Each year I get more and more calls from customers wanting to know about Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. I thought I might put a post up relaying what I know about the festival.
If you decide to go to the annual Oktoberfest gathering, you will have the opportunity to take part in one of the largest parties / festivals the world has ever seen. I have to say, my own visit to Oktoberfest years ago was definitely one of my more fun traveling experiences.
Every year from mid-September until the first Sunday of October Munich, Germany hosts the 16 day gathering for Oktoberfest. The festival has been in existence for almost 200 years, and over 6 million people attend the festival every year. Visitors to Oktoberfest generally spend their time in large tents full of tables. Servers bring beer to patrons in giant glass mugs called “biersteins.” These humongous tents hold thousands of people, and one particularly large tent seats as many as 8,450. For me, the size and volume of the tent was truly an impressive sight to see.
Oktoberfest is definitely the place to go for great food and drink. In addition to the 6.1 million liters of beer that are served, plenty of Oktoberfest food is available. Popular dishes are sausage, chicken (hendl), cheese noodles, sauerkraut, and even roasted ox tail. The sheer amount of food consumed is mind boggling. In previous years attendees of Oktoberfest consumed 102 roasted oxen, 438,884 sausages, and 459,279 roasted chickens! I have to say, the cheese noodles and the roasted chicken were my favorites. I wasn’t feeling bold enough to try the roasted ox tail, but maybe next time!
If you can, check out Munich, Germany for Oktoberfest this year, it’s an experience that you will never forget, unless of course, you drink too much of the beer (believe me, it’s much stronger than American beer).
I would definitely enjoy hearing your comments, or stories from your own Oktoberfest experiences!
“Ted on The Travel Desk”
Ted Phelps, Customer Travel Consultant