An Alternative Oktoberfest in Munich

Dozens of local restaurants and pubs in Munich are keeping the Oktoberfest tradition alive, while the festival grounds again hosts COVID-19 testing centers. Munich’s unofficial, low-key, alternative Oktoberfest began on Saturday, as local pubs commemorated the shuttered festival. The low-key celebrations are taking place in downtown Munich Some 50 restaurants are participating in what was dubbed the Wirtshauswiesn, an initiative to celebrate the famous beer festival while still abiding by COVID-19 measures. This is the second year Munich’s Oktoberfest festival has been canceled, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Bavarian beer festival, which draws millions of visitors from around the world, is arguably Germany’s most famous event. Participating local restaurants and pubs around Munich plan to decorate their establishments in …

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