Travel: Munich & Oktoberfest

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My husband and I traveled to Europe for ten days at the end of September. We had such a blast that I thought I would share a bit about what we did and where we went. Our city has an Oktoberfest in the town square every year, typically during my birthday weekend. We go every year that we can, and the festival has grown larger each year. It's something that we really enjoy, so we decided to go to the original in Munich!

Got off the train at the Marienplatz
After long flights, layovers, and train rides, we finally stepped out in Munich at the Marienplatz. We could have taken a closer stop to our apartment, but by this time, David and I were ready to get off of the train and away from the group of rather rowdy Italians that were next to us.

Saw the Glockenspiel!
After quite a walk, we made it to our apartment building. Neither one of us had quite figured out that we needed to change a setting on our phones to get them to work in Europe. (We were extremely lucky that our cell phone provider offers free data and texting in Europe.) The train took far longer than expected, so we were not able to meet our Airbnb host. He was very understanding and left us a key under the mat on the terrace. He even sent an email with details. At this point, we still didn't know how to get the phones to work to access the email, and there was no available WiFi to steal. I see one available terrace and decide that I and I alone should be the one to investigate. My reason being that I look less menacing and would probably get into less trouble if it's the wrong apartment. Here I go through the bushes to see if I can find a rug with a key under it for this apartment. As I snoop around on this terrace, I discover that there is no rug and thus no key. Well, at least the apartment's empty right? Wrong! Someone starts coming through the terrace door. I hit the bushes and run back to the sidewalk to flee the scene. All the while, there have been two German police officers on the street corner this entire time. I was aware of them the entire time, but jet lag somehow made me brave. Thankfully, no one called the police on me, and the officers on the sidewalk could continue their casual conversation. After this exciting episode, David decides we should look around the back of the building, and we spot a terrace with a rug that fit the description and had a key! 

Marienplatz at night

After the relief of finding our apartment and not having to deal with the authorities, we set out again to find some traditional German food. Nothing like hearty food, complete with a basket of pretzels and quailty German beer, after a long journey.

After ten hours of sleep, we got up and took the train to Oktoberfest! It was quite a cold and rainy day, so I didn't get any pictures of the grounds. While planning the trip, we decided that we defintiely wanted to visit the Himmel der Bayern tent, so we started there. Both of us got soaked from walking in, so we were grateful to be inside.

I did my hair that morning, only for it to get rained on!

After taking our time with beer and pretzels at the Himmel der Bayern tent, we weather cleared up and bit, so we decided to walk around. 

Bavaria statue
We decided to go to the Löwenbräu tent next. 
The lion on the right roars and moves.

More beer and chicken!

Café Mohrenkopf for coffee

We had a wonderful time at Oktoberfest! We met a lot of nice people, had some delicious food, and of course, had some of the best beer in the world. 

If you are planning to go to Oktoberfest in the future, here's what you need to know:
  • Everything is cash only. This is true of much of Germany, but Bavaria in particular. Any time you visit, not just at or during Oktoberfest.
  • Lots of information on their site
  • The app is useful. It will tell you how full the tents are in real time and has a map. Download it if you go.
  • Europeans generally don't tip like Americans, but you should tip the servers at Oktoberfest.
Here are some helpful articles I read before going:

Have you ever been to Oktoberfest? Do you go to any festivals every year? Share below!

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