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09/16/2013 07:34 pm ET Updated Nov 16, 2013

Fall Fun in Munich: Oktoberfest, Nightlife, and Music Festivals

The autumn season offers a variety of exciting things to do in Munich, the third-largest city in Germany. Activities can range from enjoying the superb nightlife to taking a bike tour of the city. The coming of fall also means the approach of the long-anticipated Oktoberfest, as well as the Munich Hardcore Festival.

Go Nuts for Oktoberfest

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September through the first weekend in October spans the weeks of the world's rowdiest beer bash: Oktoberfest. This 16-day Bavarian holiday is a traditional celebration of singing, dancing, and drinking. Oktoberfest in Munich features carnival games, amusement park rides, arcades, and lively crowds of revelers enjoying music from local bands. Attractive waitresses dressed in traditional dirndls serve world-class beer and traditional Bavarian food.Each year, Oktoberfest in Munich draws more than 6 million people from around the globe, making it the largest fair on Earth.

Enjoy the Nightlife

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For travelers looking to explore the best of Munich's nightlife scene, Kultfabrik and Optimolwerke are local favorites.Once the location of a noodle factory, these adjacent lots are home to the largest nightlife scene in Europe. Kultfabrik draws a rowdy crowd of primarily teenagers, while Optimolwerke attracts an older crowd to its upscale bars and clubs.

Stay Fit

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Mike's Bike Tours offers a unique sightseeing tour of the city and a chance to meet new people while working off the caloric German beer from the night before. At the start of the tour, the friendly, entertaining tour guides present a brief overview of the city's history. The tour covers four miles in four hours, so it's not too strenuous. In addition, there are many pit stops at beer halls along the way, as well as highlights such as the Chinese Tower in the Englischer Garten and the Schwabing neighborhood.

Get Hardcore

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Fall is the peak season for music festivals in Munich. For those travelers who are fans of hardcore music or simply curious to explore a new scene, the Munich Hardcore Festival is a must. The Munich Hardcore Festival features a mix of established hardcore acts and up-and-coming, local bands. Past performers at this two-day festival include Per Capita, Lost Gravity, Sonic Abuse, and Adams Apple to name a few.

This article is by Mariah Morton, Party Earth writer.

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