Posted February 10, 2010 by Jamie Moore
Prost is what Germans say before downing a krug (stein) of beer. If you visit Munich during Oktoberfest, it's a word you'll learn well and repeat often. But there's beer a-plenty at all times of the year, especially in the largest biergarten in town. Afterward, satisfy your munchies with traditional German fast food and then sleep it off at an affordable and funky city-center hotel.
Koniglicher Hirschgarten: Every city in Germany has its own special brew, and Munich's is Augustiner. The best Augustiner in Munich, according to connoisseurs, is served from the 200-liter (52-gallon) wooden barrels at the Hirschgarten, the largest biergarten in Germany. During Oktoberfest (Wiesn to the locals) you may have to fight for one of the 8,000 seats. But that's all part of the fun, as is the local tradition of washing out krugs with a toilet bowl brush. Yes, the krugs of beer are that big, one liter (1/4 gallon) to be precise.
Bergwolf: You can't drink beer without craving fast food, and in Munich that means currywurst from Bergwolf. This traditional Bavarian food is at its best in this late-night cafe. What is it? Simply a spicy German sausage smothered in rich tomato-curry sauce. It's best accompanied by fries and mayonnaise, the European way, and washed down with … another beer, of course.
Arthotel: There's only one thing a belly full of beer, currywurst, and fries needs—a bed. If it can be found in a modern, tastefully decorated room, in a central location, at a reasonable rate, all the better. Arthotel has all of the above and one more thing: It's only a hop, skip, and a jump from the main train station and Oktoberfest festivities. Double rooms start at &eur;79 (about $108, see xe.com for current conversion rates.
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