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Oktoberfest – 2nd week

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Out little local fest called Oktoberfest is moving fast into its second week. Personal damages so far have been minor, but I got my usual Oktoberfest cold – it’s warm and cozy during the day, so you take only light clothes, and hot and sweaty in the tents, and then, when you get out (probably a bit drunk), you underestimate the coolness of the air. The cold hits you hard one or two days later. *cough* But other than that, the first Oktoberfest week was great.

By now we also survived the scared second weekend, which is also widely known as Italians Weekend, because usually the fest is packed with Italians who drive all the way to Munich in their motorhomes, flooding the Theresienwiese and the rest of the city. Fortunately, the rainy weather cleared up on Saturday, so that at least the grass next to the Oktoberfest could be used for a nap. The locals call this area also the “throw-up-grass”. Uh, yes, they are right. The wind blew a slight smell over to me, and it was not a good one…

Oktoberfest - taking a nap
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Oktoberfest Sleeping
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Oktoberfest - Drunk beyond belief
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These photos were taken on Sunday at about 3 pm, so one can only imagine what might have happened in the morning, right after the tents were opened. By now I can safely say that I will be glad once this Oktoberfest is over again. Which is funny in a way, because you anticipate the Fest starting around May/June once the reservations are assigned, then come the Wies’n Warmup fests and events, and then – when it’s finally there – you have enough after half of the time.

Anyway, if you are still planning to come over to the Oktoberfest, please don’t let these photos stop you! The weather is fine, the beer is good, and the mood is great.

Rainy Oktoberfest

Friday, September 28th, 2007

It has been pouring rain over Munich for two straight days in a row now. The huge beer gardens outside the Oktoberfest tents are empty, where otherwise they would be packed with people having a good time. And it is not just raining, no, temperatures have dropped to 7 °C (45 °F), so nobody wants to do anything outside, be it watching the people or taking a nap on the grass below the Bavaria monument.

But inside the tents the action is as hot as always. You hardly notice the weather. But it gets a bit cramped as everyone is trying to get a table early in the afternoon. Expect problems even at 3:30pm if you have not got a reservation. In this case you can only watch out for the areas without reservations (“Reservierungsfreier Bereich”) where you can get a space, at least in theory. Or you ask politely one of the waitresses whether they are aware of some space for your group.

Anyway, here are a couple of shots from this week (including those taken on the first weekend). Enjoy!

Oktoberfest in rain
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Oktoberfest auf der Theresienwiese im Regen
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Frisbee Oktoberfest München
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Oktoberfest Wellenflug at Night
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Oktoberfest in the evening
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Wies’n Hit 2007

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007


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Those who are regular visitors to the Oktoberfest know about the tradition of finding the Wies’n Hit each year, the most popular new addition to the Oktoberfest songbook.

This year, I’d put my money on Olaf Henning’s “Lassosong” – a fairy tale remembering the innocent days of childhood (“Come get the lasso, we’re going to play cowboy and indian, we’re riding like a storm, without rest or destination. Once you’ve caught me, I will surrender, be put to the totem pole…”).

This song has all the characteristics of a Wies’n Hit – powerful rhythm, easy to remember text in German (not too bright), and a nice little dance you can perform even when dancing drunk on benches. Yep, that’s the Wies’n Hit 2007. :-)

O’Zapft is…

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

And now the 174th Oktoberfest is open. The Lord Mayor of Munich, Christian Ude, officially opened it perfectly on time at noon today with three hits on the first beer barrel of the fest. Well done!

Did we miss the fest? Sure we did. Now Munich will celebrate the arrival of autumn for 16 days full of fun and beer, chicks and chicken, ox and bratwurst. In case you could not be there, here are some photo impressions from the first day. Enjoy!


Welcome to Oktoberfest – on a warm and sunny Saturday
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Estimated 500,000 people came to the first day of Oktoberfest
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Five lads from Scotland meet three girls from Munich
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The Augustiner Bräu tent – already closed at 2 pm
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Beer coach in front of the Hippodrom tent
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The Bavaria statue overlooking the Theresienwiese
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Hundreds of people rest under the Bavaria statue
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Guests to the Hofbräu tent enjoy a bit of fresh air at the windows
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Oktoberfest at it’s perfection: They don’t know each other, yet they pose for a photograph in front of a beer coach!
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Fischer-Vroni tent – closed at 2:30 pm
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One of the Löwenbräu coach drivers poses for the photographer
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Silly Oktoberfest hats are still popular in 2007
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Gruss vom Oktoberfest
Greetings from Oktoberfest
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