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Germany - The Munich Beer Festival
Germany is a massive country in more ways than one. Ok, it's not as big as the United States or Australia in physical size but it still ranks alongside them for things to do. You see Germany has a long history. Even though the country that we now call Germany has not existed in it's present state, plenty of the regions have existed for well over a 1000 years. So if you plan to vacation in Germany, you won't be spoiled for things to do. Your first thoughts about things to do in Germany might be to stop off in Munich for the beer festival. That's a pretty good shout at it has to one of the most original events you are likely to see on a vacation. Sure, many countries have fastened onto the idea of having their own beer festivals but Munich is the true original and it has a atmosphere all of it's own.

You will soon be mixing with some very happy and noisy Germans. Hmm...what could be the reason for that ? Maybe it's the copious amount of beer that is consumed in a very short space of time. However it's probably more about the way it is consumed than anything else.

You have to pay to get into the festival grounds which consists of many large halls and tents. There is not much to a hall or tent, in fact there are only three parts to them. The first is a express service of large steins of beer, the second is music that you can listen to or use as background music and the third is many large tables with benches. People sit together on each table and you will find yourself next to strangers. In my experience, you are only a few drinks away from making some buddies. And due to the world famous nature of the festival you will meet many people from all over the world but mainly Europe.

At the height of the festival there are so many people that you have to get to your favorite hall or tent early on. If you do not have your spot on a table before mid morning you may find it hard to get a place. With that out of the way, it's time for some serious drinking with a bit of food to line the stomach. Must try food has to be the sausages " ordinary or white sausages (cheese). Ok, it's not a la carte but it tastes great with beer. You can also get those foods that Germany is famous for like pretzels and sauerkraut (which may be an acquired taste).

The are some great sights and must do things in Germany, festivals are particularly popular in Germany and the number one festival is in Munich. It's known as the Oktoberfest but begins around late September through to early October each year. If you are lucky enough to be in Munich around that time you owe it to yourself to spend a day drinking some beer. And don't think that Munich is a one trick pony, there is much more to see and do in the Bavarian capital.

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