First we cycled along the Danube for a week, and then we had a crazy good time in Salzburg. The morning we were planning to leave for Munich, all the trains were cancelled from Salzburg due to the influx of refugees and people trying to get to Oktoberfest. At that point, renting a car or taking a train close to the border (and then finding transportation for 7 people into Munich) were way too costly. While the rest of us went to breakfast, Matt and my brother were determined to find a way to get into Germany. After exhausting all possibilities, they finally found a small travel agency across from the train station. They were able to purchase tickets for all seven of us for a bus leaving for Munich 45 minutes later. We met at the hotel and rushed to train station, anxious to see if this was really going to happen.
Twenty minutes later, we were standing in line to board a bus, we loaded our luggage and climbed up to the second level, expecting to have to sit separately. The bus wasn’t full, not even close. Not only were we all seated together, it was super comfortable, and there was free WiFi, all for 7 euro apiece. The ride was probably three times as long as it was supposed to be due to the very crowded freeway, and we did stop at the border for a passport check, but we made it!
I have to admit that while in Munich, we spent most of our time at Oktoberfest. (Surprised? I didn’t think so.) We walked around the city, visited the Dachau memorial, and ate at some really great restaurants… But mostly Oktoberfest.
Our hotel was just blocks from the train station and people were pouring in from all directions, heading to Oktoberfest, of course. We checked in and immediately walked down the street to the festival.
The next morning, we had an early reservation at the Schottenhamel beer tent.
And the next morning we flew home.
If you’re planning to attend Oktoberfest in 2016, it’s a good idea to start planning early. We booked a package that included our hotel, breakfast, reservations at beer tents, and other stuff through this company. And here’s the link to the bus company we used – they’re all over Europe.