First started in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, Oktoberfest is now a 16 day festival celebrating beer, in which people from around the world gather with Germans who have probably been going since they were 3. This is known as the world's biggest fair having something for everyone of all ages. We were astounded at how large the grounds were, holding roller coasters, ferris wheels, carnival games, and of course the beer "tents". Some of these tents can hold up to almost 10,000 people and each tent has its own character and feel to it.
|One of the many rides.|
|One of the tents.|
We'd say about two-thirds of the people in attendance were dressed in the traditional lederhosen and dirndl outfits, almost one-third were in regular clothes, and the rest were in other outfits like kilts. People of all ages were wearing the traditional Bavarian attire and we think we fit in perfectly.
After walking around for a while and looking at the scene around us we went into our first tent, Paulaner. We were able to find seats, though even on a Thursday at 1pm it was pretty crowded. The waitress came right away and we ordered two beers in the only size that is possible at Oktoberfest, a liter stein. Sitting next to us were three Munich residents who were taking off of work to enjoy a day at the festival.
|A fun table!|
|Squeezed in the middle|
We moved on to the Hofbrau tent and once we found seats, decided to stay there for the rest of the time. This tent is notoriously known as the tourist tent, though Germans still come because they like the atmosphere and meeting people from around the world. Things got a little rowdy here... by the end of the night everyone was standing on the benches and singing the traditional drinking songs. I also remember "Que sera, sera" being played. After five liters between the two of us at this tent things got a little fuzzy (alright, very fuzzy) but from what we remember we had a good time.
|In the beginning...|
|Luigi and Mario|
|He hit 6/10 shots and could barely see straight! (9/10 sober the next day)|
|And this is what happened to our camera after we dropped it with the lens out.|