We headed out of Niedersachan towards Bavaria with plans to see as much as we possiblity could in three days. Our first stop was supposed to be Eisenach, the east Germany town where Johann Sebastian Bach was born and home of Wartburg Fortress, the famous Burg where Martin Luther translated the Bible from Latin to German. Let's just say the Eisenach was not directly off the Autobahn but it was a surprising detour with spectualar views of the German countryside. Due to poor drivers and even worst navigation abilites, the long trip to Munich took seven hours in the dark, anything but exciting however at the late night hour when we finally made it to the South we were wired. The city was alive. With Oktoberfest in full swing, the town was buzzing with not completely sober Germans dressed from head to toe in 'traditional' costumes and singing folk songs to themselves.
Our energy was soon in short supply when we found out the friend we were staying with had not yet made it to Munich but was stuck waiting for a flight out of Dubai. Small Problem. That left us looking foward to one long night of sleeping in the car. Not sure how legal that was but for night we coped. The next day again found us on the road heading to Fuessen, a town not to far from the Austrian border but under the looming enchantment of some fairy tale castles. Literally fairy tale castles, Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau. Yes, it was the castle Disney used to model the Cinderalla castle. Hilly terrain of the Alps, mysterious fog...sort of felt like dream. Pretty much awesome. 3 Castles, in a day and a half...yeah we had enough, Munich was calling us back.
We did the sights, saw Marienplatz, countless churches and universities, morning hiking around OlympiaPark, BMW Headquarters, the Allaniz Stadium (yes where they played the World Cup), and of course Oktoberfest!
So I don't understand something!?!?! Why isn't there more festivals like Oktoberfest worldwide! Ok imagine this....a ton of people..like thousands, one massive builiding/tent decorated in red, yellow and green closely resembling a circus. Now once you are inside its a chaotic atmosphere of polka style music, waiters/waitresses carrying beer by the liter to tables of people, usually dressed in the 'traditional' attire, cant remember what it's called! I will upload a picture! But the whole thing was just fantastic! Cheers to the Germans...they know how to create one heck of a party. Oktoberfest or "Wiesn" as the locals call it, attracted like 6.2 million visitors this year with some 6.7 million 'mass' consumed! Seriously best thing I ever saw!
But unfortunately, Oktoberfest was our last stop in Muenchen! So had to head back north. We did make a quick detour, yes this one was actually planned, at the Allaniz Arena, new football (soccer) stadium where Bayern-Munich plays and they played the World Cup. It's impressive! However again it was another long drive back, with several wrong turns....cant somebody say GPS next time! but overall what an amazing weekend, Munich, on my top ten favorite cities list now. I'm thinking nex time....I take the train
So when in Germany....never trust a German driver!