Whose coming with me this coming Oktoberfest 2014 in Munich? lolz! I am actually kidding. I don’t have any idea if I will be working during those times but I am hoping that I will have some days-off   from work to experience once again this world’s greatest and largest funfair held annually in Munich, the capital city of the region of Bavaria in Germany.

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View of the Theresienwiese or  simply called Wiesn, the area where the yearly Oktoberfest is held. Taken during one of my visits.

Last week, I received again another private message in facebook asking me if there are still affordable accommodation in or around Munich area. Okey, this is what I am going to tell you if you are planning to visit this festival.   Read more… »

Fasching in Germany, known as carnival is a festivity that occurs before Lent season. It is not only celebrated in Germany but also in other parts of the globe. For example the famous carnival in Rio de Janiero or the Rio Carnival, is considered to be one of the biggest shows on earth. The the festival attracts millions of tourists, both Brazilians and foreigners who come from everywhere to participate and enjoy the great show.

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Fasching or Carnival in Hemau last 2012.

In Germany, carnival week begins on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday with parades being held during the weekend and finishes on Ash Wednesday, with the main festivities occurring around Rosenmontag (Rose Monday). This time is also called the “Fifth Season.” Shrove Tuesday is celebrated in certain cities. Read more… »

There are many festivals you can experience in Germany.  Whatever time  and season it is  of  the year, festivities are all year round.   I miss this interesting festival known as Tillyfest. It is celebrated annually in Breitenbrunn every month of September. My last visit in Tillyfest was in 2010. I should be going there last year but it was a conflict with my other appointment.

Musicians playing drums and trumpets at the Tillyfest in Breitenbrunn. This  is a municipality in the district of Neumarkt in Bavaria, Germany.

This is so far the biggest festival in this town. It is visited by locals and tourists. Americans who live and work in the US Army  Training Area in Hohenfels are also visiting it.    Tillyfest is actually a historic festival in commemoration of Johann Tserclaes von Tilly during the Thirty Years’ War in 1618-1648. Read more… »

I had a great time visiting Linz especially its Christmas Market. Thanks to this bus company from Regensburg, Germany, who offered a cheap trip to Austria’s third largest city. I did not regret booking that trip. Even though I was alone during that travel, I still made the most and best of it.  It  was so far a wonderful   time  for me visiting  Linz!

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The Christmas market in Linz Hauptplatz or Main Square.

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The scenery for the lovely Christkindl Market is the baroque main square. Here you will find handicrafts, warming drinks and delicious gingerbread.
Where: Main Square
When: 23rd November – 24th December 2013
Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00 a.m. – 08:00 p.m. Read more… »

The world’s largest fair has just started! Today, marked the beginning of the 180th celebration of Germany’s most famous festival. Everyone is welcome to visit and party in Theresienwiese, the area where the festival is held in Munich.

At 12:00 noon today, October 21, 2013, Christian Ude, the current mayor of Munich tapped the first barrel of beer in the “Schottenhamel” beer tent. Christian Ude is a member of the German Social Democratic Party and has been the mayor of Munich for two decades. With two strikes, Ude drove the tap into the barrel and spoke the magic words: “O’zapft is!” – “It’s tapped!”

Oktoberfest-europetravelppad.comview of the Oktoberfest while on top of the Ferris Wheel.

Mr. Ude handed the first mug of beer to the Bavarian Prime Minister, Horst Seehofer. Since this will be the last term of office,  somebody else will serve the beer to Horst Seehofer next year. Ude has already reached the the maximum number of terms, thus he can no longer run for office again. Read more… »

This medieval festival is finally over. I am happy when I visited it again for the second time. Landshuter Hochzeit known in English as the Landshut Wedding festival is truly a  must to experience when you are in Germany. It is one of the famous and the largest historical pageant in Europe.

The street in the Altstadt or Old City was filled with guests, tourists and spectators. In the background is the brick tower of St. Martin’s church. It is said to be the highest church brick tower in the world. This was taken during our visit last July 14, 2013 © www.europetravelpad.com


Today is called the  Rosenmontag in Germany’s Fasching season.  This is the highlight of the German Karneval,  known in English as carnival.  It is  similar to the  Halloween celebration of the Americans  considering the costumes  worn by those who participate this celebration. Rosenmontag is celebrated in German-speaking countries, including Germany, East Belgium, Austria, and Switzerland.

Rosenmontag is considered to be the “fifth season of the year”. Clubs organize “sessions” which are show events called Sitzung with club members or invited guests performing dance, comedy and songs in costumes. We have been watching the  various “Sitzung” in the different programs in German television since the past two weeks. Among  the few ones that we watched were from Mainz, Cologne, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and in  Franken  part of Bavaria, Germany. You will surely have a lot of fun if you watch this  Fasching program. You need  to understand  German  for you to relate on it. I am glad that I can already speak and understand basic Deutsch (German).

The famous Chinese Fasching in Dietfurt, Bavaria, Germany. © www.europetravelpad.com

The famous Chinese Fasching in Dietfurt, Bavaria, Germany.
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During  the  Fasching or carnival season,  most school are closed especially on Rosenmontag and Thursday before  Rosenmontag. I guess this is due to the many events and  celebrations going on during these days. Carnival is not really a national holiday in Germany. Read more… »

It is Christmas Market season in Germany. Many  countries in Europe are celebrating the same. In Germany, Nuremberg is probably hosting  one of the most famous Christmas Market in Germany. It is visited by tourists and visitors  from all corners of the world every year.  It is held in Nuremberg Main Market Square, located in front of  the Frauenkirche or Church of  Our Lady.

It is time to witness and enjoy this  enchanting event in Nuremberg.  You will probably want to try Glühwein or mulled wine, which will make you feel warmer during the chilly weather. Famous Nuernberger delicacies like Bratwurst (a kind of sausage), Lebkuchen or Ginger  bread and roasted almonds  are always present in the market.  There are around 180 wooden booths  you  can find at the Christmas Market. Christmas decors, toys, various arts and crafts  and other traditional  Christmas goods are available for sale.

I always love visiting the Christmas market in Nuremberg.  But be careful, this is the time of the year when many pick-pocketers are loitering around  looking for victims.  Be careful with your bags and personal belongings.  One of my friends was already a victim last  December 2010.

Here are some images I took during one of my visits.

Nuremberg Christmas Market

Nuremberg Christmas Market. © www.europetravelpad.com


Christmas Decors for sale in Nuremberg's Christmas Market

Christmas Decors for sale in Nuremberg’s Christmas Market. © www.europetravelpad.com

Christmas Market in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany. You can  see the Frauenkirche    (Church of Our Lady on the background. © www.europetravelpad.com

Christmas Market in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany. You can see the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady on the background. © www.europetravelpad.com

I believed I am one of the lucky ones who witnessed the biggest fair or festival in the world! Not only one time but I was there for the fourth time. Can you imagine that? Oktoberfest is truly a must when you happen to visit  Munich during the celebration period.

Here are facts you need  to know about Munich’s Oktoberfest:

-It is an annual 16-day festival held in Munich, the capital city of Bavaria, Germany.
-Oktoberfest is the biggest fair in the world visited by over 6 million people every year.
-Carnival rides can be experience during the festival.
-Various delicacies both locals and international can be tasted.
-Millions of liters of beer are being consumed every year!!! lolz!..

More updates to come about this festival. I am still having a jetlag from my vacation in the United States, the Baltic regions and then to the Oktoberfest.
Cheers everyone!

www.europetravelpad.comOne of the beer tents  at the Oktoberfest.

www.europetravelpad.comCarnival rides of all kinds are also present and can be experience by everyone!

www.europetravelpad.comThe Ferris wheel in the Oktoberfest, my favorite ride..lol!

I guess I was lucky to witness one of the best known annual events in London, the Lord Mayor’s Show  last  November 2008. The weather was not  friendly that time because it was raining. Despite of that  the show  was still continued.  My good friends who live in this city told me that my visit was a perfect timing  because the London’s famous and historical  event will take place that time. I did not hesitated to say yes and watched  it.   Thanks to these good friends of mine.

The Lord Mayor’s  Show takes place every year after a new Lord Mayor is appointed. This public parade that is made of his inauguration reflects the fact that this was once one of the most prominent offices in England. After having many changes through out the years, this show is now held on the second Saturday in November. The parade, which begins at about eleven o’clock in the forenoon, concludes at about half past two in the afternoon. There are many participants in the said parade with various motives and costumes. Several colourful  floats  are also being shown.

The  band playing during the Lord Mayor’s Show in London, England.

The   golden  Lord Mayor’s Coach which is
housed in the Museum of London after the event.


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