Bavaria in Germany has been spending their October weekends drinking beer from steins and wearing traditional dress for over 200 years. The tradition started on 12th October 1810 to celebrate a royal marriage, and now people come to Munich from across the world to experience one of the world’s greatest parties! Now, Oktoberfest doesn’t stop in Bavaria, as each year countless other cities across Europe do Oktoberfest, and most of them do it darn well. Dig out your dirndl and lederhosen, because if you’re after somewhere crazy to dance to traditional live music and drink beer from steins, these are the European cities that go all out for Oktoberfest.
21st September - 6th October 2019
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Let’s start where it all began, the OG of Oktoberfest in Munich. This is where you’ll find the biggest lederhosen-clad crowd in the world! Every year over 6 million people from across the world attend Munich Oktoberfest to experience the crazy atmosphere and drink litres upon litres of beer. Get on the benches (NOT the tables) and dance your heart out to the traditional live music while getting merry with some of the best beer in the world!
Along with the giant tents packed with long rows of tables and benches, Oktoberfest Munich is a massive amusement park with countless rides and German food stalls. The festival is obviously all about giant steins of local beer, but if you leave without indulging in the delicious grub served up at Oktoberfest, you’ve done it all wrong. Think roast chicken, currywurst and pretzels amongst way more.
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Being the second best city in Germany for Oktoberfest celebrations, Berlin is still an insane experience. Head a little out of the city centre to Zentral Festplatz am Kurt-Schumacher-Damm, not far from Tegel airport. Get there on Friday or Saturday (€5 entry to the beer tent on the Friday, Saturday and October 3rd) for the best atmosphere and to indulge in the freshly brewed beer served, of course, in litre big steins.
The crowd will be buzzing all weekend, making the most of the annual excuse to drink as much of Bavarian beer as can be handled. The fancy dress thing isn’t as big as it is in Munich, but some people do still take part so if you’re up for it, why not!
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3rd - 6th October & 10th - 13th October 2019
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German bands, long tables, steins and lots of lederhosen… Oktoberfest in London is almost the spitting image of Munich, just quite a lot smaller. Oktoberfest 2019 will be held in London’s Millwall Park will all the German trimmings to make it feel like the real thing, from German beer and food to authentic Oktoberfest decoration. Dance on top of the tables to live bands who’ve been brought over from Germany, and order your next stein from one of the waiters and waitresses dressed up in their dirndl and lederhosen. Not everyone will be wearing lederhosen, but plenty of people do so if you love fancy dress then by all means, go ahead!
London’s Bavaria has been going since 2011 and every year people get more and more into the festivities - last year over 50,000 people attended! If you want an excuse to party this October in London, get your tickets to the event asap for the best table in the tent.
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11th - 19th October 2019
Paris is newer to the Oktoberfest scene, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to do it and do it well! If you’re in Paris between 11th and 19th October, head over to the Paris Event Centre in La Villette to experience the biggest Oktoberfest in France. The Event Centre will be decked out in the usual Oktoberfest decor with a giant beer tent set up and packed with long tables and benches.
Expect gallons upon gallons of beer, traditional Bavarian food, incredible live bands on stage all night long and dancers doing the cancan to get the whole tent up on their feet. Buy your tickets to the event in advance and get your lederhosen sorted as fancy dress is encouraged!
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19th - 21st September & 27th - 28th September 2019
The biggest Bavarian party in Denmark, Oktoberfest Copenhagen is another top choice. Over two weekends (in September, not October) in a giant tent in Femoren you’ll find thousands of Danish locals dressed head to toe in the traditional outfits, dancing on tables and drinking beer. You can even rent your lederhosen from a shop on site for the night!
What makes Copenhagen’s Oktoberfest stand out even more is that where it’s held in Femoren is right by the beach, so if you need a little fresh air after one too many beers, you’ve got a nice little stroll right on the doorstep. Book your tickets to the festivities in advance to secure a spot in the enormous beachside tent, just a short metro ride from the city centre. As long as you don’t go too hard on the beer steins, it’ll be an Oktoberfest you’ll never forget.
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