"The world's largest pub - Oktoberfest in Munich" Germany Things to Do Tip by csordila
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175th Oktoberfest 2008
With more than six million visitors, over five million litres of seasonal beer specifically brewed for Oktoberfest, 200,000 pairs of sausages, and 100 spit-roasted oxen ? a big cosmopolitan festival with people from all of the world.
The "Wiesn" is transformed into a fairground with beer tents for 16 days, from the 2nd Saturday in September to the first Sunday in October each year.
The Beer festival starts with a parade on Saturday morning, the breweries with horse-drawn carriages and groups in traditional costumes parade through the streets of Munich.
The opening ceremony begins at the Theresienwiese on Saturday noon, when Munich?s mayor taps the first beer barrel and says ?O?zapft is!? ? the barrel is tapped.
Be prepared not only to drink but also to eat, for instance a whole oxen cooked on giant spits, but the main event of the festival: BEER. The Wiesn is filled with thousands of casual and committed beer drinkers guzzling foamy brew for days on end. Last orders are at 10:30pm daily.
Munich?s nine breweries all have their own beer tents at the event,
Munich itself is also beautiful. Marienplatz in the Old Town is worth a visit and the pedestrian area is great for shopping.
BMW headquarters building is one of the few buildings that have been built from the top to the bottom.
Address: Theresienwiese, A large open space in Munich.
Directions: Going to the Wiesn with your own car is not a good idea , but access from the west is possible via the A96 (Lindau) or A95 (Garmisch-Partenkirchen) motorways and the Mittlerer Ring Road.
U3/U6: Goetheplatz, U4/U5: Theresienwiese, U4/U5:Schwanthalerhohe
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