Did you know that Munich in Bavaria is Germany’s beer capital? Yes, if you are looking for some Bavarian fun, head to the city’s traditional beer halls. Serving food and beer, at Munich’s beer halls you can enjoy good music and have a whale of a time.
During Oktoberfest, which is the largest Volksfest or beer festival worldwide, the celebrations in Munich increase their fervor. The carnival lasts for over 2 weeks from the 3rd Saturday in September to the 1st Sunday of October, but not before Oct 3rd as the day marks the unification of Germany. The Bavarian beer festival is being celebrated since 1810; every year approximately 6 million attendees take part in the revelry.
At the opening ceremony, around 6000 partakers kick off the festivities. Revelers consume large amount of beers; also, the city has countless other attractions like food stalls, amusement rides and variety of games.
If you visit the Theresienwiese fairground, known as the Wiesn, that is located towards the southern part of the main train station, you can witness people in fun and frolic mode, enjoying rides, promenading hand-in-hand with strangers around picnic tables, guzzling beer, munching on pretzels, and basically merrymaking. A trip on the triple-loop roller coaster should also be on your must-do list of things. However, be sure to enjoy the ride prior to the beer drinking binges.
However, if you are not a beer drinker, there are various sightseeing expeditions in the city that you can avail. Also, if you are not visiting Munich during Oktoberfest, you can stopover at the beer halls at any time during the year for dancing to the bands’ tunes or displaying your stein-hosting expertise or eating pretzels.
At Der Pschorr beer hall in Munich, they exhibit wooden kegs but use stainless steel dispensers for drawing beer. The barmaids are seen wearing dirndls that are low-cut dresses and favored by German Rubenesque audiences. The beer mugs hold up to 1 liter of beer and you will see waitresses carrying them around almost effortlessly.
If you are a first-timer, you must not miss going to Hofbräuhaus – another famous beer hall in Munich. The smoke-laced ceiling was refurbished after World War II and serves as a reminder of the past times.
If you love operas, consider going to Spatenhaus beer hall where you can have your meals during the plays. Beer halls such as Nürnberger Bratwurst Glöckl am Dom and Andechser am Dom are located in close vicinity to each other and are teeming with tourists at all times.
At Munich’s city center, the Beer and Oktoberfest Museum offers an interesting take on the history of the Oktoberfest.
If you love beer, a visit to Munich’s beer halls during Oktoberfest must surely not be missed. An evening at one of the city’s beer halls and clinking your mugs with strangers, you can get a taste of Bavarian hospitality. Beer can be described as a people’s drink as, unlike wine, you do not need to spend more for getting a higher-quality brand. You can have your favorite brews and only need to head towards any of the famous beer halls for gulping them down.
As we conclude, we hope that if you are a beer lover, visiting Munich during Oktoberfest has been added to your bucket list. Enjoy your beer drinking sessions!