Oktoberfest 2014 guide
The Oktoberfest takes place in Munich between September 20 and October 5. Find out about the festival, booking hotels, tickets, locations and transport here
By Adrian Bridge
The Munich Oktoberfest justly lays claim to being the largest of its kind in the world and the figures seem to back this up – last year more than six million people attended, between them consuming 6.7 million litres of beer and eating more than 114 oxen. The festival - which spans just over two weeks - is held annually in a meadow just outside Munich’s city centre. In addition to eating, drinking and dancing, visitors can enjoy colourful parades, a variety of fairground rides – and for those not themselves in traditional Bavarian gear, admire those that are, especially the more finely honed examples.
Its fame and popularity means that the Oktoberfest is a huge crowd-puller and as a rule accommodation and transport have to be booked well in advance. That said, it is still possible to plan a trip quite close to the time. Here’s a guide to how the Oktoberfest started, what exactly it entails and how best to plan a visit.
Just when does the Oktoberfest take place?
Although the festival concludes in October, most of it takes place in September. This year’s dates are September 20-October 5.
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