One would be forgiven in thinking that Munich’s famous beer-drinking festival Oktoberfest was held annually in October. Originally it was held during this month to celebrate the anniversary of the Crown Prince Ludwig’s (later King Ludwig I) marriage to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in 1810. In recent decades however, the festival has been moved back to September in the hope of better weather conditions, and timed to finish on the first Sunday of October leading up to Germany’s ‘Unity Day’ on the 3rd.
Visiting Munich in February of this year (2014), I wasn’t able to witness any of the festivities or legendary beer consumption – according to the festival’s official website, over six and a half million litres of beer were consumed during the 17 day festival in 2013 – so I had to make do with watching folk practicing for this year’s Bavarian drinkathon in the city’s oldest beer hall, the Hofbrauhaus.
The Oktoberfest Museum is a little hard to find but is not very far from Isator metro station, half way down a narrow alley between Westenriederstraße and Tal.
The museum is apparently housed in the oldest town house in Munich where the original architects must have assumed occupants would never be more than five foot six tall.
What is plentiful on display at the museum, and what truly makes a trip here worthwhile are the stunning official posters and postcards from past Oktoberfests, portraying the humour, fun and fondness for the festival.
Once around the museum (and after having passed along a number of unsigned corridors and stairways that either led to a dead-end or to the same room one just left moments ago), what more fitting way to end the trip but to have a beer in the bar downstairs.
And this is the official website for the Hofbrauhaus.
Cheers! TLT x