Arrived in Munich airport stupid early having got up at 4am UK time. Not scheduled to meet my friend until close to midday, so took the leisurely bus into the Hauptbahnhof (€10.60 – remember this figure more later). Wandered around the shops under the station looking for bottles of water, all the main shops closed because it’s Sunday so only expensive convenience stores. Walked up to the bus station to meet him, thought I’d get a beer. Now the bus station is super busy but again the shops are shut (there is a Lidl there but not going – people don’t need supplies before getting on a bus for a few hours). So got a beer from the cafe and sat outside waiting.
Once we met up we went to the Augustiner beer garden opposite the bus station for a quick couple of halves. Then walked on to the Lowenbrau garden for lunch. Good to see that you can now order half a schweinhaxen ‘cos a full one is a Sunday roast for six! Always order bratkartoffeln because generally everything comes with potato slop.
Sunday evening at the fest but sadly raining for the early part, so in walking there ended up at a small microbrewery which served several beer types made on the premises. Not my favourite but welcome relief from the rain. Entrance to the fest area is well controlled by the police: bag checks etc. We spent most of the evening at the Old Oktoberfest (Oide Wiesn). You pay €3 to get in but the big plus is that it is quieter, so can get a seat inside easily which is important if it’s raining and plus the beer is served in earthen ware mugs which for some reason tastes better and keeps cool longer. Bad news is the music is a bit “traditional” too. Back to local pub at chucking out time.
Monday went to a long walk by the river and finally crossing over at the Stauwehr Weir into the Englisher Garten where we stumbled across the Mini Hofbrauhaus. Nice lunch sitting in the sunshine place is very popular with dog walkers but all very well behaved dogs.
Back to the fest and first a visit to Marstalls (used to be Hippodrome), nice Spartenbrau and great heaters in the garden. After a couple we go off for our traditional fish supper, a great, and expensive treat, we share barbecued sea trout.
All the fish is cooked on metal sticks over the coals or on a gas BBQ. The taste is fantastic cooking in its own oils quite slowly.
More beer at Paulaner before ending up at the Lowebrau tent. Now this is the place for atmosphere and music. See a rather drunken video below.
Couple of shots on the way back to the pub then off to the hotel.
Tuesday is all about going home, couple of beers at the Augustiner garden, which is massive and empty with good beer, have to dodge the falling conkers though! I took the bus to Stuttgart airport because the flight back was cheaper, this bus was €9.60; compare this to the bus from Munich airport at the start of this blog. It’s five or six times the distance! It seems long distance buses are reasonable in mainland Europe.
Needless to say the plane is delayed over an hour and the restaurant closes at something like 8pm, did manage to get a Dinkelacker, a beer with a personal history involving Liverpool football match in the early 80’s! No I won’t tell.
If you’ve never been you should….