One of the most exciting things about visiting a new country for me is experiencing their culture – Food, Drinks, Music, Fashion. This year I have been fortunate enough to travel around various European cities and one of my recent ventures was to Austria and Munich during Oktoberfest. I know the locals get rather annoyed with thousands of tourists flocking to their country during this time of the year but you gotta experience this massive beer fest once in your lifetime.
For those who are not aware, Oktoberfest is the world’s largest funfair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often simply called Wiesn, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese) themselves. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event. (Yes, I copied this from Wiki)
Things I did and recommend:
- I decided to stay in Salzburg instead of Munich, because accommodation in Munich is extremely expensive during this time and Salzburg is one of the most beautiful cities you will ever visit!
- I bought a Drindl – Yes! It drilled a massive hole in my wallet but it was worth it. I did feel like very German besides the fact that I am half their height!
- Drank gallons of beer – That is the whole point of Oktoberfest! The ones I loved are – Stiegl and Eidelweiss
- I took the train from Salzburg to Munich – It’s an extremely beautiful train ride. Takes only 1.5 hours.
- Walked around Salzburg and discovered the pretty city – Mirabelle Gardens, Mozart Museum, Little alley’s with shops. There is a lot to do in this pretty Austrian city.
- Went on one of the super scary rides inside Oktoberfest after drinking tons of beer – It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, on the contrary it was a lot of fun!
- Ate a lot of bread – you will not find such fresh and tasty bread in UK!
Here are some photographic evidence: