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Preparations for the 182nd Oktoberfest, Munich, are well underway with the gates due to open on September the 19th for the fun filled fortnight.
The annual beer festival draws an average whopping 6 million visitors from all over the world to the capital of Bavaria. Set in a meadow just outside Munich the gates open from 10am till 10.30pm giving revellers plenty of time to get their fix of merriment. Traditional Bavarian attire is encouraged, but not mandatory!
With a wide choice of 14 different beer tents (more like buildings with colourful facades and long wooden tables and benches) to choose from things could get confusing. This year's Oktoberfest app should help guide you around the site and hook up with lost friends. To name but a few; the cosy Glöckle Wirt is the smallest of all the tents serving Bavarian dishes to less than 100 people, the friendliest is Augustiner-Festhalle, the newest, Marstall, with a capacity of 3,200 people and the largest, Schottenhamel, with a seating capacity of 10,000 and where the first beer of the season is poured to much rapturous applause.
Traditional hearty fare will be plenty including, including Hendl (chicken), Schweinsbraten (roast pork), Haxn (knuckle of pork), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages) along with Brezn (Pretzel), Knödeln (potato or bread dumplings), Kaasspotzn (cheese noodles).
It's not all beer swilling and sausages. A dedicated wine tent will be refuge for those needing a beer break, with over 15 different wines.
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Aside from the mandatory eating, drinking and dancing, the carnival like atmosphere is infectious and extends to colourful parades and a variety of fairground rides.
The official beer price is up on last year, expect to pay a minimum of 10 euros for a litre.
From tapping the barrel at 12 noon sharp on September 19th, to big brass concerts performances check out the agenda on the webpage.
What Oktoberfest 2015
When September 19th to October 4th
Where Munich, Germany