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Five reasons to visit (and to avoid) Oktoberfest

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Five reasons to visit (and to avoid) Oktoberfest
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13:23 CEST+02:00
With just over 50 days to go until Munich's Oktoberfest starts, it is time to book your train/plane/horse to the world's biggest beer festival. Or is it? The Local List looks at five reasons you should be making that trip, and five why you'd better steer clear.

Oktoberfest in Bavaria's capital is world famous for encapsulating most German stereotypes - beer, lederhosen, dirndls, sausages, and yet somehow well run.

It is the most famous beer festival in the world and a must for many visitors and Germans alike. 

However, critics say this mammoth event long outgrew its "Volkfest" traditions and has been overrun by tourists who are being ripped off by brewers and targeted by bag thieves.

Time to give it a miss, or time to say no to the killjoys, strap up your lederhosen or dirndl and get your Maß on?

The Local List will help you decide.

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