Munich: Frankie's Bike Tours

FlorenceForFun lovin Munich

The highlight of any weekend in Munich, whether it be for Oktoberfest, Springfest, Strong Beerfest or just because Munich is awesome, is  a bike tour with Frankie! Frankie, of Hawaiian origins, has been living in Munich now for over 10 years. He has been a tour guide in Munich almost since the day he arrived […]

Munich: Dachau Concentration Camp

Dachau Concentration Camp

Underneath the beer haze normally associated with Munich is a fascinating city that played a pivotal role in the modern history of the world. Hitler made Munich his launching point during the early 20th century, and it was only 2 months after he was elected as Chancellor of Germany that Dachau was established. At the […]

FlorenceForFun Photo of the Week #9

Crazy outfits at Oktoberfest is just part of getting into the party spirit! To submit your favorite travel photo for the FlorenceForFun photo of the week, send it to with a description of where you were and what you were doing. Each week we will choose a photo to post on the FlorenceForFun blog. […]

FlorenceForFun Guide to The Beers of Oktoberfest

Over 6 million litres of beer will be drunk over the course of Oktoberfest.  Beers served at Oktoberfest are among the best in the world, due to the strict purity requirements of Bavaria (only hops, water and barley are allowed, and the process is highly regulated). What types of beer are served at Oktoberfest, you […]

Prague's Pilsner vs. Munich's Helles: Beer Lessons from FlorenceForFun

A stein of Munich’s Helles beer The Czechs have a storied history in the realm of beer.  Dating back to 859 A.D., beer in the Czech Republic has been making a name for itself as the best in the world.  Bohemia, the area in which the beer is brewed, has perfect conditions for agricultural growth, […]

Hofbrauhaus and Oktoberfest: FlorenceForFun's Bucket List

As an American embarking on a European study abroad adventure, Munich is undoubtedly one of the top spots on almost everyone’s list.  Beer drinking is practically required to have successfully completed college in American Universities!  That being said, both fall and spring semester students inevitably find a way to make Oktoberfest and Springfest part of […]

FlorenceForFun Photo of the Week: Munich

Trying not to get hit by a horse and carriage during Frankie’s bike tour through the English Garden in Munich. To submit your favorite travel photo for the FlorenceForFun photo of the week, send it to with a description of where you were and what you were doing. Each week we will choose a […]

Top 3 Things to Do at Munich's Springfest

The ‘land of liquid gold,’ ‘the world’s most livable city’ and a place whose motto literally says ‘we like you’…  I’m talking about the German city of Munich, where Springfest is held each year.  If there is one thing the people of Munich enjoy, it’s having a bash and rarely do they need a reason […]

My First Oktoberfest!!!

This past weekend, I packed my lederhosen, cleaned my drunk goggles off, and hopped on a bus to Munich, Germany for the biggest beer festival in the world, Oktoberfest.  I had been to Munich before, for Springfest, a miniature Oktoberfest in April, but nothing compares to the sheer enormity of the real thing.  Arriving on […]

Getting Ready for Oktoberfest 2011

We’re starting to gear up for Oktoberfest 2011 here in Florence and we want to share our excitement with all the future FlorenceForFun travelers, so we have put together a great overview of the festival to ensure that everyone is as pumped up as we are! Oktoberfest began as a royal merriment to honor the […]