Munich and the Oktoberfest
The city of Munich:
Munich is the capital city of Bavaria, Germany. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg. Munich has the strongest economy of any German city and is also the economic centre of southern Germany. Munich has significance as a financial centre (secondary to Frankfurt), being home of HypoVereinsbank and the Bayerische Landesbank. It outranks Frankfurt though as home of insurance companies like Allianz and Munich Re.
Munich is a green city with numerous parks. The Englischer Garten, close to the city centre and covering an area of 3.7 km² (larger than Central Park in New York), is one of the world's largest urban public parks.
The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, arguably the most famous beer hall worldwide, is located in the city centre. The Weisswürste ('white sausages') are a Munich speciality. Traditionally eaten only before 12:00 noon - a tradition dating to a time before refrigerators - these morsels are often served with sweet mustard and freshly baked pretzels. Leberkäs, Bavarian baked sausage loaf, often served with potato salad, is another delicacy of the region.
The workshop takes place during the Munich Oktoberfest, which is a major tourist attraction.
The Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival held each year in Munich, running from late September to early October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world's largest fair, with some six million people attending every year and visiting its beer tents ("Bierzelte") and fairground attractions. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture. The festival is held on an area named the Theresienwiese (field, or meadow, of Therese), often called d’ Wiesn for short.