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Munich's Oktoberfest is a beer-lover's dream

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Photographs by Rick Steves’ Europe/RICK STEVES

Oktoberfest’s tents are packed, and together can seat more than 100,000 partiers at a time.

Last year in Munich, I joined the planet's biggest kegger -- Oktoberfest. With my fellow revelers, we swayed our beer steins and toasted to "Gemuetlichkeit" (the cozy and convivial atmosphere). At the "whop" sound signaling the tapping of a classic old wooden keg, everyone knew they were in for a good fresh mug -- and another round of Oktoberfest cheer.

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With Germany’s best beers flowing by the liter at Oktoberfest, Bavarians are happy to toast with friendly foreigners. + Enlarge

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