Travelling to Oktoberfest

travelwyse By travelwyse, 13th Sep 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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If you love fairs (and beer) then Oktoberfest is probably the event for you. While travelling quite a distance just to visit a beer festival may seem like quite a lot of effort, this 16-day festival is definitely well worth the trip.

Welcome to Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany is late September, running through till the first weekend of October. Its fame is well deserved as it's the largest fair in the world and sees around 5 million people making the trip to visit it every year. The actual fair is held on the Thereisienwiese, which is a 42 hectare area in the Munich quarter Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstandt.

The beer.

When people think of Oktoberfest, they usually think of beer, but not just any beer can in fact be served at the fair. Only beer conforming to the Reinheitsgebot (the German Beer Purity Law) is allowed to be served, and all the beer must have been brewed within the city limit Munich. So if you're a beer love, Oktoberfest will allow you to experience some of the highest quality Bavarian beer there is. Beer is served over a massive 14 beer tents, so don't worry about not getting served! Each tent offers a little something different so why not check out them all (but maybe not in the same day).

The attractions.

If getting excited about beer isn't totally your thing, not to worry. There are still plenty of things that you can enjoy at Oktoberfest. Artists and bands regularly perform in the beer tents, with all the performers being chosen by the respective beer tent owners, so you can still visit the beer tents and have fun. It also means there are a number of different acts to see each night, so you can mix it up a little.

The fair also features fairground attractions, including the Olympia Looping, which is the largest portable roller coaster in the world. The roller coaster features five loops, meaning it's not for the faint hearted.

The food.

And finally, there is the food. If you're a fan then Oktoberfest is definitely the place for toy. There are lots of tents which serve a lovely array of Bavarian food including huge soft pretzels, potato pancakes, sautéed mushrooms and fried potatoes. And if you've more of a sweet tooth, why not check out some of the delights like sugared almonds, doughnut holes and black forget cakes. Lovely!

Family fun.

Don't worry about taking the family to Oktoberfest, as the organisers are making every effort to make the event as family friendly as possible. Music is kept very quiet until around 6pm at night, to avoid disrupting conversation, and smoking bans are now in place so that no one can smoke within the tents.

Travel to Oktoberfest.

If you fancy checking out Munich, there really is no better time to do it that Oktoberfest. And with the festival running for so long, you've don't have to worry about fitting it all in over a weekend. There are plenty of hotels to choose from, with some of them partnered with the fair to offer travellers special offers. After that all you need to sort out are some cheap flights, your single trip travel insurance for Europe and of course, some spending money!


Bavaria, Beer, Food, Germany, Munich, Oktoberfest

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