Autumn leaves on the ground, sunny but crisp and cool days, and lots of reasons to spend your afternoon in a beer hall – it must be Frankfurt Oktoberfest!
Frankfurt, one of Germany’s biggest hubs, is not always the top of the tourist list, unlike its neighbors Munich and Berlin. However, Frankfurt has a number of sights worth exploring, making it an ideal European vacation spot. What’s more, visiting Germany in the fall is not only the ideal time to experience Oktoberfest but you will also get the benefits of cheaper flights, less tourists, and perfect weather.
Whenever you think of beer, you think of Germany. The country is home to the largest beer festival in the world, Oktoberfest. And while many associate the festival with Munich, Frankfurt also celebrates the annual festival in the city. If you love sampling wine and beer, then Oktoberfest in the beer capital of the world, Germany, is definitely the vacation for you.
The country produces over 5 billion liters of beer every year and hundreds of thousands of people visit the country every fall to celebrate the festival and their most famous export. The festival not only celebrates beer, but also all things Bavaria, including the city’s famous food, the Frankfurter. Waiters and waitresses are dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing, called lederhosen, and beers are served in large two-pint glasses, known as steins.
Oktoberfest events usually start in mid-September and finishes mid-October, and celebrating the traditional festival is one of the best activities to do in autumn in Germany.
Here’s how you can celebrate Oktoberfest in Frankfurt this year:
The Frankfurter Oktoberfest takes place in Fountain Square, and starts on the 25th September 2015. The event has a number of German DJs, bands and events, with special lunch food, including roast chicken, pretzels, white sausage, meat loaf and Schweinshaxn. Tickets cost around eight euros, and you can buy extra tickets for access to the cocktail bar.
Frankfurt Oktoberfest is organized by Festhalle Hausmann and has some very exciting events this year. With a house Oktoberfest band, a brunch event taking place and fun costume nights. For 200 euros you can buy a season ticket, giving you unlimited access to the events and beer-halls for the duration of the festival. Alternatively, and if you are only going for a few days, then you can buy a day ticket for 41.30 euros, which comes with 15 euros value coins. You can buy tickets online from the official Frankfurt Oktoberfest website.
Begins: September 17, 2015
Ends: October 11, 2015
Tips for enjoying Oktoberfest
Reserve a seat
If there is an option to reserve a seat in a beer tent then it’s a great idea. Sometimes the tents can be overcrowded and it can be difficult to find somewhere to sit, and if it is a chilly or rainy day then it will be more busy inside and even more difficult.
Avoid the bank holiday weekend
The 3rd October is a bank holiday every year and this weekend does often attract additional tourists to the festival, so try to avoid traveling to the festival at this time.
With all of the beer on offer it can be easy to drink too much. Try not too drink too much in the daytime if you can, as you may end up missing out on some of the exciting evening activities.
When the beer gets too much…
If you find the beer a little too overwhelming and need a day off or just want a day to explore the German city then here’s some great alternative ways to explore Frankfurt in fall:
The Romerberg lies in the center of Frankfurt’s old town is a great place to walk around without worrying about crossing any of the city’s large highways, as well as experience what the city would have been like during the 15th century. Visit the Romer, a complex made up of eleven old buildings dating back to the 15th century that includes the old town hall, and enjoy a traditional German meal on one of the outside tables in the square, that usually provide blankets when the weather gets a little cold.
Frankfurt isn’t short of culture and history, and the Museum District, called the Museumsufer is probably the best place to start. Located on the left bank of the River Main, the 12 museums that make up the Museum District are all of a high standard, but if you don’t have time to see them all then check out the famous Museum of World Cultures, home to 65,000 exhibits, and the Museum of Ancient Sculptures, which houses historic sculptures from all over the world.
The Palm Garden is the largest botanic garden in Germany, and since its opening in 1871 it has been the location for some of the biggest performances in the country. Try to catch a concert there if you can. If the fall weather in Frankfurt is a little chilly you can warm up in one of the subtropical greenhouses, or if the weather is sunny and warm then you can relax on the grass and get away from it all.
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