Oktoberfest (Almost) Time in Munich

Oktoberfest (Almost) Time in Munich

(Tales Told From The Road has been taking its readers on a month-long virtual European journey.)

Oktoberfest in Munich is a festival honoring beer, but the name is misleading: It actually begins in late September (this year, on Saturday, the 20th) and extends into October.

Traditional Garb CollageIn order to avoid being swept away in a sea of hoppy suds and millions of lederhosen and dirndl clad visitors, we’ve timed our arrival in and departure from Munich just before the annual beer blast.

But don’t worry. We’ll find plenty of beer and good food during our stay in Munich, and enjoy a much smaller Oktoberfest-fete, complete with beer tent, wurst, and oom-pah music, at the next stop on our month-long trip across Europe.

Sunday at Dresden’s Altmarkt was about having a fun day off, but Munich’s Viktualienmarkt, just off the Marienplatz is all about food, more food, and crafts. If looking at all of those tasty “victuals” makes you hungry, you can have lunch and a glass of pre-Oktoberfest beer at a picnic table on the edge of the market.

Vik Market CollageNot far away is the famous Hofbräuhaus where we’ll peek in to see the tables set for an evening of singing, music, and of course, beer after beer after beer disappearing down guests’ throats.

Hofbrau Haus Beer Hall, Munich

But instead of waiting until nightfall to find where people are downing glasses of Munich’s favorite beverage, we’ll follow “locals” and tourists on various types of wheeled vehicles to the “English Garden” where beer is being quaffed at a Chinese pagoda.

English Garden Collage

Too bad we left our board and wet suits at home because “Surfs up!” on the Eisbach, a stream that runs through the park.
Eisbach Surfing Collage

But since were are wearing our “happy feet,” we can get into the swing of things with local dancers at the Hofgarten on the way back to our hotel.

Hoofin' It at The Hofgarten Pavilion, Munich

Next up: A Mad Man’s Castle, a Mountain Straddling Two Nations, and The Cows Come Home While We Drink Beer!

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