Bavar­ian Bac­cha­na­lia

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Don’t let the name de­ceive you: Ok­to­ber­fest, Bavaria’s world-fa­mous an­nual beer fes­ti­val, ac­tu­ally be­gins in Septem­ber, and the Ger­man cap­i­tal has plenty of op­tions to feast and drink in tra­di­tional Ok­to­ber­fest style. For the big, rau­cous beer-tent ex­pe­ri­ence, make the trip to the fair­grounds on Kurt-Schu­macher- Damm, where Ber­liner Ok­to­ber­fest (25 Sep–18 Oct, www.ber­liner- ok­to­ber­fest.de) prom­ises gi­ant steins of beer and culi­nary spe­cial­ties like pret­zels and pork knuck­les. A more cen­trally lo­cated but equally tra­di­tional Ok­to­ber­fest ex­pe­ri­ence can be found near Alexan­der­platz at Hofbräuhaus (Karl- Liebknecht-Str. 30, www.hof­braeuhaus-ber­lin. de), a fran­chise of the fa­mous 16th- cen­tury brew­ery in Mu­nich. Pair your beer with a plate of ten­der white veal sausages served with sweet mus­tard and a chewy pret­zel. Any true-blooded Bavar­ian would also urge you to sam­ple the

a tasty con­coc­tion of sliced sausage in a vine­gary, oniony dress­ing. Reser­va­tions are rec­om­mended.

Another Bavar­ian-style out­post is Au­gustiner am Gen­dar­men­markt (this page), a beer hall and res­tau­rant run by Mu­nich’s Au­gustiner brew­ery, where you can en­joy freshly tapped beer with hearty re­gional meat fa­vorites. Go for gold with the Au­gustiner plat­ter, heaped high with four kinds of meat, dumplings, sauer­kraut, and potato salad.

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