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