Bavarian Barbarians: Americans do Frühlingsfest

This past weekend my friends and I took a trip to Munich for the famed Frühlingsfest (Springfest).

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It is like Oktoberfest, but on a much much smaller scale. Jack and I were first to arrive and wasted no time getting out into the city! We took a few minutes in the residence to look up directions, then set off in the direction of the beer halls.

Our first stop was dinner in the number one beer hall in Munich. Surprisingly, it is not the Hofbrauhaus, but Weissess Brauhaus.

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Some of the best potato soup EVER.

My meal: roast pork and a dumpling in an OCEAN of gravy.

Jack’s meal: pork knuckle with a potato dumpling, again with the ocean of gravy.

After dinner we walked around the town center and found ourselves in the Der Schorr beer garden, so we HAD to stop in for a quick drink.

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We went home and Colby arrived shortly after, and when they went downstairs to talk to the man whose apartment we were renting through Air BnB (he owns a restaurant next to the housing) I went to bed because I was exhausted from a long afternoon of walking around Munich.

The next morning we went across the road to breakfast!

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Espresso macchiato and green tea.

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Nutella croissant, traditional breakfast (meat, cheese, breads), and yogurt with fruit for me! The yogurt in Germany is incredible, and filling it with honey and fruit? It makes it even better.

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We stopped through at a market on the way to the first day of Frühlingsfest and I stopped to get a Bavarian cream filled doughnut. Being in Bavaria, I must say it was the best I’ve ever had!

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The Glockenspiel!

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I made a few friends outside of the Glockenspiel…

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Handsome, no?

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We went to the top of the tower and the view was gorgeous. We did not know what most of the buildings were (most descriptions were in German), but it was only one Euro (with a student ID), so definitely worth it.

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Then, lunch at the Hacker-Pschorr Brauhaus next to the festival grounds!

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Downstairs you could see all of their brewing equipment. A definite surprise while searching for the bathrooms!

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Our waitress informed us that we were poured the first four steins of Frühlingsfest. Cheers to that!

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Of course I needed a pretzel to compliment my litre of beer. And I couldn’t resist the next bit…

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I legitimately needed two hands for the stein. We got close.

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We walked the grounds afterwards and did a great turn in the funhouse. Afterwards, we were off to dinner at the Hofbrauhaus!

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MORE soup. It was just so good there.

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Jack’s meatloaf…it tasted just like bologna!

After dinner, Jack and I went out for another drink and dessert (not pictured) to celebrate the eve of his 21st birthday.

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The next day there was a flea market at the festival grounds. The people sold everything from lederhosen to GameBoy Color games, and it was a great deal of fun to look through and find little treasures.

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Into the grounds for a quick lunch and many many rides and games!

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A little coconut slice snack…so hard to eat.

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A carousel bar. I LOVE a good carousel.

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Dark chocolate covered grapes, strawberries, and banana slices.

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SLIDE RACING

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Dressed in traditional German dirndls.

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A pretty lame haunted house…until the German man in front of me turns around and scared me half to death.

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We went back to Der Schorr for dinner that evening and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food.

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Creamy asparagus soup with a garlic dumpling.

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Ox steak in a red wine sauce. The men next to me thought it looked so good that they had to ask me what it was! It is indeed as good as it looks, and is one of the most tender pieces of meat I have ever had.

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Cucumber and potato salad.

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Finally, dessert at yet another restaurant to finish out Jack’s 21st birthday. Munich was a whirlwind and went by much too fast, but anyone going abroad in the Spring MUST go to Frühlingsfest. It is definitely worth more than a weekend.

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