Unfortunately, one of my roomates is sick and took the rest of us with him…

We are all going to rest up because Friday afternoon we visit Dachau concentration camp.

A picture of the original menu from our host-family’s Bavarian restaurant…

Coca-Cola Fabrik

September 29, 2009

The Coca-Cola Factory in Buchenau, just outside of the city, provides 60% of Munich’s Cola products.

Inside was a marvel of modern robotics and sanitary refreshment making.

To supply restaurants and hotels, the factory fills 9 liter kegs, but they showed us that because McDonalds uses so much a day, it doesn’t have enough room for them. Instead, they are provided with large containers of Cola flavoured syrup, hence why McDonalds Coke and bottles Coke has a different taste.

Also, the two liter bottles are shipped to the factory and begin as a piece of plastic in the shape of a test tube. This way they can sent many more bottles and using heat and pressure, they can blow the plastic into the normal size.

It was impressive to see how much effort is put into recycling. Lastly, there were 3 checkpoints where we were made to wash our hands and wear clothing covers to protect the sanity.

Hard Rock München

September 27, 2009

Rush Hemispheres LP

Yes Relayer, one of there all time greatest albums

Traditional Bavarian Lederhosen

Augustiner Zelt

September 25, 2009

My roomate and I in the Augstiner Tent

A Mass of beer, the typical 1 litre glasses that are served at Oktoberfest

The classic looking tent paintings

The coat of arms of Augustiner brewery, Munich’s oldest brewery.

Schloss Nymphenburg

September 24, 2009

The Schloss Nymphenburg is a palace in Munich that was used as the royal summer house. It was commissioned by Ferdinand Maria for his son Maximillian II of Bavaria. The Palace is unbelievably ornate and the Baroque era really shines through in the paintings, furniture, and extensive garden. It is also the birthplace of the “mad king” Ludwig II of Bavaria, the same ruler who erected the famous Neuschwanstein Castle (Walt Disney used this as his inspiration for Cinderella’s castle).

Main lobby of the palace

A view of the main lobby from the front garden.

It is hard to imagine how this was only build in a few decades

The left wing

A view from the balcony looking directly at the center of Munich

The same view in a painting

A Baroque era clock

A mantle decorated with musical instruments.

The ceiling fresco in the main lobby. Contains several Greek/Roman gods

A different angle

and once again…

The gold plated walls and crystal chandeliers

Ceberus, the three headed dog that guards the gates of Hades

Zeus, contrapasto with his lightning bolts in hand

I am not sure, but it was directly across from Zeus and am guessing it is Cronus eating his children.

A trophy commemorating the Austria’s loss at the Battle of Austerlitz, one of Napoleons greatest victories in 1805.

One of the many Nymphenburg mistresses.

A portrait of Ludwig II of Bavaria

Another mantle decorated with musical instruments

The coat of arms of Bavaria on a hanging tapestry

Roses are Free

September 23, 2009

Lowenbrau Tent at Oktoberfest. In the middle of every beer tent there is a musician platform. VIVA COLONIA!

The huge lines of beer tables

The Lowenbrau Lion. Lowenbrau means the Lion Brew

Our home, Allach, is the best

FC Bayern gegen Rot-Weiß

September 22, 2009

The Allianz Arena in North München is an awesome work of modern architecture. When FC Bayern plays there, the stadium lights up red. When FC 1860 plays, it lights up blue.

The game ended 5-0, of coarse FC Bayern!

2nd half of the game

A goal! The German announcers have a pretty funny way of announcing them. For example…

Luca! Toni! Luca! Toni! Luca! Toni! Bayern! Funf! Rot-Weiss! Null! Danke! Bitte!

Probieren Allen Bieren

September 21, 2009

School then a trip to the Karstadt mall to accomplish my goal of trying one of each of the Bavarian beers I could find…

Sonntag Umzug

September 20, 2009

Drums, guns, ceremonial horse wagons, and hundreds of thousands of people… The Umzug (parade) has begun!

Captain Morgan, do you fancy?

A close up of the Rathaus’s Glockenspiel Story Clock

Outside at the Hacker-Psschor tent in Oktoberfest.

The best brew in Munich, also the oldest

Inside the Augustiner Tent

Another view of inside the tent

The original Budweiser, a famous Czech beer that is constantly in a copy-write battle with the U.S.’s not so great brew.

A statue of a Waldschwein (wild pig) outside the Jagermuseum (hunting museum)

Poster at the Augustiner Brauhaus in Mariansplatz

Wies’n Ist Hier!

September 19, 2009

It’s like being throwed back to pre-industrial Germany when you enter a subway full of people wearing the traditional Lederhosen and Dirndl.

Oktoberfest was unlike anything I have ever experienced. The festival grounds are huge with several entrances sporting the famous, Wilkommen Zum Oktoberfest!

The Bavarian name for Oktoberfest is Wies’n.

Entrance of the Oktoberfest on the Theresinweis

Cool Gothic statue out front of the Oktoberfest grounds

St. Paul Church in front of the festival grounds

The Lowenbrau tent

The chaotic Olympic Rings roller coaster.

The Augustiner Horse Carriage

Hofbrauhaus Horses

Hofbrauhaus Wagen

The Spaten tent

A recipe for a messy day