When Renaissance Festival meets Polka Festival

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Monday, September 27, 2010

My husband has interest in going to Muich to participate in Oktoberfest. Problem: we have no reservations of any kind, and we have three kids ages 2, 9, and 11 to bring along with us. Is it possible?? Do we need outfits? Will the kids think we are crazy? Is it worth it? Can you, like, plan it for me??

This is how I phrased the question to my online friends when we were contemplating a trip to Munich for the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest.   After being urged to live life to the fullest we found hotel reservations, a Fairy Tale Castle nearby, and decide to go for it. 

The weather forecast was chilly, and we waivered time and again on whether this was going to be a blast or a bust.  We crammed our little trip into 2 days, and we are glad we did.  Saturday was a stay home and listen to the game (Brian finally found out how to do it online!!  I cannot believe Michigan is undefeated – I told him we need to leave the country more often for football season) kind of day. 

Bright and early Saturday morning we headed off towards Germany's most famous castle.  A creation of King Ludwig II.  I made the girls do a bit of research on the Neuschwanstein Castle and the king.  They were excited to find out that Walt Disney modeled the Disneyland Castle off of this plan, and they also  got some insight into the life of the crazy king who adored composer Richard Wagner, and only lived in the castle for 10 days before he died mysteriously. 

Being a top tourist attraction comes with a price.  The castle allows no photos, and the number of visitors is astounding, so all visitors are guided through an organized tour of the completed rooms, which takes less than an hour.  The throne room was by far the most ornate opulent design we have seen so far.  We also found out that a concert was being held at the Castle that evening, but knew one of us would not make it through the whole thing.  After the tour Kayley and I hiked to a nearby waterfall while Brian, Serena, and Alexander waited for us with hot chocolate.  Beautiful, my favorite part of the day!

We had dinner in our Bavarian Hotel, and set out early the next morning for our 1 drive to Munich.  Our pictures tell the story, Oktoberfest was every bit as big as we expected it to be.  We were lucky to get a table at the most popular brewery’s tent (who cares if it was Monday morning!)  The beer was probably the worst I had ever tasted, and only came in one colossal size.  As we drank the ump-pah-pah band fired up, and I swear they played Beer Barrel Polka amongst those German drinking songs! 

We then wandered the fair and enjoyed the biggest carnival we’d ever been to.  A slight mix up on the time had us leaving Munich well before we intended to, but the long drive home would have been a bit much had we left any later. 
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pano.mamalou on

Pretty cool! An authentic Octoberfest and Castle. Frankenmuth will never be the same! Love, mom

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