On a meadow just outside Munich’s city centre, over 7 million ardent beer fans will gather for the 210th birthday of one of the world’s largest folk festivals. The beloved Oktoberfest will be celebrating this milestone on the 16 September, kicking off with an almighty parade before the tapping of the first keg. The event lasts for just over two weeks – giving you plenty of time to discover all that Munich has to offer while you’re there. Here, we take a look at some of the city’s best things to do for even the most discerning beer fan – from learning about Munich’s brewing history to visiting the famous beer halls.
Nothing brightens the spirits during a cold winter quite like the annual arrival of the German Christmas markets. Full of traditional treats, twinkling lights and the comfort of a warming glass of Glühwein (mulled wine), these yuletide gatherings are impossible to resist – with every city offering something different.
As the festive period is almost upon us, we take a look at some of the best Christmas markets Germany has to offer.
If there’s one thing Germany is known for – arguably above all – it’s beer. The nectar of the gods is an integral part of the nation’s culture, and its population is ranked third in the world in terms of beer consumption – with only Austria and the Czech Republic ahead. From Munich to Hamburg, lively folk festivals see locals and visitors alike dressed in traditional lederhosen, listening to oom-pah bands and enjoying a Germanic brewski. With so many fiestas devoted to the humble hop, these exciting events are without a doubt some of the best beer festivals Europe has to offer. Even if you don’t know your Weißbier from your Schwarzbier, take a look at some of our favourite beer festivals in Germany to inspire your own barley infused adventure.
If there’s one thing Europeans know how to do well, it’s how to put on a show. Thousands of different regional and national festivals take place across the continent each year, with everything from crazy carnivals to colourful floral celebrations. To inspire your own adventure, we’ve highlighted some of our favourite festivals in Europe this year.
Taking place each on the 19th September to the 4th October, Oktoberfest is one of the most important Bavarian festivals of the year. Held in a meadow outside Munich city centre, around 6.4 million visitors and locals alike come to the 16-day carnival to sing, dance and drink traditional German beer. The festival has been keeping its vibrant traditions alive since it began in 1810 as a celebration of the marriage of King Ludwig I. Oktoberfest offers beer-loving visitors a chance to taste local Bavarian beer, regional food and revel in the atmosphere of one of the world’s most iconic festivals.