try the BEER..thanks to the...
try the BEER..thanks to the Germans fondness for brewing and a visit to the Hofbrauhaus i had my best ever new year here. BEER? The chilli stalls in the Viktualien Market, the Hofbrauhaus, the snow that arrived for xmas and new year, great beer, the food, the fireworks at new year, the clean punctual tram & trains, the beer, the clean air, the shopping and the beer.
Inside, the Cathedral influences on you as the something powerful too. Maybe it is not rich decorated but the high ceiling is very impressive. Another object inside that you may pay attention is the oldest grave of the Bavarian Duke in Munchen.
Ein bier, bitte...
You may already know this, but Germans enjoy drinking beer! In fact, the beer halls and restaurants are always full of people drinking beer.
I like to save things from restaurants and beer halls. I always grab a coaster from wherever I drink a beer, and so now I have quite a collection. Some of the ones in the photo are from Munich. The others are from other cities in Germany.
I have been to quite a few places, but I have to say the German beer is the best! Guiness is a close runner-up... :-)
I have been to Oktoberfest many times over the years and never with a reservation. There is no problem showing up without one but of course, don't waltz in on Friday or Saturday night at 8PM and expect to get into a tent. As many others have mentioned, being in a tent is not all there is to Oktoberfest. There are rides, food booths outside, and even games. It's really like a big fair with the added attractions of beer tents.
The tents open early and if you can drink a beer for breakfast (and believe me, this is Munich and it won't even seem like a strange thing) you can get into any tent, maybe even on a weekend. As others have said, go during the week and go during the day and you won't have any problems. Make sure you eat something before you start drinking. This is no place to go on a diet or count your carbs! The Fest beers are stronger than the regular helles beers of the city, ranging from 6-6.8% in alcohol and served only in liter mugs. Grab a couple with a pretzel and drink up. Don't let it get warm and very soon you will be in an Oktoberfest kind of mood. Make no mistake, that mood is a bit drunken so that you can stand on your seat, make toasts, and sing all the silly songs that make Oktoberfest what it is.
As far as a room is concerned, never give up but try to reserve something now. There are often cancellations and rooms do pop up. If you can't get a room, go to the tourist information center in the train station. They will find you something. It might not be in Munich but if you have a train pass, you can "commute" into the city for the Fest. That's what I did back in 1978 when I first came to Munich and its beery festival. I was over an hour away and it wasn't really a problem. If you are coming only for the Fest, you'll have plenty of time. Depending on how much beer you can drink, a visit to the Oktoberfest can be quite short!
Munich has loads of other things to see and do. One thing to try for sure is a beer garden. It's a Munich invention and like no other thing in the world. If the weather is fine, head to Augustiner Keller near the train station or Hirschgarten a bit further out. Sit at a table with no table cloth, walk up to the self service areas and grab a beer from a big wooden keg. Feel free to bring your own food as it is enshrined in Bavarian law that you are allowed to do just that. Otherwise, there is food for sale at somewhat inflated prices. Sit under a huge leafy chestnut tree and look up at the sun (hopefully) streaming down through the leaves. You'll soon understand why the world for heaven and sky are the same in German.
Enjoy the beer. Enjoy the fest. With the right attitude. It's a fun place.
Must drive the autobahn... get a good car...
Pic a nice afternoon and drive south out of Munich ( cant remeber the number ) Anyway get your car rolling.. You know 220 - 250 ish..
Just enjoy the drive and suddenly the german alps roll out in front of you.. You then cruise along this sound of music like setting towards Salsburg.. About halfway to Austria you will drive past a Lake. Lake Kimsee (sp) There is a big park there. Great for a picnic etc.. Also on one of the two islands is a very cool castle.. on Haren Kimsee. Check it out.. The nearby village is also very fantasic.. Stunning... Did I tell you to get a good car ?