To round out the end of a near perfect day in Bavaria, we headed back into Munich. Our guide Andy mentioned that there was a festival taking place at the Oktoberfest grounds called Frühlingsfest. He offered to drop us off there if we wanted to experience it, which of course we did! There were large tents set up similar to Oktoberfest, but much smaller in scale. Oktoberfest has tents for all the Big 6 set up, but there were only two breweries represented at Frühlingsfest. We were so lucky to get to experience a festival without the extreme craziness of Oktoberfest. I can't even imagine, because there was so much going on at this festival that it felt like the real deal. It was nice to have a little cheat experience. ;)
Since it was difficult to get a seat at a tent, Andy took us to his favorite beer garden in the city. It happened to be our favorite too, as we were there once before! The Augistiner Beer Garden is seriously the best.
We all stayed there for hours laughing, drinking, and taking in the atmosphere. It was truly a day of travel I will always remember. It was our last night in Munich and the send off left me with warm fuzzies for the city and the people. There is such a sense of community and friendship at the beer gardens. It is the best of what we travel for, the experience of belonging to a global community and experiencing that transcendent human connection. It was a perfect moment of bringing together a group to experience something bigger than ourselves. That is what it is all about.
Here is one last photo of Charles and Andy. I think that sums it up nicely! Stay wonderful, Munich.