If Germany’s on your list, consider timing your trip around one of Europe’s biggest parties: Munich’s Oktoberfest. I’ve been in Munich for each of the last two Oktoberfests, and I’m so impressed by the simple Bavarian joy of the party. For a visitor, there’s no better place to see (and join) Germans at play. Inside huge beer-hall tents, you’ll find a slap-happy world of lederhosen, dirndls, fancy hats, and maidens with flowers in their hair. Join the party with me in this clip from my new, one-hour Rick Steves’ European Festivals public television special.
And if you’re heading to Germany, the Rick Steves Germany 2018 guidebook just hit the shelves. Happy travels!