|Thread Review for Oktoberfest (newest post first)
|Posted on 3:46 pm on Oct. 2, 2002
|just returned from munich ...holy jesus, if u can manage to stay another week in germany after thegame u gotta go check this oot
if the build up to the game is anything like this it's gonna be mental
|Posted on 8:56 pm on Sep. 4, 2002
|I was over there a few years ago and we stayed in a wee place called ebermanstead. highly reccomended if you need a quiet place to recover.
|Posted on 6:56 pm on Sep. 3, 2002
|If anyone is interested in seeing a match of 1860 Munich, the real number one in Munich, just let me know!
Servus and Hail Hail
|Posted on 11:35 am on Aug. 29, 2002
|Im going 4 weeks tomorrow. Woo Hoo.
will let youse know whit its like ...if I can remember
|Posted on 9:34 am on Aug. 29, 2002
|Here's some Oktoberfest info, courtesy of the Press Association.
Imagine the idea of thousands of people coming together to drink extra strong beer all day long and ride on the latest white-knuckle fairground rides. Sounds like a recipe for disaster?
Well it might be if it was taking place in this country. But each year the Munich Oktoberfest takes place in the heart of Bavaria with people meeting up to eat, drink, be merry and in a few cases, fall over.
If you think that this event is similar to British beer festivals – where groups of staunch real ale drinkers meet to discuss the relative merits of old newt – I suggest you think again.
The Oktoberfest consists of 14 huge beer tents where revellers are entertained by singers, dancers and bands. Each of these has its own distinct atmosphere – although it seemed that everywhere I went the bands were playing their own version of DJ Otzi’s incredibly irritating hit Hey Baby.
Add to this stalls selling every kind of food you can possibly imagine, there are even expresso stands if you feel the need to sober up, and possibly the largest fairground you are likely you see in your life.
And all this goes ahead every year without the slightest sign of any trouble breaking out on the festival grounds.
The origins of this extraordinary event are based on decades of tradition. According to the history behind it, the reason this mammoth drinking session started was with a couple tying the knot – like most good weddings there was a booze-up involved. Just on a much larger scale.
On October 12 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen (cor). The citizens of Munich were invited along to the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to mark the happy royal event.
At the close of the celebrations a number of horse races were held. They were such a success that it was decided to repeat them in the following years and this led to the Oktoberfest.
Throughout the 19th century the annual event continued to develop. At first a few amusements appeared and, to quench visitors’ thirsts, a few beer stands appeared on site.
Over the years it is this side of the Oktoberfest which has expanded until the horse races became just a distant memory. Now more than six million visitors from around the world descend on Munich to take part in all the fun of the fest.
And to make the enormous scale quite clear, in 2000 visitors consumed 4,868,000 litres of beer, 23,663 litres of wine, 610,000 portions of chicken and 145,506 pairs of pork sausages. That’s a fair amount of food and drink by anyone’s standards.
Some things have changed over the centuries though – these days the Oktoberfest actually begins at the end of September, this year it starts on September 21 and lasts for 16 days.
Walking into the mammoth Lowenbrau tent you are immediately hit by the fantastic atmosphere that is generated by thousands of revellers. There is a constant buzz and a general air of bonhomie.
The extra strong beer, brewed specially for the occasion, is served in steins, which contain two pints. These are brought to the tables by women dressed in traditional costume.
They must be extra-strength themselves as they seem to carry a huge number of steins without even breaking into a sweat. But I suppose it is also handy if they do have to sort out any bother.
Drinkers sit at long wooden trestle tables which extend along the full length of the hall. Many wear traditional Bavarian costumes, including a surprising number of young visitors.
In the centre of the hall is a bandstand where a traditional German band performs a mixture of today’s pop hits and drinking songs. For the more energetic drinkers there’s a dancefloor but most people get up and dance by their tables.
It is an amazing sight to see and despite the continual drinking there is not the slightest hint of a frown on anybody’s face let alone fists raised in anger when someone gets their toes accidentally stood on.
As the night is still young, and I don’t fancy my chances at lasting the pace with the more competent drinkers, I head out onto the festival grounds.
Families wander around the brightly-lit fairground with its dozens of high-tech thrillers, which put British funfairs to shame.
Along with the dodgems, carousels and other more usual amusements this fairground has roller coasters, mammoth ghost trains and a huge ferris wheel giving great panoramic views of the site and the city beyond.
My personal favourites were Starworld – an indoor roller coaster where the cars spin as they speed past asteroids, shooting stars and exploding planets and the Jumping ride which propels you skywards before dropping you back to earth.
But I decide on putting off any more rides as the joint effect of more spinning and dropping with extra strong beer might have an adverse effect. I even spotted a revolving bar on the way back to the hall.
Back in the hall the party had really kicked off. Total strangers were now acting like long lost friends as the band struck up with that DJ Otzi tune once more.
Maybe there was time for just one last beer before home time?
|Posted on 1:35 am on Aug. 29, 2002
|Oktoberfest is a great idea for any foot soldier with a 2 week drinking capacity.
The first weekend is normally a brilliant p!ss up as the Ozzies, Kiwis and S.African backpackers descend on the Hoffbrau tent - the only tent with a standing area locally known as the"pig pen"- and one of the girls fav. games is bra swapping. Great spectator sport....
The beer is rocket fuel but the craic is definately worth the hangover.
Getting pashed up the Olympic Tower then playing the crazy golf at the bottom of it is normally quite interesting.
Hopefully I'll meet up with other like minded p!ss heids that are going to make a 2 week tour out o' the game
|Posted on 8:11 am on Aug. 14, 2002
|Everyone who ever made drinking part of their lifeplan should take in the Oktoberfest at least once. Went there in the 80s on the way to Prague to see the Hearts play and it's the most pished I've EVER been - had eight o' those big steins (plus a few ordinary pints before) and couldn't walk straight for about two days - wicked stuff (I was told each brewery makes special extra strong brews for the event ). The effects of the beer made us forget to pay for a meal in a restaurant afterwards, break into one of the fairgrounds on the way home, in the shower, get kicked out the guest house for in a laundry bag, on the u-bahn, in a bin on the platform, on the stairs leading to the street - then to cap it all, when we went to the Olympic Stadium to watch PSV Eindhoven train, my mate over the wall just as Rudd Gullit was coming towards him to collect the ball. Needless to say, he wiz disgusted. I laughed so hard - I again.
An hour later, after a wee kip, we were back in the pub preparing for the train journey to Prague.
|Posted on 4:16 pm on Aug. 10, 2002
|He sounds sensible too........
|Posted on 3:18 pm on Aug. 8, 2002
You sound like Big Rambo fae Ayr
|Posted on 2:35 pm on Aug. 8, 2002
|Was in Munchen (as they call it over there) a few , quite a few, years back and the big beers were great apart fae the fact half the glass was the heid on the pint!!
|Posted on 6:12 pm on Aug. 7, 2002
|Scotland fan at a beer festival???? shocking
|Posted on 4:38 pm on Aug. 7, 2002
|Laughed ma erse aff at this...
check the "Busserl" page out on the above Oktoberfest website!!!.. (the shy kiss one)
(Edited by Bzzzz at 5:39 pm on Aug. 7, 2002)
|Posted on 10:42 am on Aug. 7, 2002
|Have a look at this:
|Posted on 10:39 am on Aug. 7, 2002
|....ye dinnae want to smell my sporran....
|Posted on 11:40 pm on Aug. 6, 2002
|I'm going over this year to check it out.
Going the middle weekend of Oktoberfest, with 7 mates.
Hopefully it will be four days of drinking and debautchery....just like a Scotland Trip..... but without the dissappointment of the fitba for a change!!!!
|Mick North Croy
|Posted on 10:05 pm on July 20, 2002
| Oktoberfest next year is from 20 Sep - 5 Oct
could be bad news for Germans though, the Tartan Army might have drank it all and they will have none left for the beerfest
|Smell The Sporran
|Posted on 8:04 pm on July 20, 2002
|You no heard of trains,planes or automobiles you dont need to go to the one place for a bevvy,soak up a bit of the culture.
|Posted on 7:44 pm on July 20, 2002
|it would be ok if we were going to munich but were not
|Smell The Sporran
|Posted on 7:32 pm on July 20, 2002
|Does anyone know the exact dates of the Oktoberfest in September?
If it does coincide with our game in Germany would that no be one of the best parties ever if there was thousands o kilted Scots swinging there "lack of pants" to the oompah!!!!!!