Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich, Germany

At the beginning of this week, I had this oppurtunity to attend 'Google Developer Day' event at Munich, Germany and so, I planned the trip in such a way that I can also visit the Oktoberfest, which happens for around 16 days, starting from September 16th, every year. Since a long time, I was very much looking forward for this 'Oktoberfest' event, just because it is said to be the biggest folk festival in the world (although its known to many, as a binge-drinking event). I started off from Nuremberg/Nurnberg on Monday (Sep 22), by the ICE train, which sped to a max of 301 km/hr and took me to Munich (which is approx. 170 kms from Nuremberg), in just an hour.

I was specially keen on visiting Wiesn (Oktoberfest Grounds/Theresienwiese), because I heard from my German colleagues, that a lot of people from all over the world show up for this event, just to get drunk, in one of those tents, which are specially set-up for the event. Sometimes, I wonder why someone has to travel a long way to get drunk. Maybe its something special to get drunk in a strange place with a typical German/Bavarian setup?!?!

Indeed, a lot of events (similar to Oktoberfest) happen all over Germany (specially in Bavaria), during the summer-time. Also, Oktoberfest was similar to the 'Volks-fest' that happens in Nuremberg/Nurnberg (Bavaria, Germany), apart from a couple of differences. Oktoberfest, when compared to other fests, is pretty big event and also the typical Bavarian setup, gives special appeal to that. By special appeal, I mean the way, all the tents are built up specially for this event, people dressed up in typical Bavarian dress' (Lederhosen and Dirndl), German beer, music (specially Bavarian) and the way people fight, sing or dance holding that huge mug of beer. ;-) Also, during this Oktoberfest-time, if you happen to travel by Munich's Metro train, you will get to see a lot of people wearing 'Lederhosen' (for men) or 'Dirndl' (for women) and heading for the event or back to home. Here are some pics from Oktoberfest, 2008:

From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


After looking around a bit, I went inside a tent (LoewenBrau) and got to see to the real Oktoberfest mood, with all the people drinking up those huge mugs of beer or singing and dancing to the typical Bavarian/Bayern music, played by one of those Bavarian bands. Here's a video:



And here are some pics:

From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


After that, I just headed back to the hotel, which was far off from the centre (as I couldn't find a reasonably priced hotel, at that time). I didn't spend much time there, as I'd no company and also for the reason that I went to Munich for some work purpose (for attending Google Developer Day). Anyways, here's one more video:



And some more pics, from around that place:

From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich


From Oktoberfest 2008 - Munich

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