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Join Germany's best-loved festival
Traveling to Germany by train in September or October? Then you might want to include a visit to Munich (München) for this year’s Oktoberfest.
If you have a Eurail Pass valid in Germany, you could spend a few days at Oktoberfest and enjoy the locally-brewed beer and traditional German cuisine.This 18-day German festival will be held September 21st to October 6th. This huge event, the world’s biggest fare in fact, sees more than six million visitors pass thru its gates.
You may be surprised at the sheer size of the drinkware in which your beer is served – known as a stein, it holds one litre of the stuff. It's a challenge in itself to finish it before it gets warm! You'll be even more amazed by how many steins the bartenders can hold in each hand! To aid the alcohol-soaking, there's a sumptuous selection of food to choose from, including sauerkraut, würstl and schweinebraten.
The event kick starts in full Oktoberfest style with a 12-gun salute, followed by the tapping of the first keg by Munich's mayor. It’s all go from there...
Did you know?
- Around 7,500,000 litres of beer are being consumend during the festival every year.
- Attendee figures last year topped 6.4 million (the highest attendance on record was in 1985 with 7.2 million).
- The total number of seating within all the tents is a massive 100,000.
- If you want blend in with the locals, then make sure you're dressed appropriately – a pair of lederhosen and a traditional Bavarian hat (Tirolerhüte) should do the trick!
Munich, Bavaria's capital is a lovely place to explore. Spend some time wandering around the old centre and Marienplatz, and then reward yourself at an authentic German beer garden. Venture just out of the city and you'll get a taste of Bavaria's spledid scenery of inspiring mountains, crystal lakes and enchanting castles.
The grounds of Okotberfest are in Theresienwiese, a 15-minute walk from Munich's main train station.Munich can easily reached by train, with direct routes running from Germany's main cities, as well as from Paris (France), Venice (Italy), Vienna (Austria) and Zurich (Switzerland).