Ocktoberfest 2011 - Munich, Germany - September 17 - October 3: April 2007

Ocktoberfest 2011 - Munich, Germany - September 17 - October 3

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Oktoberfest Party: Dancing, Drinking, And Dining!

It doesn’t get any better than an Oktoberfest party. Oktoberfest began in 1810 as a wedding party in honor of King Ludwig I, of Barvaria, and Maria Teresa of Saxonia. A state fair was proclaimed, and the tradition of the Oktoberfest Party began. Traditionally held from September 9th through October 29th Oktoberfest the festival was dedicated to the fall harvest and the regions most famous product, beer. It has been held annually ever since.

In Germany and many parts of the world Oktoberfest has become a large festival with plenty of food, beer, music and merrymaking. Huge tents set upon the Theresienwiese meadow in Munich are the setting for the festivities. The event begins with the mayor ceremoniously tapping the Oktoberfest keg of beer.

Throwing your own Oktoberfest party is easy and fun. Setting up tents, roping off areas for dancing, plenty of music, women in white aprons and men in suspenders, traditional food and beer, and you have an Oktoberfest party! Just send out invitations early, get organized by deciding if the party will be catered, or if each person will be bringing dishes for a pot luck, and that is left to do is have fun!

Traditional chicken dance at your Oktoberfest party: Anyone who's not chicken, stands in a circle facing each other. When the music starts, hold your hands out in front of you, and open and close them four times, like a chicken beak then, put your thumbs in your armpits, and flap your wings four times. Place your arms and hands like the tail feathers of a chicken, and wiggle down to the floor four times. Clap four times, and repeat steps one through four, four times each. After the fourth time, take the hands of the people on either side of you, while everyone moves in a circle. When you get dizzy, switch directions. Repeat this until the end of the music, or until you fall on the floor.

Traditional Food and Drinks for an Oktoberfest Party: The name of the game is indulgence. A keg or two of German beer, and traditional foods such as German sausages, hot German potato salad, sauerkraut, sweet and sour cabbage, German-style chicken, and yummy black forest cake rounds out the Oktoberfest party menu. Should you need recipes, they are easily found online.

Mrs. Party... Gail Leino is the internet's leading authority on selecting the best possible party supplies (http://partysupplieshut.com), using proper etiquette and manners while also teaching organizational skills and fun facts. The Party Supplies Hut has a huge selection of free party games, coloring pages, word find, word scramble, printable baby and bridal shower activities.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A Tourist Guide To Munich

Munich is the third largest city in Germany and is the capital of the State of Bavaria. The city is renowned worldwide for its famous annual beer festival named the Oktoberfest. The Isar River cuts though the city and contains most of the attractions on its left bank.

Traveling to Munich:

Flying is easy as the Franz-Josef-Strauss Airport connects Munich with many other European destinations. The journey to the city centre is approximately forty minutes and can be made by train or car. The city's rail links are excellent and connects to most major German and European cities. Road links within and around the city are also good and are cheaper than the rail service.

Accommodation Options:

Accommodation options in Munich are vast and prices decrease towards the outskirts of the city. The busiest season in Munich is between October and May so be sure to book any accommodation well in advance. There are types of accommodation for all from hotels to bed and breakfasts, inns, hostels and campsites.


Over the years since Munich was first founded in the 12th century, it has grown in the reputation of being both cultural and artistic. National Socialism developed in Munich following the First World War. The city then got struck heavily during World War Two and has since had the damage repaired and had become a modern metropolis.

Sights and Attractions:

Munich's old town (known as the Altstadt) is a popular sightseeing attraction. Stroll through it towards the beautiful square (Marienplatz) and through the lanes that contain some impressive cultural and historic features. The Westend of Munich is a much more modern experience. This is the area where the Oktoberfest is held and is a great laugh for any party enthusiasts. Schwabing is home to Europe's largest park where there is plenty to do and see.

Shopping in Munich:

Munich has excellent shopping opportunities where you can pick up a variety of designer goods as well as traditional Bavarian handicrafts. There are piles of shopping malls and areas all over the city so you will never find yourself wanting more.

Dining Options:

Munich has a great selection of places to eat out at ranging from restaurants to bistros, bars and takeaways. It is easy to find both traditional and international cuisine at the majority of restaurants. However, be sure to get cash out prior to eating as most restaurants in the city do not accept credit.

About the Author

Dan writes for hirecars.co.uk and recently finished this article tourist guide to Munich from Budget car hire specialist