sun.  And notice that each chair comes with a cozy blanket to combat the autumn chill.

Ok.  it is true that Oktoberfest is all about the beer.  This is a photo from the top of the Ferris Wheel of the 'beer tents'. These are HUGE 'tents' (not really tents - more like temporary buildings) that EACH will hold 5000-7000 people at any given time.  Logistically, doesn't that blow your mind?  And each brewery will have their own beer cart filled with beer barrels (remember the folk song "Roll Out the Barrel" ?) pulled by very expensive draft horses.  Every morning they will pull them through town and park them in front of their tents.  This was the 200th Anniversary of Oktoberfest! 

Incredible sites, rides, food.....in a word, I fell in love with this city!

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