Oktoberfest Photo Impressions
The Oktoberfest is barely open for 35 minutes, yet the stairs leading up to the "Bavaria" are already packed with people. You can, by the way, climb up inside the statue to get a perfect view across the fest area.
This is the view from the "Bavaria" stairs across the Oktoberfest. The opening day was dry (fortunately!), and so the place was really packed. In the middle you can see the carriages of the tents and breweries. The Fest is expected to draw 6 to 7 million visitors this year.
Once you've got your beer (or even beers), stumble over to one of the fun rides. Then you might see the world as blurry as this photo shows it. :-)
Another photo of the "Bavaria" statue, this time with the "Löwenbrä" tent and the "Winzerer Fähndl" tent on the right side.
One part of the fest is dedicated to the singing, the beer, and the food. The other part is basically some clean fun with a big tradition. The "Teufelsrad" (Devil's Wheel), for example, is present on the fest since 1910. Basically you sit on a consistently turning wheel trying to not fall down. This is getting more difficult by the minute, especially if the host of the show is starting to tell funny jokes in Bavarian language.
Another traditonal fun ride is the "Münchner Rutsch'n" (Munich Glide). You climb up 23 meters using the steps on the left side, get a large door mat, and then you glide down across the waves. Even if the ride just takes a few seconds (each lane is just 55 meters), it is apparently great fun.
A close up photo of the "Münchner Rutsch'n" (Munich Glide). A girl is gliding down the fun ride, winning the race against the lady in the lane next to her.
The "Playball" funride seems to bring these girls to their limits. No wonder if you consider that the ride turns you in every imaginable direction at a high speed. We suggest to not try this after a few beers.
The variete show "Beim Schicht'l" has been for ages on the Oktoberfest. It's owner, Manfred Schauer (in the middle), is "Schicht'l", who runs you through the program of small episodes and magic tricks. With the energy he is spreading on the outer stage, it is more than likely that the show will be as entertaining as it gets.
Here is another spectacular fun ride: the "Star Flyer" - a carousel in 45 meters height, giving you an excellent view on the Oktoberfest. The ride does not last very long, but it looks definitely impressing.
When visiting the Octoberfest, please do not miss out the traditional fish ("Steckerlfisch") that are being grilled over open fire. YOu'll get them at the "Fischer Vroni" tent. Yummy!
Okay, I wanted to test-drive my brand new digital SLR camera. What better location might there be than the Oktoberfest? So I took the camera and entered the public transport to arrive at the meeting point, directly at the Theresienwiese. In the back you see St. Pauls Church.
This is the Bavarian Statue of Liberty - the "Bavaria". The statue was created between 1842 and 1850 and is one of the largest statues in Europe (it's height is 18 meters). As you can see, it's afternoon, and it's already quite crowded.
And this is the fantastic view from the Bavaria towards east. To the left is the entrance to the beer tents, ahead and to the right you will find the fun rides.