While this may not be your typical eco vacation it’s still something that most people should try at least once in their life. What I am talking about is taking a trip to Germany during the month of October. Especially a large town in Germany called Munich. Every year they are having one of the largest funfair in the world here, the Oktoberfest. Most of you have most likely heard of it and are thinking that it’s only beers and Tyroler kostumer, but it’s so much more than this. Each year there are more than 6 million people from all over the world, comming to take part in this special event. This number is raising everything year, as it’s becomming more and more trendy to visit this event.
It is basically 16-17 days of pure fun, 6 million people partying or having a great time. Of course beers are a large part of this, so is the German folk music or traditional wind music. Then we have the food, which is mainly Hendl (a type of roast chicken), Schweinebraten (slow roasted pork), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), German Würstl (spicy sausages) along with Brezen (pretzel) and Sauerkraut. One of the most interesting parts about the oktoberfest, is the clothes. Most of the people who come to the fair are dressed up in classic tyroler kostumer, which is often lederhosen, tyrolertøj or Wittelsbach costumes which is inspired from the old fashion in Tyrole. At tyrolerudklaedning.dk you can see some examples of the clothes they normally wear. It’s a big part of what makes this vacation so special.
Besides of taking part in the Oktoberfest, there are many other interesting things to do near Munich. It’s a big town with a lot of culture, so if you like going to the opera, visiting some really great museums, or trying some exceptional food, then Munich is your kind of town. But for a lot of people, the best thing about this city is the beer. No where else in the world do you find this large an amount of different, and well tasting beers. That alone, is for many more than reason enough to give Munich a visit.
It’s also a great town for shopping, they have a lot of different kind of shows, everything from high fashion to some really cool second hand shops. If you are there, be sure to buy a Tyroler Kostume in one of the many little shops, they are a great memory to take back home.
Visit Munich during October to take part in the Oktoberfest, or if you don’t like funfairs and just want to see some culture instead, then visit it any other time of the year. But be sure to book at least 10 days of vacation there, as anything less is far from enough to see the things that you will be enjoying. I have been there about 4 times now, and it’s a City, that I will be visiting again soon. Together with Rome, London and Paris it’s one of the coolest cities in Europe, if you ask me.