Monday, 19 January 2009

Not Just Oktoberfest!

Our Oktoberfest and the Alps are not just about Munich's Oktoberfest, we think that it's a good idea to see some more of Bavaria and of Munich so we have designed our tours with that in mind! The tours start with a drive into the Alps and an overnight at an Alpine guesthouse in the village of Oberammergau (famous for the Passion Play), we then have day 2 in Munich with a walkabout and then the highlight of the tour being Oktoberfest on day 3. If you do want to go to the Oktoberfest grounds on day 2 then feel free.

Day 1-After we meet you all, we get ourselves out of Munich and visit Ludwig's castles at Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau as well as having lunch there in a beer garden if the weather lets us, normally at the Bräustüberl!
After lunch we then take you south across the border and into Austria, stopping at the border though to have a look at the Lechfall, a gorgeous waterfall. After the Lechfall, we then have a breathtaking drive on the back road from Füssen to Oberammergau and around the Plansee, an Austrian Alpine lake surrounded by high mountains. This is an opportunity to relax and take in the scenery, get to know your companions and chill out!
If we have time we usually go to the Benedictine monastery in Ettal-the Ettaler Kloster, the church is truly amazing, walk left for the church and monastery, walk right for the 'pub'! Choice is yours! The monastery still brews beer which can be drunk from their brewery tap across the road from the monastery grounds.
After some religion and beer we then check into our gorgeous guesthouse in Oberammergau, Zum Stern, this is a really rustic guesthouse in the middle of town, we also eat in the Stuberl-a traditional cosy room just under our rooms! We also hit the brewery pub Maximillian, they go a great Weizen as well as an unfiltered Hell beer-both delicious and brewed right by the bar!

Day 2-
After our 'Alps' night in Oberammergau we then drive into Munich and check into our hotel, this year we will be using the 4* Hotel Concorde for all tours. This hotel is located just around the corner from the Hofbräuhaus and excellently located for our stay in Munich. Incidentally, all our tours start and end at the Concorde.
We then get ourselves out and about, first stop is normally the world famous Hofbräuhaus for lunch, food and a sing-song! Atmosphere is amazing! After the heavy food and litres of beer you will probably be wanting some fresh air, so we then have a much needed 'walkabout' around Munich picking up some of the sights. If you wish to do your own thing then feel free, maybe you want to get over to the Oktoberfest grounds!

Day 3-This is the highligt of the tour when we get over to the Oktoberfest grounds and usually the Hacker-Pschorr Festzelt (beer tent) and to our reserved tables. We normally have the reservation from midday (or 1pm) until around 5pm, plenty of time.
The rest of the day is yours. Cheers!

Day 4-All our Oktoberfest tours end at the hotel after breakfast unless we have arranged to drop you off.

We hope this gives you some more of an insight into these wonderful, low key tours, designed for small groups to give you a real holiday experience in Bavaria!

Bier-Mania! will be running 5 Oktoberfest and Alps Special tours this year 2009. Book early to avoid disappointment.