Join Bavaria’s Biggest Party with Crystal River Cruises
Oktoberfest in Munich. A tradition of welcoming celebration since 1810, when Crown Prince Ludwig I married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen and the royal couple invited the citizens of Munich to attend festivities in honor of their union. This inclusive gesture from nobility toward the town’s commoners was a grand one for an era when the two factions typically kept to their own circles, and it was not lost on the people of Munich, and beyond city borders. Since that first group toast on the fields in front of the city gates, Oktoberfest has been a beloved tradition throughout Bavaria, bringing locals and tourists together over frosty steins and traditional feasts for the region’s grandest party of the year.
Oktoberfest is a cultural phenomenon that will captivate any visitor – the world’s largest beer and folk festival for more than 200 years. This all-sensory event is cloaked in colorful tents lined with the finest beer purveyors in Germany and surrounding region. Music fills the open-air fairgrounds and lederhosen and dirndls are the dress code du jour (though not at all required).
For those who have always dreamed of being a part of this time-honored tradition, Crystal River ships are the ultimate way to get there. Think of Oktoberfest with Crystal River Cruises as a bucket list experience within a bucket list experience. On four September 2018 voyages aboard Crystal Ravel, Crystal Mozart and Crystal Mahler, an overnight in Regensburg affords the opportunity to venture to Munich for a day spent reveling in the Oktoberfest festivities, and a night at the five-star Roccoforte Charles Hotel. During your two-day Crystal Overland Adventure, explore the event’s many breweries and indulge in the flavors of Bavaria in between toasts with your fellow partygoers at your specially reserved table.
Following breakfast the next day, set out into Munich to explore the city highlights beyond the steins and sudsy brews, as the town brims with other landmarks of Ludwig I’s reign. You’ll also explore Munich’s most iconic sites, including Town Hall, Frauenkirche Cathedral and the lovely Viktualienmarkt, which is bustling daily with locals and visitors seeking a taste of Munich.
Grab your stein, lederhosen and spirit of celebration, and join Crystal Ravel, Mozart and Mahler for Oktoberfest 2018.
An additional day-long excursion to Munich is also available, featuring a brief visit to the Oktoberfest celebration and other city highlights.