Have you heard of it? If you don't want to fight crowds and wait hours for a delicious German beer, there are hundreds of other smaller Beerfests around the country. By sheer chance my hitchhiking trip through Regensburg in August coincided with DULTfest. I randomly chose Regensburg, but it is a scenic UNESCO World Heritage Site which is well worth passing through for more than just the beer. This is truly Bavaria.
Here's something you never see at Oktoberfest - an empty beer tent. I found Brook Lane Hostel and spent the morning recovering from my nightmare hitchhiking trip from Austria. After a brief rest I set off for DULTfest around 2pm. The pictures are courtesy of Romy, a nice Bavarian girl I meet at the hostel whose photography skills are far better than mine. Thanks to her skills, I look kind of professional even with a comically large beer and a massive wiener in my hand (*snicker*).
The night progressed as one would expect at a beer festival. We visited the 6 different tents and settled on the largest based on the fact it had a curious sport where participates had to scale the tent's tallest central pole in order to win...you guessed it, beer. We placed bets on the pole climbers, and after drinking several masses and bullshiting travel stories, we returned to the hostel considerably drunker than before. Regensburg was a brief, but perfect way to end my Eurotrip 2011.