Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest in Hamburg on the roof of Karstadt

Oktoberfest

Think Germany, think Oktoberfest: Complete with gigantic beer steins, brass bands and lederhosen. Hamburg, too, has its offshoot of this Bavarian event.

Oktoberfest

Some might think that the world-famous Oktoberfest is as German as it gets. Brass bands, large beer steins, dirndl dresses and the ever-present Lederhosen come to mind. In reality, it is mostly Bavaria — Germany's largest and southernmost federal state — that has shaped this image of Germany. It's in the Bavarian capital, Munich, where the world-famous Oktoberfest is celebrated annually. Hamburg, however, has to offer a few Oktoberfest events itself, despite being located a mere 800 kilometres north of Munich.

Oktoberfest in Hamburg

Geographically, the two cities couldn't be further away from each other — all the more reason to bring the Oktoberfest to the Elbe river. Hamburg, which has its own gigantic public festival in the DOM funfair, suddenly trades in the roasted almonds and candy apples for Weisswurst (Bavarian veal sausages), pretzels and, of course, beer. The Mass (large drafted beer served in a glass or earthenware mug) plays an integral part in the festivities. In this light, minor inconsistencies, like September being the month when Oktoberfest is celebrated, shouldn’t be questioned too rigidly.

Oktoberfest-themed events in September and October 2018 will be announced in due time.

Oktoberfest