More Americans Headed to Oktoberfest

While travel costs remain unchanged, more Americans are headed to the beer festival

There’s still time to head to Munich for the 179th annual Oktoberfest, which runs until Oct. 7, and more Americans are searching for travel deals, according to travel website Kayak.

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Some 18 percent more Americans searched for flights to Munich in 2012 despite the average airfare of $1,228 remaining virtually unchanged from $1,231 in 2011 and 5 percent more are looking for a place to stay, with average hotel prices at $312.73, nearly the same as last year’s average of $312.87.

The 17-day festival includes beer tasting, 14 tents of beer, and food like pig knuckles, roasted duck, and potato salad, and entertainment spread out over 26-hectares. The festival has for the first time switched from using glass beer bottles to non-breakable mugs, and some have said organizers have raised the price of beer for no reason.

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Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.