- Enjoy the best of Munich at Oktoberfest

August 19, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News reports only 35 days remain until the start of Munich's most popular annual event - Oktoberfest.

This 16-day celebration of beer and Bavarian culture dates back to 1810 and has been attracting people to Munich hotels for decades.

As the event marks its 200th anniversary this year, the organisers have promised to deliver the biggest and best Oktoberfest experience for everyone who attends.

For this reason, the festival has been extended and will now run from September 17th to October 4th, instead of between September 18th and October 3rd as originally planned.

A number of special features have been planned to make the 2010 edition extra special, including a historic reconstruction of Oktoberfests gone by and a commemorative horse race.

This event will recall the festival's origin in the early 1800s, when a horse race was held to celebrate the royal wedding of Bavaria's Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

According to the organisers, these special additions to the programme will take place on September 17th, with the ceremonial tapping of the first keg of beer occurring the following day.

For many people, Oktoberfest provides the perfect excuse to eat, drink and be merry.

As well as the large number of traditional brews on offer, visitors can recharge their batteries with hearty German fare such as hendl (roast chicken), weisswurst (white sausage), reiberdatschi (potato pancakes) and sauerkraut.

The tapping of the first beer barrel is carried out by the lord mayor of Munich and is traditionally accompanied by a 12-gun salute.

During Oktoberfest, beer is served between 10:00 and 22:30 local time on weekdays, with the tents opening an hour earlier at the weekend.

Visitors are advised to arrive early if they want to get a seat, as the beer halls become increasingly crowded as the day goes on.

For more information on this event, visit the Oktoberfest website. features a range of accommodation in Munich, including the Hotel Leonardo Munich.

Editors Notes: is part of B2C sector of TUI Travel PLC's Accommodation and Destination Division. Also within this sector are and is the UK's leading online accommodation site offering late availability deals in over 37,000 properties worldwide, ranging from bed and breakfasts to five star luxury hotels. offers customers a saving of up to 70 per cent off the normal room rate for a variety of independent and branded hotels. Customers can book online or by phone 24/7, whether booking 12 months or 12 minutes in advance whatever time, whatever day. No other accommodation site offers this flexibility. arms customers with information to help them choose the right hotel. Users can read from over 540,000 true hotel reviews, written by customers who have booked through and actually stayed at the hotel. is the first online site to use VisitBritain's official national classification system to rate its hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest houses. This ensures customers know the standards of quality they can expect when making a reservation.

To view press pages, please see