Oktoberfest is a celebration that dates back to 1811 after city officials decided to repeat the celebrations of the previous year, a celebration of a royal wedding. Since then, Oktoberfest has become the longest-running Volksfest or Folk Festival in Germany and perhaps Europe! It certainly is the celebration with the most beer consumption in the world.
But Oktoberfest is not just beer drinking. No, there is a lot more to do. For example, at the south end of Theresienwiese or Therese’s Field, where Oktoberfest takes place, there is the Oide Wiesn, which is just over 8.5 acres of fairground fun. With beautifully preserved rides from yesteryear, this part of Oktoberfest is a great way to spend your part of the day outside of the famous beer tents. Other activities include traditional music that is brass-heavy and very upbeat. While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, the expression everything has a time and place fits this situation perfectly. Finally, of course, there is the food. There you can find soft pretzels, potato pancakes and potato noodles, bratwurst with sauerkraut, homemade pickles, pork shoulder, lemon and pepper rotisserie chicken, spaetzle, and if that is not enough. You want to finish with an apple strudel.
Now, if Germany seems out of the question, but Oktoberfest does not, or if Oktoberfest appears like something you want to do but maybe also want to travel somewhere else this year, then you are in luck. Fortunately, Oktoberfest is now a worldwide phenomenon with celebrations worldwide. If Latin America is more your style, check out Blumenau, Brazil, colloquially known as ‘Brazil’s Little Germany.’ However, if the other side of the Pacific is more your interest for future travels, a stop can be planned in Hong Kong or Brisbane, Australia, to enjoy the celebrations. Every continent celebrates Oktoberfest, including Africa, in which you can head to Durban, Cape Town, or Johannesburg to celebrate. What sounds more relaxed than a safari AND Oktoberfest? However, if you want to stay closer to home, we will help you get to Kitchener-Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, or head to Cincinnati, Ohio. Another place worthy of mentioning is Fredericksburg, Texas, where German tradition is mixed with Tex-Mex for an exciting spin on the Oktoberfest celebrations.
So, wherever you decide you might want to venture for a nice glass of beer and cheer, All World Travel in Albuquerque or Amarillo has someone who can get you there and mix and mash all the other great things to do, wherever you go.