Oktoberfest originally started in 1810 as a wedding celebration for Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I of Bavaria) and his new bride, Princess Therese von Sachsen. The people of Munich decided they had so much fun, they wanted to make it an annual event and Oktoberfest was born.
Well, in 1964 they decided that once a year just wasn't enough, so they would celebrate the arrival of spring with a Spring Festival, the Frühlings Fest. Known as the "Little Sister of Oktoberfest," the Spring Festival is a fraction the size, gets a fraction of the visitors, but has all of the fun of big brother. It usually begins in late April, and runs for two weeks. For 2011 the dates are April 29 to May 15.
Uhlandstrasse 1, 80336 München
tel. 089-543-350 fax: 089-543-35250
27 rooms. Singles: €70 to €75; Doubles: €75 to €95; all major credit cards accepted.
This beautifully kept mansion, built in the late 18th century, has been a family-run hotel for over 50 years. Located in a quiet area near the Oktoberfest grounds, but just a 15-minute walk from the main train station.
This was one of the few areas to survive WWII bombings relatively unscathed, so it has an older, more genteel feel than much of Munich’s modern skyline.
Staff is wonderful, breakfast is superb, and the rooms are well kept. There are three categories of rooms, and the cheapest (Tourist class) are very basic. It’s generally worth the extra Euros to go for the Standard or Komfort class rooms.
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