Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Munich Oktoberfest

The main purpose for our Germany trip this time around is for the biggest event of the year called Oktoberfest! So, I'll start blogging about the trip on this event first, and then only followed by the rest of the places we visited... =)

Oktoberfest is a festival held each year in Munich and is one of the most famous event in Germany. It is an important part of Bavarian culture and there are about 6 million people attending the event in Munich every year. This year, I'm one of the 6 million people that attended the event! woo hoo!


Taken from Wiki...
"For two weeks, the Oktoberfest attracts millions of people visiting its beer tents ("Bierzelte") and fairground attractions. The Oktoberfest was first held on 12 October 1810 in honour of the marriage of crown prince Ludwig to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities were closed with a horse race and in the following years the horse races were continued and later developed into what is now known as the Oktoberfest. Despite its name, most of Oktoberfest occurs in September. It always finishes on the first Sunday in October unless the German national holiday on 3 October ("Tag der deutschen Einheit"-Day of German Unity) is a Monday or Tuesday-then the Oktoberfest remains open for these days."


4 of us joined this trip and we went to the Oktoberfest event area using Munich's subway and stopped at Hackerbrücke. I got a shock when we were on our way to the place as the crowd even in the subway was massive eventhough the time was still as early as 12pm! (The event doesn't call for a stop til midnight!) Tourists, locals, be it young or old or fat or thin were all at the Oktoberfest!!!


At the escalator going to the event area... *excited!*


Welcome to Oktoberfest?

Frankly speaking, I find the place rather 'unfriendly' as whatever that are written all are in German! We're a bunch of German illiterate then gg.com lor.. So, what we did was snapping some pics and showed to the waitress and she'll in return blab something (the food/drink we ordered) back in her own language... and, you know what, they refuse to even speak English with us... Basically, it's like I'm speaking English to this lady, and she'll reply me in German. wtf!

Geez, I shall stop complaining about the lady now. Not all Germans are like that though, we met a few that are very friendly and helpful as well.. =) Thank goodness for that!

Anyway, the place were great! With more than 100 acres to offer, this place was still packed with people... *faint*


One part of Oktoberfest.... =)

The place basically is a very very large entertainment park for people of all ages, (excluding the Beer part) and I was in awe as I was walking at the area...

Lots and lots of souvenir stalls like this...


or this...


Sadly I didn't manage to get anything back for myself though... Too much varieties to choose from, in the end I chose nothing to take home...

What's Oktoberfest without beer? There are soooooooo many beer tents around and we were indecisive on which one to go... But alas, we went into the "Hacker-Bavarian Heaven"... Why is it so? Their slogan is integral to the Hacker-Festzelt philosophy: when surrounded by clouds and stars with a cold Maß (litter of beer) in the hand, you may feel as though you are truly in a "Bavarian Heaven".

We were lucky to be able to get a table there (sharing with others though)... My friend told me tables are very very hard to get unless you get there early. Guess we were not too late, huh! hahaha.. Otherwise, we might ended up standing in the room watching other people only...


The menu.... I took pictures of almost ALL of the tents at the area except for the one I went in!!! *knock myself*

According to Hacker-festzelt website, the artist Rudolf Reinstadler painted about 13,000 square feet of scenery onto the tent interior, which is highlighted by Munich landmarks and the bavarian way of life! Impressive, isn't it??!! Considering the tent is like super super big and can accommodate about 7 thousand seats excluding another additional 2 thousand seats at the beer garden...



Drink beer by litter! Fun!

We were enjoying the live brass band playing traditional Bavarian music, and at the same time enjoying the atmosphere that were created by hundreds of people in the tent from people all over the world (I presume) dancing and singing and drinking away!



All of them were simply enjoying themselves to the max and it's so happy so see sooooooo many people having happy times together... *shiokness*



I had a portion if pork knuckle (Schweinshaxe) with dumplings made from potatoes (Knödel) + beer and after that I was practically stuffed to the max!!




After spending about an hour or two in the beer tent, we got out from the tent and met up with Kenny & Siawlin at another beer tent... This time, I did not order for any more drinks already... hahaha...



Then, we proceed to going to all other tents around and took some pics before we call it a day. Think we spent more than 6 hours just at the event alone... LOL....

Here are some of the beer tents that we went in, but did not drink beer there... hahaha

First fours...


Next fours...


Another four..... and til we were kinda tired.

We left the place in the evening and on our way out, there were still swarms and swarms of people trying to get into Oktoberfest area...


*scary* We were fighting the wave of people! All of them coming down whereas we wanted to go up the stairs... hahahaha

All 4 of us were sooo tired we agreed to go back to our accommodation right after that... This was indeed one of the many many unforgettable experience for me during a trip and I am glad I have the opportunity to attend it. =)

5 comments:

hilary~teng said...

very happening...nice shoot!!!! I miss the sausage in germany...yumyum..:(

You Good Bakery said...

hey LH, your pictures as good as my cakes...hahaha...miss ya!!!

sunset2712 said...

LOL... thanks Teng! miss u too...

bloodbubble said...

i remember from my previous trip to Germany that it's one of the 'coldest' place in western Europe.. folks there are generally quite unfriendly

sunset2712 said...

yeah, it's quite true... one of the 'coldest' yet.. hehehe...