Most people have heard of Germany’s world famous Oktoberfest, yet few ever get to see the actual glory of this amazing gathering. Starkbierfest is also an international wonder, but far smaller than Oktoberfest. Both events, which take place in the lustrous city of Munich, Germany draw thousands of people annually to gather in humongous halls and drink beer out of giant steins.
For me, and perhaps a lot of other Americans, this is quite a site to see. This past weekend’s trip to Starkbiefest in Munich was a blast, and one to remember. Starkbierfest, German for, ‘Dark Beer Fest’ is celebrated all around Munich with large quantities of dark beer being made just to be drank at the event. Munich itself, a huge city in the southern region of Germany, also known as Bavaria is world famous for its beer. By an old Germanic Law, Beer brewed can only contain four natural elements. Keeping in tradition of brewing the best beer the world has ever known.
This is a key tradition in Germany and they celebrate it well, and also in style. I was wearing my lederhosen, among several other guys in our group and we were dressed ready to party. The females in our group (most of whom were all wearing their traditional German style dresses called, ‘Dirndls’) had a wonderful time drinking beer in the hall and partying with people from all around the world. Starkbierfest is more than just what people see in movies, it is a way of life, and the Germans know how to celebrate their way of life.
Munich, which was home to the 1972 Olympics, is such a beautiful city any time of the year. I had been to Munich, once before in the summertime when I was 18, when the humidity felt unbearable, but the city remained more beautiful than I had previously remembered. The town square in Munich boasts an ancient gothic style architecture building that races into the sky. With a countless number of individual sculptures enamored all over the building, it surely is a sigh to see. Pictures alone do not do it justice.
Although Starkbierfest is an incredible event, there is so much more to do. While we did our famous beer walking tour around Munich, we learned just how much of an impact Hitler had on Munich in his early days. The atrocities committed by him and his band of fascists not only transcended through Munich, but left devastating effects that have lasted decades after his tyrannical rule. Our group also toured through the Dachau concentration camp, a very emotional morning trip, but a memorable and important one at that.
Overall, there are a lot of things to do in Munich. Starkbierfest is a party you do not want to miss, and the rich history of Munich is not to be overlooked. Not to mention German food also lives up to its reputation and pairs extremely well with their excellent brewing standards. All in all, people need to go to Munich and see just how incredible southern Germany is, in history and in tradition.
Till next week!
- Cam King
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