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Festivals in Germany in September

What's on in September 2013?


September is the season for wine and autumn festivals in Germany - and the beginning of Oktoberfest, the highlight on Germany's festival calendar. Here is our monthly roundup of the best September festivals in Germany.

1. Wine Festival Stuttgart

Wine aficionados can raise their glass in the city of Stuttgart, which hosts one of the largest and best wine festivals in Germany. Located in the Neckar wine region, Stuttgart is proud to have a 1000-year old viniculture. Its wine festival attracts more than a million wine connoisseurs, who can sample Swabian specialties and try 250 regional wines, including Trollinger, Riesling, Kerner, Müller-Thurgau.

When: August 28 - September 8, 2013
Where: City center of Stuttgart

2. Rheingau Wine Festival in Frankfurt

Over 600 wines from vintners of the Rheingau region are poured at the Frankfurt wine festival; celebrated in the heart of Frankfurt, the fair takes place adjacent to the “Fressgasse”, a street which is famous for its gourmet restaurants and international cafes. Don’t leave without trying a glass of Riesling, the signature wine of the Rheingau region.

When: August 28 - September 6, 2013
Where: Frankfurt

3. Wurst Markt and Wine Festival in Bad Duerkheim

Although this fair is officially called "Wurstmarkt" (sausage market), it is famous for its celebration of excellent local wines. Located in Rhineland Palatinate, the largest wine growing region in Germany, the Wurstmarkt prides itself in being the world's biggest wine festival. This culinary event has been celebrated every September for almost 600 years.

When: September 6 - 10, and 13 - 16 2013
Where: Bad Duerkeim, Rhineland Palatinate

4. Oktoberfest in Munich

The highlight of the German festival calendar: Oktoberfest in Bavaria. Every fall, over 6 million visitors from around the world come to Munich to drink beer, eat sausage, and join together in song. The festival is a colorful celebration of Bavarian culture and cuisine, and a unique way to experience the best in German tradition.

When: September 21 - October 6, 2013
Where: Munich

5. Stuttgart Beer Festival - Cannstatter Wasen

The Cannstatter Wasen, as this festival is called in German, started as an autumn fair in 1818 and quickly became one of the leading beer festivals in Germany, second only to Oktoberfest in Munich. Celebrate autumn with Swabian food, beer and wine, and bring the family for Oompah bands, parades, roller coasters, and the world’s largest mobile Ferris wheel.

When: September 27 - October 13, 2013
Where: Stuttgart

6. Berlin Marathon

The Berlin Marathon, one of the top five international marathon races, attracts more than 40,000 runners from over 90 countries. Spanning 10 Berlin districts, the marathon ends at the national symbol of Germany, the Brandenburg Gate. Visitors will be entertained with over 70 street concerts, performances, and international food and drink.

When: September 29, 2013
Where: Berlin

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