Only beer which is brewed within the city limits of Munich is allowed to be served at Oktoberfest. The city’s residents and international visitors consume incredible amounts of beer during the 17-day festival, with estimates hovering around 7 million litres each year. Giant beer tents are open from 10am in the morning (9am on weekends!) until late at night, giving partiers ample time to sample the local brews. It’s also an excellent excuse for locals and visitors alike to indulge in a variety of traditional German and Bavarian food, such as Weisswürstl (sausages), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Kasspatzn (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Blaukraut (red cabbage) and Obatzda (a spiced cheese-butter spread).
The largest Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Germany take place in Canada, in the twin cities of Kitchener-Waterloo, which draw crowds of 1 million each year, eager to don their lederhosen and dirndls.
If you happen to be in Munich during Oktoberfest, prepare for laughter, noise and crowds galore! A couple of our Munich guides, Ilona and Simone, offer Oktoberfest-themed Tours that help you understand the traditions and customs (believe it or not, there’s more to Oktoberfest than the beer tents!) that define this world-class event.