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Munich's Oktoberfest is a beer-lover's dream

By Rick Steves

This article was published September 10, 2017 at 1:51 a.m.

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Oktoberfest’s tents are packed, and together can seat more than 100,000 partiers at a time.

With Germany’s best beers flowing by the liter at Oktoberfest, Bavarians are happy to toast with friendly foreigners.

Last year in Munich, I joined the planet's biggest kegger -- Oktoberfest. With my fellow revelers, we swayed our beer steins and toasted to "Gemuetlichkeit" (the cozy and convivial atmosphere). At the "whop" sound signaling the tapping of a classic old wooden keg, everyone knew they were in for a good fresh mug -- and another round of Oktoberfest cheer.

With Germany’s best beers flowing by the liter at Oktoberfest, Bavarians are happy to toast with friendly foreigners.

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