Even though the name has October in it, the Oktoberfest in Munich starts in late September and lasts 16 days.

This year festivities and beer drinking commence on 20th September and wind down on 5th October.

But, it is not just beer and more beer. If you are travelling with kids remember that there are fun rides, Ferris wheels, roller coasters, music, and parades to enjoy for the young and old. And, all Tuesdays are Family Day with discounted prices on fun rides from 12 noon to 6 pm.

A bit about the beer: all beer served at the Oktoberfest tents must be from one of Munich’s six breweries and adhere to a 16th century ‘purity law’. Beer is served in one-litre mugs full to the brim and waiters and waitresses carry trays with up to 10 mugs at a time. Talk about a balancing act!

If you can’t make it for the Oktoberfest, there is the Carnival coming up in November. Called “Fasching” in Bavaria, “Karneval,” in the Cologne area or “Fasnacht” in the South West, there is something to see and do no matter which part of Germany you are in.

For all travel arrangements, just call Lighthouse on (0) 9818905024 or email theworld@golighthouse.in but do hurry as tickets are running out fast!

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