Happy 856th Birthday, Munich! And the Dallmayr store!

Munich's annual anniversary celebration - this year was number 856! Music, dancing, vendors, festival, and, of course, beer! Also a glimpse of the famous, historic Dallmayr delicatessen.

Augustiner Keller, One of Munich’s Biggest Biergartens

Visit one of the biggest Biergartens in Munich, Germany. Typically Bavarian, get beer, brats, schnitzel and pretzels in the outdoor biergarten or indoor beer hall. Not far from the train station and a must-see for tourists!

Raising the Maypole (Maibaum) in Bavaria near Munich

Each year on May 1st most European countries celebrate May Day, which is the equivalent of Labor Day in the US. Bavarians decorate a tall pole with an evergreen wreath at the top. It's a grand effort and ceremony to raise it. Then they, well, dance around the maypole! Here's my timelapse video of just such an event near Munich, Germany.

Starkbierfest, Munich, Germany

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Throwback Tuesday Post (TBTP) from 2013: During Lent, Bavarians observe what is known as Starkbierfest, or Strong Beer Fest. At that time, uber-strong beer can be had at the breweries and it will knock you down. It's said that monks, who fasted during Lent, subsisted on this strong brew.

Munich’s Christmas Tram + Egg Nog Recipe

Throwback Tuesday Post (TBTP) from 2014: A ride on Munich's Christmas Tram (ChristkindlTram), meeting St. Nickolaus (Germany's Santa Claus), plus my delicious homemade egg nog recipe. Merry Christmas!

Oktoberfest Opening Procession (Einzug der Wiesnwirte)

Throwback Tuesday Post (TBTP) from 2014: Everyone knows Oktoberfest: the biggest beer party in the world. But do you know that the opening procession is for the workers? Horse-drawn beer wagons adorned with flowers and hops vines, plus all the brewery workers, beer tent wait staff and anyone serving up the suds in any way get to parade down the streets of Munich to lead the crowds to the official opening of the grandest beer party you've ever seen!

The Real German Munich Oktoberfest!

Throwback Tuesday Post (TBTP) from 2011: a retro-post in which you can join me on my first trip to the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, the world's largest and best known beer party!

Bavaria’s Blutenburg Castle West of Munich, Germany

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Munich's Blutenburg Castle has a long, rich history, but today's iteration is definitely worth a visit. It houses the International Youth Museum, possesses a masterpiece of a gothic chapel, and is a wonderful place to catch some rays or grab a cake and coffee.