Our trip to Munich was pretty hectic. Once again we were glad to have a reservation on the train because it was so full that the passageway down each carriage was chockers with people and their luggage. The whole train stunk coz clearly a lot of people hadn't had a lot of sleep after a big night out - and they were all drinking as well, being that they were on their way to Oktoberfest!
When we got into Munich we spent 20min trying to find some wifi, just to realise that our hostel was only about 200m away. We checked in with 'the Fanatics' tour group which was about the extent of their helpfulness for the weekend. We got our pre purchased outfits from them and they were totally shizenhousen. We had an hour or so before going out for the night with everyone so we spent the time getting some authentic outfits. Much better!
That night we went to a local beer garden with the Fanatics and met a few cool people. We had a bit more beer than we anticipated considering we had to leave at 7am the next morning so we could try and secure a seat in one of the beer halls on opening day.
Fairly dusty in the morning, we didn't think about the fact that it was raining outside and took off with the group to line up for an hour in front of the Hofbräu tent. We were saturated, hungry, tired and a little hungover. Great way to start the day! We met a group of girls in the line who we went into the tent with. Once we grabbed a seat, it was another 3 hours till they started serving beer! Such a looonnnggg morning. We only had a small sandwich each all morning. Finally the beer came and it was sooo hectic! To put things in perspective, every year Munich swells from its usual population of around 1.3million to over 7 million during the festival and more than 7 million liters of beer are consumed. Hofbräu is one of the craziest tents because it is more full of tourists, mainly Aussies. We had a fun day, we got kicked out forceably at 3pm with a few hundred others because we were in a reserved section, went on some rides, made our way back in after joking around with a security guard who eventually gave us a sneaky stamp so we could get back in via the smokers door and continued on into the night.
The next morning I (Brad) felt ratshit. Worst hangover in a while. We ended up going on the walking tour instead of going back to the tents, which was still great to actually see the city instead of just the bottom of a heap of steins. We found out that Munich looks really old but is all less than a century old as 90% was reduced to rubble in WWII. Before the bombings, people went around the city and took hundreds of photos of all the cities major buildings in great detail and after the war these photos were used to very accurately rebuild the city as it had looked before!
So now we have the outfits, looks like we'll be heading to Oktoberfest in Brissy every year from now on! Maybe even back to Munich again... But maybe not opening weekend.... And maybe not bother with the Fanatics who we paid heaps of money to and they didn't really do anything :o/ I suppose the it easier to have a group of people to hang with but once you're in the tent and stein in hand, everyone's ya mate!