Mr. Selfish and I made plans to be in Munich during Oktoberfest. We didn’t really know much about Oktoberfest – other than that there was lots of beer drinking.
We learned that Oktoberfest originally celebrated the marriage of Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, which was on October 12, 1810. Today, Oktoberfest continues as an annual 16-day Bavarian festival beginning in late September through early October.
Oktoberfest is celebrated on Theresa’s meadows, which is about a 20 minute subway ride away from city center. I didn’t realize that there would be roller coaster rides, a ferris wheel, and tons of other rides. However, the most festive aspect of Oktoberfest is that about half of the population is dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing.
I read online that you should go on the rides prior to drinking beer. Sounded like good advice to me. Mr. Selfish and I decided to take a ride on the giant swing. It went up pretty high, and the view was pretty epic.
Then, we went to the Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu tent for some beer. They only sold 1 liter of beer at a time. We became friends with our table mates – two older German fellows. They spoke a little more English than we spoke German (which is to say not that much English), but we still managed to have a great time together. They also informed us that if you are drinking beer, you need to eat pretzels or you’ll get really drunk. We followed their advice and had a delicious cheese pretzel.
We drank waaaaaay too much beer. Of course, we had a wonderful time. On the way out, I had to take a picture with some men in lederhosen.