“Ein Bier, bitte.” – Oktoberfest 2011 Cometh

Some are calling it “the best time ever”. Others have said “they learned beer drinking skills that would make Homer Simpson blush”. All we know is it’s called Oktoberfest and it’s all happening this month in Germany.

Oktoberfest Beer Tent

This is not a test – Proper beer consumption going down at one of Oktoberfest’s many beer tents. Minus 10 points for the bottle of Vitamin Water!

Without sounding too much like Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, get ready to don your Lederhosen and Dirndl and head to Munich for the world’s largest beer festival. It’s time to celebrate all things German, and if that means downing a Stein and eating a pretzel at the same time then you better make sure you’re well prepared. To help you on operation Oktoberfest 2011 I’ve picked out some of my favourite German restaurants and pubs in South Africa. With a little luck and a strong stomach you’ll be in perfect shape by the time the Oktoberfest 2011 festivities arrive on the 17th September 2011.

Cape Town – Paulaner Bräuhaus

Cape Town’s Paulaner Bräuhaus provides the perfect opportunity for you to get in the right mindset for Oktoberfest 2011. By actually serving you the very same beer and traditional fare that you’ll be consuming in Munich, you’ll leave feeling a whole lot more confident in your Weiss bier guzzling, sauerkraut gobbling abilities.

Paulaner Cape Town

Paulaner in Cape Town blends German style with African flair

The Paulaner Bräuhaus in Cape Town is situated on the V&A Waterfront opposite the Clock Tower. Call them now on 021 418 9999

Durban – Black Forest Tavern

Named after Germany’s wooded mountain range, the Black Forest Tavern in Durban’s western suburbs has been serving up traditional German fare for over 30 years. It’s owned by the Klische Family who know the meaning of true German hospitality. There’s even an upmarket B&B attached to the restaurant and pub where you can sleep off classic German dishes like Schnecken a la Schwarzwaldstube.


Oompah Bands and Lederhosen

Call them now: 031 702 2908

Johannesburg – Schwabinger Stuben

The Schwabinger Stuben brings traditional German fare to the sprawling city of Johannesburg in inimitable style. This long standing German restaurant in Johannesburg is situated on Main Rd in Ferndale and they’re well known for their hearty German food. Enjoy goulash soup, sauerbraten, dumplings, eisbein, spätzle or pork neck roast. For sweets treat yourself to some apfelstrudel or Black Forest cake.

Call them on 011 787 2550

A Short Guide to Oktoberfest Phrases

We hope these come in useful: Pretzel

“Ein Bier, bitte.” – “One Beer, please.”

“Eins, zwei, gesoffen!” – “One, two, drink!”

“Prost!” – “Cheers!”

“Danke schön” – “Thanks”

Oktoberfest in Numbers

Below are some stats from Oktoberfest 2010:

  • Beer – over 7 million litres consumed
  • Attendance – 6.4 million people
  • Wine – over 89 000 litres consumed
  • Pork Knuckles – over 69 000 units sold
  • Pork Sausages – Over 119 000 pairs sold
  • Lost Property – About 4000 items including 260 pairs of glasses and 200 mobile phones

One of our Travelstart Global Citizens went to Oktoberfest in 2008 and she doesn’t even drink beer.

Lufthansa Cheap Flights this Month

We have cheap flights on Lufthansa to Europe valid for travel between 1 February and 31 March 2012 – browse these special fares here.

If you’re looking for flights to Munich for Oktoberfest 2011 then browse here.

Win Rimowa Luggage to the Value of R4500

You could be styling your way to Oktoberfest 2011 if you book flights to Munich with Travelstart and Lufthansa this September. Book Lufthansa flights on Travelstart now and stand a chance of winning this top of the range luggage. Specs:

  • Silver Rimowa luggage valued at R4500 (EUR449.00)
  • Includes 1 airtight onboard trolley cases and a notebook case

Rimowa Luggage

This promotion is exclusive to Travelstart and you have to book with Lufthansa and Travelstart in September 2011 to be eligible for the prize. Click the image above for important details.

Oktoberfest Image Credits: hmorandellMarcus Keslernaden

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