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OKTOBERFEST GERMANY 2018 LOCATIONS
Are you planning to attend Oktoberfest Germany 2018? Each fall Germany welcomes tourists and travelers from across the globe for the ultimate autumnal celebration. From the classic German Oktoberfest in Munich to the surrounding cities, there is something to see, do, eat, and drink in every corner of Germany at this time of year, and in this Drive to Discover guide we've highlighted a few of our favorite Oktoberfest locations where you can enjoy an epic celebration this fall. Each Oktoberfest location highlighted in this guide is the perfect place to spend a day - drive there in the morning, park your Germany rental car, and then explore 2018's Germany Oktoberfest celebration safely on foot, enjoying the classic German bratwurst and beer in the open-air celebration that is known around the world.
1. HOFBRAUHAUS BEER HALL MUNICH
Pick up your rental car at Munich airport when you arrive and make the quick 30-minute drive to Hofbrauhaus! Although this is considered the most popular (read touristy) beer hall/restaurant in Munich, anyone interested in experiencing traditional, beer culture in Munich needs to start their Oktoberfest 2018 journey here. Hofbraushaus is a 3-story beer hall featuring beer stein safes, one of a kind storage racks that act as secure lockers for the, in some cases, extremely valuable steins of the regular patrons. The restaurant's location at the center of town, within walking distance to many must-see sites of downtown Munich, make Hofbrauhaus a perfect introduction to the German beer culture.
NEXT STOP: 14 MINUTES
2. MUNICH'S OKTOBERFEST GERMANY 2017
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany began as a horse race in 1810, if you can believe it. The horse race was held to celebrate a royal German wedding, but it turned out that the horse race wasn't quite as interesting as the beer, which everyone enjoyed so much they decided that wedding or no they would reconvene the following year for another beer-laden celebration. Oktoberfest 2018 will be the world's biggest party this year - an annual love fest for brewing which draws over six million people a year.
The Munich fairgrounds are called Theresienwiese or d'Wiesn locally and are the central location, just south of the city's main train station. Leave your rental car at your hotel and take public transportation. This will allow you to take a walking tour, enjoying great beer, a fun atmosphere, and fantastic street food. 2018 Oktoberfest Germany in Munich gets underway on September 22nd and runs through October 7th, and we recommend arriving in Munich on a weekday which will allow you to explore the fairgrounds on one of the more tame days. This way you can skip the long lines and amazing weekend crowds, while still enjoying the atmosphere, food, and drink that has made Munich's Oktoberfest celebration world-famous.
If you'd like to reserve a table in one of the large beer tents on the fairgrounds, you can do so in advance on www.oktoberfest.de, and we recommend doing so now as these prized tables usually book up several months in advance. The tent you choose will really determine the crowd you're enjoying the festivities with. Hacker tent tends to be the rowdiest, Hofbrau tent is generally filled with an eclectic mix of tourists and travelers from around the world and Augustiner will provide the most authentic Bavarian crowd. In addition to the one-liter glass mugs filled with amber heaven, Munich's Oktoberfest is known for a few classic food staples which include Hendl (grilled chicken that will make your taste buds sing), Schweinshaxe (pork knuckles, you'll want a big plate for these beauties), and Breze (pretzels as big as your head).
POPULAR MUNICH RENTAL CAR LOCATIONS
Start off your road trip right, with a Munich rental car from Auto Europe. We specialize in providing our customers with the very best rental car experience, including providing convenient rental car locations throughout Munich. Below you will find a list of Munich's most popular rental car destinations. Reserve your Munich rental car today!
• Munich Airport Rental Car
• Munich Central Station Rental Car
• Munich Pasing Rail Station Rental Car
NEXT STOP: 2 HOURS & 20 MINUTES
3. STUTTGART'S OKTOBERFEST 2017
If you're looking for a fantastic Oktoberfest location in Germany that will rival the world-renowned party in Munich, Stuttgart's annual celebration (known locally as Wasan), is an amazing option within comfortable driving distance of Munich. With a history that dates to within 8 years of Munich's first Oktoberfest, Stuttgart's annual beer celebration attracts four million visitors every year, making it one of the best places in Germany to experience beer culture.
Stuttgart's Cannstatter Volksfest runs from September 28th to October 14th in 2018 and will offer you the charm of Munich's iconic celebration with less tourist traffic, making it an ideal spot to enjoy a traditional German beer celebration that's filled with locals. In addition to the wurst, brew, fair rides, and lederhosen, Stuttgart is a top-notch European city filled with amazing architecture, culture, dining, and art which is well-suited to exploring by foot after you check into your hotel. If you're looking for a break from the Oktoberfest fare, why not treat yourself to dinner at an upscale restaurant in Stuttgart? Here are a few of our favorites:
• Restaurant Christophorus - A European steakhouse that won't disappoint. From high-quality, prime beef complemented with a glass of wine (a nice break from all the steins!), to more casual fare, this is an excellent choice for dinner reservations, and it's near the Porsche museum, which allows you to combine some sightseeing and dining into one delicious detour!
• Cube - Dinner with the best view in Stuttgart! Treat yourself to an early meal and enjoy a high-end dining experience for a middle-of-the-road price tag.
• Weinstube Am Stadtgraben - Ranked by Tripadvisor as the #1 restaurant in all of Stuttgart, you can't go wrong with this beautiful German restaurant. Expect fantastic service, authentic, well-prepared food, and a cozy dining experience which will be a welcome break from the Oktoberfest crowds.
So what kind of Munich rental car should you drive to Stuttgart to take in the sights, sounds, flavors, and beer-loving community? We recommend a Mercedes Benz rental, an appropriate choice considering that the city of Stuttgart is known as the birthplace of this iconic brand.
POPULAR STUTTGART RENTAL CAR LOCATIONS
Auto Europe also offers convenient pick-up and drop-off locations throughout Stuttgart, ensuring you have the ability to start your German road trip at any location. Reserve your Stuttgart rental car today!
• Stuttgart Airport Car Rental
• Stuttgart Central Station Car Rental
NEXT STOP: 2 HOURS & 10 MINUTES
4. RED BEER FROM THE ROCK-CUT CELLARS OF NUREMBERG
Taking a break from Oktoberfest celebrations, we suggest heading to Nuremberg in northern Bavaria. The city is known for malty red beer which was historically safer than the local water supply. Thankfully the brew was just recently (1984) brought back into production by a local brewery Hausbrauerei Altstadthof using local ingredients to replicate the beer of the time. In addition to imbibing, be sure to take a tour of the maze of rock-cut cellars, a network of sandstone cellars covering six acres beneath the old city center. Be sure to stop in Wurzburg on your way to Frankfurt, where history has it, the citizens revolted against the increase in the price of beer.
POPULAR NUREMBERG RENTAL CAR LOCATIONS
Should you wish to start or end your road trip in Nuremberg, Auto Europe proudly provides our customers with rental car locations throughout the city. Below you will find a shortlist of the most popular rental car locations in Nuremberg. Use the Booking Engine at the top of the page to reserve your Nuremberg rental car now!
• Nuremberg Airport Car rental
• Nuremberg Central Station Car Rental
NEXT STOP: 2 HOURS & 21 MINUTES
5. FRANKFURT'S OKTOBERFEST 2018
After enjoying Munich and Stuttgart's offerings, we recommend that you finish your trip to another German Gem: Frankfurt! Oktoberfest Germany 2018 is truly a national celebration, and Frankfurt's gathering of beer-lovers runs from the 12th of September to the 7th of October. It's an excellent spot to end your trip as it offers travelers the opportunity to plan their flights into and out of several of Germany's major airports by planning to drop off your rental car at Frankfurt am Main. You can also plan an extra day or two at the beginning and end of your trip to explore one of these popular cities in Germany.