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Here are our 5 favourite European events you should be attending in 2019.
1) Oktoberfest – Munich
We’ve written a bit about Oktoberfest already, and for good reason!
Oktoberfest is the biggest beer festival in the world, held each year in Munich. What started as an agricultural show in 1811 has now evolved into one of Europe’s most well-known events.
On average, 7.3 million litres of beer are drunk during Oktoberfest by about 6 million people.
If you’ve got the stomach for it, the festival runs fom Saturday 22nd September to Sunday 7th October in 2018.
2) Iceland Airwaves – Reykjavik
Iceland Airwaves has been going since 1999 and is an annual music festival held in Reykjavík, Iceland on 7th–10th November this year.
Its main focus is showcasing new music, both Icelandic and international.
Iceland Airwaves has become known for its intimacy and party spirit, and has also been dubbed “the hippest long weekend on the annual music festival calendar” by David Fricke of Rolling Stone.
3) Artissima – Turin, Italy
Running from the 2nd to the 4th of November, Artissima is the perfect place for art lovers.
Celebrating its 25th year, Artissima is a true experimental event, featuring 189 galleries from 61 artists and 35 countries.
Whether you enjoy art in your free time or you work with it day in day out, with hundreds of galleries presenting their best pieces, you’re bound to find something that grabs your attention.
The fact that there is so much to see and absorb is what we like most about Artissima, as well as the chance to see famous works up-close and personal.
4) Kaiser Wilhelm Christmas Market – Berlin
Every year during Advent it smells of roasted almonds, hot cocoa and mulled wine around the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Because that’s when around 170 craft and Christmas market stands are set up around the historic church in the centre of City West.
Christmas fairy lights surround the elaborately decorated Breitscheidplatz. You’ll find the right present for anyone here, from Christmas decorations and ornaments to toys and delicate accessories.
And you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to food and drink, whether you prefer mulled wine or hot chocolate, and glazed fruit or grilled sausages!
More than two million visitors enjoy the Christmas atmosphere around the 20 metre high Christmas tree every year, and in 2018 the market runs from 26th November to 6th January.
5) Pan – Amsterdam
Every year in November PAN Amsterdam is hosted at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, drawing art lovers with their unique sense of style.
PAN Amsterdam is special because it lets you travel through time with art and design from every possible period, from sculptures originating in ancient Rome and Greece, to contemporary art installations and modern photography.
Past and present are reflected through the most wonderful art works in one single location from the 18th to 25th November.