Beer, beer, and more beer
Known the world over, Oktoberfest is the world's largest beer festival, held annually in Munich. Spanning 16 days from mid-September to early October, it now attracts millions of people from around the world each year, who come together to not only drink copious amounts of beer, but to feast on a variety of German cuisine, such as Hendl (roast chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), and the now infamous, Wüsrtl (sausages).
Ingrained within German culture, the festival has been running since 1810, but has since diversified to include amusement rides, sidestalls, parades and games to entertain between trips to the bar.
And albeit the celebrations have migrated around the globe, the original Oktoberfest is a cut above the rest, and steeped in tradition: the city's mayor taps the first beer barrel each year, while gun salutes close the proceedings.
There truly is no better way to celebrate a love for beer. Just make sure you're prepared for the most almighty hangover.
There will be a range of performances throughout the festival, including musical performances, parades, and other quirky and spontaneous fun.
The Oktoberfest site is a city in itself, with a variety of huge "tents" offering their own unique beer, food and other quirks, meaning you'll never get bored.
Theresienwiese, Munich, 80339, Germany
BY PLANE: Airport Franz-Josef-Strauss is just 20km north of Munich. From the airport, you can reach the city centre by either taking train lines S1 or S8, or the Lufthansa Airport Bus which will drop you at Munich central station. Both journeys should take around 45 minutes.
BY TRAIN: Munich Central Train Station, or Hauptbahnhof, is easily accessible from the rest of Germany and also neighbouring European countries.
Oktoberfest is just a short, ten minute walk from the main train station. Leave the station at the exit Bayerstraße and follow this street for 300 metres. Then turn left at the Hermann-Lingg-Straße and walk for another 400 metres, which will take you directly to the festival grounds.
Theresienwiese is the nearest train station to the festival grounds, however, it can be extremely crowded at peak times. Therefore, it is recommended that you use nearby Heimeranplatz or Schwanthaler Höhe.
Oktoberfest welcomes people of all ages, with some days dubbed "family days", offering cheaper fares on the amusement rides. While of course, those under 18 will not be served alcohol.
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