Before leaving Munich Airport, we rent two cars to transport the eleven of us around Germany. We drive to our Airbnb, Château Abraham, and check in. Down a narrow hallway of shared bathrooms and sleeping arrangements, we find our room. After freshening up, we drive to the original Hofbräuhaus in Munich for dinner.
After dinner, we walk back to our parking spot and find it empty. After a lengthy chat with the German police officers, a fine, and a trip to the tow yard, we drive back to our château to get some rest before our two day celebration begins.
After a short train ride we arrive at Oktoberfest, a celebration of Bavarian culture. The festival lasts sixteen days, commencing on the third weekend in September continuing until the first Sunday in October.
As our four hour reservation in the Hofbräu Festzelt tent come to an end, we venture outside to explore the fairgrounds. Beer is only available for sale inside the tents, and we quickly discover it’s difficult to be served without a reserved seat.
Bodo’s Cafe Tent
Long after the sun has set, day one of Oktoberfest comes to an end. We take the train back to Icking station, to re-hydrate and get some sleep before Oktoberfest day two tomorrow.