The world's most iconic beer festival
Oktoberfest is the world's most famous beer festival, taking place in the German city of Munich. The original and still the best, the 17 day festival runs from mid-September to the first Monday of October, with literally millions of revellers making their way to the city to join in the festivities.
Now more than 200 years old, the historic festival is a folk celebration of Bavarian culture and (above all) the beers of the region, with many specially brewed for the occasion.
As well as the many beer tents – with capacities ranging from less than 100 to well over 8000 – an integral part of the festival is the enormous funfair that rolls into the city for the seventeen days.
Live music, traditional costumes, parades, and a vast array of German cuisine complete the festivities for what is now one of the world's biggest parties.
Oktoberfest packs in live music, a fun fair and lots more fun beyond just the beer – look out for details as September approaches.
Munich hosts beer tents, fairs and markets galore, as Oktoberfest sprawls across the city centre and transforms it into an urban festival like no other.
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 welcomes people of all ages, with some days dubbed "family days", offering cheaper fares on the amusement rides. Those under 18 will not be served alcohol.
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