My sixth Oktoberfest! In some ways, this was my favorite. It was the 200 years of Oktoberfest, and this time I stayed all four nights in Munich.
This year, Jonathan Doss and I arrived in Frankfurt on Friday, walked a bit around the train station, then took the three hour train to Munich where we checked into the Sheraton Arabellapark. (We had made reservations in February for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, but needed one extra night.) I had stayed here a few times before. It's a nice property, and we were put on the Club Level on the top floor, with views of the Frauenkirche in the distance. It's on the same line as the fairgrounds, so not a bad place to stay. After arrival we walked through the Marienplatz and shopped a bit for new Bavarian accessories. I tried on new lederhosen, but ended up just buying a new shirt and some new socks.
The next morning, (Saturday) we packed our things and checked into the our other hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton right on the fairgrounds (the Wiesn'). After checking in, we watched the parade -- the first time I had actually ever seen the opening parade.
Leaving the parade, we met up with Ed, Liz, Loren, the Ballouns, and Ray at the Meridien, then traveled up to a monastery brewery called Kloster Andechs. This is known as the oldest church in Germany. We spent a great afternoon in the biergarten, with gorgeous views .
Heading back into Munich, we took Ranjan, Phil, and Dave out to the bars for a little late night fun, before Jonathan and I checked out our perennial favorite Sinan's (too crowded) before walking back to the hotel where we socialized a bit.
We entered the fairgrounds (after finishing the beer from outside... who knew?) and started off at the "Adult Carrousel" before checking out the rides:
One of my favorite pictures from the trip was the swings:
We spent much of the afternoon just walking around the fairgrounds, grabbing some food, and hanging around one of the popular tents of that afternoon, the Bräurosl before going to our 6:00 PM tent reservations at Hacker Festzelt.
The Hacker Festzelt has been our official tent where we've had reservations every year I've been. Lot's of fun! Basically, lots of singing, lots of drinking, and good times had by all resulting in a feeling of Gemütlichkeit.