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Oktoberfest is one of the most storied traditions you can experience during a tour of Germany. For more than 200 years, throngs of visitors have come to Munich to indulge in some of the most delicious food and beer in the world. Now, the celebration is more popular than ever, with millions of visitors making the journey each year. While there are other Oktoberfests elsewhere, it's hard to beat the original, and there are certain traditions that come with the event that should be all the convincing you need to visit.
Although beer may be at the center of the celebration, it's impossible to ignore the culinary offerings as well. Bavarian food is among the best in the world, and seemingly everywhere you go in Munich during the two-week celebration, you'll be able to find some to whet your appetite. The best place to go for food is arguably the Armbrustschützenzelt tent. Once inside, you can sample everything from whole spit-roasted chicken to pork knuckles.
Not every tradition associated with Oktoberfest concerns food and drink. The celebration has also hosted a fair for more than 100 years which has everything you'd expect from fairs around the globe. Roller coasters, Ferris wheels, carnival games and all the traditional trappings are sure to add some excitement to your Oktoberfest experience. Of course, you can still sample some of the traditional carnival food at the Budenstrassa, a row of local food booths.
Finally, the atmosphere at Oktoberfest is hard to beat, and that's thanks in large part to the iconic music. Brass bands, crowd-wide sing alongs and traditional costumes are all part of the celebration.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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