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Passing through Oktoberfest

Yesterday we woke up early in Nuremberg and travelled by train about an hour south to Munich so we could visit Oktoberfest for a few hours on the way to our next destination! I wish we could have stayed a night or two, but it was still worth it! Accommodation prices in Munich can double or triple during Oktoberfest, so it’s best to book very early. But since our trip isn’t pre-planned and we’re booking as we go, it wasn’t really an option to blow the budget and stay overnight. I attempted to connect with a couchsurfing host, but it just didn’t work out, so we booked our next place in Berchestgaden, Germany, and headed to Oktoberfest for the afternoon!

We were able to find lockers in the bustling train station and followed the massive crowd to the festival! Almost everyone we saw was in traditional lederhosen and dirndl – I felt so underdressed! Luckily it was a short walk from the train station, so we didn’t waste too much time going to and from the event.

Here’s our first look at the festival! We entered towards the carnival portion of the event.

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One of the first beer “tents” we saw – they were more like structures rather than flimsy canvas tents I had been picturing. We walked through the packed tent where most of the seats are reserved. We sat in an outdoor Biergarten area and ordered our first drinks!

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We bought a pretzel and walked to this gigantic Bavaria statue! The statue represents the female personification of the Bavarian homeland. Along the way we saw horses pulling a carriage full of beer barrels.

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View of Oktoberfest from the Bavaria statue

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Some of the festival rides and fun houses!

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We found another outdoor Biergarten by the Olympic Rings roller coaster and ordered another round of beers before leaving.

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Another crowded tent with people chanting, dancing and drinking with the music.

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On the train towards Berchestgaden, beginning to see the mountains. We had to literally run along with other passengers to make a three minute train connection.

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Our place is at the top of a BIG hill overlooking the valley with extremely steep streets that seem never ending. We were pleased with the mountain view from our place when we arrived, so the climb was well worth it!

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Now we get to relax, enjoy the beautiful nature, hike and explore Berchtesgaden for the next few days. I’m also looking forward to a day trip to Salzburg, Austria, which is on the other side of the mountains only ~11 miles away.

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