Monday, 19 January 2009
Oktoberfest 2008 Tour 3
This was our 3rd and final Oktoberfest and Alps Special of 2008 and wow, what a tour! Everyone was from the States and travelled a long way to be in Munich, as we had a total of 12 people we used 2 minibuses for this tour and all finally meeting up in Oberammergau after picking up the last 3 people in a very lonely and cold Oberau train station! Great to see you guys.
After Neuschwanstein and a scenic drive around the Plansee lake, it was onto Ettal monstery for a looka round a naturally a beer brewed ont he premises.
After checking into our guesthouse, we ate in their cosy restaurant and a full meal and beer at Zum Stern in Oberammergau was followed by the presentation of 'Certificates of Competence', (or in German Urkunde) which Bier-Mania! awards to all guests who have been on a tour! Cheers!
After Zum Stern we got ourselves down to Maximillians brewery for a few more beers fresh from their bar, good beer!
Next day (Saturday) was Munich 'walkabout' day when we had, well.... a walkabout around town, pick up a few sights, have a few beers and take in Munich. After having lunch and warming up in Hofbräuhaus (some people warmed up very quickly!), as it was perfect blue skies, we walked down by the River Isar, had a look at the Müllers Volksbad (a swimming baths dating from the 1800s) and on to see some surfing. Surfing? Yep.
We stopped in the beer garden at the Chinese tower in the Englischer Garten for some more refreshments.
Sunday was the Big O and after taking a short U-bahn ride we finally hit the Oktoberfest grounds and to our reserved tables in the Hacker Festzelt. Beer, chickens and singing....
By the way, you guys looked great in your Bavarian outfits, real cool!
The Oktoberfest grounds.....
The balcony in Hacker Festzelt......
And in the middle.....
Hope to see you again next year!
Bier-Mania! will be running 5 Oktoberfest and Alps Special tours this year 2009. Book early to avoid disappointment.