The Oktoberfest is an annual 16-day long festival held in Munich in the southern German region of Bavaria. It is the largest beer festival in the world, attracting some 6 million visitors from around the world.
The Oktoberfest dates back to the early 1800s. Nowadays over 7 million liters of beer are consumed in tents set up on the "Theresienwiese" in Munich. DW can be tempted by the odd jar or "Stein" now and then, just like the rest of us; our recent Oktoberfest material is all poured onto a single page here.
This week, we take a closer look at the idea of national unity in Germany, 28 years on from reunification. We discover how sound can impact our mental well being and participate in a 'happiness' class at a primary school in New Dehli. Plus, we check out Berlin's own version of Oktoberfest and meet a father and son tracing the steps of US military history across Europe.
Some 45 million Americans have German roots, but not much can be seen beyond the Brauhaus and Oktoberfest. Why? For German-American Day, we tracked down what led Germans to land in the US — and how they left their mark.
Oktoberfest has a strong association with the Bavarian city of Munich — but the festivities are by no means restricted there. In fact, Oktoberfest is celebrated around the country. Berlin is just about as un-Bavarian as a German city can be, but it still does its best to accommodate the party tradition every year. Tamsin Walker went to check it out.