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Slideshow: Souvenir Travel Clothes That Don't Translate Back Home

Sep 16th, 2013 at 4:30PM: We've all done it. Caught up in the excitement of a great trip, we find ourselves "going local," and buying an article (or wardrobe) of indigenous clothing to show our love for a place. Sometimes, as with vintage aloha shirts, pretty kurtas, handcrafted leather sandals or Latin American peasant blouses, these looks play well back home. At their worst, however, they make the wearer resemble a...

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013 Jan 21st, 2013 at 9:00AM: Have you ever landed in a place to find out you arrived just after the town's can't-miss event of the year? Well, hopefully that won't happen again this year. Gadling bloggers racked their brains to make sure our readers don't overlook the best parties to be had throughout the world in 2013. Below are more than 60 music festivals, cultural events, pilgrimages and celebrations you should...

What You Need To Know About Oktoberfest 2012

What You Need To Know About Oktoberfest 2012 Sep 20th, 2012 at 10:00AM: I love Oktoberfest season. Just as the summer heat disappears, men in lederhosen with feathered hats take to the streets, and I can sample all the Oktoberfest beers that arrive in my favorite beer stores. (This year my favorite is the Otter Creek Oktoberfest, which is brewed with real Vermont maple syrup.) Munich's Oktoberfest starts on Saturday and in the coming weeks, there will be Oktoberfest...

Bierfest brings the spirit of Oktoberfest to London

Bierfest brings the spirit of Oktoberfest to London Oct 1st, 2011 at 12:00PM: While not everyone can find time in their busy schedule to make it over to Germany for Oktoberfest, those in London from October 5-7, 2011, can still experience the spirit of the festival. London will host their annual Bierfest at Old Billingsgate Market, which will be transformed into an authentic-style Oktoberfest celebration with traditional German food, unlimited steins of beer, live music,...

Oktoberfest bathrooms (and tips for next year)

Oktoberfest bathrooms (and tips for next year) Oct 15th, 2010 at 9:55AM: With so much beer consumed at Munich's Oktoberfest, it's only logical that urination becomes a world-class activity. The bathrooms at the festival run the gamut from: good, fine, okay, crowded, packed and insane (see below) to convivial, non-existent, trees, bushes, lampposts and grass. Don't be shocked to find many people -- usually men -- at the Theresienwiese (festival grounds) discharging...

Oktoberfest by the numbers

Oktoberfest by the numbers Oct 8th, 2010 at 2:36PM: "Everyone would be happy to have an Oktoberfest," said Vicky Weller, from Munich. "Everybody: the restaurants, the beer halls, the shops and the city make money." Indeed this is one big ATM for Munich but hey, they put on a fine festival. The official figures are in and an estimated 6.4 million people visited Oktoberfest from around the world. Italians seemed to be the largest non-German...

Oktoberfest: Lots of food and more than 8 million gallons of beer

Oktoberfest: Lots of food and more than 8 million gallons of beer Oct 7th, 2010 at 11:24AM: Oktoberfest grew like an indelible beast as Munich crowds headed by subway, bus and foot to the Theresienwiese fairgrounds. It was the last night, after all -- and there was still plenty of beer to consume. Thousands converged, happily dressed in everything from traditional colorful dirndls, lederhosen and vests to ordinary t-shirts and leather jackets. It really makes no difference what you wear...

Beer logistics at Munich's Oktoberfest

Beer logistics at Munich's Oktoberfest Oct 5th, 2010 at 10:31AM: "It's a panic," remarked Michael Bannister, a distinguished gentleman visiting from Cambridge, England. "The thing is they all know the songs." The crowd -- some ten thousand strong -- sang along with various German tunes but the real gusto was reserved for intentional hits. They belted the chorus from "Hey Jude" so loud the rafters seemed to shake. People inside the Paulaner tent danced in place...

Munich, Germany's 200th Anniversay of Oktoberfest

Munich, Germany's 200th Anniversay of Oktoberfest Oct 4th, 2010 at 8:35AM: Ten thousand people, all enjoying liter mugs flowing with fresh Paulaner beer, swayed and clapped, hooted and hollered and joined together to sing that traditional German song, "Sweet Home Alabama." The lively Oom Pa Pa band churned it out in a way that Lynyrd Skynyrd would appreciate. Packed to the rafters, I spied an empty seat and grabbed it. Ah, now seated, I ordered a beer (there is only one...

Arriving at Munich's Oktoberfest 2010

Arriving at Munich's Oktoberfest 2010 Sep 29th, 2010 at 12:01PM: Direct, no muss no fuss and much simpler than flying, I arrived into Munich, the capital of Bavaria, on the evening train from Budapest. It was easy -- buy a first class ticket, get on the train a couple of minutes before embarkation, stow your bags, and away we go. I traveled through eastern Hungary, bucolic and somewhat scenic, then the entirety of Austria. The train passed green hamletted...

Gadlinks for Wednesday 9.30.09

Gadlinks for Wednesday 9.30.09 Sep 30th, 2009 at 6:30PM: It's the last day of September, and I think you could say summer is now over. SAD. But autumn is here -- and there's plenty of great travel-worthy things to see and do this fall! Here are just a few reads that might inspire you to take a trip soon. Say "October" and two things come to mind: Halloween and Oktoberfest. If you're in the U.S., Halloween is imminent, but Oktoberfest? Not so much...

Oktoberfest off to a bad start for Aussies

Oktoberfest off to a bad start for Aussies Sep 22nd, 2009 at 2:30PM: Just two days into Germany's Oktoberfest celebration, one Australian man is dead and another in jail. The man who died was running alongside a train close to his campsite outside of Munich after the festival, when he fell underneath the train's wheels. Another Aussie was arrested just a few hours into the festival, after he threw a beer stein into a crowd and injured two teenagers. Oktoberfest...

Are you a bartender? Win a trip to Oktoberfest!

Are you a bartender? Win a trip to Oktoberfest! Jul 31st, 2009 at 2:00PM: Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur is holding its first-ever bartender competition this year on September 15. Haven't heard of Bärenjäger? That's okay, I hadn't either. It's a 35 percent alcohol liqueur which was originally developed by medieval woodland warriors to aid them in the catching and killing of bears. I'm serious. They called it "meschkinnes." And Bärenjäger means...

Gadling + BootsnAll - Picks of the Week (4.10.09)

Gadling + BootsnAll - Picks of the Week (4.10.09) Apr 10th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Welcome back to another weekly installment of our Gadling and BootsnAll Picks of the Week. Every Friday we've been taking a look at 4-5 of the most interesting stories from our friends at independent travel website BootsnAll. What strange destinations, thought-provoking lists and out-of-the-way festival ideas did we come up with? Check below for a few ideas: Beer Bash - if you like drinking...

Oktoberfest can be expensive... especially if you take a 2,000 cab to get there

Oktoberfest can be expensive... especially if you take a 2,000 cab to get there Oct 7th, 2008 at 2:30PM: Have you ever missed a flight? It's a stressful and frustrating situation, especially if you have a carefully planned out itinerary that requires your presence in certain places at certain times. When a man named Dave missed his flight from Portsmouth to Munich -- where he was to celebrate his friend's bachelor party by drinking beer at Oktoberfest -- he decided to forgo the airlines. Instead he...

Oktoberfest 2008: Gadling wants your tips for enjoying the world's biggest festival

Oktoberfest 2008: Gadling wants your tips for enjoying the world's biggest festival Sep 15th, 2008 at 8:00AM: It's that time of year again, when millions of beer-craving revelers descend on Germany's second city, Munich, for the world's largest fair, Oktoberfest, which kicks off this coming Saturday, Sept. 20, and runs through Oct. 5. Yes, it's über touristy and expensive. But it's also a hell of a lot of fun, especially for first timers, and it probably ranks as one of those travel things that...

Oktoberfest in Munich: Read about it...in March?

Oktoberfest in Munich: Read about it...in March? Mar 10th, 2008 at 6:30PM: Anyone who has experienced Munich's famed Oktoberfest knows one truth about the world's biggest beer binge above all else: It's damn hard to get into one of those tents on the Theresienwiese. My brother and I tried a few years ago, standing in the rain in several endless lines for nearly two hours, thirsty, with my brother turning to me and finally asking a question probably not often uttered in...

10-Day Sausage Fest in Texas

10-Day Sausage Fest in Texas Oct 8th, 2007 at 10:39AM: New Braunfels, Texas, has been holding "Wurstfest -- The 10-day salute to sausage" for 46 years. While the rest of the world celebrates Oktoberfest, New Braunfels' residents wait a bit longer in the fall to honor another German favorite besides beer: sausage. The fest kicks off with the traditional "biting of the sausage" (see photo) and continues with plenty of accordion music, and the chance to...

Oktoberfest Lessons: The Chicken Dance

Oktoberfest Lessons: The Chicken Dance Sep 21st, 2007 at 9:30AM: To get you ready for this Oktoberfest season, we've advised you on what to wear-- Lederhosen, given you instructions on how to eat a Weisswurst, shown you the best carnival rides to try, and pointed you towards the best beer. To recap, we've hit dress, food, entertainment and libations. What's missing from this Oktoberfest round-up is dancing. To prevent the situation where you are left standing...

How to Eat Weisswurst in Munich

How to Eat Weisswurst in Munich Sep 8th, 2007 at 9:30AM: "It's hard to find a restaurant in the German city that doesn't serve weisswurst," writes Chris Gray, a freelance writer living in Heidelberg, Germany, for World Hum. "But it's said that the white sausages should never hear the noon church bells." If you're heading to Munich for this year's Oktoberfest, there should be no escaping the traditional Bavarian breakfast of weisswurst. But there are...

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