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Oktoberfest Lights

On my way to a friend’s party I saw these spotlights over Oktoberfest 2010. As I didn’t have my camera or half an hour to spare, I made sure to go back another day and try these long exposures.

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The church in the foreground is the St. Maximilian Kirche.

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All these exposures are 10s at ISO200 with a wide aperture. I didn’t want to go longer, because the lights moved too frequently.

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It was a great Oktoberfest 2010; hopefully Oktoberfest 2011 is just as much fun!

Posted 6 years, 7 months ago at 3:29 pm.

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Shocker at the Oktoberfest

This one is for my Skydive Orange peeps. Some of whom will be here starting tomorrow, for Oktoberfest 2010 (200th anniversary)! This shadowy shocker is compliments of the Nikon 35mm f/2.

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A tasty beer at Hacker-Pschorr near the Theresienwiese.

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I love this picture of my buddy eating a Steaksemmel. Blurry-background-girl must have been wondering, “Why is that guy aiming such a huge camera at someone eating a sandwich?”

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I’ve posted a few other pics from this day on the Guided Munich Blog.

Can’t wait to see Scott, Amy, and Eric here for Oktoberfest – it’s gonna be a blast!

Posted 6 years, 8 months ago at 1:00 pm.

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Oktoberfest 2009 Photos!

Alright folks, the drunken debauchery of Oktoberfest 2009 in München has come to a close… all that remains now are the memories, photos, and videos.  So, here they are!

If you’re looking for tips about visiting Munich for Oktoberfest 2010, check my primer for 2009… not much will change, though I may do another post as 2010 gets closer.

This year, I went with a group of friends on the first day and saw the parade of every tent’s beer carts arriving, pulled by BIG horses (and in the case of one tent, by an ox).

Bunky gets up close and personal with the Paulaner horses

Bunky gets up close and personal with the Paulaner horses

Just before the end of the parade, we moved to Poschner’s, one of the smaller tents.  You can’t stay there all day and party, but you can eat a nice chicken or duck meal and have a couple Maß Wies’nbier.  Look at that crispy chicken skin… mmm!  My mouth is watering for Oktoberfest 2010 already.

First beer of Oktoberfest 2009 at Poschner's

First beer of Oktoberfest 2009 at Poschner's

Okay, enough of the tame stuff.  Here’s what you came to see: the Paulaner Winzerer Fähndl on the last day, rip roaring in the last hours of Oktoberfest 2009!  Not everyone here was drunk… I think there was one guy in the back without a beer.  First, a typical song from the Cologne region, Viva ColoniaThe band’s name, De Höhner, means “The Chickens” in the Kölsch dialect of German.

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This song, Marmor, Stein und Eisen Bricht, is by Drafi Deutscher.  The chorus, which is repeated a lot, means “Marble, stone, and iron break, but not our love.”  This song has been stuck in my head for DAYS.  Please help me!!

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Finally, a more known standard for the native-English-speaking crowd: Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes.  You haven’t heard this song until you’ve heard the deep guitar melody sung by several thousand friendly, drunk revelers!

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That’s all for 2009!  Maybe we’ll meet at Oktoberfest 2010.  Buy your tickets and make hotel reservations now!  I’m not kidding…

Posted 7 years, 7 months ago at 9:04 am.

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Oktoberfest 2009 Primer – Munich, Germany

Everyone wants to visit Munich, Germany in the end of September.  The crowds come for Oktoberfest (not Octoberfest or Ocktoberfest; German just uses a “k” instead of a “c” in many words).  The Bavarian city of München is home to the largest beer festival in the world.  In 2009, the Oktoberfest dates are from Sept. 19th until Oct. 4th.  If you are planning Oktoberfest travel for 2009, you’d better already have a hotel, have very deep pockets, or know someone with a spare room — the hotels book up many months (if not a whole year) in advance for this 2 1/2 week festival.

The Oktoberfest takes place on the Theresienwiese, which gives the fest its well-known nickname: the Wies’n.  Traditional dress is the Dirndl (for women) or Lederhosen (for men).  A lot of the people you’ll see wearing the traditional clothes are tourists; most Munich-native locals I know don’t own any.  Being an expat, I have Lederhosen — in fact I’ve never been to the Wies’n without them!

A view into the Löwenbräu tent when it's jumpin'...

A view into the Löwenbräu tent when it's jumpin'...

If you want to reserve a table, you have to book far in advance, and usually you must pay for a chicken + beer in advance for each person at the table.  But if your group is small enough (2-4 people) just go on down and try to find empty seats at a table.  Just be careful: this doesn’t work well on weekends and many evenings, because the tents are often full.  Try in the morning, or early afternoon, if you want to get seats more easily.

A short video of the atmosphere in a kickin’ tent:

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So, you want to know what to eat?  Here are three suggestions.  If you like fish, have one in or outside the Fischer-Vroni tent:

Fish on a stick -- Steckerlfish! There are several types to choose from.

Fish on a stick -- Steckerlfish! There are several types to choose from.

If you’re more of a poultry person, try a half chicken.  They roast them about 50 per oven and they are GOOD:

Roasting chickens -- try a Halbes Hendl!

Roasting chickens -- try a Halbes Hendl!

Then there’s the traditional meal of large dumplings, red cabbage, and duck:

Knödel (bread dumplings), Ente (duck), and Blaukraut (red cabbage).

Knödel (bread dumplings), Ente (duck), and Blaukraut (red cabbage).

There are also many other delicacies to recommend: you can try cheese noodles, called Käsespätzle; the lower leg of a pig, called Schweinshaxe (or Hax’n for short); or pan-fried veal, called Wienerschnitzel.  There is not a lot of vegetarian fare — sorry about that, veg’s.  Regardless of what you eat, there are plenty of friendly people and lots of this kinda fun:

The result of tasty Oktoberfest beer.  My camera is drunk.

The result of tasty Oktoberfest beer. My camera is drunk.

Words of warning:

  • Beware of pickpockets.  They make a killing at the Oktoberfest, so keep your money hidden!
  • The Oktoberfestbier is stronger than normal beer, at 6-7%.  One Maß of it (pronounced across between “mass” and “moss”), or one liter, is equivalent to 4 12-oz US beers.  And you cannot get a smaller size.  Mu-hahaha!

I’ll leave you with a final video, where you can see several Dirndls and Lederhosen.  Hope to see you at the Wies’n in 2009!  I’ll be there… singin’,

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Any questions, just leave a comment! I will answer.

Official site: Oktoberfest.de

Posted 7 years, 9 months ago at 4:35 pm.

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