Oktoberfest will be here before you know it and that means it’s time to start preparing for your fall vacations. You may be wondering, why are we talking about Fall if Summer hasn’t even happened yet? In order for Rubinsohn Travel to provide you with the best possible travel deals, we like to plan early. In return, this allows you to save more time relaxing and less time scrambling your vacation together. This week, Rubinsohn Travel is going to let you know why you must put Munich, Germany and its annual Oktoberfest on your bucket-list. From the Mediterranean-style street cafes, beer halls and the emerging highbrow art and high-tech, Munich is a flourishing success story that rebels its own contradictions.
The History and Sights
Munich, a Bavarian heritage, retains a small-town air but holds some of the best world-class sights, especially museums. A trip to Munich isn’t complete without visiting the Residenzmuseum. Home to Bavaria’s Wittelsbach rulers from 1508 until World War l, the Residenzmuseum has amazing treasures, as well as trappings of the different lifestyles over the centuries!
If you’re spending a bulk of your trip exploring museums, be sure to check out Munich’s, Munchner Stadtmuseum. Munchner Stadtmuseum showcases the history of Munich in an uncluttered and engaging way. The museum is comprised of two interior courtyards, surrounded by four buildings. The oldest of the four buildings was built in 1500 and formally became a history museum in 1888. The museum includes exhibits that represent something unique and significant about Munich and Germany. Spend your whole day or a few hours at Munchner Stadtmuseum and indulge yourself into the German history that is often left out of the history books.
Looking to soak up the crisp autumn air? Head over to the Englischer Garten (English Garden)! The Englischer Garten is one of Europe’s largest urban parks and is a favorite among locals and visitors. Find your way to the Kleinhesseloher See, a lake that sits in the middle of the park and sit on the lavish grass to watch the cyclists, walkers and joggers that pass by. You may even catch a street musician to add to your relaxation!
The Good Eats
Munich claims to be Germany’s gourmet capital and we’re not disagreeing. Munich has an ever-growing food scene that of course pairs with a cold brew. From local produce, to modern restaurants, Munich has it all. Marienplatz, the main square is dominated by bright displays of fruit, cheese, seafood and meat. Our personal favorite is Dallmayr. Dallmayr is an upmarket delicatessen, most known for its coffee. The delicatessen dates back to 1870 and became a successful business through the war and depression. Dine at Restaurant Dallmayr, a Michelin-starred resultant, or grab a quick bite at Dallmayr’s Bar & Grill. If you’re looking for something more low-key, visit Viktualienmarkt. Viktualienmarkt is an open-air market comprising with different food stalls and beer gardens – think Farmer’s Market. You can find things from butcher’s stalls selling fresh meat and even cooking it on the spot to shops selling local fruits and vegetables! The market has 140 stands, with each stand offering exotic ingredients that can’t be found elsewhere.
And of course, Oktoberfest
We all know that Munich is inevitably known for its annual Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest attracts over 6.2 million guests and 7.5 million liters of beer each year. It is the world’s largest beer festival and has been an important part of the Bavarian culture since 1810. Beginning in 1950, Oktoberfest kicks-off with the tapping of the first keg, which is traditionally done by Munich’s Mayor. Following the tapping of the keg, a gun salute is fired and gives the signal for breweries in surrounding tents to start selling their beer! The festival runs for 16-18 days, typically beginning from mid or late September to the first Sunday in October. Additionally, the beer served at Oktoberfest only comes from the six traditional and Munich based breweries, which are also known as the “Big Six.” There is plenty to discover at Munich’s Oktoberfest and no day is ever the same! After sippin’ on Oktoberfest Beer, visitors can also enjoy a variety of attractions, such as amusement rides, games and indulge in some traditional Bavarian food!
Impressed with Munich yet? We sure hope so! Hop on the ‘beer’wagon and give Rubinsohn Travel a call at (215) 886-5200 to begin your Oktoberfest planning!