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Oktoberfest: The Munich beer festival.

It’s no secret that arguably the greatest beer festival in the world takes place annually in Munich. It is certainly the most famous. Dating back to October 1810 when a celebration was organized in honour of the marriage of crown prince Ludwig, the Oktoberfest (October festival ) has become a tradition which now attracts millions who come to visit the ‘Bierzelte’ (beer tents) and fairground attractions.

200 years old this year, the 16 day festival will be held between September 18 and October 4 and the city is expected to be in true party mood, reports The Telegraph.

Traditional music is played in the afternoons for families and then pop music after 6pm. There’s plenty of hearty Bavarian food available such as Weisswurst (white sausage) and Obatzda (spiced creamy cheese) to prevent the beer from going to your head, as well as Haxn (pork knuckle) and cabbage.

The beer tents are erected in the Theresienwiese park close to the city centre and are in great demand so it’s advisable to reserve a place in advance using the official website (www.muenchen.de)

Lufthansa flights from Heathrow to Munich from £89 return www.lufthansa.com/Oktoberfest

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