Oktoberfest in Munich

DSC_9183The 16-day celebration of Oktoberfest has long put Munich on the international map, but these days there’s far more to Bavaria’s capital city than just the legendary beerhalls. Famous for its thriving contemporary art scene, riverside parks and delicious regional cuisine, visitors arriving in town specifically for Oktoberfest could well find themselves joining the trend and investing in a second home in this charming and unique city.

Oktoberfest is a festival in honour of beer that runs from late September until the first weekend in October, triggering more than six million guests arriving in Munich. A hugely important part of Bavarian culture, Oktoberfest has been held since 1810 and, along with beer, celebrates the historic food, music and dress of the region. It’s still inclusive for foreigners though, with some of the largest beer tents capable of seating 8, 500 people.

 Even without Oktoberfest, Munich’s beer gardens are justifiably called a cultural institution. Whether the weather merits it or not, you’ll always find locals sitting out enjoying one of the city’s many craft beers, and there’s no better way to feel at home than simply to sit down and join them. An understanding and appreciation of different brews will be an asset to any visitor to Munich, and enthusiastic experts will find plenty of tasting opportunities to expand their palate.

When the hustle and bustle of thousands of beer-filled revellers grows a little tiring, Munich has plenty of calmer places to retreat to. Englischer Garten is one of Europe’s finest urban parks, and at 900 acres is even bigger than New York’s Central Park. The Eisbach runs along the park’s southern side, where surfers gather to ride the river’s waves, while the abundance of trees creates several shady walkways for autumnal strolls. To pick up some provisions before heading to the park, the Viktualienmarkt in the heart of Munich is where you’ll find everything you could possibly want. In addition to the huge outdoor market itself, the Schrannenhalle speciality food hall just next door ensures you won’t leave hungry. Selling everything from Bavarian delicacies to more modern treats like gummy bears and handmade chocolates, you can easily spend all afternoon wandering up and down the enticing stalls.

If you’re in town during October, don’t miss the Long Night of the Museums. Scheduled for Saturday 19th this year, the city’s museums, art galleries and even botanic gardens keep their doors open all night, with live music and charity auctions also part of the fun. You can view spectacular modern art, tour ancient buildings or attend special screenings throughout the city. Munich’s growing cultural importance has cemented its position as a favoured second home location for international buyers. Investors from Russia, the UK and the Middle East all have an established expatriate presence in the city, sending the value of property here increasingly high. Add that to Germany’s famously stable economy, and Munich’s property market looks set to enjoy yet another excellent year.

There’s never been a better time to invest in this fascinating city’s real estate market, and no one better than Engel & Volkers to help you through the process. Founded in Germany and now an internationally established company, we combine local expertise with multinational and multilingual capabilities. Find out more by visiting our website.

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