Today kicked off the summer long celebration throughout Munich of Stadtgründungsfest, the Munich city founding party. Munich came into existence 850 years ago, in 1158, and the Altstadt has turned into a party zone, with concerts, street entertainers, hundreds of crafts, and of course Bavarian beer gardens. In fact, Munich turned its living room (Marienplatz) into one big beer garden (photo taken before the fesitvities began) so locals and tourists could enjoy International folk music, a medieval playground, and a parade presenting Bavarian traditional costumes. 300,000 were expected to attend the festivities. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!