Cheapflights Honors 200th Anniversary of the World’s Biggest Beer Festival
BOSTON, MA–(Marketwire – September 1, 2010) – Each year, Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, toasts the world famous beer festival, known as Oktoberfest. This Bavarian festival, which originated in Munich to commemorate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. In honor of this milestone, Cheapflights.com is highlighting the city of Munich with its list of Top 10 Things to do in Munich during Oktoberfest. And booking a trip to Munich or other destinations is now more affordable as Cheapflights is running a special promotion on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cheapflights) offering $50 off on flights booked through Vayama.
On average, more than 6 million people travel to Munich for the festivities each year. If you happen to be one of them going to this year’s Oktoberfest in Munich, which runs from September 18 to October 4, check out Cheapflights.com’s Top 10 things to do in Munich and raise a glass of ale, lager, stout or blonde to toast the celebrations!
Below we feature five of Cheapflights.com’s top ten things to do in Munich over Oktoberfest:
Check out the biggest tents. At the Oktoberfest festivities at the Wiesn (the main area), check out the big hitters that are well known and highly anticipated each year. Löwenbräu can’t be missed — enormous in size and known for its gigantic lion, it takes intensity for beer consumption to a higher level. On the other hand, Winzerer Fähndl is known for its whimsical atmosphere and tipsy sing-alongs.
Take public transportation. Parking at the tents is nearly impossible, and all experts on the subject recommend taking public transportation to the main event. Cheapflights offers an overview of the train, bus and streetcar options with details in the online tips guide.
Check out Mike’s Bike Tours. Munich is arguably one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. With more than 15 years of experience as a mainstay tour company in both Munich and Amsterdam, Mike’s Bike Tours provides four-hour tours through the city that are safe (they run on small adjacent roads), not strenuous (plenty of stopping and talking) and fun. Special Oktoberfest Tours run in September and October, and after the first two hours, the group stops at a beer garden to try out local fare.
Explore Marienplatz. The city’s center is a twelfth-century wonder and is known as the heart of Munich. A hub for sightseeing, shopping and dining, Marienplatz is a perfect starting point for getting a taste of the city. See Rathous, the city hall with a gigantic iconic façade, and plenty of other 19th century Gothic architecture. Warm up your credit card at the surrounding designer stores, or simply people-watch at a nearby café.
Shop around Viktualienmarkt. After spending time in Marienplatz, walk over to Viktualienmarkt, a daily farmers’ market featuring a massive variety of fresh and regional food. More than 140 colorful booths with products from local florists, bakeries, and restaurants fill the area with unique flavor. The market is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., but most stalls unofficially close around 6 p.m.
The complete top 10 list of things to do in Munich also includes:
- learning a few key German phrases (we give some examples);
- grabbing a beer at Hofbräuhaus — the most famous beer hall in the world;
- taking a hike up St. Peter’s – Munich’s oldest church;
- getting back to nature at the English Garden — one of the world’s largest urban public parks; and
- visiting the 19th century Newschwantein Castle tucked in the woods of Bavaria.
Search and compare cheap flights to Munich at Cheapflights.com for the best deals on flights and, for information about Munich itself, check out our travel guides at www.cheapflights.com/flight-guide-to-munich/
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