Germany’s Oktoberfest: September 17 – October 3

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Germany’s Oktoberfest, one of the largest fairs in the world, attracts over six million people annually to Munich to drink locally brewed beer, eat German specialties, sing and dance. The beer comes from six local breweries and the most typical foods are roast chicken, pork knuckles, sauerkraut, and sausages together with other foods like potato pancakes and apple strudel. Besides eating and drinking, there are rides, games, all types of performers and live music.

Although synonymous in the minds of many with sausage and beer, the family-friendly festival has a history dating back to the 19th century. In October 1810, Bavarian crown prince Ludwig celebrated his marriage to princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen with a five-day party to which all the citizens were invited. Oktoberfest became a celebration of their anniversary and grew larger and more elaborate each year.

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