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September 17th to October 3rd – Oktoberfest is Back

Like every year, for twenty days the city of Munich becomes the European center of entertainment. During the 2010 edition of the Oktoberfest there were nearly 6.5 million visitors in the large Festhalle, the covered tents, who drank more than 6 million liters of beer and ate something like 17 cattles, 59 calves and a few hundred thousands of chickens, but mostly 250 000 sausages (always served in pairs).

The most important events of the Oktoberfest in Munich are the great traditional parades: brewers and innkeepers will parade on September 17th and folk groups in traditional costumes on the 18th.

According to the tradition, no beer mugs can be served inside the tents until the mayor has tapped the first inaugural barrel. From that moment on, from 10 am until late at night for every day of the festival, it is an indescribable but very entertaining chaos inside the large stands.

To participate in the Oktoberfest there are a few rules: it is forbidden to exaggerate even though the local police is rather tolerant; it is advisable to book tables to avoid waiting; there are  specific hours for the access of minors and children;  it would be better if foreigners don’t come with traditional costumes and hats, in order to avoid  hurting the  Bavarian people’s feelings. And here are our tips.

Do not miss the beautiful funfair, which is set up in the great Theresienwiese, the garden to the south-west of the city where the festival takes place. Each year new attractions are presented both thrilling for adults, and amusing for kids and teens.

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