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.