Attack the Commander yelled…and I just followed the orders. YAYYYY…. I am getting high on beers. Commander Abhishek himself is sloshed and happy out. We loved it. This was our day to parade with locals and drink beer. One of the to do things in my bucket list was to attend this folk festival.
As you remember we stayed at this beautiful place in Wolfratshausen
We took some tips to reach Munich from locals. And the best way to reach was to go to bahnhof station and catch a train to Munich. Drizzling peter pater rain around we were hoping to get a clear weather for our excursion. I loved the way people were dressed up in lederhose and dirdnl. Lederhosen for men and Dirndl (a traditional Bavarian dress with full skirt, apron and tight bodice) looks pretty and locals were pretty much comfy in those attires. Giggling girls in dirdnl putting last minute make up in train ,so cute. It was a good decision to take train to Munich.
We walked few hundred steps to reach the fair ground. We walked along thousands to reach the entrance and what a delightful experience it was. Bugles,drums and horses and yes the cheerful crowd. Awesome…
Munich Oktoberfest justly lays claim to being the world’s largest folk festival (yes, it’s not just about drinking beer). Over the past decade it has attracted an average of around six million visitors a year, who between them consume almost seven million litres of beer and munch their way through thousands of grilled sausages, chickens, giant pretzels and – for those really wanting to soak it all up – wild oxen. The festival, which spans just over two weeks, is held annually in a meadow just outside Munich’s city centre. In addition to eating, drinking and dancing, visitors can enjoy colourful parades, a variety of fairground rides, and for those not themselves in traditional Bavarian gear, admire those that are.
The Maß or Mass is the German word describing the amount of beer in a regulation mug, in modern times exactly 1 litre (33.8 US fl oz). Maß is often used as an abbreviation for the handled drinking vessel containing it, a Maßkrug.
The only beer served comes from Munich breweries such as the Augustiner , Paulaner and Spaten. The most popular variation is the lager-like Helles. And there are no half measures: beer is served in one-litre glasses (ein Maß), several of which are typically carried at one time by buxom barmaids. The cost of a beer? Brace yourselves because the cheapest is around 10 euros.A bit steep admittedly, and not helped by the decline in value of the pound against the euro. On the plus side a) it tastes great and b) you don’t need too many.
Roughly there is a estimate of the people influx and i was surprised at the statistics of this place.
To gulp down the stats we needed few more beer, some pretzels and snitzel. I loved the whole warmth and friendly attitude of the people around. Its one of its kinda experience and one must do it.