The world's largest beer festival - Oktoberfest - is now officially underway in the Bavarian capital Munich. Some 7 million liters of brew are expected to flow at the two-week celebration. The event attracts revellers from all over the world.
Bavaria captivates tourists with its rustic traditions, royal palaces, and, of course, the Alps.
Berlin is about as un-Bavarian as a German city can be, but that doesn't stop Oktoberfest from rolling into town every fall. Tamsin Walker went to find out if Berliners embrace the Munich tradition.
Gingerbread hearts, beers, a tuba, pretzels and the Giant Ferris Wheel — symbols of Munich's beer festival — all appear on a white-blue sky on the new official Oktoberfest ceramic beer mug.
Lederhosen were not always popular. They nearly disappeared in the 1880s! But thanks to one Bavarian teacher and his drinking buddies, the shorts will fill Oktoberfest tents. DW presents some surprising lederhosen facts.
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