Five reasons to go to Oktoberfest (and five not to)
With just over 50 days to go until Munich's Oktoberfest starts, it’s 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 you shouldn’t.
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1) New friends: If you like being held in the sweaty embrace of a stranger surrounded by boys in lederhosen and girls in dirndls then Oktoberfest is for you. Perhaps it’s the alcohol, perhaps it’s the amount of tourists, or just the fact that you have no choice but to sit and stand close to strangers; but Oktoberfest is a great place to meet new people from every corner of the world.