It’s Oktoberfest!

By Jane Mountain | September 27, 2013

Do you know what happens when you’re in Germany in October (and late September, as it turns out)?

That’s right. Oktoberfest! The world’s most famous place to drink very large beers.

OK, so the real Oktoberfest happens in Munich, but that doesn’t stop the people of Berlin from gathering in Alexanderplatz to shiver in the wintry air and swim in humongous steins of beer.

Obviously, there’s no way we were going to miss that.

When we arrived in Alex-platz, as I have been affectionately calling it, we were struck by the transformation that had taken place since yesterday. Then, the square was empty save for the milling of directionless tourists. Today, a whole beer-oriented fairground had popped up.

There were rides for the kiddies and stalls selling all kinds of trinkets and sweets.

There were dirndl skirts, funny hats, and oldey timey decorations.

There were hordes of people sitting at long tables covered in traditional blue and white checked (plastic) tablecloths.

Oktoberfest in Alexanderplatz, Berlin.

Oktoberfest in Alexanderplatz, Berlin.

There was ample food, performing many variations on a pork theme.

We've got your pork, Oktoberfest Berlin.

We’ve got your pork, Oktoberfest Berlin.

And there was beer.

Zwei große beers, Oktoberfest Berlin.

Zwei große beers, Oktoberfest Berlin.

Lots of beer.

Heady beer, Oktoberfest Berlin.

Heady beer, Oktoberfest Berlin.

Beer from all angles.

Even a keg of free beer, to celebrate the official beginning of Oktoberfest.

The free beer came in smaller cups, Oktoberfest Berlin.

The free beer came in smaller cups, Oktoberfest Berlin.

A couple of journeymen came by to try and earn enough for some giant beers of their own.

Journeyman making the rounds, Oktoberfest Berlin.

Journeyman making the rounds, Oktoberfest Berlin.

If you don’t know where the term journeyman comes from, it’s time to look it up.

Jesse had been telling us about modern journeymen the other day, and to be honest, we totally didn’t believe him. Especially the part about the outfits. But apparently, it’s all true. Or else it’s just an elaborate ruse he concocted, including writing a Wikipedia page and hiring some actors in journeyman costumes, complete with bundles of belongings on the end of a stick, to fool us.

Journeymen still carry their stuff on a stick, Oktoberfest Berlin.

Journeymen still carry their stuff on a stick, Oktoberfest Berlin.

I enjoyed the clear blue skies that made an appearance and the dizzying views of the iconic Fernsehturm this afforded.

On the other side of the square, the Park Inn towered over us.

Park Inn, Alexanderplatz, Berlin.

Park Inn, Alexanderplatz, Berlin.

As we gazed up at her sparkling heights, we noticed someone getting ready to jump. For just £69 you too can spend 10 seconds plunging slowly on the end of a rope from the top of the Park Inn.

Base jumper at the Park Inn, Alexanderplatz.

Base jumper at the Park Inn, Alexanderplatz.

When the beer was all drunk up, we took the S-Bahn from Berlin’s most recognisable station.

And that was that.

With these glasses, it's less clink and more clunk. Prost!

With these glasses, it’s less clink and more clunk. Prost!

Happy Oktoberfest!  

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Hi, I’m Jane, founder and chief blogger on My Five Acres. I’ve lived in six countries and have camped, biked, trekked, kayaked, and explored in 50! At My Five Acres, our mission is to inspire you to live your most adventurous life and help you to travel more and more mindfully.

2 comments

  1. Comment by Naomi

    Naomi Reply October 18, 2013 at 6:14 am

    we had 2 journeymen turn up in our little town in western australia a couple of years ago. I’d never heard of it until they explained it to us. they were great lads, and really proud of following this old tradition.

  2. Comment by Tony Giuliano

    Tony Giuliano Reply September 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Wish we were there with you! Love!

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