We knew we were in for something a little wild when groups of en route to drunken guys kept getting on the train singing songs at the top of their lungs. We met up with some friends on the train, but I think we could have found our way to the festival without their help...just follow the people in dirndls and lederhosen with beers in hand.
The festival was the combination of traditional and modern that I see all over the place in Germany. You'll often see ultra modern architecture and medieval construction in the same space, and it's aesthetically very interesting and attractive.
On a side note, is that not the highest swing thing you've ever seen!? And check out this ferris wheel.
The safety rules seem to be completely different here, and if you're not a complete weenie (like say...me), I'm sure it's a lot more fun. They don't seem to have any rules about what size children can do what or adaptive safety measures taken for small children swimming in large safety devices - the responsibility is with the parents to use their judgement and keep their own kids safe and I like that.
I also learned that each of the rides was individually operated by different families and/or companies, and I thought that was pretty cool, too. But, as much as we focused on the rides, for everybody else the focus was very clear.
Ha ha ha, we were heading out around 5:00 and things were really just getting started. I can't imagine how wild it gets as the night goes on!