Drink beer by the litre, feast on traditional Bavarian foods (including 15-inch pretzels!), be entertained by live brass bands and carouse away the days and nights with thousands of other revellers from all over the globe at the world’s largest Volksfest, held annually in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is a 16-day folk festival running from mid-September through to the first weekend of October, held in the Theresienwiese area (often called the Wiesn for short) located close to Munich’s city centre. The Schottenhamel tent is the place to be if you want to catch the official opening ceremony on 22nd September, since it is here, at 12 noon, that the Mayor of Munich taps the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. Now in its 185th year, this year’s festival which will cover almost 35 hectares and a variety of new rides will be introduced, including “Chaos Pendel” which combines a swing and slingshot firing two cabins each containing 8 passengers in all possible directions!