Only a week ago, I was at one of the biggest parties in the States: Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It got me reminiscing on another huge festival I had the fortune to attend: Oktoberfest. Although there are plenty of beer festivals in Germany, Oktoberfest in Munich is by far the most infamous around the world. Around this time, people will be booking their hotel rooms and airline tickets to attend the drunken affair in late September. Unfortunately, my friends and I did not have the foresight to arrange accommodations well in advance when we went. We had to wing it. My friend Carly ended up booking a tent for the weekend, a weekend she describes as the coldest weekend of her life. Even the tents were a bit above our price range, hotels and hostels were completely booked, couchsurfing was completely filled, and the train station seemed to be our only option.
München! Das Oktoberfest.
I was visiting my friend Allison in Berlin and – after looking at a map of Germany – learned that Berlin was a fairly long drive from Munich. We couldn’t afford the train so we had our experience with our first car share in Germany. Car shares are apparently fairly popular in Germany. We made our way from Berlin to Stuttgart. We arrived in the middle of the night to take the first train out to Munich. We went a full night without sleeping and had a long day ahead of us.
I said goodbye to everyone and had to make the solo trek to Austria. It was actually a harder journey getting out of Munich than it was getting in. It took hours to get out of the city, but eventually I made it to Innsbruck where I met up with my friends.
Richard’s cousin wants to plan a trip to Oktoberfest in the next year or 2 with Richard! Until the next festival adventure…
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