Two days after my arrival in Cambridge, I left for Munich with some other Churchill Scholars for Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest starts sometime in mid or late September and runs until early October, and we found this time to be the perfect opportunity to visit. We were in Munich for almost three full days, where we alternated between sightseeing in the center of Munich and spending time at the Oktoberfest tents.
We visited or saw…
- the Alte Pinakothek, an art museum with collections from the “Old Masters.” The museum had a great collection of works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Albrecht Dürer, and Peter Paul Rubens, among others. My favorite was The Battle of Alexander at Issus by Albrecht Altdorfer.
- St. Peter’s Church, a Roman catholic church. The inside was beautiful but the highlight was climbing the church tower to get a great view of Munich and the Marienplatz.
- the Frauenkirche, another massive Roman catholic church right in the inner city.
- the Englischer Garten, a massive park.
Additionally, we dined at the famed Hofbräuhaus and Augustiner am Dom. Regarding the food over the three days, all I can say is large amounts of sausage, pretzels, sauerkraut, and spätzle were consumed.
Of the fourteen tents, we spent significant time at two: the Hacker and the Schottenhamel. We went on two different days to one each in the morning, where we arrived at the tents shortly before they opened at 10:00 AM. On both days we waited in lines but were fortunate to secure unreserved tables. The Hacker was very festive, huge, and nicely decorated with a blue sky and some clouds. The Schottenhamel is the tent where Oktoberfest opens each year, and it was very cool to take part in that tent.
Between getting settled in Cambridge, traveling to Oktoberfest, and spending some time in London, I was busy and did not write as much as I would have liked. However, be ready for more to come, including some notes about London and my initial time in Cambridge! My studies start this week, but I will do my best to write as much as possible and make more regular updates.