Southern Germany: Oktoberfest & Beyond!

Oktoberfest is one festival that has become popular across the world. Ask any beer lover and they will have attended some form of the festival in some corner of the world but hopes to do so in Germany.

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Oktoberfest is one festival that has become popular across the world. Ask any beer lover and they will have attended some form of the festival in some corner of the world but hopes to do so in Germany.

Why visit Southern Germany in October?            

Besides the Oktoberfest, which is the most sought after beer festival in the world October is also a good time to explore the region with fewer tourists. This beer festival originated in the Munich region of Germany and is a 16-18 day festival celebrated from mid-September till the first Sunday of October. What the festival entails is many big and small tents being set up where specially brewed beer from specific breweries is served along with food, games, stalls and even a parade.

You can easily club it with Cannstatter Volksfest or the Stuttgart Beer Fest as its often called and held in Stuttgart.The festival has many amusement rides, stalls and a parade as well. A lot of beer is of course a part of the festivities along with fireworks on 3rd October and the agriculture exhibits.

Stuttgart is easy to reach from Munich and a gateway to the Black Forest region of Germany. One must add a few nights beyond the festival to explore this fantastic region known for its scenic beauty, spa towns like Baden Baden, cuckoo clocks and most importantly drive on the the Autobahn- where there are no speed limits!

If you plan to stick to just Munich for the Oktoberfest then do visit the shopping outlets, the BMW car museum and the Olympic Stadium. There are Salt mines nearby that can be visited on day-trips as well as fairy tale castles. Mountain peaks like Zugspitze offer beautiful snow capped views of the mountains and must be added to your itinerary if time permits.

Germany Weather in October:

Munich & Stuttgart temperatures see highs of 14°C and lows of 6°C with minimal rainfall and 10 hrs of daylight. Its a great time to explore the outdoors and explore the countryside.

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Our Favorite Germany Experiences in October:

Spend a day at the English Gardens, Munich

Beer festival or not, the English Gardens of Munich are our favorite place to grab a beer, walk, cycle or just picnic. Keep in mind they are quite big and can’t be covered on foot in a day.

Enjoy the Spa’s of Baden Baden from Stuttgart

Baden Baden is a beautiful little spa town with public Caracalla baths suited for all and Roman Baths for those who do not mind nudity. There is nothing quite as refreshing & rejuvenating as a soak in the therapeutic thermal waters of Baden Baden, an evening strolling around Lichtentaler Allee and a night spent at the beautiful casino.

Enjoy views from Zugspitze

Zugspitze is Germany’s highest peak & your chance to enjoy snow, beautiful views and fresh air. Only 2 hrs drive from Munich it can be visited on a day trip but if you can do spend a few nights here. Go hiking around the trails, enjoy Eibsee Lake and the village of Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Spend a day at Europe’s biggest Theme Park

Young and old, all seem to enjoy a day at a Europa Part. It is Europe’s largest theme park and offers many thrilling rides and more. A visit in October actually lets you enjoy the park without the mad summer rush.

Shop till you drop at Munich’s Shopping Outlets

Special discounts and many perks are offered if you visit the Ingolstadt Outlets as a CustomHolidays’ visitor. Home to more than 110 boutiques offering International & German brands, stylish places to eat and glamorous evening events, Ingolstadt Outlets are just an hour from Munich.

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