Oktoberfest

Last week I went to Munich for the annual beer festival, Oktoberfest.  This is what I did there:

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My first sight of Munich on disembarking the train from the airport was the famous Karlsplatz (see above).  The sightseeing continued with a visit to Marienplatz where I was greeted by its iconic spire.

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After which I visited this church (see below), located close to Marienplatz, its name escapes me.

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It was now late morning and I was feeling pretty thirsty so I had my first stein (1.3 litre/2 pint capacity).  Only one of them is mine.

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After which we took a taxi to Oktoberfest, a short distance from the centre of town.  The picture below captures the sheer scale of the event.

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The place resembled an enormous fairground with vast beer tents situated either side of the main thoroughfare.

Rides

(Courtesy of www.themeparkreview.com)

In the image above a number of the rides are clearly visible.  For some the rides proved not to be conducive to heavy beer consumption.

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The image above goes someway to capturing the reverie in one of the beer tents.

Early the next morning found the esteemed author posing for a photograph (see below).

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I was somewhat surprised to come across this person surfing in the river, something I had never previously witnessed in the centre of a city.

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Below is an outdoor library.  Perhaps we should embrace the concept here in the UK, considering our declining literacy levels.  On such a wet and cold day this library was not particularly inviting however.

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Below are some of the German beers that I sampled at Oktoberfest. Augustiner was my favourite and I can only hope that it appears in our pubs here in London one of these days.  I would not recommend the Paulaner in large quantities, it is very heavy.

Lowenbrau

PaulanerAugustinerBitburgerErdinger
SpatenBeer2BecksFranz

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