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Photo TR: A trip to Germany und Amsterdam!

Postby Philrad71 » Sat Oct 10, 2009 8:35 am

Being that this is going to be a rather large update, I decided to open another thread instead of posting this in my 'Philrad's 2009 theme/amusement park' thread. There are quite a few pics to post...some are not the best of quality, but the majority of them were not taken with our normal Olympus camera. I hope you still enjoy it!

We left Buffalo/Niagara airport on a rainy, cold fall day (9/29/09). This is the trip we have been waiting well over a year for and believe me, it did not disappoint!

All of the people we encountered in beer tents and other spots along the way were warm, friendly and almost all of them spoke English! Even though the tents were jam-packed and we figured that we would never land a spot, there were some friendly German families that made room for us.

I will say that Oktoberfest is one of the craziest, most awesome events on the planet! Yes, beer and ride tickets are very expensive...but well worth it. Despite the fact that there were some people that were extremely annihilated to the point of not even being able to walk, everyone was fairly peaceful. I did not feel unsafe at any point, but was aware not to flash money around or keep it loose in my pockets.

Anyone that has a love for good beer, extreme rides and fun should get on over to Munich and experience this event at least once in their lifetimes! It was simply too awesome to explain in words!
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What better way to start out a trip to Oktoberfest than with a beer at the Buff airport?
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De plane boss, de plane! This is actually the pond jumper we took from Philly to Munich.
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Welcome to Munich and the beautiful Marienplatz!
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Being that we were in Munich by 11:00 AM, we decided to walk around and just happened to end up here for an early breakfast of....
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A Mas of beer and a pretzel - YAY! Seriously, these "breze" were enough for a meal...they were huge!
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Not to disappoint some of the guys out there, I have to include some obligatory pics of German women in classic Bavarian attire!
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After the beer and pretzels, we were shot. It was time to check into the hotel for a quick snooze. While the room was small, if they have a Dali hanging on the wall it automatically gets four stars!
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Later that evening, we headed over to Oktoberfest. It was about a ten minute walk from our hotel room.
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Some looked like they may have had one too many Mas!
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Oktoberfest is very disorienting...dark one minute and light the next!
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In case you can't get a seat in one of the beer halls or gardens, they have booze-go-rounds where you can hop on to enjoy your favorite Bavarian beer!
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I have never seen so many colors and lights on rides before...this is like Claw at Hershey, but about ten times more kick-ass!
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They had tons of dark rides, fun hauses and haunted hauses...
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...like Fahrt Zur Holle, which when run through my cheesy translator means: A Trip to the Hole!
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Speaking of fahrt...it was forbidden in this area.
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They had a Power Tower that had a crazy cycle. Slow up, drop halfway down, back up, drop all the way down...
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...awesome!!!
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If you're into Wild Boar, well...there just so happens to be a place where you can get some at the Oktoberfest!
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It's, it's...the Hollenblitz! Very cool looking coaster!
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They gave a shout out to Las Vegas + Siegfried and Roy.
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More dark ride love...
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Futureworld - didn't there used to be a really crazy looking martian or space creature that hung out over this attraction in years past?
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Jumanji - Robin Williams looks to have taken a turn for the worse here.
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Another tower ride, but this was one that shot you up instead of dropped. They had tons of smoke that came out of the center of the tower after launch. When I first saw it, I thought something majorly wrong was happening. Think SFKK and snapping cables - yikes!
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The Alpina Bahn was one of the major coasters.
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But of course...this was the biggie - Olympia Looping! This thing kicked total ass! So many G-Forces that I still have a huge bruise on my right thigh from the restraints pushing down while going through all of the loops! Damn, this thing is intense!
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They also had a nice looking log flume ride: Wild Wasser.
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If you like spin-n-puke flats they had about five varieties of these "Scramblers on Acid".
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High Energy is probably best enjoyed before hitting the beer tents.
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I see you over there Lowenbrau...we will get to you soon enough! Part two coming soon with beer tent pics, ferris wheel overview shots, more rides and us getting drunk at the 'Fest...don't miss it! Thanks for reading!

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Postby Groteslurf » Sat Oct 10, 2009 8:44 am

Great pictures.

Those pretzels are my favorite meals in German themeparks or funfairs : it's indeed a full meal and they are really cheap.

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Postby Philrad71 » Sat Oct 10, 2009 10:30 am

^ Danke!

Yes, I could not believe how they could suffice as a meal for about 3 Euro! :-)

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Postby ginzo » Sat Oct 10, 2009 10:56 am

I must have had the B-team when I went to Hofbrauhaus back in May. The waitresses and pretzel girls were all older, Eastern-European-looking women with massive biceps that looked like they could have broken up a bar fight with one arm while carrying three 1-L glasses of beer in the other.

Incidentally, Weisses Brauhaus, just a short walk from Hofbrauhaus, has really amazing traditional Bavarian food. But it's more of a restaurant and you don't get that crazy Hofbrauhaus experience.
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Postby GeorgeT » Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:00 am

The church at Marienplatz looks like the best haunted house ever...gruesome, in a good way...

Besides...the huge "puppet" you were missing was in front of StarWorld, which is now looking totally different. It`s now called "Höllenblitz-the coaster" and has a complete new theming...

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Postby ginzo » Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:05 am

GeorgeT wrote:The church at Marienplatz looks like the best haunted house ever...gruesome...


One of the churches there, St. Peter's, has this totally awesome skeleton of a 4th Century Christian martyr:

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Postby hobbit » Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:35 am

the evening pictures looks awesome!
thanks for share it.

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Postby Philrad71 » Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:27 am

I must have had the B-team when I went to Hofbrauhaus back in May. The waitresses and pretzel girls were all older, Eastern-European-looking women with massive biceps that looked like they could have broken up a bar fight with one arm while carrying three 1-L glasses of beer in the other.


LOL! Yes, there were some of those there too! I would imagine that there must be a high case of carpal tunnel syndrome from carrying around all of those 1-L glasses of beer every day. ;)

^^ Wow...that is cool!

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Postby Nosferatu » Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:22 am

Nice pictures! I really want to go to Octoberfest. Olympia Looping is such an amazing coaster, and just the whole atmosphere seems like something you don't want to miss!

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Postby andyuk200523 » Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:45 am

One of these days I'll get over to Oktoberfest, was EuroStar there this year??
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