Most beer-loving travellers have Munich high on their must-do list for an autumn visit. That’s when it’s Oktoberfest. Yes it is probably the best-known beer event in Europe and the whole world. But the spring festival Starkbierzeit has crowds half as large, and beer twice as strong as the Oktoberfest. If Oktoberfest seems a little too crazy for a first visit to the city, the Strong Beer Festival is a slightly more mellow introduction to Munich. You can still dance on tables, sing rowdy drinking songs, admire the locals’ legs in “lederhosen”, and celebrate Bavarian culture. And of course, you can drink a lot of lovely local beer.