We went to Munich for the opening weekend of Oktoberfest!
  1. Taking the (8.5 hr) bus ride from Berlin to Munich
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  2. Arrived at the airbnb
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  3. Up bright and early to see if we can get a table in a tent for 6 people with no reservation 😬
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  5. This is the tent we were in
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  6. It wasn't as hard as we expected it to be to get all of us at a table
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    Either that or we got really lucky. We arrived early enough to be some of the first people into the festival.
  7. The band arrived and first beers were served at noon (after the Mayor has the first tap)
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  11. It was raining in the morning but luckily in the evening it stopped. It was a bit chilly but the weather in general was pretty nice once it stopped raining.
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  13. There were an insane number of rides
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  14. Dinner at a resultant outside the grounds after leaving Oktoberfest
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  15. And that's day 1! Tomorrow morning we are going to try to go see the parade with all of the costumes! We have had a lot of fun so far!!!
  16. Heading out for day 2!
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  17. On our way to the end of the parade (because that's also where the rest of the festival is) to see some of the bands and costumes!!!
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    Our 5th person decided they wanted to wander around further down the parade route
  19. We had a bit of time before the parade would get to us so we explored some of the other tents. It was surprisingly not horribly crowded... probably because it was sprinkling a bit.
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  20. Inside Hofbräuhaus
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  22. Outside
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  23. Inside
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    These tents were crazy, they were more building-like than tents 😂
  24. Outside
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  25. Inside
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  26. We saw some bands marching through, I think they might have been going to their tents to play there.
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  27. Finally parade time!
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  28. Everyone had really nice outfits and there were so many bands! There were a groups for the beer tents as well as other organizations (there was even one group from Cincinnati).
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  35. The Hofbräuhaus tent is apparently known for being the "party" and tourist tent, but we decided we might as well check it out since it's one of the more well known ones before heading out.
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    And I can confirm it is a lot of tourists, nearly everyone at our table was from the US. It was a lot of fun there though!
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  37. And now I'm back at the apartment packing up to head out for my bus back to Berlin. I had a ton of fun this weekend!
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    A lot of people told me Oktoberfest was terrible, gross, and I'd hate it because I don't drink and I'm not a fan of huge crowds. I had so much fun this weekend though and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to be at opening weekend for this celebration. 10/10 would recommend going at least once if you ever get the chance. It was a really unique experience and I had a blast (and met a lot of really cool people too!). 🇩🇪