Bears in the UK!

In London city

Here we are in London Town!

Another cloudy day in London, but we have a lot of sightseeing planned for today. The city is much bigger than Munich, with way more people. But even with more people, it’s still really cold. We’re definitely looking forward to warmer weather in Brisbane.

Westminster Abbey

First stop. Westminster Abbey! Unfortunately no royal appearances for us.

Big Ben

Didn’t even notice the time. I forgot London was an hour behind Munich. Thanks Ben!

Bears at the London Eye

Would have been great to go on the London Eye today. But maybe when it’s not so cloudy – whenever that happens…

Buckingham Palace

It’s too bad we didn’t have a Garden Party invitation. Just had to admire Buckingham Palace from outside the gates.

Trafalgar Square

I thought taking a photo with the stone lions in Trafalgar Square would be cool, but up close, they were kind of scary.

Telephone booth

What? We just couldn’t help ourselves okay?! We are tourists after all.. 

Hanging out with the Irish folk in Dublin

What a change of scene from London. Sun and blue skies. The locals were really fun and happy to have a chat, even though we weren’t entirely sure what the conversation was about.

St Stephens Church, Dublin

We were quick to take in the sunshine and beautiful gardens at St Stephen’s Green. Then we walked to St Stephen’s Church (also known as the Pepper Canister) to see the newly renovated copper dome cuppola and clock. Fräulein loves doing these kinds of things.

Dublin Castle

She also loves history and exploring museums, so she made sure we visited the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle, apparently the best museum in Ireland. Must have been, because she spent hours in there! I ended up walking the castle grounds alone, thinking about what some homegrown Irish beer would taste like…

Oscar Wilde Statue, Dublin

Later, walking around the city, we found statues everywhere! Some of them were famous people, but others were just regular folk. We weren’t going to, but we thought we’d take at least one photo with them. Lächeln (smile) Oscar!

Enjoying a Pint of Guinness, Dublin

Didn’t have time to visit the Guinness Storehouse, but we ended the day sharing a pint at a local bar. It was tasty – rich and creamy, but.. I prefer my dunkelbier (dark beer) back home.

Look out for travelling teddies… Auf Wiedersehen 🙂

… how it all began

It all started in Germany when a handsome boy bear called Herr Bear fell in love with a lovely girl bear called Fräulein Bear.

Herr Bear was raised by a caring master baker and pastry chef who was an expert from Black Forest cake to pretzels. Fräulein Bear is the daughter of a hard working farmer from a little Bavarian village, who is admired for his goats, used by the local tailor to make Lederhosen for all the village guys.

The couple ventured to a nearby town to study, and this is where their paths crossed.

He said he loved me at first sight, on our very first date! – She says.

“I don’t remember that!” – He says.

Herr Bear studied business so he could run his father’s successful Bavarian bakery. Fräulein Bear studied creative dance, to follow her dream – being a world-famous German folk dancer.

Now they’ve decided to visit their family and friends in Brisbane … but it’s a long journey to get there!

Marienplatz, Munich

Ready to begin our journey from the Marienplatz, Munich

Follow the adventures of the travelling teddies, here on the blogFacebook and Instagram.

For those who are new to the German language,the names Herr and Fräulein are simply German for Mr and Miss, in this case, Mr Bear and Miss Bear.

Zeese are a few of my favourite zings.

Are YOU a budding musician/composer?

Even if you’re not, try your hand at our new ‘Love the Lyrics’ Song Competition  – it’s your chance to win fame and acclaim, and it’s easy.

The trick is … you have to work out which popular song the blog title refers to; then change the lyrics, describing Oktoberfest for Teens or Munich’s Oktoberfest, and enter your lyric-masterpiece.

Read the instructions Song Competition – Love the Lyrics   .. and get composing now!

It’s open to Primary & Secondary students and teachers .. yes, TEACHERS have their own special category so which Queensland school teacher will become the ‘King/Queen of Lyrics’ in 2013?

Start now! We can’t wait to see how creative Queensland’s school students and teachers are!

… even Paula, my co-organiser of Oktoberfest for Teens, couldn’t resist making up her own lyrics, but I’m not letting her enter. Mean, aren’t I?

Schönes Wochenende … und bis bald, mit toller Neuigkeiten!

Who loves the Fliegerlied?

Why does the Fliegerlied have so many Oktoberfest for Teens fans … and have you ever tried your hand at bell-ringing?

We’ve put together a small taste of just SOME of the fun activities awaiting you and your class at Oktoberfest for Teens into a short photo/video highlights clip.  Click here.

Don’t be shy – PLEASE SHARE IT – with your class, parents, principal … and simply anyone who loves and enjoys German culture and how school students embrace this experience.





10 days until exciting Quizzes, Competitions & more …

We’ve been busy behind the scenes bubbling over with ideas and creating some great new activities for this year’s Oktoberfest for Teens… and it’s only 10 days until all the pre-event quizes and competitions start!

Surprise competition:  We’ve got a fabulously fun competition planned for this year!


1. Read the slogan in the Oktoberfest Brisbane poster at the bottom.

2. Think of the song it’s from … Think how the words could be adapted to Oktoberfest for Teens.

Poster competition:  Theme this year is … drum roll … LUDWIG LEICHHARDT.

It’s 200 years since he was born and there are LOTS of things happening in Queensland to celebrate this. We’re getting into the spirit too and he is 2013 poster theme.

Don’t start yet! We have TWO Leichhardt-focussed topics to chose from – but they will be revealed in 10 days! Until then, start your research and wait to find out what you have to do.

Quizzes: Our famous annual Quiz Competition will include all the usual ‘favourites’ – questions about Oktoberfest and Bavaria, questions about the Goethe Institut theme of the year – in 2013 it’s Jugend  – as well as some questions about Ludwig Leichhardt.

Fun, Food and Games … we have a load of favourites plus new items planned for this year …

Oktoberfest Brisbane 2013

Oktoberfest Brisbane 2013 – Australia’s largest Oktoberfest