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MU­NICH'S OKTOBERFEST? IT'S THE REAL DEAL.

SKI - - CONTENTS - By Sa­man­tha Ber­man

The world’s best Oktoberfest is go­ing off right now, plus other fun events at re­sorts this month.

Best way to make a few straight weeks of binge drink­ing sound glam­orous and com­pletely so­cially ac­cept­able? Say you're go­ing to Mu­nich's Oktoberfest. The an­nual festival is the world’s largest and long­est-run­ning of its kind, at­tract­ing some seven mil­lion binge-drinkers, er at­ten­dees, each year. At least it has his­tory on its side. Oktoberfest dates to the Mid­dle Ages, when Crown Prince Lud­wig mar­ried Princess Therese on Oc­to­ber 12, 1810. Mu­nich­ers were in­vited to a field in front of the city gates to toast the happy cou­ple. That field, There­sien­wiese (Theresa’s meadow), is still the lo­ca­tion of the mod­ern-day Oktoberfest, held Septem­ber 16 to Oc­to­ber 3 this year.

This mas­sive event isn't just a gi­ant booze-a-thon. Fam­ily-friendly amuse­ment rides, car­ni­val games, mu­sic, and tra­di­tional eats—such as schweine­braten (roast pork), käs­espät­zle (cheese noo­dles), and weis­s­wurst (white sausage)— are part of the lure. Don't miss the open­ing pa­rade, an 8,000-per­son-strong cos­tumed march through Mu­nich. And while you’re there, take a side-trip to Ger­many’s Garmisch-Partenkirchen re­sort, 55 miles away. You might even be able to ski: Its Zugspitze glacier, one of the most snow-sure pistes in the Alps, is open from early au­tumn through late spring. We’ll drink to that.

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