I went to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany around 2002. I thought I’d write up a condensed list of some of stories/memories/experiences I had. I would LOVE to go to Oktoberfest again sometime, especially since I only was there one evening.
What I learned from my First Oktoberfest adventure in Germany:
- Don’t wait until the day before to decide to go. You’ll only be able to get a room at a B & B outside of Munich in the middle of no-where.
- Learned that Dachau is a little town outside of Munich, not just a concentration camp. Did you know that?
- Don’t forget how you got to the B & B, you’ll need that information later
- Learned they had carnival type rides there. Whoa, is that really a good idea?
- Don’t be with people that decide to bring a little baby. They won’t let you in the tents/halls where there is beer, food, and fun music and dancing because of all the smoking that fills the air.
- Beer and some food are available outside, and tables, but it looked more fun inside
- If you are with people with a baby, you can sneak some free beersteins out, maybe. otherwise you have to buy them
- Be careful handing your phone off to friends as a precaution to getting split up. Your dad might call to say hi and that friend will have a conversation with him, who has no idea who the person is. Luckily, I was nearby to grab the phone.
- Do not lean against walls, ever! If you wonder why they are wet, just wait, you will see why lines to the guys bathrooms are so short.
- You make all kinds of friends sitting at the long tables, sometimes you can understand each other and other times you just smile, laugh, and go along with what each of you are saying even though you have no clue.
- Shepherding drunk friends back to the train station requires more than one sober person to help, depending on the group
- You might think Dachau was small in the daylight and easy to navigate the roads, but at night the roads all become circles.
- It’s spooky driving right past the remains of the concentration camp, especially when you realize that’s what it is and had never seen it. Don’t let your drunk friends convince you to stop to check it out. Don’t worry I didn’t let them.
- Once you finally get on the road to the B & B in the middle of no-where, try not to get stuck with a train going through. The drunk friends in their wife beaters will try to speak to the occupants in another car for directions. Whether they understood the slurred English or attempts at German are unknown.
- Make sure you can get into the B & B in the late evening. It took a while for someone to unlock the door
- Make sure the couple with the baby have diapers. There are no places to buy some in Germany as everything is closed on Sundays.
- Don’t forget a camera to take photos of all these antics, especially if you need proof when telling some one what they did
Have you been to the Oktoberfest in Germany? Or other big Oktoberfests? Crazy adventures to share? Been to Dachau?