Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Munich during Oktoberfest

Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:35am EDT
 
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By Annika Breidthardt

BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to spare in Munich during Oktoberfest, the world's largest fair?

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a visit to Oktoberfest, where more than 6 million liters of beer are expected to flow this year.

Oktoberfest was first celebrated 200 years ago when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese and invited Munich's citizens to join the party.

This year from Sept 18 to Oct 4, actually falls largely in September these days, as October gets too cold.

Friday

5 p.m. - Take a first stroll across the "Wiesn," Oktoberfest's venue, to soak up the atmosphere: the aroma of cotton candy, roasted almonds and the scent of barley and hops of the main protagonist, the beer.

A turn on the Ferris wheel will give you a first view of the fair. For the more adventurous, try one of the stomach-turning rollercoasters now, rather than after sampling the beer.

The Toboggan, offering the sight of punters trying to stay upright on an uphill conveyor belt, is this reporter's all-time favorite. Its entertainment value makes up for its lack of gut-turning potential.   Continued...

 
<p>Bavarian men in traditional attire watch a horse race to celebrate 200 years of Oktoberfest, one day before the opening in Munich September 17, 2010. REUTERS/Michael Dalder</p>