Millions turn into honorary Deutschers during autumn's Oktoberfests. Try these eight authentically German places to get your bratwurst and
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
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.
about 500,000 revelers, Oktoberfest
Zinzinnati (800-246-9872, <www.oktoberfest-zinzinnati.com>),
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.