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Milka Adventure Right in the City

Do you love Milka, in fact Milka chocolates?

If you can answer this with a definite YES, then Milka World in Munich will be heaven on earth for you. In 2012 Milka World opened doors on an entire floor of the Schrannenhalle right behind the Viktualienmarkt, and has become a new Munich attraction.

I had heard about it, but on my recent trip to Munich I just had to check it out for myself.  I couldn’t believe my eyes…

SAMSUNGA whole store decorated in the style of an Alpine hut, with little niches and windows that seem to look out on the Alpine mountain panorama, and walls of wooden shelves just filled with the tempting chocolates of the whole Milka sortiment!

SAMSUNGBut that’s not all! Now you can not only eat Milka, you can be dressed in it as well! If the Milka Dirndl, by designer Lola Paltinger is too fancy for you to visit the present Oktoberfest, you may also choose from t-shirts sweatshirts, jackets, vests, jeans and for the guys of course the perfect Lederhosen. I actually forgot if those were lilac as well…

But there is more. Your dog can slurp water out of a Milka bowl, while your baby is sipping on his Milka bottle, and your toddler checks out tasty Milka chocolate SAMSUNGsnacks packed away in her Milka lunchbox.  And, picture this, while you start getting ready for a day at the Oktoberfest packing your Milka backpack (which is quite cute actually! ), you grab your i-pad and stash it away in the oh-so-fashionable Milka Alpine style i-pad cover that looks like a Janker (Tyrolean jacket) for this electronic device!

milka coffee machineIf you like, you can live ‘Milka Lifestyle all the way, and organize your entire household in Milka look and feel, while you pretend inhaling fresh alpine air with every stride through your Milka home. Milka cappuccino machine or toaster anyone?

Fascinated I am asking the saleslady in her cute lilac dirndl, if there were more Milka worlds planned for in other German cities. She looks at me bewildered that someone could even voice such a question, and smilingly replies: “There is only one earth, one god and one Milka World! “

What a statement ! Now I was the one looking perplexed. Stunned by such profound words I slowly walked towards the exit…

The merchandising kingdom has conquered Germany!


Beer Bottle Shortage Occurs in Munich Less Than 2 Weeks Before Oktoberfest

Munich has experienced an unusually warm summer this year, and with the hot temperatures came an increase in beer consumption.  Although the increased sales are great for the breweries, there is a downside… a shortage of beer bottles and crates.  With the Munich Oktoberfest less than 2 weeks away, supermarkets are having a hard time filling the shelves and brewers are literally begging consumers to bring back their empty bottles.

Heiner Müller, manager of the Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr brewery made a plea in Munich’s TZ newspaper saying ”Dear Munichers – bring back your crates.  We need our empties!”.  Even Hofbräu is feeling the pain with a shortage of tens of thousands of bottles.  Hofbräu spokesman Stefan Hempl warned that “at the moment we could have a situation where we don’t have any dark beer for a few days.”

Oktoberfest season is usually one of the best times of the year for Germany’s many breweries, so it makes sense that they would begin panicking.  In the case of Hofbräu, they are telling retailers that they will only fill orders when their empties are returned.  While Germany has made it easy for consumers to recycle their used bottles, it often doesn’t help those who are enjoying a nice cold one on the go during the summer months.

Source: The Local
Photo by Ricky Romero via flickr
Article Source: German Pulse

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Surfing in Munich

Who thought surfing right in the middle of a city is impossible? Well, Munich is proving everyone wrong  who might have thought so. Right in the heart of Munich, in the Englischer Garten, a surfing spectacle is evolving every day and attracting a great audience. While the surfers are lining up for their next turn, people are guessing and putting up bets who will be lasting the longest on the wild waves of the Eisbach (Ice River).

Muenchner Oktoberfest 2010- 18. September bis 4.Oktober

The Oktoberfest in Munich from Ferris wheel

Image via Wikipedia

Jetzt ist’s bald so weit! Das  Oktoberfest 2010 in Muenchen zaehlt die Tage bis zur Eroeffnung: 4 Tage und 0 Stunden und 59 Minuten bis das 177. Oktoberfest mit einem feierlichen Einzug die Tore oeffnen wird.

Wer mehr ueber das Oktoberfest erfahren moechte und den Eroeffnungs zeremonien beiwohnen moechte, findet auf www.oktoberfest.de die neuesten Updates.  Die Oktoberfest webcam kann uns ‘Kaliforniern’ zumindest das Gefuehl geben wir sind ein wenig live dabei…

Fuer eine Liste mit verschiedenen Oktoberfest Feierlichkeiten hier in Kalifornien, click on the following link: “Celebrate Oktoberfest in the Area

OKTOBERFEST in Muenchen – “OZAPFT is’ “

Auf geht’s zur Wiesn!

Als waschechte,  gebuertige Muenchnerin darf ich es natuerlich nicht verpassen unser Muenchner Oktoberfest  zu erwaehnen. War es doch fuer viele Jahre meines Lebens Familientradition zumindest einmal waehrend des Oktoberfestes bei der Ochsenbraterei vorbeizuschauen und eine lecker Portion Ochsenfleisch mit Kartoffelsalat zu verspeisen! Eine Mass Bier (damals fuer die Eltern 🙂 )bzw. Radler und die traditionelle Brezn durften dabei natuerlich auch nicht fehlen. Tja, dieser Tage kann ich nur in meinen Erinnerungen schwelgen und die Wiesn von Kalifornien aus auf dem Internet verfolgen…

Wer wissen will was da so ab geht und was es an Neuheiten gibt,  kann sich auf der eignen Oktoberfest-Website aufs Genaueste informieren. Oktoberfest Souveniere gibt’s bei www.wiesn.com und wer sein Muenchnerisch/Bayerisch etwas auffrischen will, dem sei das Wiesn dictionary ans Herz gelegt!

Wer’s noch schaffen will bei der Wiesn live dabei zu sein, sollte sich schicken. Die Wiesn ist nur noch bis zum 4. Oktober offen und der Eintritt ist frei! ….Unerhoert fuer uns Wahl-Kalifornier; denn hier in Kalifornien zahlt man naemlich einen Eintritt fuer die Orange County Fair oder Los Angeles County Fair, die uebrigens ebenfalls am 4. Oktober die Tore schliesst. 

Wer hier in Kalifornien etwas in Oktoberfest Stimmung kommen moechte, kann einmal unter dem California Oktoberfest Event Calendar nachschauen, wann und wo ein Event in naechster Naehe stattfindet.

Also, noch viel Spass beim Feiern.  Prost!