Start Planning For Oktoberfest

Every year, October races around so fast that many people I know who’ve been planning to make it to Munich, Germany for Oktoberfest discover they’ve left their planning to late again – so start making your bookings soon! Especially for beer lovers, there’s nothing like a trip to the beer tent on the Theresienwiese in Munich.

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Pint's from Oktoberfest

One mistake many people make is to assume that Oktoberfest will be running throughout October. In fact, it finishes on the first Sunday in October, which means it is often mostly in September – for 2009, it runs from September 19th to October 4th. There are around six million visitors to Oktoberfest each year, and recent statistics show that they drink around 7 million liters of beer. There are fourteen main beer tents to choose from, including the Hofbräu-Festzelt, the Löwenbräu-Festhalle and the largest, the Winzerer Fähndl. There is also a Weinzelt offering many kinds of wine if beer isn’t really your thing. Then again, if beer isn’t your drink, you probably shouldn’t aim to be in Munich at Oktoberfest time!

If you’re not quite ready to go this year, then it might be worth hanging on until 2010, when the Munich Oktoberfest will celebrate its 200th birthday – presumably there’ll be extra beer flowing instead of birthday cake.