Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany
The widely regarded Oktoberfest, is one of the largest festivals in the world and regarded as the world’s largest fun fair. Ironically it actually begins in September and is held over over 16 days, ending in October. Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is one of the world’s most popular events, and attracts more than 6 million people from around the world. Although it boasts these large tourist numbers, it definitely was not a gimmick conceived for an economy boost but instead owns a lengthy history amongst Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. The event is so popular, that various other cities throughout the world host their own Oktoberfest celebrations to partake in the fun.
The festival is held in a large field near the center of Munich and although beer drinking gets the most attention, the festival has a large variety of events, games, rides, attractions, delicious food and more available for attendees. Word of mouth might give the festival the impression of being a crazy, drunk, party atmosphere, but the festival actually has various rules and security in place to maintain a safe and orderly environment for families and visitors of all ages. Also of note, most of the beer tents have non-smoking areas to accomodate those who may not be as cigarette acceptable as most Europeans.
A beer drinker’s paradise, it is believed that over 6 million litres are served each year. But attendees should know that only beer conforming to the Reinheitsgebot, and brewed within the city limits of Munich, can be served at the Munich Oktoberfest. Bottoms up!