tom911 goes to Oktoberfest in Munich

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by tom911, Oct 3, 2015.  |  Print Topic

  1. tom911
    Original Member

    tom911 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,005
    Likes Received:
    3,183
    Status Points:
    2,070
    This trip started in Salzburg and Innsbruck, but this segment will only cover my final four days in Munich.
    I came over to Munich Hauptbahnhof on a 19 euro ($21) train ticket from Innsbruck, arriving on Monday, September 28.

    MONDAY September 28

    Caught the 10:36am train from Innsbruck to Munich, a journey of 1hr 45 mins. Scored a 6-seat compartment all for myself without a reservation. About a half hour out of Munich one passenger joined me in the compartment. Also, around midway in the trip, German police escorted three refugees down the corridor next to my compartment. This train started in Innsbruck so they must have boarded there. No Austrian police on the platform in Innsbruck.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Bought a 3 day transit pass for the inner city zone for 15.5 euros (about $17.50) that covers my intended travel on the U-Bahn about town. Journey time to my hotel was about 20 minutes with one transfer and then a 6 minute walk to the hotel. Hotel apologized that they were unable to upgrade me, though the room they assigned me was just fine.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    violist likes this.
  2. tom911
    Original Member

    tom911 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,005
    Likes Received:
    3,183
    Status Points:
    2,070
    I’m on a cash and points award stay ($70 plus 15,000 points) at the Holiday Inn in South Munich. Breakfast here is 20 euros (about $22.40) so will pass on that. There is a McDonalds across from the train station and a small shopping center.. Due to Oktoberfest hotels were expensive. One Courtyard by Marriott I looked at was $450 a night. My hotel was something over $200 if I paid cash. I met someone on my flight into Munich the week before that was staying out near the airport, at least a 35 min trip in.

    Headed back into the city after 5 and came out at Marienplatz where the Rathaus (Town Hall) is located. Took the U3 train and no train change required, so only about 15 minutes. Explored the area looking at shops and stopped for some bratwurst. Walked through a plaza with an assortment of flower shops (Victuals Market)..

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  3. tom911
    Original Member

    tom911 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,005
    Likes Received:
    3,183
    Status Points:
    2,070
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Was at the Hofbrahaus at 7pm and it was packed and just too noisy for me. Took a few photos and moved on. Found a quiet restaurant with an empty bar about two blocks away and popped in there for a half liter of beer instead. After, a bakery stop for some cheesecake for 2.7 euros ($3) t my favorite Munich bakery.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  4. tom911
    Original Member

    tom911 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,005
    Likes Received:
    3,183
    Status Points:
    2,070
  5. tom911
    Original Member

    tom911 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,005
    Likes Received:
    3,183
    Status Points:
    2,070
    TUESDAY September 29

    Met my long-time friend Robert for lunch at 1130 just a few blocks from the Munich Hauptbahnhof. Had pizza at Vapiano’s which was just a 5 minute walk away from his workplace and was quite convenient (and not packed as the lunchtime crowd waited to arrive after noon). Enjoyed catching up with him. He and his family are recently back from Florida, a very popular destination for German travelers.

    [​IMG]

    From our lunch stop I walked across the train tracks over to the Oktoberfest grounds. I have never seen anything like this in terms of one massive amusement park with beer halls placed in strategic spots along the concourses. What really stood out, though, was the rides, particularly the ones that turned riders upside down hundreds of feet above the ground, let alone the one that dropped you from the top of a tower. Not for the queasy. Definitely not for me.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  6. tom911
    Original Member

    tom911 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,005
    Likes Received:
    3,183
    Status Points:
    2,070
  7. tom911
    Original Member

    tom911 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,005
    Likes Received:
    3,183
    Status Points:
    2,070
    [​IMG]

    There were also two sets of horse-drawn beer wagons with barrels of beer on board. They were among the most popular attractions.

    Paulaner horses and wagon:

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Lowenbrau horses and wagon:

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  8. tom911
    Original Member

    tom911 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,005
    Likes Received:
    3,183
    Status Points:
    2,070
    My beer hall stop was at Paulaner where I had a liter of beer (10.30 euros, about $11.50). They had a band that played tunes I recognized, including a selection from Abba and the song YMCA. Once in a while they did fit in something sung in German (and there’s one beer drinking song I’ve heard a couple times now that causes folks to stand up with their beer mugs and sing along). I sat in a reserved section but if you read the sign it's only reserved starting at 5p.m., so was safe for a while, having arrived around 3p.m.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Perfectly acceptable to stand on your table or bench:
    [​IMG]
     
  9. tom911
    Original Member

    tom911 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,005
    Likes Received:
    3,183
    Status Points:
    2,070
    [​IMG]

    Those reserved tables, at 5pm, did have some food provided (was being set up as I left):

    [​IMG]

    Was back in the city center around 6pm and wandered around. After that pizza wanted something light, so went to a Kentucky Fried Chicken and had a chicken salad. Was back at the hotel after 9.

    Photos for this segment start here: https://tom911.smugmug.com/Travel-Europe/Germany/2015-Oktoberfest-Munich-German/
     
  10. tom911
    Original Member

    tom911 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,005
    Likes Received:
    3,183
    Status Points:
    2,070
    WEDNESDAY September 30

    Left the hotel at 10a.m. for the train trip into the city center. Met my friend Robert again for lunch and today we did Asian. I had a red Thai curry dish with rice and vegetables. Stopped at a coffee shop nearby after lunch and then he headed to work and I headed over to the Munich Hauptbahnhof.

    [​IMG]

    Took a train out to a large shopping center near the Olympic Park. Looked at expensive clothing (300 euro/$330 winter coats, 100 euro/$112 sweaters). I did buy a parka and some turtlenecks years ago on a half price sale, but not much on sale this time around. Stopped for some gelato before departure - a scoop of tiramisu and one of cookies (a flavor, not a scoop of cookies themselves).

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  11. tom911
    Original Member

    tom911 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,005
    Likes Received:
    3,183
    Status Points:
    2,070
    [​IMG]

    Took the train two stops back to the Olympic Park and visited the BMW Welt showroom. They had an exhibition with one of the cars used in the current Tom Cruise movie, as well as two motorcycles. Along with that, lots of shiny new BMWs, Minis, and even two Rolls Royce. The black BMW I liked was $160,000. I have good taste in cars. The top end motorcycles on display outside were over $19,000. They do offer free wi-fi here so that came in handy at their cafe area before I left.

    [​IMG]

    A $19,000 BMW S1000RR motorcycle, part of an outdoor exhibit when you first come in:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Two Rolls Royces were on display. Here's one:

    [​IMG]
     
  12. tom911
    Original Member

    tom911 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,005
    Likes Received:
    3,183
    Status Points:
    2,070
    A couple BMWs (they're all labelled with model numbers in my gallery):

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    And the Minis:

    [​IMG]
     
  13. tom911
    Original Member

    tom911 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,005
    Likes Received:
    3,183
    Status Points:
    2,070
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The delivery area for those picking up new cars:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  14. tom911
    Original Member

    tom911 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,005
    Likes Received:
    3,183
    Status Points:
    2,070
    Also, an exhibit on the Tom Cruise movie Rogue Nation in which BMW supplied cars and motorcycles:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Went back out at 7 for some light shopping in the city center (stores close at 8 and that gave me just enough time with a 20 min trip from the hotel) and a walk around. Grabbed a hamburger and was back at the hotel around 9:30 for the night.

    Last of the Munich city photos start here: https://tom911.smugmug.com/Travel-Europe/Germany/2015-Munich-Germany/i-TS7ZMfR

    BMW Showroom photos are here: https://tom911.smugmug.com/Travel-Europe/Germany/2015-BMW-Welt-Showroom-Munich-/
     
  15. tom911
    Original Member

    tom911 Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,005
    Likes Received:
    3,183
    Status Points:
    2,070
    THURSDAY October 1

    Left the hotel about 8:20am for the trip via U-Bahn and S-Bahn out to the Munich Airport. Travel time was about 75 minutes total. Fare was 10.80 euros, about $12)

    Checked in at the US counter for my flight home in economy via Philadelphia. Was second in the elite line so that went pretty quickly, but the passport control/security line took 40 minutes to get through (no Fast Track for me on a paid economy ticket). Just enough time left for 30 mins in the British Airways lounge where I had muesli and orange juice.

    Had to be at the gate 60 mins before our 12:15pm departure, and we did board shortly after that. 8 hour flight was uneventful. I watched one movie (San Andreas), listened to some music, and tried to get a little sleep in.

    Arrived in Philadelphia to rain. I had free TSA precheck and had a good two hours in the Admiral's Club before the 6pm flight to SFO. Enjoyed some pumpkin soup there and on the flight was comped a Sam Adams and fruit and nut mix. Slept most of it as we arrived after 9pm (that would have been 6am Munich time).

    Should mention that this trip was on a $787 round trip SFO-Munich that was purchased during an unexpected June sale. All flights were on US.

    Recap on all the photos:

    Munich city photos: https://tom911.smugmug.com/Travel-Europe/Germany/2015-Munich-Germany/

    Oktoberfest photos: https://tom911.smugmug.com/Travel-Europe/Germany/2015-Oktoberfest-Munich-German/

    BMW Showroom photos: https://tom911.smugmug.com/Travel-Europe/Germany/2015-BMW-Welt-Showroom-Munich-/
     
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2015

Share This Page