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Oktoberfest in April

I've just been hoisting a Maß of beer at a huge festival at Munich's Oktoberfest grounds, and it's not even September yet.

Oktoberfest originally started in 1810 as a wedding celebration for Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I of Bavaria) and his new bride, Princess Therese von Sachsen. The people of Munich decided they had so much fun, they wanted to make it an annual event and Oktoberfest was born.

Well, in 1964 they decided that once a year just wasn't enough, so they would celebrate the arrival of spring with a Spring Festival, the Frühlings Fest. Known as the "Little Sister of Oktoberfest," the Spring Festival is a fraction the size, gets a fraction of the visitors, but has all of the fun of big brother. It usually begins in late April, and runs for two weeks. For 2011 the dates are April 29 to May 15.

Inside the Augustiner tent
Inside the Augustiner tent at Munich's Spring Festival

One of my tour members gets a handle on a Maß

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