Off to the Oktoberfest! I made an early start. This was a mistake, as the fest doesn’t really start until 10am.
Aside from the huge beer tents there are also a lot of sideshows – old-fasioned things like shooting galleries and horror houses. I shot 4/4 shots at the centre bull but won nothing. Seems the amount you pay determines the prize.
This was my main objective. Rischart is a bakery chain in Bavaria that sells amazingly delicious goods. However they were charging fest prices in their tent so I didn’t buy anything.
The Germans also have chocolate covered marshmallows called kisses – a gourmet mallowpuff.
From here I went to Die Residenz, which I had learned about when I studied German. I did a speaking assessment about a holiday to Bavaria where I spent one night under a bridge because I had run out of money. How prescient.
The main palace has several hundred rooms, and the tour takes about an hour. All the rooms are this elaborate. They also have fancy objects from the royal collections.
For a small extra charge you can see the crown jewels. It’s worth it.
After all that I went to the Englischer Garten.
I returned to the campsite. A group from the UK on a ‘Ramshackle Rally’ had arrived.
And so to bed!