Early in the summer, a group of us decided to plan a weekend to have the experience of a lifetime—attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. And in the end it was definitely that, an experience.
To get the most bang for our buck, we decided to combine two trips into one and stay in Salzburg, Austria. This way we would be able to spend one day exploring the breathtaking city in Austria and travel into Munich for the other two days. When I was in 6th grade my family visited both Munich and Salzburg, so I was excited to see them again.
The first day in Salzburg we quickly learned how to use the local bus system to travel from our cottage on the outskirts of town to the city center. We walked through what is considered the “old town”, experiencing all it could offer (but mostly focused on finding the best sausage available). Then we hiked up the hill to walk through the famous Fortress Hohensalzburg. The view of the city was absolutely amazing from up there. That night we had the opportunity for a mini-reunion with students from the Lausanne and Heidelberg programs. There were a couple dozen of us crammed into one apartment, but it was a fun time talking about all of the crazy experiences we have had during our first month abroad.
The next day we geared up at 5am in our borrowed Dirndles (the traditional dresses worn to the festival) and checkered shirts to travel to Munich. It was not hard to figure out how to get from the train station to the Oktoberfest location because there were thousands of dressed-up people walking in the same direction. Once there, I took in all of the sights, smells, and noises. I am not sure exactly what I expected, but it was much grander than I had ever imagined. My favorite parts were the pretzels larger than my head and the many, many sausages. Needless to say we were exhausted by the time we got home and eager to go to bed.
Our last day, we traveled back into Munich to do official sightseeing there. After filling ourselves with more food (it felt like we never stopped eating or thinking about the next time we would eat), we made our way to Saint Peters’s Cathedral. We took in the wonderful view from the top of it, and then headed down to make our way home.
It was a very fun trip and a great opportunity to spend time with new friends. Here is a link to our video of Salzburg: