Beer festival holidays

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beer festival holidays

Beer Festival Holidays are considered a regular haunt for beer enthusiasts looking to sample some of the best flavours on offer. Often set in scenic European City locations, they are a great way to mingle with other good humoured and sometimes raucous beer enthusiasts whilst also sampling local cuisine and hospitality.

WHERE IN THE WORLD?…

Beer festivals in some shape or form take place around the World, but by far the most famous can be found in Europe.   The biggest beer festival in the world is the legendary Oktoberfest, held in Munich, from late September to early October. The festival attracts a staggering six million visitors and this year plans to be bigger and more spectacular than ever before. Beer festivals pop up in towns and cities all over Germany, including Stuttgart, Berlin, Hanover, Bremen and Hamburg. Another favourite beer festival is held in Prague each May, offering a wide range of the finest beer and cuisine from an array of traditional Czech breweries, chefs, butchers and bakers.

WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE CAN I EXPECT?…

If you don’t mind an often exuberant and alcohol fuelled atmosphere (with a dash of tasty local sausages, meats and pretzels), with spontaneous outbursts of full throated singing and unsteady dancing, then beer festival holidays are for you.   You can sit and watch the world go by (somewhat hazily), shoulder to shoulder with fellow revellers.   The most popular beer festival, Oktoberfest in Munich, is in September and October, so you should encounter late summer and early autumn weather with mild or cool days and chilly evenings when you may need a jumper or coat as you sit outside.   You will of course be joined by thousands of others, so you’ll need to be happy in crowded but convivial surroundings.

WHEN CAN I DO THAT?…

You can visit beer festivals across the world at various times of the year, but from October to December the best ones can be found in the German cities and towns of Munich, Stuttgart, Bremen and Hamburg.

DO I NEED ANYTHING SPECIAL TO DO THAT?…

As the UK is conveniently connected to Western Europe by rail, road and air, you’ll get to a beer festival with little problem.   A passport will usually suffice, without any special visa or health considerations to worry about.   It always pays to be vigilant at such events, when opportunistic pick pockets can be around, but largely speaking beer festivals are safe and fun to visit.   You should however check on these details before committing.

WHERE DO YOU RECOMMEND?…

The world-famous Munich Oktoberfest has been running for over 200 years. The festival opens for around two weeks from late September – if you haven’t witnessed the incredible atmosphere, giant tents, exciting fairgrounds and flowing beer then this is the perfect place to start.

The Freimarkt Bremen beer festival runs for over three weeks from late October – ‘Ischa Freimarkt’ (It is Freimarkt) say the Bremen inhabitants when their ‘fifth season’ starts in autumn. The Bremen beer festival is the oldest fair in Germany and the biggest festival in the north of the country.

WHAT DOES IT COST?…

A beer festival holiday can occupy anything from a couple of days to a week if you would like to linger and take in several of the sights.   For a 4 night stay in a twin room in a 3 star B&B in Munich including return flights, expect to pay at least £250 per person, possibly more during the beer festival.   You’ll need to budget extra for meals and sightseeing, and you may also need to pay to enter some of the beer gardens.

WHO ELSE ENJOYS DOING THAT?…

You are bound to run into various German celebrities and politicians, though you may not always recognise them.   You might also spot the likes of beer lovers including footballer Didier Drogba, chef Wolfgang Puck or pop star Katy Perry.

Link to Other Things To Know (Passports, Visas, Health, Security)

Places like Germany are generally without issues when it comes to travel requirements, and a valid passport should suffice, however beware pickpockets in busy places, and check for up to date information before travelling.

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