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Germany gears up for Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest begins tomorrow with the first tapping of the beer keg by the Munich Mayor! The annual Bavarian festivity is gaining momentum and with more than 5 million locals and tourists flocking to the event each year, finding accommodation may prove more difficult than polishing off a Stein of bier! offers a selection of hotels in Munich and Germany so if you’ve left your Oktoberfest hotel booking a little later than planned, then you can still book a room at

Oktoberfest is held in the area of Theresienwiese, located south west of Munich’s centre.  Traditional cuisine including Sauerkraut, Würstl (sausages), pretzels and potato dumplings feed the influx of visitors, and if you’re travelling to make the most of sampling the local beers, then you’ll not be disappointed – only official Oktoberfest beer, beer that has been brewed within Munich, is served throughout the festival.

However, for those of us who prefer to stay a little closer to home, there are plenty of British Oktoberfest celebrations that share the Bavarian culture:
London Oktoberfest 2011 is held in Shoreditch Park in Hackney and promises the complete experience with German oompah bands to their own specially brewed ‘London Oktoberfest Beer’

‘West Is Best’ Carmarthen Beer Festival in Carmarthen runs from 29 Sept to 1 Oct and offers approximately 40 real ales, cider and country wines


St Albans Beer Festival runs from 28 Sep -1 Oct and features approximately 350 real ales, cider perry, bottle beers and a good selection of foreign beers

Since 2003 London Bierfest has transformed the Old Billingsgate Market into a lively fair with overflowing steins, music and food to recreate the energy of the traditional Oktoberfest

To find out what else is happening in Munich this year, visit