Monday, 30 September 2013

Oktoberfest 2013 seen from up in the air: the non-beer side of it

This year the famous Oktoberfest takes place for 180th time in the beautiful Bavarian capital Munich! A friend of mine asked me few days ago why Oktoberfest starts (and takes place mostly) in September? Good question I have to say. But there is also a good reason for it: the difficult Munich weather! In 1810 and the following years the celebration took always place in the month of October (usually in the middle of the month). However in 1829, four days after the official opening, the first snow storm arrived and everything had to close down! Since 1872 this big beer party has been moved to the last 10 days of September (+first October days) so one could enjoy better weather& more pleasant temperatures....

This huge celebration is known of course to most of the visitors for the ...German beer! Every year during 2, 5 weeks (this year between 21.09-6.10.2013) around 6 millions liter of beer are sold&drunk there! However half of the surface at the fair ground is dedicated to having fun like a child: big wheel, carousels, rollercoasters...name it! These are all there waiting to be enjoyed the whole day&evening (recommended before the drinks:-) So this year I enjoyed the "Riesenrad" and one carousel-ride, which made me feel like a happy kid again;-)
 


10 comments:

Barb said...

You ARE a kid, jana! Spectacular shots from on high. Love all the vivid colors.

Koryn said...

Oh I thought beer was be all and end all of Oktoberfest? Haha.

BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT PHOTOS, JANA! The colors are so alive and... well, it just makes me want to go to Oktoberfest more! (Yes, even the non-beer side haha.)

We have our local version of Oktoberfest but I'm pretty sure it's nothing compared to your festivities!

Joop Zand said...

Lovely colored photo´s Jana..... it´s a nice event in Oktober.

Saucy Kodz said...

Oh Jana, the colours in these photos are so inviting and it certainly looks like a true fun event. You look great on your swing in the sky. We just had our annual train robbery here for UNICEF, all dressed as cowboys, sheriffs n bandits, but I think I would change places with you for this wonderful event. You have FUN written all over your face :)

Lies said...

Leuk, Jana, vanuit een ander standpunt !
En je lieve glimlach...
Lie(f)s.

EriKa Napoletano said...

I like very much German beer. I was in Munchen some years ago. Gorgeous shots, dear Jana and you are very beautiful. Kisses from Italy.

Filip and Kristel said...

Like the picture of you in the flying seat. Looks crowded.

Greetings,
Filip

Kristie Franklin said...

How fun this looks like fun! We are having an Octoberfest here this weekend and when we lived in the city we grew up in (several years ago) every year they had something similar where they would have German music, beer and great German food. By the end of the evening lots of people were singing and dancing on the tables! LOL It was a lot of fun.

betchai said...

love the festivity's lights and colors, look so much fun, and so love your smile

Dietmut said...

wat leuk jouw serie van het "oktoberfest" in Bayern. Lieve groeten, Dietmut