Oktoberfest – 24 hours to go!

As I write this, it is just about 24 hours until Munich’s Lord Mayor, Christian Ude, will yell “O’Zapft is” again after having opened the first barrel of beer – a tradition that officially opens the Munich Oktoberfest. So I went to the fest this morning to see how far they actually are with the preparations. Now, most of the tents are almost ready, but the Theresienwiese is still vibrating with energy, as everybody is cleaning up and doing final adjustments. The tents look so clean and smell so new and fresh that you can hardly believe what is going to happen over the next 16 days, when people, smoke, beer, and food make a significant change. This, for example, is the Löwenbräu tent…


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…complete with a lonesome hammer, some nails, some photographs (huh?) and brand new benches and tables. Over in the next tent, a lady puts on finishing touches to the main entrance sign, while a few meters down the street a shop owner is wondering which of the Lebkuchen souvenir hearts to put next into the shop, and where.


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You also see the first people coming in a Tracht (albeit not many), like this gentleman who happily swings his briefcase. Starting tomorrow, it will become quite common to see people wearing the traditional clothes everywhere in the city. Of course, the majority of people will wear it on the festgrounds. If you are wondering what to wear for Oktoberfest, look here.

The weather forecast for the next few days is very good: Dry and sunny, with temperatures going up to 23 °C on Monday. Starting on Tuesday, the forecast predicts temperatures to drop to 10 to 13 °C, with occasional rain showers. But I suggest we cross that bridge when we come to it. :-) This morning the Bavaria statue looked like this, and I like to take this as a good sign – blue sky, sunshine, 20 °C. Perfect for Oktoberfest.


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So all of you who are traveling to Munich or considering it, I wish you a good deal of beer and fun during Oktoberfest. Maybe our ways will cross on the Theresienwiese? I am one of the few guys carrying two Canon bodies and a backpack full of lenses. :-)

Prosit!

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