I attended the last weekend of Oktoberfest, where I had the opportunity to see the festival as a whole and even partake in the festivities a bit! The festival is so much more than just beer tents and Bavarian pretzels (as great as both of those are!). Many German families come to celebrate with their children with traditional food, games, and other activities. There were bands playing music all day throughout the tents, bratwursts galore, and thousands of people dressed in lederhosen and drindls.
By the end of each day I was full of mouth-watering German food. We went on rollercoasters and a high swing set beside a massive cathedral, and met many people from Germany, England, the states, and other parts of Europe.
We were able to travel around the city of Munich as well as going to Oktoberfest. After getting on the train to Marienplatz Square, we wandered through markets of fresh produce, little butcher shops, coffee shops, and ice cream stands. Among them were several biergartens and wine and cheese stands that were full from lunch time into late afternoon. I was able to view the city from St. Peter's Church tower after walking its' 306 steps. We visited Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), Townhall, and carillon tower.
I'm amazed at how much I was able to jam pack into 3 days in Munich and so grateful I got to experience yet another new culture during my study abroad. My body might hurt from sleeping in a tent for three nights in the middle of a field, and I might have had to guess what most street and train signs were saying to get around, but I had one of the best times with some of my favorite people.
I have some exciting trips planned in the upcoming weeks and can't wait to surprise you with what's to come! :)