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Old 11-21-2015, 12:28 PM   #21
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You might regret missing Oktoberfest in Munich. It's something to do before you can't.
From Copenhagen, take a nice, short, cheap train ride to Roskilde to visit Viking Ship Museum and outdoor village.
Lots of nice stuff in No. Germany. Fairy Tale Route anywhere from Frankfurt to Hamburg takes you through great towns and castles, including Hamelin.
Another lovely medieval town is Celle, between Hamburg and Hanover.
I know lots of people like Oktoberfest, but I don't like huge crowds and I don't drink alcohol! Those are the reasons I ruled it out. Not sure if it is possible to watch from a distance. I got munched in a crowd during Fasching in Cologne many years ago.

Thanks so much for the suggestions for towns around Hamburg. I will check out that route and also Roskilde.
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Old 11-21-2015, 12:32 PM   #22
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I spent six months there in 1974-5 during college. As a college student we didn't eat at nice restaurants, but great brats and fries on the street, and a very nice Saturday morning market in the town center (Prinzipalmarkt, as I remember). While Germans have great beer I remember a German friend taking me to a bar where they had his fav, and it was a Czech beer, Pilsner Urquel, I think, on tap.

Definitely not on the main tourist itineraries.
That sounds like it was a lot of fun! I regret that I didn't get to do a study abroad program in college. I'll have to check out Muenster.
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Re: Oktoberfest in Munich

I don't drink either, but would gladly go back to Ofest just for the rotisserie chicken....and the tents and the atmosphere.
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I know lots of people like Oktoberfest, but I don't like huge crowds and I don't drink alcohol! Those are the reasons I ruled it out. Not sure if it is possible to watch from a distance.
We stopped by Octoberfest two years ago when we were picking up our car (we dropped it off in Munich).

We didn't really go to Munich *for* Octoberfest, but since we were that during it, we thought we should stop in.

DW isn't big on crowds and noise and so on. I dragged her into one of the big tents. After getting kicked out of a couple of seats (they were reserved) we found a place to sit down. Just then, the band started up right next to us. That was enough for her (it *was* a bit loud ;-) ) and we headed out.

I'm glad I got to see it. She's not so sure.

My take was that it was a lot like the Ohio State Fair with way more drunk people!

Oh, all the hotels in Munich charge a lot more during Octoberfest.
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We stopped by Octoberfest two years ago when we were picking up our car (we dropped it off in Munich).

We didn't really go to Munich *for* Octoberfest, but since we were that during it, we thought we should stop in.

DW isn't big on crowds and noise and so on. I dragged her into one of the big tents. After getting kicked out of a couple of seats (they were reserved) we found a place to sit down. Just then, the band started up right next to us. That was enough for her (it *was* a bit loud ;-) ) and we headed out.

I'm glad I got to see it. She's not so sure.

My take was that it was a lot like the Ohio State Fair with way more drunk people!
That is too funny!
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