So, last night we attended Oktoberfest. Honestly, it was a lot like the Calgary Stampede to me – but a lot more fun. Maybe it’s a tourist thing.
There are fair grounds – rides, games, cheap souvenirs and greasy food. Instead of cowboy hats and boots though, women were dressed in barmaid outfits, and the men were dressed in Lederhosen. And it lasts more than two weeks!
The beer steins you see above (which of course are the star of the festival) are a LITRE in volume. No, that’s not a typo. The look on my face in the photo above is a little bit of terror. That’s way too much beer.
…But Brian was able to help me finish mine. AND we were still able to find our hotel later. Believe me, it was an interesting trek!
Interesting fact – Oktoberfest was born in 1810. There was a royal wedding party that was so much fun, they decided to make it an annual thing.
Today we walked down to Marienplatz, which is the central ‘town square’ of Munich, and it has been since Munich was founded in the 12th century by a salt trader who burnt down his competition’s bridge, and built his own – forcing trade routes to shift to where he wanted them.
We are of course fascinated by the history. There are some really weird little stories about this place, and we love them!
Tonight we are trying to make a tough decision… There are a couple of castles we REALLY want to see (Neuschwanstein and… the other one…), but it would take us a FULL day to get there and back to Munich, not allowing enough time to travel to a new destination that night – and we are paying 2–3 times more per night for lodging here than we will anywhere else. We could also leave Munich tomorrow and stay near the castles tomorrow night (in Füssen), but then we are WAY off our planned track, and it could eat up some valuable time and money getting back to where we want to be. Our other option would be to miss the castles and head straight over to Salzburg (Austria!) tomorrow, but it would be sad to miss the castles. We know we can’t see it all, though – whatever we decide will be the right choice, I know.
Last note – it is technically difficult for us to post photos from our good cameras up here, most of what we’re doing is from Brian’s iPhone when we stumble across wi-fi hot spots. Thus, the photos you get are ones off his phone.