The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.
Weather is a great metaphor for life — sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella or choose to dance in the rain! From a week the most I used my phone was to check weather. Ask me why??
It’s Oktoberfest! The biggest Beer Festival in the world!
Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is some 16-18 day festival starting somewhere in mid of September.
With a lot of confusion whether to go or not we made up our mind to attend Oktoberfest. Must say I have had some of the best times of my life there……
There are two major events on the first two days of Oktoberfest. On Saturday morning, before the first keg of beer is opened (tapped) by the mayor of Munich, there is a rather large parade of the brewers and associated bands and floats that go through downtown Munich and end at the Theresienwiese fairgrounds.
This was my second visit to Oktoberfest, but my first visit to see the traditional parade and visiting inside the tent.
I didn’t want to miss this. We went there a little early around 9.30 am so that we get some place in the street to watch the parade with good view. Despite the rainy weather, there were only happy excited people streaming through the streets to get to the big event.
The parade was beautiful the giant horses , their ornaments ,the beer barrels ,the band, the Bavarian dress ,what not? I will upload the parade video…..
I learnt that the second day parade is the big one that is much more “cultural” in nature and shows the variety of German costumes, bands and peoples. But we didn’t stay for that.
One of the most beautiful part of the fest is its dress. The dress worn my women is called Dirndl and the one worn my male is called Lederhosen.
I have seen the beer is served only by the female waitress they are called Kellnerin. But this is aint any ordinary job. The females are so fit that they could easily carry 12 to 20 beer glass in one go. One beer glass is one liter and weighs 5 pound, now imagine!!
They say there is no such thing called bad weather its only bad clothing… but trust me this was a very bad weather ….It was pouring soooooo heavily. we reached the ground and our enthusiasm was high….even the rain didn’t stop people from enjoying the rides……the first thing we did was to search for the tent and The word “tent” is a bit of a misnomer because these structures are huge, each containing hundreds of tables and capable of fitting thousands of people. I think one of the best parts is realizing that all these amazing buildings (tents) will completely disappear in three weeks along with all of the carnival rides etc. It’s amazing to think it’s all just temporary, it looks like it’s always been there.
There were around 14 beer tents to choose from. Oktoberfest visitors doesn’t have it easy.
We tried with two and waited for approximately 30 minutes each and could not see getting success there and then we moved to third tent Hofbrau Festzelt.
We were pretty determined this time that what may happen we will not leave our position and get in anyhow. We were in a queue for almost an hour or so and then the security comes and tells us that they will not let anyone in for at least 3 hour from now. I ignored, I was resolute.
It was freezing cold everyone were drenched in the rain, the umbrellas kept hitting others but no one complained, everyone there just wanted to get in. We were almost there near the door and all of a sudden we saw people jumping the rail and I don’t know what made me follow them and then this security comes again and tells us to join from the last….how foolish could I be??Hmmm….
We stood with an imperturbable composure for another hour or more may be…..and then we see our one friend inside the tent.
I was never happy to see him until now 😉 and all what we could do is to call him and we literally started begging the waitress to let us in as our friend was already inside. She finally convinced and agreed us to allow in with one condition that we all would buy beer from her and for which she would be charging 15euros…..and we agreed.
I learnt later this tent has a seating capacity of around 7000 people and the largest one is Hacker-Pschorr with seating capacity of around 9300 people.
God!!!I would say it was worth the wait, push, and getting drenched in the rain for this. This is literally the most incredible atmosphere on the planet for people who like to party. Thousands and thousands of happy and kind people drinking gallons of beer and having fun. Standing on tables drinking beer singing songs. The beer costs about 11euros and served in a liter glass and must say the beer is so delicious. This beer is specially brewed for this festival.
Every one where high and I was feeling squiffed in the half liter. There was one in crowd who just stood on the high table and stipped naked :)….people go crazy. The festival and beer is pretty expensive but it’s worth it!
Oktoberfest brings in around 6-7 million people every year which pretty much doubles the population of München. On average 6 million liters of beer is drank. The sheer volume of people is like nothing you can imagine.
Oktoberfest is iconic and it lives up to the hype. The various beer fest halls reflect the personality of the beer owners. They vary in decor but one thing remains – plentiful beer served with oom-pah music. You won’t find a friendlier more cheerful crowd of people in the world. It was worth going to see something that photos or videos cannot give. The atmosphere is fantastic with everyone enjoying themselves.
It’s not only about beer drinking , there are lots of Oktoberfest rides and roller coasters. It’s like a Disney land for Adults 🙂