Munich’s Oktoberfest is the world’s largest and most popular Volksfest. This year marks the 185th year celebration of the famous Bavarian beer festival. Incase you can’t make it to the original Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich, we’ve listed the 13 best cities in the UK and across Europe to pick up a stein and prost (cheers)!

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Several cities in Germany celebrate the beginning of autumn with each location offering something unique. Find the best city to participate in the folk festivities based on your interests.

 

Seeking southern charm without the crowds – Cannstatter Volksfest

Interested in celebrating in southern Germany, but want to avoid the crowds in Munich? Go to the spacious Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart. This beautiful festival is situated along the Neckar River, complete with fairground rides and attractions. One highlight is the big hot air balloon race, and the spectacular closing fireworks show!

Where? Cannstatter Wasen, Stuttgart, Germany

Oktoberfest 2018 dates: September 14. – October 14.2018

 

Want to see all sides of Germany in one place – Spreewiesn Berlin

Starting on September 16th, the least traditional state takes on another personality. It isn’t every day that you see typical icons of Oktoberfest in Germany’s alternative capital. Embrace the presence of pretzels, weiss beer, and tasty roast chicken in the Spreewiesen Hut. This cottage is from Munich’s own Oktoberfest and adds a Bavarian flair to the festivities, along with delicious food, great music, and lots and lots of beer!

Where? At Postbahnhof (right next to Ostbahnhof train station), Berlin, Germany

Oktoberfest 2018 dates: September  – October. 2018 (not open everyday)

 

 

Get into the tents without the entrance fee and reservations – Oktoberfest Hamburg

Oktoberfest takes place just east of Hamburg’s old city, at the Wandsbeker festival. With lots of people and a great atmosphere, this festival is in the authentic Bavarian style except for one thing: the entrance fee. The practice of charging an entrance fee got lost somewhere along the almost 500-mile trip from Munich.

Where? Wandsbeker Marktstraße, Hamburg, Germany

Oktoberfest 2018 dates: September  – October. 2018

 

 

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A Bavarian weekend-take-over in central Spain – Oktoberfest Madrid

This year marks the fourth ever  “La Oktoberfest” in Madrid. Expect to find your favourite Bavarian dishes and German beer! This festival has become very popular, so a table reservation is highly recommended.

Where? WiZink Center, Madrid, Spain

Oktoberfest 2018 dates: October. 2018

 

 

A stein in your hand, live music, and the sand under your feet – Oktoberfest Calella (Barcelona)

Ever dream of a beach edition of Oktoberfest? Look no further! Calella is a popular seaside resort situated near Barcelona. Apart from a dreamy beachside location, Oktoberfest in Calella has great music! The three-week folks festive boasts over 3,000 musicians.

Where? Beach of Calella, Spain

Oktoberfest 2018 dates: September – October. 2018

 

 

Relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere meets Bavarian tradition – Oktoberfest Marseille

An ice cold wheat beer on the Côte d’Azur? Um, yes, please! Just like in Paris, Marseille hosts live German bands, mixing Bavarian with a Mediterranean culture twist.

Where? Parc Chanot – Palais de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France

Oktoberfest 2018 dates: October – November 04. 2018

 

 

Oktoberfest with man’s best friend – Oktoberfest Genoa

The oldest Oktoberfest celebration in Italy is held in Genoa. This celebration is ideal for families and even has several kids events. Not to mention, this festival offers a paradise for your canine friends with “Dogtoberfest” with mini games for dogs and information sessions for children to pet dogs and learn about how to approach them.

Where? Piazza della Vittoria, Genoa, Italy

Oktoberfest 2018 dates: September. 2018

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Good times with a chance of rain – Oktoberfest London

London is known for being remarkably international, thus it is no surprise that the British are keen to take part in the Bavarian fun! Several festivals are held throughout the city, and the biggest is in Millwall Park. An astonishing 50,000 visitors are expected to enjoy the traditional music. Don’t miss your chance to see your favourite British lads and lasses all dressed up in traditional Oktoberfest garments.

Where? Millwall Park, Canary Wharf, London, UK

Oktoberfest 2018 dates: September – October. 2018

 

Mid-October party shenanigans – Oktoberfest Manchester

Enjoy the best of Munich’s beer festival in the heart of Manchester. Expect live traditional Bavarian music, sausages of all kinds and a night to forget. For the Oktoberfest-fanatics, you’re in luck. The party starts in Manchester on a Wednesday, smack bang in the middle of Oktoberfest. Which means you can go to both to Munich’s original party as well as this northern English remake.

Where? Albert Square, Manchester, UK

Oktoberfest 2018 dates: October. 2018

 

Late October weekend escape – Oktoberfest Edinburgh

Edinburgh has been celebrating Oktoberfest since 2013 in Red Square, West Princes Street Gardens. The party includes the usual suspects of beer tents, Bavarian colours, and everything else that belongs to a proper folks fest.

Where? Red Square, West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, UK

Oktoberfest 2018 dates: October. 2018

 

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Oktoberfest fever has also reached Germany’s western neighbours. Paris expects hundreds of thousands of visitors this year for the celebration. The main festival tent can hold over 1,500 visitors and is complete with live Bavarian folk music. Enjoy your beer in style with a French twist on the Seine River.

Where? Paris Event Center, France

Oktoberfest 2018 dates:  October. 2018

Relaxing atmosphere in a 15th-century brewery – Oktoberfest Gdansk

For Oktoberfest fans that want to celebrate in a more relaxing environment, Oktoberfest in Gdansk is for you! The Bavarian brewery is an ideal and historic location, beautifully decorated with real Bavarian flair! Not to mention, this is a great location if you aren’t a big fan of traditional German beer. We will turn a blind eye if you opt out for some local brew ;).

Where? Brovarnia Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland

Oktoberfest 2018 dates: September – October. 2018

 

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For the lederhosen fanatics – Oktoberfest Stockholm

Over 2,000 visitors are expected to attend Stockholm’s Oktoberfest. Don’t expect just any visitors though! The festival highly recommends dressing up and even offers costume rental. Plus, don’t miss the highly anticipated authentic “Heidi-Models” that is a highlight of the event.

Where? Stockholmsmässan, Stockholm, Sweden

Oktoberfest 2018 dates: August September. 2018

 

Catherine Munnelly

Catherine Munnelly

Born and bred in Dublin, Catherine left the Emerald Isle in pursuit of exploration. Her hobbies include spending countless hours planning her next trip, travel blogging and Google deep diving.
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