Have you always dreamed of drinking beer from a giant mug and donning leather shorts in public? Then it’s time to start planning your Oktoberfest vacation now! Germany’s annual beer festival, known around the world as Oktoberfest runs from late September to early October. This year specifically it is from September 19th to October 4th. Here you can enjoy a liter of one of the exclusive Oktoberfest beers and try some of Munich’s best eats. But where did this celebration come from, you may ask.
Oktoberfest began in 1810 as the celebration of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildurghausen’s wedding day. The grounds where Oktoberfest resides is named after the Princess, Theresienwiese which mean’s Therese’s meadow. Often refereed to as just Wiesen by the locals.
On average over 7 million litres of beer are consumed every year at Oktoberfest. The celebration includes: amusement rides, games, traditional food and much much more. Some of the most famous food served at Oktoberfest is Hendl (roast chicken), Würst (sausage), Bretzen (pretzel) and Käserspätzle (cheesy noodles). The festival is a lot more family friendly during the day planning soft music up until 6pm.
Now the beer is the main attraction at Oktoberfest so lets discuss the how to become an elite Oktoberfest beer. First off only beer coming from the Reinheitsgebot are allowed to be served at Oktoberfest. Now if you think Wisconsin is big on beer, you haven’t seen anything yet. The Reinheitsgebot is the official German beer law that regulates the purity of beer made throughout Deutschland. Secondly the beer has to be brewed within the city limits of Munich. The following are the beer that currently meet this criteria: Augustiner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr Bräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spätenbräu, and Hofbräu-Munchen.
Now let me just say, I have been to Oktoberfest in Germany and yes it is everything and more than you could ever imagine. The beer, even though you can buy many of these brands in the United States and throughout the world, is better than you could ever imagine. I had sausage and sauerkraut and I have never liked sauerkraut in my life, but it was the best food I have ever tasted. Oktoberfest in Germany is not to be missed. So, if it’s not already on your bucket list, it honestly should be. Although I am slightly biased because I have a love for the German culture, this was one of, it not the best, experience that I have ever been a part of. After dancing the night away, cheersing all my fellow countrymen I was never the same, Germany had my heart.
If you are interested in booking a trip to Munich for Oktoberfest 2015 you are in luck. One of our fabulous travel consultants has been to the festival twice and is looking forward to sending you on your way! Give us a call 920.236.7777 or request an appointment at ambassadortravelltd.com