Hippodrom Tent at Oktoberfest © Jason Paris
All roads lead to Theresienwiese around the beginning of October, a giant grass meadow about the size of 20 football fields hosting the Munich Oktoberfest. Huge tents erected by the various Bavarian breweries serve as massive beer halls, while the first keg is tapped in ceremonial style to open the celebration which draws hundreds of thousands of revellers from all around the world. Apart from the rollicking beer halls where traditional Bavarian bands belt out old favourites, there are carnival games and stalls selling German delicacies. Oktoberfest is one of the most popular and best-known festivals in the world, and flights and accommodation should be organised far in advance to avoid disappointment.
Date: 18 September to 3 October 2021