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10/5 A fun time in Munich

We had so much fun last year in Munich at Oktoberfest that we wanted to go back this year and Bettina from Heidelberg agreed to get the table reservation.  We couldn’t convince anyone else from Fort Collins to come along but Jutta from Essen, Germany, met us there.  (We met Jutta in Tanzania at dinner one night before our safari and kept in touch.)

To reserve a table, you have to reserve the full table of 10. The reservations are free but you have to buy coupons for 2 beers and a chicken for each of 10 people. We were at the Pshorr Braurosl.  Besides us and Jutta, Bettina and Michelle came down from Heidelberg, making 5 at the table.  Four “students” joined us from Cal State – Fullerton.  The “students” are not students any more.  They’ve all graduated and pay their own bills. One has a Mom who works at Fullerton with exchange programs which is where the connection comes in.  I think they had fun!  They danced on the benches, anyway, and enjoyed the chicken and drank the beer.

We’ve already made a reservation at Hotel Uhland for next year for 3 nights.  (It’s cancellable.)  We love this hotel! Susan stayed there in 1982 on a trip to Munich. It’s about 2 blocks to the Oktoberfest entrance, nice people, good breakfast, and a dog to pet. This year we met Eddie, a big fluffy dog who leans to get more pets.

2 girls from Fullerton

The ladies from Fullerton rented dirndls for the event and the guys with them rented liederhosen. None of us knew you could rent the clothes.

One Brit/Irish and two German friends at Oktoberfest

Mark drinking a stein of beer.

Mark drinking a mas of beer backwards. It’s an Oktoberfest thing to do

Hofbrau horses

Each tent has a team of horses pulling wagons full of kegs and they parade around a few times a week – or maybe every day. These are the Hofbrau horses

One night we ended up at the Hofbrau tables outside and it was cold! We sat near the heaters but I wasn’t taking off my coat.

This is the Augustiner wagon near the grounds.

Inside of Marstall tent

Marstall tent at Oktoberfest

If you’re interested in going to Oktoberfest, think about going the first week before it gets crazy; avoid weekends, and book a table for an afternoon session which is 11:30 – 4:30. Afternoons are way calmer and much quieter.  Of course, it helps to have a German speaking person to try to get a table.  If there aren’t many people in your group, you can usually find some seats by just walking in.  We (2 of us) had no trouble finding seats at Marstall tent one afternoon.

Susan with a beer at Marstall

Susan enjoying a wheat beer.

Mark at Marstall tent

Mark at Marstall tent. It’s the newest tent on the grounds and has a horse theme.

After the tent and beer, it was game and ride time! Oktoberfest is like a REALLY big fair with lots of rides, including upside down, spinning rides.  Why anyone wants to ride the upside-down ones after a beer or two is beyond me.  Mark rode two rides with Bettina and Jutta, Mark and Susan rode a small roller coaster.

upside down ride

We did NOT ride this one. This car spins upside down while the whole ride goes around in circles like a ferris wheel.

Ferris wheel

The ferris wheel is one of the tame rides.

Mark and Bettina on a ride after the beer. It’s an old German ride with the goal to be the last person sliding off by resisting centrifugal force.

Mark and I did some sightseeing in Munich before Oktoberfest. The weather was perfect with clear blue skies!

Sandcastle man

This guy was in Marienplatz as a street performer.

On the way back to the Hotel Uhland, Mark asked two guys if they needed directions since the guys stopped at a corner to discuss the map on their phone.  One guy said “This is good. We have an American guy telling two German guys how to find Oktoberfest!”  Yes, they needed directions at the messy intersection.

Oktoberfest sidewalk signs

These signs were stuck on the sidewalks leading from the train station pointing people in the correct direction.  At the end of the day, it’s easy to find the way back to the train station – follow the crowds!

Lowenbrau Lion

The Lowenbrau lion rotates around on top of the tent. You can see how perfect the weather was during the day.

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