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Oktoberfest 2014 guide

Oktoberfest returns to Munich once again for the annual celebration. Taking place from 20 September to 5 October, the festival will include parades, dancing, eating and drinking. With two new tents this year, it looks set to be bigger than ever. Make sure you don’t miss out with our Oktoberfest 2014 guide

Emily Scrivener
City Guide
Emily Scrivener ,

What’s the history behind Oktoberfest?

The original Oktoberfest dates back to 1810 and was held in honour of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The five-day celebration was enjoyed so much, it was agreed that it should be repeated every year

Why go?

Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture and this year marks the 181st anniversary of the event. Regarded as one of the world’s largest fairs, more than 6 million people attend the 16-day event for a host of entertainment, including fairgrounds, beer tents and traditional German food

When to go

Despite its name, the festival actually concludes in October, with celebrations running from 20 September to 5 October. We recommend getting there for the opening ceremony on Saturday 20 September to watch Munich’s mayor, Dieter Reiter, tap the first keg of Oktoberfest beer

What to see

There are 14 tents in total at Oktoberfest, all packed full of things to see and do, from traditional Bavarian music and dancing to various types of food. Colourfully decorated and filled with long wooden tables, the tents always have a fantastic atmosphere and offer something for all ages

What to drink

You’ll find the only beer served at the festival comes from Munich breweries, with the most popular choices being Augustiner, Paulaner, Spaten-Franziskaner and Löwenbräu. This year, visitors will drink an estimated 6m litres of beer. For those who would rather opt for something else, the festival also has the Weinzelt, a wine tent seating 2,400

Where to dine

Munich has a well-deserved reputation for producing hearty German cuisine, with many traditional dishes originating from the city. The festival is a huge celebration of traditional food, with tents serving mounds of roast pork, potato dumplings, potato pancakes and, of course, the famous weisswurst – a traditional Bavarian sausage. Munich is also home to an impressive contemporary dining scene for those seeking international cuisine



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