Oktoberfest is Coming: Another Great Reason to Visit Germany
Roller coasters, beer, and plenty of wiener schnitzel – few diversions compliment one another so completely as these amusements do at the traditional Bavarian festival known as Oktoberfest. Having won the World Cup in 2014, you can bet that this year’s Oktoberfest in Germany might be the most exciting celebration yet.
A two hundred year old Bavarian tradition, Oktoberfest actually begins in September and lasts through the first week of October. Every year, millions of visitors flock to this festival, which is hosted by the city of Munich. They come dressed in lederhosen and dirndl, the traditional dress of Germany’s Bavarian region, ready to drink beer and enjoy the amusements.
Only German beer that is considered Reinhetsgebot, meaning that it conforms to the “Bavarian Purity Law”, is served at the Oktoberfest fairgrounds. Reinhetsgebot beers are only allowed to use three ingredients: water, barley, and hops. Oktoberfest’s beer is also required to be a minimum six percent alcohol by volume. Beers served at Oktoberfest include Augustiner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spatenbräu, and Staatiiches Hofbräu-München.
The Oktoberfest fairgrounds are filled with dozens of colorful beer tents and gardens, decorated with eye-catching ribbons and tapestries, where you can enjoy your beverages to the sound of live brass bands. The festival also features plenty of carnival rides and other amusements, transforming Oktoberfest into a family affair. From loop-dee-loop roller coasters to a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round, Oktoberfest offers something fun for everyone. Children and adults of all ages can appreciate the giant heart-shaped cookies known as Oktoberfestherzen, and not to be missed are the pretzels, sauerkraut, bratwurst, and wiener schnitzel.
To sum it all up, Oktoberfest is a blast, and you can bet that Oktoberfest 2014 will be extra festive as Germany celebrates its recent World Cup victory. Now is a great time to make that journey to Munich and cross Oktoberfest off of your bucket list. While staying in Munich, consider checking in to the luxurious Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel. With 160 rooms, exceptional views, and a sun terrace, this oasis of tranquility is located next to Munich’s Old Botanical Gardens, near the Old Town and busy shopping streets. Another nice place to stay is a family-run hotel called the Hotel Torbräu. Built in 1490, this hotel is located in the center of Old Munich. It offers ninety historic rooms combined with the modernity of free wireless Internet.
When you’re ready to take a break from the festivities of Oktoberfest, be sure to check out Munich’s spectacular English Gardens. Join some Munich city tours that include excursions to the Marienplatz and Isartor Tower. There are also historical tours available, which explore the secrets of Munich’s dark past as it is hidden within the city’s art and architecture.