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October Feast
Millions turn into honorary Deutschers during autumn's Oktoberfests. Try these eight authentically German places to get your bratwurst and Bier.
Oompah, bratwurst, hot pretzels, dark beer… ahh, the much-honored German tradition of Oktoberfest. It all started in Munich as a wedding celebration for Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen on the second-to-last weekend of September 1810. The party was such a hit that it blossomed into an annual fall harvest festival. Munich's Oktoberfest (<>), where 7 million visitors wash down innumerable sausages, roasted chickens and pork knuckles with 14 million mass (liters of beer), runs Sept. 14 to Oct. 3 this year. Admission is free.

With about 500,000 revelers, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (800-246-9872, <>), in Cincinnati, ranks as the world's second-largest Oktoberfest. Cincinnatians—who call part of their city Over the Rhine, after its original German residents—get competitive about their event: In 1994, 48,000 people tossed dignity aside and flapped their way to a record for the World's Largest Chicken Dance. This year's free celebration takes place downtown Sept. 18 and 19.

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