Oktoberfest, Groningen-style

The 182nd Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival and fun fair, takes place in Munich from 19 September to 4 October this year. The festival originally began as a celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. Nowadays, the over 6 million visitors can enjoy a mixture of attractions, such as amusement rides, side-stalls and games, parades, and horse-racing, as well as a wide variety of traditional food and, of course, beer.

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Den Haag

Den Haag is an international city, the seat of government, and royalty. The city played a role in the story of how The Netherlands came to be, a part which was touched on in the recent movie, Michiel de Ruyter. If you go see the movie and you’re interested in the history of those days, your trip to Den Haag must include the Gevangenpoort where the brothers deWitt met their end in 1672. The movie will be coming out in English in North America entitled Admiral.

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