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6 Phenomenal Fall Festivals in Europe

Most people travel to Europe during the summer months to experience excellent weather, café culture and Mediterranean beaches. However, fall season offers exciting outings and phenomenal festivals equipped with cheaper airfare, hotels and temperate climate. Fall attaches the heartstrings of many European lovers, and is the primo destination for harvests, beer and vino events.

Oktoberfest, GermanyIn Munich, and around the globe, millions of beer drinkers gather for a pint, sausage and a “Prost” with like minds. Munich attracts near five million visitors every year with this 16-day event, which originated in 1810. For those who can not make it down south during late September and early October, head to Hannover where the beer flows like wine and is known as the second best Oktoberfest in Germany.

Festes de la Merce, SpainLocated in Barcelona, this is the city’s main annual event. This grandiose street festival features near 600 events per day including music, performances, parades, contests and brawny Spanish men creating towers above the crowd. Beyond flamboyant spectacles, visitors set out to experience the food, tapas and Spanish wines. The festival is held in honor of the city’s patron saint, La Merce.

Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, Hungary
This historical Eastern European city embraces the progressive minds and creativity of modern arts. This cultural festival includes performing arts, fine art programs, musical delights and theatrical dance programs. Stay light on the goulash as your stomach will twist and turn with contemplation over contemporary cinema film over a glass of vino.

Salon du Chocolat, FranceImagine a midnight stroll in Paris with your Johnny Depp look-alike lover having conversations while enjoying a sensual piece of chocolate. The Salon du Chocolat hosts 200 international chocolate chefs demoing the best of Parisian treats. Marvel at the chocolate fashion show, where only the minds of Paris’s fashion-forward thinkers design chocolate runway apparel.

Merano Wine Festival, ItalyNo fall is complete without a trip to Italian vineyards overlooking the fall foliage. Merano is a world-class festival celebrating the best of Italian and international vino all located in the pearl of the Alps. More than 500 wines are available and hand selected by guests throughout the Art Nouveau building – making it a fancy and gastronomic event for finer palates. Wine master classes and cooking demos are available as well as an extensive beer selection.

Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, IrelandLocated in West Ireland, under-the-sea palates pump more than two million Euros into the local economy. The first event was held in 1954, but still holds true to Guinness, live music and delectable seafood.

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