Ocktoberfest 2011 - Munich, Germany - September 17 - October 3: Head to Munich Festival For German Beer Tasting

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

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Head to Munich Festival For German Beer Tasting

When people think of Germany as a place to head to for a holiday staying in a youth hostel, there are many things which may spring to mind as ideal ways to pass the time.

From checking out the interesting history of cities such as Munich, Berlin and Hamburg, to sampling the wide range of traditional food on offer before dancing the night away in some of the dance clubs which the country is famous for, there is truly something for every traveller in the nation.

But those who love sampling different types of alcohol could find heading to the city of Munich and staying in a Munich hostel the best way to experience the country, as the metropolis hosts a number of beer festivals.

One of the best beer festivals for tourists to visit is the Strong Beer Festival, which is held every March in Munich.

A world famous festival

The Strong Beer festival is famous the world over and boasts an interesting background and story.

Called Starkbierzeit, the festival is a must see for any Brit choosing a trip to a youth hostel in Germany as part of their summer break or longer travelling plans.

According to legend, the history of the beer event can be traced right back to the time of the Paulaner monks. It is thought that during times of fasting, when the monks were not allowed to consume any food in the day, they brewed extra strong beer to sustain them.

As such, the strong beer which can be drunk at many of Germany's festivals often has an interesting malty flavour and a more distinctive taste than other beers which Brits may have sampled abroad.

When visitors have sampled a pint or two of German beer, they can eat some traditional German food, such as roast chicken - or Brathendl, as well as other snacks including Steckerlfisch - literally fish on a stick.

Traditional cultural activities including stone lifting competitions can also be enjoyed at the beer festival, an event definitely worth visiting on a holiday to Munich.

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