Schottenhamel Festhalle

We awake our second day in Germany and walk down the winding staircase to the kitchen for a breakfast of orange juice, meat, bread, and cheese. Our second day at Oktoberfest we have reservations in Schottenhamel Festhalle Wiesn tent.

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Oktoberfest begins in the largest Wiesn tent, Schottenhamel, at precisely 12:00pm with the mayor of Munich tapping the first keg. Once he confirms a successful tap, beer begins to flow throughout the twelve other tents.
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Originally only room for fifty guests, the tent now accommodates six thousand guests indoor and an additional four thousand outside.

Oktoberfest Food

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Brezels, giant pretzels, literally twice the size of my head are sold everywhere to help patrons offset their beer intake.
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Lebkuchen, gingerbread heart necklaces decorated with German phrases such as Ich liebe dich, I love you, are also easy to find. I think these gingerbread are intended for souvenirs or gifts because they taste absolutely awful.

 Oktoberfest Attractions

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After consuming liters of beer, nothing sounds more exhilarating than adrenaline pumping amusement park rides. With carousels, roller coasters, slides, a Ferris wheel, and games, Oktoberfest has attractions for all ages.

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The five loop Olympia Looping roller coaster is the wolrd’s largest portable roller coaster. Adults can experience this disorienting ride for 9€.
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High Energy is a giant carousel that swings vertically while attached cars in a star shape rotate freely. For 7€ an adult can try to keep their eyes open long enough to get a bird’s eye view of the Bavarian fair grounds below.
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A mine theme coaster complete with flashing lights, darkness, and rotating seats, Hollenblitz is the world’s largest portable indoor roller coaster.
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For 8€ and patience for the long wait time, an adult can get a magnificent view from Oktoberfest to the Alps. Children are 4€. The most popular photograph at Oktoberfest is of the Ferris Wheel.

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With the rainy weather deterring visitors, Oktoberfest had only half the usual crowd in 2015 of 500,000 attendees. Although significantly less attendance, 775,600 chickens and 7,700,000 liters of beer were consumed. The lost and found received 4,500 items including 21 children and 1 dog. All were returned to their owners. Prost!


September 2015