Oktoberfest means “Reason to celebrate” and it is also as called “Wiesn” meaning “Meadow” by local Bavarians. The celebration is a centuries-old culture that blends the old world with modern day adventures. Oktoberfest beer lovers get to gather and explore the nuances of fermented, aromatic beverage.
More than 6 million people usually attend the September celebration in Munich for a gala 2-week event. Munich’s Oktoberfest is the world’s largest annual fair. So when the time comes, brush up your dance moves, grab your lederhosen and get ready to fill your tummy with the best of Bavaria, from brews to schnitzel.
Beer is one of the main attractions of Oktoberfest. 6 million liters of Bavarian beer are drunk at the festival every year. The beer is believed to be the best in the world for its ‘pure’ mix of hops, barley, and water providing you with unique flavor and tastes. The beers you may sample includes, Doppelbock which is a beer that contains double the alcohol content of normal ales, Helles which are pale, Dunkels which are the darker ales made from caramelized malt, and golden lagers.
You will also have a chance to taste Oktoberfest beers made by Augustine Brau, Hofbrau, Paulaner, and Hacker-Pschorr. During the day the music is quieter so that families and those who don’t like loud music can enjoy a few more peaceful drinks, but come the evening the volume is turned up, and you can experience some fabulous traditional Bavarian music, and many other types of popular music and dancing, too.
If you’ve ever wanted to try loads of Bavarian cuisine Munich’s Oktoberfest is a great place to do so. Attendees eat many famous and popular foods such as roast pork, potato pancakes, grilled fish on a stick, sauerkraut, dumplings, cheese noodles and many more. There are also lip-smacking grilled chicken, barbequed fish, and potato salad. Traditional pretzels and mustard are served alongside authentic German grilled sausages.
Enjoy the many rides and amusements that are at Oktoberfest every year. Many different fairground type rides are ranging from gentle ones that are great for the kids to adrenalin rushing fast and furious rides for the thrill seekers!
As part of Oktoberfest commemorative beer mugs or steins are made each year. They usually have a decorative brewery logo on the side and made from heavy glass, thus making them favorite souvenirs among visitors. The steins are purchased in the tents. There is also ordinary Oktoberfest souvenir mug which shows each year’s Oktoberfest poster; these mugs are made of clay instead of glass and are available with a pewter lid.
If you still have time for sightseeing, then sign up with Oktoberfest tours, and you can visit one of the local German art museums such as Moderne Pinakothek or the Hofbrauhaus Brewery Museum. There are also cultural icons such as the Munich Zoo, the Neuschwanstein castle, the Gothic Cathedral and the Nymphenburg Palace to explore.