Munich Local Customs

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    Donisl accordion player

    by chancay Written Oct 11, 2004

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    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 ;-))

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    Krinoline - since 1924 on Oktoberfest

    by globetrott Updated Sep 2, 2004

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    Krinoline is a really nice, Bavarian kind of merry-go-round.
    It got the name Krinoline because of the very special way it moves. (Krinoline is french for petticoat)
    It does not only go around in cercles, but makes also a certain movement up and down, just like the petticoat of a traditional bavarian costume.
    And the best of all is the slow ooompa-music that made the Krinoline one of the most popular attractions for people of all ages since 1924.

    The price for a ride is very moderate, and you may find it rather close to Schichtl.

    Krinoline
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    500 years Münchner Reinheitsgebot

    by globetrott Updated Aug 25, 2004

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    Since more than 500 years the so-called "Münchner Reinheitsgebot" makes sure, that for the brewing of beer in Bavaria only Barley, Malt, Hops and water (Gerste, Hopfen, Malz und Wasser) would be used.

    There were several attempts - also by the EU - to set an end to these regulations, but they did not have any chance in Bavaria !

    On my picture, the young lady with the beerglass is the so-called "Münchner Kindl" (Munich child) - you will see a young lady in that dress riding on a horse during the parade of "Einzug der Wiesenwirte" on 1st saturday of Oktoberfest !
    It always looks a bit funny, as the nice young lady is riding one of the heavy horses with strong feet that is normally used to pull the heavy beer-wagons...

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    something unique - SEX AUCTION !!?!

    by chancay Written Oct 11, 2004

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    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?

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    Art on the streets

    by meteorologist1 Written Aug 8, 2003

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    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.

    Art on the streets of Munich
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    Classical music by the locals

    by meteorologist1 Written Aug 8, 2003

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    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.

    A local playing music by Mozart
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    O'fest started as a wedding-cerenomy

    by globetrott Written Aug 30, 2004

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    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.

    Oktoberfest
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    Vital Laptop Info

    by pedersdottir Written Apr 17, 2004

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    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.

    Bavarian white & blue
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    Only drink local beer

    by sjvessey Written Jun 8, 2004

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    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.

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    NO need to dress "Bavarian style"

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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 !

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    Vogelpfeiffer (bird imitators)

    by globetrott Updated Aug 29, 2004

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    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 .

    Vogelpfeiffer on Oktoberfest
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    The Munich City Birthday...

    by Henkster Written Jun 14, 2003

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    ...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!

    Gospel Singers on the Feldherrenhalle

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    That huge green spot on the map!

    by acemj Updated Aug 25, 2004

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    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.

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    Schäfflertanz - a great tradition in Munich

    by globetrott Written Aug 23, 2004

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    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 !

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    TRUE STORIES

    by LysDor Written May 31, 2003

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    Almost everything you have heard about Munich is true. First of all, Müncheners are delightfully jolly, they eat hearty food, and they drink beer with breakfast. Then, when it comes to funny hats, Bavaria leads the world: Mid-afternoon, you'll see respectable middle-aged men in the beer hall wearing Alpine hats with what looks like a huge shaving brush sticking up at the back. And, yes, they do sway to the music of the oompah bands, and they do clash giant beer steins together. In fact, for once, everything the tourist board has been telling you is accurate.

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