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Oktoberfest Munich Beer Festival

The world's most popular beer festival has everything you need for a good time, whether you are travelling in a large group or with a couple of mates. Iconic steins can be seen overflowing with many varieties of the local brew, whilst men and women in traditional lederhosen and dirndls mix with the revellers, offering pretzels and other snacks.

If you have never been to an event like this before, perhaps this is the year to experience your first Oktoberfest. You can guarantee a fantastic atmosphere at this Munich beer festival, with everybody in a great mood, and it is sure to be a trip you will reminisce about for years to come.

Proceedings start with the tapping of the first barrel, before the traditional costume parade through the streets on the Sunday. What follows are two weeks of making new friends, enjoying the entertainment on offer and, of course, drinking. Finally, things are brought to a close with the customary gun salute on the penultimate day. During Oktoberfest, there is a rule is that everyone at the table drinks together and all glasses are clinked before drinking, so one word of German you might want to learn is 'Prost!', meaning cheers.

It is not just about the numerous beer tents, though, as the festival also features a whole host of attractions such as fairground rides and games. Expect to hear plenty of traditional oompah music and to be given the chance to taste a range of different sausages known as wursts. There's also a great focus on families, with designated days on which the rides and attractions are cheaper.

If you are looking for alternative beef festivals in the area, why not try Munich Strong Beer Festival.

  • Flight time from London: 1 hour 50 min
  • Munich Airport: 34km from the city centre; transfer time about 40 min
  • Nearest railway station: München Central Station
  • Currency: Euro


At the city's main railway station between Theresienwiese (the site of the Oktoberfest) and Stachus square, the Maritim Hotel Munich extend a hearty welcome.
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