It’s time to don your finest lederhosen and grab the nearest beer stein -- Oktoberfest is just around the corner. Kicking off on 22 September, this Bavarian celebration of all things beer runs until 7 October, attracting hordes of tourists to Munich for what is now an over 200-year-old event.
On 17 October, 1810, to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese Kronprinz, Prince Ludwig organised a horse race and invited all the people of Munich to attend. It was such a boozy success, they decided to do it every year.
Since then the event has firmly established itself in the Munich calendar. Around six million people now participate in the fun, with folk music, chicken and Märzen (a local tipple specially brewed for Oktoberfest).
For full details you can check out the official website, but if you want a guide you can carry in your pocket, download the Oktoberfest app. With a guide to all the best tents and rides, along with a map, lots of pictures and a counter to log how many beers you've sunk and check how drunk you are, it’s got everything you’ll need.
The Oktoberfest Guide (iPhone, free), with info on everything from the capacity of individual tents to places to buy dirndl and lederhosen, is also indispensible.