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We've said it before and we'll say it again: Oktoberfest season is one of the best seasons! There are so many reasons, least among them all the special beers and the crispness of fall in the air. On the travel end, it means Lufthansa flight crew dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes.
2012 is the seventh consecutive year for the team of 14 known as the Lufthansa "Trachten Crew," but you'll only find them passing out pretzels and greeting you with a hearty "Grüß Gott" on specific flights into and out of Munich.
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Prost! There's one more month until the start of the 179th Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. Running from September 22 - October 7, the celebration of beer and the autumn harvest returns with its 14 Big Tents, an amusement park, and all the sausages under heat lamps you can handle.
Naturally the focus will again be beer, but we're here to say that, yes, we've been to Oktoberfest before and, yes, there's more than just heading for the hops. If you haven't made your beer tent table reservations yet, good luck (they're usually booked up as early as February), but drinking other beverages can still yield you a seat.
Here's three other liquids to guzzle during Oktoberfest 2012:
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Want to see some passengers ripping into those warm, soft in-flight pretzels? Just watch Lufthansa's slick little video above to kick off the fest, although we have to admit that the real attraction of it are the glamor shots of both male and female flight attendants in traditional Bavarian dress, doing such traditional German things as welcoming you with a "Grüß Gott," caressing your Rimowa luggage, and pouring you a big glass stein of Dunkelweizen.
If you'd like to catch the trolley dollys in Dirndls this season, watch for them in Montreal, Sao Paulo, and of course in Munich International Airport. More details right here.
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In exactly 24 days, it will officially be Oktoberfest in Germany, most especially in Munich where the biggest festivities go down in the form of a beer guzzling free-for-all (actually there are champagne and schnapps tents too). Still, it would only be proper for the German airline to get in on the fun, thus Lufthansa has announced that a select few of their international flights will be crewed by girls and guys dressed in dirndls and tradiational Bavarian suits.
The flight details aren't super specific, except to say that the costumed flight crews will head from Munich to San Francisco on September 13, to Montreal on September 22 and finally September 28 to Sao Paulo. One or two may also pop up on other international flights and around Munich International Airport through October 2.
All of this compliments special Oktoberfest menus in all classes, plus the addition of a Bavarian music channel on in-flight entertainment, to get the Gemütlichkeit flowing. And, just in case you haven't yet marked it on your calendar, Oktoberfest runs from September 17 to October 3.