From scenic mountain views and an impressive classical music tradition to high-quality beer and Bratwurst served at the world-renowned Oktoberfest celebrations, Alpine Europe has something to excite every traveler. Here, traveler Diane tells us how she shares her love for the region—and for the lively Oktoberfest festival—as a Group Coordinator.
Why did you decide to experience Oktoberfest as a Group Coordinator?
My family background is German and Austrian and I was a German teacher for 34 years. I taught students about Oktoberfest, sang the traditional songs with them and cooked German food for them. Once I retired, becoming a Group Coordinator was the perfect way to take part in the actual celebrations in Europe.
How did you prepare for the festivities?
Oktoberfest is a bucket list item for so many people, so I organized a group to celebrate the event in Munich in 2014. We got the buzz going at a pre-departure party at my house, where we shared German food, beer and language tips.
What do you love about being a Group Coordinator?
Preparing for the tour was fun, but seeing my group members’ reactions was even better. It was great to see them be in the moment. They were impressed with the family atmosphere of the Oktoberfest festival and they loved the beer and music in the tents! The Rauchbier, or smoke beer, in Bamberg was a highlight.
What travel experiences are you looking forward to next?
I’m now looking forward to experiencing the festivities and exploring Alpine Europe in 2017. The breathtaking Alpine landscape is my favorite place in the world. And of course, I can’t wait to celebrate Oktoberfest again—I might even wear my dirndl this time!
Have you ever celebrated Oktoberfest? Tell us about the experience in the comments below!