The king of all beer festivals, Oktoberfest is a globally recognized event that should be on everyone’s fall bucket list. For the full experience, kit yourself out in a dirndl or lederhosen, snag a table at one of the brewery tents, and feast on traditional Bavarian foods such as pretzels, spaetzle, and bratwurst. While in Munich, take the time to explore Bavaria’s lakes and mountains, visit the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle, or head up to the mountaintop Eagle’s Nest (which is open until October). The region’s famous views are even more impressive when the alpine forests ablaze with colorful foliage.
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