We all know that Oktoberfest originated from the great city of Munich where it is celebrated every year in style. However, if you are someone who travels and loves German beer and bratwursts don’t worry because below are the top cities apart from Munich you can also enjoy the authentic Oktoberfest experience.
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
The second largest Oktoberfest outside of Munich takes place in Canada’s twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. Kitchener was actually named Berlin from 1833 until 1916 because of the large number of German immigrants migrating to the city. Attracting about 700,000 people per year and enough steins to serve an army you really get the full Oktoberfest experience.
Blumenau also known as Brazils little Germany is hosts to South America’s best and well-known Oktoberfest celebrations. In 1850, German philosopher Hermann Bruno Otto Blumenau, along founded the town as an agricultural colony. Today about 30 percent of the towns 320,000 residents are thought to be of German decent. It is estimated that about 650,000 liters of beer are consumed every year which is a more then valiant effort from everyone who attends.
Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel celebrates its own version of Oktoberfest every year, Packed with authentic German beer, German cuisine and German music. Unlike some of the other drink till you can’t anymore the hotel only serves 200 steins per night so if you really want to take in this unique experience make sure you arrive early. The celebration, which stretches for 23 days, attracts more than 53,000 guests, who consume over 71,000 liters of beer.
If you’re down under but don’t want to miss the Oktoberfest experience you need to head to Brisbane, which hosts Australia’s largest Oktoberfest. The celebration attracts crowds of more than 30,000, however big festival manages do their best to maintain an intimate feel, thanks to the two Australian-German families who started, and still run, the festival. The festival takes place over the course of two weekends in October, Oktoberfest Brisbane features traditional German food and traditional German beer brewed specially for the event.
From September to November, Bierfest, South Africa’s own version of Oktoberfest travels through three South African cities. Each stop features a 4,000-seat beer tent, inspired by the original Munich event as well as three specialty beers brewed by brew masters from the South African Breweries. In addition to beer and traditional German food and of course that authentic German Oktoberfest music. A great experience for anyone who gets the opportunity.
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