Munich Oktoberfest

It’s only a month until Oktoberfest so I’ve written a short post on the festival. If you’re going to be anywhere near southern Germany in late September/early October then you really should spend at least a few days in Munich for Oktoberfest. It really is worth it, it’s one of Europe’s biggest parties and a unique cultural experience. viagra for sale in northern ireland

It all started on 18 October, 1810 when a party was thrown to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The party was so popular that it became an annual event, although the starting date was moved into September to take advantage of warmer weather. cialis 5mg efeitos colaterais where can you buy viagra

Around six million people attend the Munich Oktoberfest every year and go through around 7-million litres of beer, 60,000 pork knuckles, 140,000 pork sausages and half a million chickens. often can take 10mg cialis will there generic viagra us

Oktoberfest is held in Theresienwiese, a large park south west of Munich’s city centre that is accessible by U-Bahn (Theresienwiese station) and is just a short walk from Munich’s main train station. The festival is often called Wiesn, which is an abbreviation of Theresienwiese.

Although the festival grounds include carnival rides, the main focus of Oktoberfest are the 14 beer tents, some of which can seat around 10,000 people. Most tents are operated by local breweries and each has its own atmosphere. It is well worth visiting a few different beer tents on your first day at Oktoberfest to find which one suits your taste and then making this your regular for the rest of the festival.

The Hofbräu-Festzelt is the most popular tent for tourists. It is a fun place, but it somehow just doesn’t feel as authentic and the other tents. The large Hacker-Festzelt tent has a rock band that plays in evening – in contrast to the usual brass band that you find in the other tents. More traditional tents include Augustiner-Festhalle, Bräurosl, Löwenbräu-Festhalle, Schützen-Festhalle and Winzerer Fähndl. The relatively small (it only seats around 3000) Fischer Vroni tent is known for its large selection of fish and the Schottenhamel is considered the most important tent as it is where the first keg is tapped by Munich’s mayor to signify the start of the festival visit the site.

When is it: The 176th Munich Oktoberfest will be held from 19 September to 4 October, 2009. Next year’s Oktoberfest will be held from 18 September to 3 October, 2010.

How much: entry to Oktoberfest is free. Just buy your own beer and food. A maß (a one-litre beer) costs between €8.30 and €8.60.

For more information on the festival refer to the Oktoberfest website and check BUG’s Munich guide for more information about Munich. viagra generika genauso gut viagra discount

How five people can travel from Lübeck to Munich for only €37

If you travel from Lübeck to Munich on the ICE high-speed train it will cost you €127 and take between 6½ and 7 hours. This comes to €635 for a group of five people travelling together. generic viagra for sale

You can also travel from north to south within Germany entirely on local trains (that is using the S-Bahn plus RB and RE trains). Travelling on local trains the trip from Lübeck to Munich will take around 14 hours and involve up to eight transfers. sildenafil 1 mg

Buying individual tickets on this journey will cost €90.10 generic xenical. However there is a much cheaper option if you’re travelling on a weekend. viagra wholesale price getting viagra italy

DB’s Happy-Weekend-Ticket (Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket) is good for unlimited travel on weekends in Germany on all local trains for up to five people travelling together. This ticket costs €37 if you buy it online or €39 if you buy it from a ticket machine at the station. Split between five people that comes to only €7.40 each.

Five people travelling from Lübeck to Munich would save up to €598 if they travel with a Happy-Weekend-Ticket instead of the ICE train. That saving is enough for around 70 litres of beer at the Oktoberfest. buy cialis singapore comprar cialis en usa

don’t know about you but – as much as I enjoy travelling on a fast train – I would take the slow train and save my money for Munich’s beer halls.

Lübeck to Munich is pretty much the longest train journey you’re likely to make within Germany so this is an extreme example, but it illustrates what you can save if a group of five travellers want to save some money (but don’t mind spending an extra five or six hours travelling).

Ryanair vs easyJet

I was recently asked to book a return flight for someone flying from London to Barcelona, which highlighted the disparity between airlines that advertise prices inclusive of taxes, fees and charges and those that don’t.

I needed to book a flight departing in the last week of February and returning a month later with one checked bag, one cabin bag and no insurance or in-flight meals. tadalafil 1800 mg

Ryanair’s advertised price for the return flight was just £3.79 and easyJet was £36.92, but after adding taxes, fees and other charges easyJet emerged the winner with a total cost of £52.42 compared with Ryanair’s £77.46. buy non prescription cialis

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With easyJet the advertised fare is inclusive of taxes and airport charges, but not checked luggage charges or credit card processing fees. The cost of flights was £22.99 for the London Luton to Barcelona outbound flight on 25 February and £13 browse around this web-site.93 for the Barcelona to London Stansted return flight. After adding a £6 checked luggage fee for each flight and a £3.50 credit card processing charge we get a total price of £52.42. buy cialis with no prescription

Ryanair is one of the few remaining airlines to retain the deceptive practice of advertising fares exclusive of taxes and airport fees. The outbound London Stansted to Barcelona Reus flight on 27 February was free (plus £28.17 in taxes, fees and charges) and the return flight from Barcelona Reus to London Stansted on 27 March was £3.79 (plus £17 in taxes, fees and other charges). Then there is a £4.75 credit card handling fee (for each flight) plus a £9.50 checked luggage fee for each flight, which brings the total to £77.46.

Both easyJet and Ryanair use Luton and Stansted airports about half an hour by train north of London. You can pay £19 each way to take the Stansted Express and £11.50 each way for the First Capital Connect train to Luton Airport; but if you book in advance you can get to Luton or Stansted for just £2 with easyBus. That means that both airlines tie for the cost of the return trip to their London airport (£4 return for either airline).

However there is a huge variation in the cost of getting to the airport at Barcelona.
With easyJet you fly into Barcelona’s main airport and it costs €2.80 (£2.50) to take the train from the airport into the centre of Barcelona. But if you fly into Barcelona with Ryanair you land at Reus Airport near Tarragona, around 90km south of Barcelona. The bus to central Barcelona from Reus Airport will cost you €12 (£10.85) each way or €21 (£19) for a return fare (as long as you return within one month). So Ryanair saves a few pounds by flying into an out-of-the-way airport and you end up paying £19 instead of the £5 you would pay if you fly into Barcelona’s main airport.

So all up Ryanair’s £3.79 return flight ends up costing £100.46 for the return fare including airport transfers and easyJet’s £36.92 fare comes to £61.42.

In other words, Ryanair’s cheap fares are just a sneaky way to slug you with all sorts of hidden fees and charges and more expensive fares advertised by competing airlines can often work out cheaper in the long run. cialis 20 mg 8 compresse