As already under restaurant tips mentioned, the Donisl is a great place to get traditional bavarian food for a reasonable very fair price AND to experience this in a typical bavarian ambience. Part of this is this accordion player who has his fix place here but also goes around from table to table to put guests into good mood ;-))
People from Munich have a strong sense of their identity and are proud to live in the capital of Bavaria. They are relaxed, laid back and known for their friendliness and hospitality. Brewing and drinking beer has an important status in Munich's community. Locals often gather round the long wooden tables in the beer cellars, sometime wearing traditional costume, to drink and chat. Visitors are always made welcome to join in!
The Yuletide spirit comes to life in the Bavarian capital when Munich’s Lord Mayor formally opens the Christmas Market at 5.00pm on the Friday before the first Advent. Thousands gather into the Marienplatz, the heart and soul of the city, to watch the almost 30-metre-high Christmas tree sparkle for the first time in all its regal splendour as it is lit up by 2,500 candles. The aroma of Gluehwein (hot spiced wine) and the glistening of angel hair remind everyone of the magic of Christmas.
The Christmas market starts on the 28th November - 24th December 2003
The Bavarian Crown-prince Ludwig married Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in october 12th, 1810 and he decided to let the ordinary people and his court participate in a festivity called "Rossrennerts" - some sort of a racing-competition with horses.
This race took place far ahead of town on an open meadow and it got the name Theresienwiese , because of the name of the bride.
This was the beginning of Oktoberfest .
Later it was prolonged and started already in september, in order to have a better weather.
It became the biggest annual festivity in the world and every 3rd year a great agricultural exhibition is part of the fest and always to be found in the back of Theresienwiese.
When you - as a tourist - go to Oktoberfest, you will certainly not need to dress formally ...
For bavarian farmers outside of Munich Oktoberfest was a long time ago the only kind of entertainment, they would go to during the year, also because of the fact, that every second year Oktoberfest is combined with a big agricultural exhibition on Theresienwiese ( would there be any better excuse to go there ??:-)
You will see plenty of bavarian people there, even whole families with several small children , all dressed in their traditional costumes...
This pic was taken inside "KÄFER-Schenke" , a place where mostly only the Jet Set of Munich will go !
This is the stand of "Münchner Vogelpfeiffer" ( bird imitators )
It is another funny place to go on Oktoberfest and listen to the stories of these 2 men , who are trying to sell small pieces of something that you put under your tongue in order to imitate bird-voices.
I bought it ( for 2,5 Euros you get 2 of them ) and used it according to the explanations - BUT it did not work !! :-((
But I also saw children beeing able to do it right away !!
But once again, the best part of the Vogelpfeiffer is the small show they are performing, the jokes, the bird-whistling they are doing, while talking, their dresses etc.
Of course it is best, when you are able to understand german and also Bavarian, but I am sure it is funny for foreigners, too.
In 2003 they had their stand close to the Bavaria sculpture, just opposite of the Armbrustschützen-tent .
well, I didn´t see this before.... a Freudenhaus (house of pleasure) combined with Sotheby´s.... unfortuantely I didn´t get the chance to check this out....maybe with a bit of luck you can get a nice girl here for a real good deal...;-))...is there anybody with experience out there?
These people's productions are simply amazing. They would lay out a huge piece of paper on the ground and paint some amazing things. They probably do this for your as well as his own enjoyment. You can throw him some change if you like.
The art comes in many subjects; this one looks like has themes of the church.
If you walk the streets of Munich (probably the quiet parts - like in parks), you will hear some locals play classical music. This guy is playing music by Mozart and it was absolutely beautiful. If you are in Germany, you have to appreciate classical music. It really fits the surrounding atmosphere.
Log into the web from landline phones via www.freenet.de. DIal up with the phone number 01929. Charges will automatically be applied to the phone bill.
If you use a LAN card, you can find hotspots here: www.stadtnet-hotsports.de. Or check out these locales:
Cafe Anna, Cafe Neuhausen, Cafe am Beethovenplatz.
Schäffler was an important guild in Bavaria of previous centuries.
"Schäffler" is the professional, making wooden vats and similar things.
Of course a region like Bavaria needed a lot of them for their beer-poduction, that way Schäffler became rich and wealthy.
Today you may still see them performing their well-known "Schäffler-tanz" :
Normally it is a group of several people in their traditional costumes dancing with a garland, like to be seen on my picture-combination.
Also on the Rathaus / townhall in Munich you will see some "Schäffler" - sculptures performing their dances in the Glockenspiel / chimes.
Schäfflerstrasse in Munich - where I took this pic - is halfway from Marienplatz to Odeonsplatz
When watching the "Trachten-umzug" on 1st saturday of Oktoberfest you will see them as well !
Naturally, the locals regard locally-brewed wheat beer as the best beer in the world, and will look at you strangely if you have the bad taste to order non-Bavarian (but still German) pilsner while out drinking. And should you, my dear cosmopolitan traveller, ask for something imported... oh my god it doesn't even bear thinking about.
PS German beer is extremely fizzy and you will suffer terrible problems with gas later in the evening if you drink too much of it.
...is being celebrated every year on the 2nd weekend of June! There are lots of stages with international performances from Country music to Gospel choirs or Blues and Jazz bands.
2003 Munich was celebrating its 845th birthday!
The English Garden is an enormous park that provides plenty of recreational and leisure activities for the locals of Munich, not to mention the fact that you can sunbathe in the buff.
I always love a city that has a great park to escape to . . . London, New York, Madrid all fall into that category, but only in Munich are you likely to see a soccer game, somebody surfing, multiple beer gardens and so much bare skin all on an afternoon stroll.
Charivari is a word often used in Bavaria ( today mostly as the name of a radio-station )
But mainly "Charivari" is all these small things hanging on a traditional hat or lederhosn, on a chain around the neck or arm, that male and female Bavarians wear with their traditional costumes.
And it could be any kind of a "hunting-souvenir" like bird-feathers, the teeth of an animal, horns of a wolpertinger ;-), Edelweiss prepared and conservated behind glass etc.
When you click on my picture, you may see the plenty of "Charivari" this Bavarian has fixed to his tradtional hat.