Most people have heard of the largest beer festival in the world, held every year all around the world. However, few holiday makers have actually experienced the historical and cultural Oktoberfest in its land of origin: Germany. Besides brewing some of the best beer in the world, Munich and other cities around Germany offer a range of fantastic opportunities to delight and interest absolutely everyone.
Beer, Culture, Great Food, and Fantastic People at Oktoberfest 2015
Oktoberfest is a folk festival that lasts for sixteen days and typically straddles late September and early October. Typically, more than six million people come every year, not just from Germany but from all over the world, to experience the atmosphere, sample beers from across Germany and even attend the range of other exciting events such as the famous parade that occurs before the start of the festivities, the music that is played and the fairground rides that are often around for children and young adults.
Although Oktoberfest is celebrated all over the world in countries as diverse as the United States, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, the original festival started in Germany and the country remains the best place to see and understand the culture that exists around this historical event.
Spending Oktoberfest in Munich
A trip to Munich for Oktoberfest is perfect for the whole family. Oktoberfest is now a lot more accommodating for children and the elderly, with quieter tents available for those who do not want to participate in the rowdier parts of the festival. Besides Oktoberfest itself, Munich is a stunning city that should be on every traveler's checklist of places to visit. The city itself is buzzing with a vibrant night life and is full of world class restaurants and breweries for the day time. Visit the most iconic buildings, the Neues Rathaus and the Frauenkirche, in Munich's city centre; take in a show at the National Theater opera house; tour the cities' historic gates, three of which are still in good order or visit the outdoor European style markets for souvenirs.
Oktoberfest Attractions Throughout Europe
From Munich, it is easy to travel to other cities on your very own road trip through Germany. The historical city of Nuremberg, which was founded in 1050, is under two hours away by some of the most efficient public transport in the world. Visit the Nuremberg castle or take a hike in one of the many stunning national parks. Alternatively, if the weather is not on your side, take shelter in one of the many museums that document the fascination history of this famous city and the country itself. With a well-connected and meticulously maintained highway system, driving distances in Germany are a breeze and enable you to see as much as possible during your time spent abroad!
Alternatively, do as the Europeans do and travel through into Lichtenstein, Switzerland or even Austria within just a couple of hours for a traditional day or weekend trip, returning in time to catch the last few events at Oktoberfest. Take your time and experience all that this incredible country has to offer with its long, rich history.
Getting the Most From Your Trip to Germany
Oktoberfest is one of the most enticing cultural highlights for any traveler, with plenty to do and see. Rent a car in Germany to grant yourself unrestricted access to the jubilations all throughout the region; now is the best time to pack your bags and experience something new and exciting!