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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Garmisch - September 2018

After a lunch at Augustiner Keller in Munich, Mark, Lisa, Mitch, Martyne, Mike, and Peggy and I boarded the train to Garmisch -- my first time there.

I stayed at the BioHotel Bavaria, which was very reasonable and charming.

The breakfast room at the Bavaria

My balcony
Most of the others were staying in the Edelweiss which was also a place I'd recommend. Garmisch was so cute with stunning views.

That night we had a wonderful dinner at a cozy little restaurant -- Bräustüberl. I couldn't resist having Wienerschnitzel again.

 The next morning, we left early for a hike through the Hollenthalklamm Gorge. After we walked up through the winding gorges and through the tunnels and waterfalls, we hiked up to the Hollenthalklammhutte for lunch. Then, we kept climbing along the mountain face until we got to the Kreuzeckbahn cable car. Over all, we hiked 14 miles and climbed over 3960 feet. Scenes from the hike:

Getting Started


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Munich -- Oktoberfest 2018

This year marked my 13th Oktoberfest in Munich. I flew into Stuttgart on Friday evening, arriving Saturday morning. That night, I stayed at the Holiday Inn Munich - Leuchenbergring, just east of the City, as I had originally planned to stay in Stuttgart if I arrived on Saturday, but found a last minute room in Munich a few weeks before the trip.

After checking into my hotel, I dressed in my Lederhosen and met Mark, Lisa, Mitch, Martyne, and their friends Peggy and Mike at Augustiner Keller Biergarten before going to dinner at Königlicher Hirschgarten. This year, there was a band playing at Augustiner Keller - I had not seen that before.

Augustiner Keller

Beautiful day, Beautiful Music

Steckerlfisch cooking over the embers
Wienerschnitzel at Koeniglicher Hirschgarten
The next day I moved hotels to the Aloft across from the main train station, and headed to the tents! I spent most of the afternoon at Pschorr-Braurosl and then off to our Sunday evening tradition, the Hacker Festzelt.

Pschorr Bräurosl

Inside Hacker Festzelt 

The next morning, I bought my 2018 Stammerlkrug then walked around the fairgrounds,  sampling the sites of several tents:

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