If you’re a true beer fan, Oktoberfest is one event you certainly have to tick off your list. The world’s largest beer festival has spread across the globe since its inception in 1810 but the original event is still the biggest and the best. Originally held to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese, the festival’s venue still carries the bride’s name, Theresienwiese. This traditional Bavarian event serves up almost 8 million litres of beer and ale from breweries from within Germany and around the world. You’ll also be treated to some of Bavaria’s famous traditional food and folk dancing, an integral part of the festivities.
Oktoberfest takes place over 16 days from 22nd September to 7th October 2018 in Munich’s Theresienwiese. The official opening takes place on the 22nd at noon in the Schottenhamel tent where the Mayor of Munich will tap the first barrel and officially kick off the festival. If you’d like to be there for this event, aim to arrive at around 9am to get good seats. Entry to all of the tents within the festival site is free and the beer serving hours are from 10am to 10.30pm on weekdays with early opening at 9am on weekends. If you’re planning on coming to Munich for Oktoberfest, fly in to Munich International Airport and then take the U-Bahn underground network to either Theresienwiese or Schwanthalerhöhe. For more transport information, check out the Munich Public Transport Department’s handy Journey Planner.
As expected the beer is the key element of Oktoberfest but make sure you don’t neglect the amazing food. Oktoberfest is a great opportunity to get to know the traditional cuisine of Bavaria. Its delicacies include Hendl (roast chicken), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings) and Stecklerlfisch (grilled fish). It’s likely that you’re already familiar with the ubiquitous pretzels, wurst and sauerkraut!
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While you’re in the Munich for the festival, take the opportunity to discover the rest of this great city. Check out the BMW Museum, St. Peter’s Church and the famous Glockenspiel in the Rathaus. Why not take a day trip to the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle.
To find out more information about this event, please head to the official website where you’ll be able to find out about the history of this huge event, the types of beer on offer and how to get to the venue.
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