Among the most famous events in Germany is Oktoberfest, one of the largest fairs in the world with five million people attending every year. Oktoberfest is a 16-day event in Munich beginning in September, contrary to the name. Germans call it “die Wiesn,” German for meadows, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds. Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture and has been held since 1810.
This year Oktoberfest starts on Saturday, September 22, 2012. The U.S. Consulate General Munich has useful information and tips at the following links if you plan to attend:https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151185616953809&set=a.333726698808.153124.154862283808&type=1