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Munich Oktoberfest

15 September 2005

Staff

The Munich Oktoberfest - known by the locals as the "Wiesn", is the biggest public festival in the world. At the foot of the Bavaria statue, the huge Oktoberfest grounds also provide carousels, roller coasters and all the spectacular fun of the fair for the enjoyment and excitement of visitors of all ages. This event only happens once a year if you can plan a trip around it its all worth visiting. With some six million people attending every year, it is an important part of Bavarian culture. Think Disneyland for adults. Think must do!

We had an early start in order to get to the beer halls in time to get seated and then take in the opening parade before the midday opening of Oktoberfest.  We enjoyed lunch accompanied by traditional German music, the grounds and all the action of the carnival and beer tents.

Clearly one of the most serene and moving parts of our trip was our visit to the Dachau concentration camp. Words cannot express the numbing thoughts that race through ones head as you walk the very grounds over 200,000 prisoners from more than 30 countries were housed - nearly one-third were Jews, and 25,613 prisoners were believed to have died. Before heading home we stop at the famous Andech's monastery. The monks have been brewing beer since the 15th century and serve the finest pork knuckles in the world.

Must do’s............. The beer! This is the specialty of Bavaria. The pretzels! What is the best thing to eat with beer? These soft Bavarian pretzels are served at every meal. They are soft on the inside and crusty on the outside with just the right amount of salt and finally the German pork knuckle and sauerkraut.

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