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Suds and Cuds at Oktoberfest in Munich

Aug 16, 2008
The most obviously thing about Oktoberfest is it is in October, right? Umm, not really. The classic Munich festival actually starts in September and only ventures into the first few days of October. Do not show up in October expecting to visit the big tents.

This year, Oktoberfest will be held from September 20th to October 5th in Munich. In order to be a part of the festival, you must purchase tickets that will gain you a seat inside one of the many tents. Those that are not seated will not be permitted to drink, so make sure to plan in advance.

Most festivals start with a faux whimper. Not Oktoberfest. How about a 12 gun salute? Ah, beer and guns. The mayor of Munich will tap the first keg and the drinking begins. If you go, try not to become an infamous Bierleichen.

Sooner or later, we all have an episode where maybe we drink a bit too much. At Oktoberfest, it seems all foreigners do it at the same time. From Americans to Japanese, you see people passed out everywhere. These beer corpses are given the name Bierleichen.

Once you are down and out from consuming adult beverages, you will be collected. You German hosts will haul you off to a medical tent where you will be checked out and steps will be taken to return you to the living again.

Beer is not the only thing served at Oktoberfest. Yes, there is food. It is a big time meat diet, so sausage and such is on the menu. If you are a vegetarian, well, there are pretzels and beer. Hey, beer is just a liquid sandwich, right?

If you want have a party atmosphere in mind when you think of Oktoberfest, you may want to spend the early evening hours outside of those tents enjoying the many park rides. A few years ago, a quiet law was implemented at the festival that forbade any loud music before 6pm.

Prior to 6pm, the tents will be filled with soft traditional woodwind music. This is just one way that Munich pays tribute to its older population, since the town wants all people to enjoy this festival. Still, no matter when you get there, Oktoberfest is a fine time for all who want to enjoy life to the fullest.
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Thomas Burtonelli is a writer for NomadJournals.com - makers of outdoor lifestyle journals that make great unique private label items for your business.
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