Once upon a time in Munich, a prince married a princess. There were white horses, flower fields and doves (probably). Fast forward two centuries and the royal marriage once celebrated with Disney-spawned creatures is now celebrated with liters of beer, pretzel necklaces and barely-there lederhosen. Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, decided to repeat the festivities in his subsequent reigning years, giving rise to the Oktoberfest that every American city tries to now replicate.
This city-wide royal wedding anniversary turned beer festival, is now a 17-day event that attracts 6 million people annually. Nearly 8 million liters of Bavarian beer is poured into iconic German steins. As the oldest drink in the world, it is only fitting to honor beer with a citywide festival that draws a worldwide crowd. Wine drinkers of the world need not apply, because the only thing that pairs well with Schnitzel and Currywurst is Germany’s national drink. Flights to Munich this time of year are steep, so we’ve got you covered with our Oktoberfest menu options (beer not included).