Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Munich during Oktoberfest

Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:18am EDT
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By Sarah Marsh and Annika Breidthardt

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

Oktoberfest was first celebrated 201 years ago when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese and invited Munich's citizens to join the party on the Theresienwiesen ("Wiesn").

These days the festival is held mostly in September as October gets too cold. This year it runs from Sept 17 to Oct 3.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a visit to Oktoberfest, where a record amount of beer -- 7.1 million liters -- was consumed last year.


5 p.m. - Gear up for the Oktoberfest by shopping around for your own Bavarian garb, which has come back into fashion over the past decade.

Try wearing lederhosen (if you're a man) or a dirndl (for women) if you're up for the authentic feel. The regional clothing now exists in a dazzling spectrum of styles from the austere and traditional to modern and mildly pornographic.

You can often lay your hands on the kit anywhere in Munich from the luxury boutiques on Maximilianstrasse to the second hand shops tucked away in side streets, as well as online.   Continued...

<p>Bavarian waitress Babsi, carries beer after the opening of the Oktoberfest in Munich September 16, 2006. TREUTERS/Michael Dalder</p>