Oktoberfest Photo Impressions
A closer look at the traditional dresses. It's nothing unusual to find girls wearing such conservative outfits during the time of the Oktoberfest - even if they would strictly refuse to wear it during other times of the year. :-)
But before we start to explore the beer tents, let's briefly walk through the fun rides. This is the big wheel, and even though I am slightly afraid of height, I managed to get in... My desire to get cool shots of the Oktoberfest was bigger than my fear.
So, this is the first shot to give you an overview: To the left the beer tents, to the right the fun rides, and in the back the skyline of Munich. Ah, and if you are interested in this shot - it's available as 16.7 Megapixel resolution!
Because it was quite early in the day, this carousel was quite empty. But the guys were having fun anyway!
This is another spectacular fun ride - a carousel in 45 meters height. It does not last very long, but it looks definitely impressing.
Another fun ride on Oktoberfest, the "Taumler" ("Tumbler") that really shakes people up. This photo was done using the 20mm lense at 1/60 sec and F 16.
...the real fun begins when the youth is entering the game. Please note that they do it all on their own, i.e. they are not lifted up by motors!
Every day, the Munich breweries come with their horse-drawn carriages to show off how the beer is being delivered to the tents. Well, it's all just a show. These days, with millions of gallons of beer consumed, they are using trucks with huge tanks. The horses, however, don't care.
The horse-drawn carriages look good and are a visitor attraction. But to see the horses, you have to be early, because at 2 pm they have to leave the Oktoberfest. Which is not what we did. So let's enter the beer tents...
During the early hours of the Otoberfest, the action in the beer tents is quite calm, like this shot around noon at the "Schützenfesthalle".
Then, towards afternoon, the action heats up, and some of the tents will be closed as they are temporarily "overloaded". In such cases it is a good idea to walk around the tent and find a side entrance.
Once inside, all you have to do is to find a seat. Otherwise you won't be able to order a beer. Well, you may watch the Dirndl-Dancers on the stage anyway. :-)
This is Eva of the famous Hacker-Pschorr tent. The marketing claim of Hacker-Pschorr is Himmel der Bayern ("Heaven of Bavarians"), and yes, I fully agree with them. What else could you possibly want? :-)