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Unterhaching Winter Wonderland

Thursday, January 14th, 2010


Hachinger Bach in Unterhaching/Germany on 12th January 2010
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I just wanted to share this beautiful shot with you. The location is just a short walk from our house in sleepy Unterhaching, Germany. The small river, the Hachinger Bach, is a beautiful location during summer as well. Then, people sit down next to the river and let the stressful day fade away. But not now! The massive snow (four Inches or so) of the past few days changed the area into a gorgeous winter wonderland. When the sun came out for half an hour, I grabbed my camera and captured it. Hope you like it.

O’zapft is

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Yesterday the 176th edition of the original Oktoberfest in Munich has begun. As always, a big parade of the tent owners and several traditional folk bands marched through the city center of Munich towards the Theresienwiese. The parade was lead by the Munich Child, dressed in the traditional black and yellow cape. When Munich’s Lord Mayor Christian Ude passed my location, I already noticed that he was in an extremely positive mood. He made jokes and was laughing loud while waving to the people. So it’s no surprise that he took just two hits to open the first barrel of beer at the Schottenhamel tent at noon, yelling  “O’zapft is” and wishing a peaceful Oktoberfest.

Now we have 16 days of madness in the city.

If you want to know more about the practicalities of Oktoberfest, I suggest to visit our sister site, Oktoberfest Insider.


The Munich Child (Stefanie Krätz) waves to the people.
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Munich’s Lord Mayor Christian Ude waves to the people during the opening parade of Oktoberfest.
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One of the horses of the Spaten brewery wagon receives a few good words to calm down.
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The main entrance of the Augustiner tent is already closed a few minutes after the official opening of Oktoberfest 2009.
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People walk along the beer street thirty minutes after the official opening of the Munich Oktoberfest. The tourism office expects about 6 million visitors from all over the world to come to the largest folk festival in the world.
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Oktoberfest 2009 – just seven more weeks to go!

Saturday, August 1st, 2009


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Ah, it’s that time of the year again – Oktoberfest is approaching: Exactly seven weeks from now we will hear Munich’s Lord Mayor, Christian Ude, yell “O’zapt is”, and then we will have sixteen days of utter madness in the city. A good indicator for the upcoming festival is that people have already started to talk about who will go when, and with whom, and to which tent. Yep, a certain energy can be felt in the city. It’s Oktoberfest time. Wonderful.

So I thought it might be a good idea to see how much of the festival can actually be seen already. Well, the summer was OK for Munich so far, and the workers could make good progress over the past weeks. The big tents are up, some of them even have their tarpaulins already. The tents are surrounding by containers, and workers are busy drilling, hammering, pulling, hauling, and moving stuff.

Meanwhile, the city is also preparing for the rush. Hotels seem to have still some capacity, especially from Monday to Thursday. Until now, the booking was slightly slower than in previous years. This does not come as a surprise, given that many people across the world are feeling the pinch of the economic crisis. Oktoberfest 2009 won’t be a record-year for the tent-owners. But then again, the Oktoberfest will still be packed with people, and they will be enjoying the beer as they did in the years before. (The only difference for locals and ad-hoc tourists will be that they will be able to get benches and tables more easily.)

If you want to know more about the Munich Oktoberfest, please visit our sister site, Oktoberfest Insider where you can find the ultimate Oktoberfest FAQ as well as photos, tips on how to dress, and links to hotels that are close to the festival.

The photos below represent the status as of yesterday, Friday 31st July 2009.


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Isar River in Munich. Flooded.

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Following four days of massive rain, the Isar river in Munich has got out of its normal bed. Over the past 24 hours the river has been rising by about 15-20 cm per hour, leaving now just one Meter until major streets will be affected. Weather forecasts are promising for the next few days with temperatures up to 30 ° C, but as I write this it is still raining.

Anyway, here are a couple of outtakes from todays shooting at the Isar.


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