Oktoberfest '17 Munich

What is Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest, similar as the month ‘October’ in English is a festival in October. However the festival begins in the middle of September and ends on the first sunday of October. Every year, the festival takes place in Munich, Germany.  

As the locals abbreviated the name simply to the ‘Wiesn’, when the Prince Ludwig married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen in 1810, the citizens of Munich were invited to celebrate the royal event in the current Oktoberfest area. Each year, it has become larger and a cultural festival of Germany. 

I like to call these days as ’Culture Festival’ instead a ‘beer festival’. 

In that manner, seeing people participating with their local outfits, classical entertainment concepts and most importantly that individuals can have fun with each other is a scene I needed to see. 

Because we are being controlled by the technology nowadays, we hardly have a conversation with our family and friends.

Even when you meet a friend, you haven’t seen for a long time, seeing them taking picture of the coffees you are drinking and the effort they make to load this picture into their social media accounts, I find it funny and also very annoying. The fact that the people I give my precious time are not interested in chatting with me but interested in a communication tool, causes me to question myself. Am I a boring person?

From the main train station of Municj, you can follow the landmarks below to reach the main the entrance gates of the festival area, or simply follow groups dressed in traditional clothes. :)

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Oktoberfest is a sixteen day event. You can find out the exact times calculating by yourself. Take minus 16 from the first Sunday of October. That’s it. Here is a example. 

22 September - 7 October 2018

21 September - 6 October 2018

19 September - 4 October 2018

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I need to point out that you do not have to wear the traditional costumes of Oktoberfest. If you wish to join and prepare for the fest, which I think is a fun process, you may secure shopping through the official website by simply clicking on this link

Even if you decide to buy the clothes on last minute, there are tens of shops located nearby the area and available on very good prices. 

The average of the prices between 50 to 1500 euros. 

The name of the lady’s costumes is Dirndl. There are so many details of shirts, skirts, belts and so on. The quality of the fabric and design products are the main reasons for the price difference. 

If you do not have a restriction on your budget, there is a brand that my german high school friend has advised me. You can reach the website of the brand by clicking this link

Boobies :) are mostly out of ladies costumes. Here is my favorite look of a lady with her cute smile.

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Höllenblitz

An indoor and trailer model of a roller coaster with special lightning and sound effects and with a small waterfall in front. The length of the giant character you see on the picture was about 5-6 meter. Adult ticket price is 9 euro, 5 euro for children. The production was made by the German manufacturer, Gerstlauer.

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Ferris Wheel

In the photographs of the festival area, you are absolutely confronted by this eye-catching size and beauty. The cabins were designed as ginger bread house inspired by the ‘Pfefferkuchenhaus’, the home of Hansel and Gratel. 

The large- diametered wheel, which is 50 meters high allows you to see the Alps if the weather is clear. 

The Ferris Wheel is at the festival since 1979. Admission ticket for adults is 8 euro, 4 euro for the children.

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Three friends having fun sliding. 

Three friends having fun sliding. 

Sky Fall

Mechanism of this tower is a bit different than today’s towers. The elevator and gondola are separated from each other. Elevator lifts up the gondola. When the seats reaches to the highest point of the 75 meter of tower, the elevator cuts the connection between them and makes it fall to the halfway, leaving the control to the magnetic braking system. Interesting..

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Taking a picture needs an artistic point of view. With my point of view and patience, I do not get beautiful images. However, I noticed that many of the photographs I took during my visit came out surprisingly beautiful and charming. :)

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Krinoline 

A unique amusement ride, produced in 1924. Unbelievable!

There is an orchestra with local clothes on one side, playing national songs. 

The ride was operated by man power until 1937. A maneuver, I have never seen before. An amusement ride filled with love and nostalgia. On the forth picture, you will see father-son whom we met in a small tent when we were having a drink with my father. I would like to thank them for their friendly, polite and pleasant conversations.

On of the 14 great tents. You can join these tents by making reservations weeks in advance. I have to state that it is quite difficult. If you have a friends attending to the fest regulary, you might ask them to join them. The capacities fill up because the attend with their family and friends. You can try anyway. 

In order, 

Voodoo-Jumper

Distel Auto Scooter

High Energy

Some of the popular amusement park equipments in recent times with high adrenaline.

One of shocking scenes. I have never seen anyone standing on the sleep. I am also very lucky to witness that.

One of shocking scenes. I have never seen anyone standing on the sleep. I am also very lucky to witness that.

Apart from the exciting fifty to seventy-five meters high amusement rides, there is a section which is very special for me. 

Hand glancing wooden horses, small cars, antiques but still works as it is the first day. 

I can say they took better care than their children. Why? When children turn 18, their parents leave them with the difficulties of life for their own sake. Since the family has provided all the necessary education and support till that age, their preference seems to be a correct choice for me as well, but it would be an impossible breakthrough for our culture. 

Let’s me introduce this amazing place; 

This special area has been separated with an entrance fee which is 3 euro. It is located beside the big ferris wheel at the southern exit. 

In 2010, in order to celebrate the 200th anniversary, the ‘Historische Wiesn’ ( Historical Oktoberfest ) area was created to celebrate the festival’s roots, to watch the horse races and to memorize the history. 

As Germans call this area as ‘Oide Weisn’, there are three big tents where you can experience a great old festive atmosphere and folk music singers performing.

At the same time, there was the most delicious and fresh roasted sweet almonds of the festival were located in that area. 

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A photo booth, designed for the attendants without traditional clothes. They give a beer glass and a pretzel to hold for your this memorable moment. And it is for free.

A photo booth, designed for the attendants without traditional clothes. They give a beer glass and a pretzel to hold for your this memorable moment. And it is for free.

This tiny paper bag contains incredibly delicious roasted, hot and sweet dried nuts such as almonds and peanuts.

This tiny paper bag contains incredibly delicious roasted, hot and sweet dried nuts such as almonds and peanuts.

Below, you will see some pictures of the foods I have tasted during my visit. There were fishes, chicken, sausages. All located around the festival area. The first two picture was my favourite, Salmon. I could not find an oppurtunity to organize dining inside one of the big tents, but the street tastes were satisfying.

The King Walt, has created a character that whatever I see a big circle and two small on top, reminds me of an iconic mouse character Mickey. Here, a beer barrels made me think of Mickey Mouse.

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In 2017, 6 million visitors and 7.5 million liters of beer were consumed. Especially for the festival, the alcohol content is higher and at the same time more delicious than the regular beers. 

I came across this guy on my way to my hotel. There are so many people like him around the area. You just wish that their friends find them. :)

If the weather is sunny, it is the best time of the festival but still it is chill or even cold at the evenings. If I have to be sincere, I do not advise you to take the weather information from me because I am always that person who is always cold. 

Still, you should definitely a coat with you, you never know Germany is a cold country in September.

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Before arriving to the festival area, make sure you bring a small bag with you. You are prohibited to bring large bags or backpacks inside. Or there is an an option of cabins you can rent for 4-5 euros per day right before main entrance. You can leave your bags there. There are some rental areas closing at midnight, make sure you do not miss that time. 

Munich is a city where you can have a pleasant time in terms of art, culture and entertainment. 

I can say, one and a half days is enough time for the festival. I would suggest you to spend you remaining time exploring the city’s historic buildings and museums. 

Let your smile change the world but don't the world change your smile,

Sincerely,

Selin

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Mall of America

Mall of America (MOA) in Bloomington located in Minneapolis in Minnesota state of America, that has opened in 1992 is still one of the most popular shopping malls which provides varity of brands. The reason is that the mall is one of the largest shopping mall. Due to its proximity to Canada, it also has thousands of visitors from neighboring towns and Canada. Families visiting the mall stay in the hotels surrounding the mall. The time when it was opened were not so technologically advanced, thus it was an obvious choice for families who were planning a vacation. Those were the times when children abandon for technology and have fun together.

I’ve visited Mall of America in 2013 while Mall of Istanbul was still on project phase, to gain more effectiveness and experience for my work. I don’t remember the hotel’s name in which we stayed but it was an old five star hotel. There are shuttles taking you directly to the shopping mall. The shuttles work between 9.30 a.m. till 11 p.m.

Let’s discover the 27.000 sqm entertainment park which is located at the center of MOA.

It was named Knott’s Camp Snoopy with the opening of the mall and was inspired and themed by Peanuts characters drawn by caricaturist Charles M.Schulz.

Frankly, Peanuts characters were never adhered. Generally, there were mountain or forest themes.

Due to license problems over the years plus partnerships, it’s serving as Nickelodeon Universe since 2008.

You may find recent ticket prices by clicking this link. I suggest you to buy all day wristband! 

Avatar - Airbender

A half size roller coaster themed by the inspiration of TV Show Avatar. It is located right in the center of the park. It goes up and down approximately twelve times and circles around. Manufacturer is Intamin, and it is a successful ride, meaning it is a very satisfying choice for indoor entertainment centers.

Brain Surge

An interactive game. Passengers can control their own movements. It gives you the feeling of touching down to the floor while it circles around itself. Thrilling but also sickening.

Fairly Odd Coaster

Type of this roller coaster in the world that has been built in 2004 by Gerstlauer company which goes around itself.

Its rails are in every corner of the park, travels the whole park. Of course there may be cuts on the view while it turns around itself. 

Although it can be called oldie goldie, its still a thrilling roller coaster.

Jimmy Neutron’s Atomic Collider

Even though its interesting to watch two gondolas that are connected on a single column moving up and down, I wouldn’t wait in a line for this ride.

Pepsi Orange Streak

It’s another roller coaster which drives you through the whole park with a 820 meters rail lenght. Rollie was manufactured in 1992 by Zierer. Train’s lenght seemed extreme to me. Although its proportional to rail lenght, I’d prefer a train with 20 person capacity for an indoor park. During the days park that was opened, it was a logical choice for a business manager to use a coaster with a 1000 person capacity per hour due to high visitor numbers, but today don’t you think that its time to retire it?

Shredder’s Mutant Masher

This ride is a fresh breath to the park with a very successful theme and has record sales in the past six years. We see it in every park we go, its now a necessity in parks just like the bumper cars. Don’t you think?

Splet-O-Sphere

This tower is one of the most sold popular equipments of Moser Rides. Its for 16 persons and built in 2008. When it was first built, there were fans from all ages. As years go by, it became popular only among children.

As there are great entertainment parks and rides in America, rides like these remain like baby toys.

If my soul and mind were left in my warm bed when I go to work in the morning, I took a ride with it and sober up. I strictly recommend it. 

SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge

This roller coaster was my favorite which was built when park became Nickelodeon Universe. Colors and design were amazing. Also Spongebob is a character I like, I couldn't ask for more. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock

You know the Ninja Turtles. You may even start hearing its music inside your head when I said Ninja. In fact, I am mumbling it right now. :)

Nickelodeon Universe organized a meeting regarding this ride’s opening, under the name of Ninja Meeting. There were 836 people in Ninja suits and a Guinness Record was beaten. I wonder if that same organization was in Istanbul, a city with 17 million population, how many people would wear a Ninja costume and attend it?

Let’s leave the records to Americans, the ride is very successful and part-interactive. Gerstlauer is really a successful company. They rather be productive and innovator than copying. There is no doubt to their technology and quality. I’d like to visit their company in the future and get to know them better.

Those were the most popular rides of the parks. There are also Carousel, Ferris Wheel, Swings, Bumper Cars and small trains for children.

 

Ghost Blasters

Movies we’ve seen, fiction stories we’ve read come to a point that we could even get scared from our own fart.

We do not realise that we pass the fears we develop by our unlimited imagination to our children.

A mother’s fear of an insect, makes a child to run away from it or kill it.

For instance, I might leave my house when a mosquito gets inside from a window.

In the dark rides of an entertainment park which frighten me the most is the sounds. Ghosts, skulls, skeletons or blood don’t scare me at all but a huge spider thrown at me might remind me a movie scene.

There is a ride I can refer to as a horror house for children. It is called ‘Dark Ride’ in English. Don’t know how accurate to call it a ‘Horror House’.

You get on the cars that goes on rails and shoot the ghosts with the toy guns attached to the car. In my opinion, its always more fun to be the part of a story. I see parents having more fun than the little visitors. There’s no age limit to have fun. Don’t miss it when you see a dark ride sign.

There are also other activities like mini golf field and wall climbing. You can spend some good time by sparing two days in the park. And when you wish to have a break from having fun, you may go shopping like crazy.

Shopping mall is really huge. It may take 2 or 3 days to visit all the shops. Dining area is big and it would definitely satisfy your expectations about diversity.

Which means big portions… We were sated with hamburger and chips.

Even after some years, it makes me happy to write about the parks I’ve been. Please don’t forget to leave your comments and suggestions.

Wish you all the best,

Selin 

Drop Tower

It's a serious thing to learn how to ride a bicycle, almost like learning how to drive a car. Two small tires are added to each side of rear tire of the bicycle for little ladies and gentlemen to control their balance easier. After a while, one of the small tire is removed and finally deducted to two normal tires by saying 'Daddy I've learnt it, remove the other one too'. But in any case, can't avoid to fall from that bicycle even just for once. Returning home with elbows and knees covered in bruises, crying and saying 'Mommy, I fell'. We get angry with the bicycle not long just for a day, then say to ride slowly to yourself, before a week past we start feeling we can ride with holding only one hand. Funny and nice memories… Here you can see one of us;

Not so sure whether demand for bicycles got lower or not by developing technology but I believe bicycles are needed to be used for all ages and even prefered over cars. Think of a traffic free Istanbul, everyone ride bicycles. Vehicles polluting the air are gone and we became a civilized country with citizens respecting each other... Oh what if we don't have these dreams...

Falling means 'To drop or come down freely under the influence of gravity' in dictionary. Do not underrate by saying falling... Newton discovered the law of gravity when an apple fell to his head.  So it's told that apple fell to his head when Newton was sitting under a tree and he wonders why it fell? Why not to the right or left but straight down? Well, why don't the moon, sun and stars fall? Then he had made one of the most important discovery of the laws of physics. Or maybe, he came to his senses when that apple fell and discovered the law of gravity, who knows...

Let me introduce you to, the latest and most exciting fall you are gonna experience... which you will personally test gravity... on the way to become an amusement park classic, 'Tower'. By saying the slogan 'Falling has never been more fun', here is the World's tallest tower yet; Drop of Doom.

Incredible, isn't it?

Let's get to a brief technical information stage;

There are infinite alternatives for height selection when choosing a tower. For indoor areas, for the low heights, there is a 10 meters tall model that I know of. Of course, you will need at least 12 meters of ceiling height for that. Frankly being lower doesn't mean anything. This height should be a limit so it could give excitement. 

Surely this 10 meters gives you only about 6 meters of falling space when you calculate the decor and floor. The tower in the photo includes given measurements. Total weight is given as 7.600 kilograms. Although it defers according to electrical panels the company use, it generally works automatically. You select a programme from four or five different types and it works at the same programme until you change it.  

I would not consider having this playgroup in an outdoor amusement park. I prefer a tower, that will be set outside, should be at least twenty meters tall. Even if it's set on a place reserved for a certain age group of kids, I would make my choice from another attraction. 

Part where riders board is called gondola. When you board on this gondola, you close the security bar, buckle a seatbelt from between your legs to security bar and you are ready to fall. Gondola takes you to the highest point by slowly turning around itself clockwise or counter-clockwise. It releases you into a free fall least you expected. Not knowing when to fall and the speed of falling gives you the excitement... Plus, think of having this drop from a gigantic tower. 

As the info I've read from Wikipedia, Drop of Doom which is located at the Six Flags in Jackson, New Jersey USA is the tallest drop tower ride in the world at the time. Tower, that you watched the video of, is 139 meters tall in total with 126 meters drop height. Drops in exactly 10 seconds. An incredible number. Well how is this engineering marvel ride made?

Manufacturing takes nearly nine months. Companies that are qualified to manufacture this ride, probably have many orders. Because of that you have to wait for your turn. Would not like to generalize but no matter the quantity of your order, yours shouldn't effect another. Yes, we agreed on price and shook hands for a normal size. Let's say our height is hundred meters. The twenty meters tall tower, which you got scared and didn't ride is now a piece of cake. :)

Engineers working within company do static calculations. These engineers do the calculations according to number of people. One purpose of these calculations is to prepare the setup ground. There is a preparation process of the ground to be able to stand the pressure occuring from the fall. Same subject also exists for construction sector. Some of you may know. After passing this stage, we came to manufacturing part. Gondola of the tower and seats are the easiest... At this part, patterns, colors, lights... a kind of art takes place of calculations. 

Even though I can't give you the exact height measures, if you ride an over average ride, a limitation for your age and height is being applied. You have to be at least 120 cm. tall if you want to ride a hundred meters tall tower. There is a fact that cultural differences are also one of the factors effecting these criterias. If we give an example from our country, age range is much lower than Europe and America. 

Let's give an example from our subject tower. Although it is predictable to have a twelve year old to ride a twenty meters tall tower, in foreign countries this limit can be lower to six year olds. Don't know whether this subject is open for discussion or not but in my opinion to apply a height limit instead of age is better. Here is a picture from our outdoor park. The tower is 24 meter high, from SBF-Visa Group. The park is located in Bursa, Turkiye. 

Well, that's all for this week. Wait for my future article about photographed manufacturing process of a tower . Happy drops guys...