Published on September 25th, 2013 | by Rachel Budke0
Last weekend I was in Munich, Germany for the opening ceremony of Oktoberfest. It was my first trip outside of Italy this semester. I booked my trip through Bus2Alps, and went with Sam and Madison from K-State, as well as my roommates Caroline, Melanie, and Victoria. It was also my first time staying in a hostel. The one we stayed in was called Jaeger’s Hostel, and it was a lot nicer than I expected it to be. Everyone loved Germany, it was very clean and we all liked the mix of old and new architecture.
I think my favorite part about this trip was that we got a lot of free time. We arrived at 8:00 in the morning, so we had the whole day to go out and explore Munich. We were given lots of possible activities to do, but nothing was required. After we ate breakfast in our hostel, Sam and I went out and bought dirndls to wear to Oktoberfest.
Afterwards, we grabbed a map and decided to walk around and explore. We did some shopping (Germany sells really cute boots!) and photo-taking, and then stumbled upon a cute little place to eat lunch. We couldn’t read the menu, but we thought it would be fun to just see what happens. We both ordered something different and spilt them in half to share.
After lunch, we went on a bike tour of Munich through a company called Frankie’s. It was really fun, and they did a great job making it fun and informative. At the end of our bike tour, we rode through the English Gardens, which is one of the largest urban parks in the world. We ate dinner at a beer garden, and then went to an area of the park where people go surfing in a stream.
It was a great day, and we got to see a lot of the city. On Saturday we went to the opening ceremony of Oktoberfest, and on Sunday we visited Dachau concentration camp. Since those are two important events, I’m going to write about them separately.
Hope you enjoyed hearing a little bit about Germany! Auf Wiedersehen!