Trip Tips: Munich's Oktoberfest

FESTIVAL COLOURS: A general view of the Theresienwiese on the first evening the 2014 Oktoberfest.

If you dislike crowds, noise or beer, this is not the time to visit Munich.

Oktoberfest: The keg is tapped

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War stories from my father

COLD TIMES: The spartan concrete interior of Barrack 41, at Campo 78, where prisoners of war slept in wooden bunks.

Denise Irvine steps into the stillness of deserted Campo 78, where her father was held as a prisoner of war.

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War stories from my father

COLD TIMES: The spartan concrete interior of Barrack 41, at Campo 78, where prisoners of war slept in wooden bunks.

Denise Irvine steps into the stillness of deserted Campo 78, where her father was held as a prisoner of war.

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How long can you hold your breath? Probably not long enough to touch the bottom of this pool.

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Trip Tips: Munich's Oktoberfest

SWEET LOVE: Gingerbread hearts with the slogan 'Ich liebe Dich' (I love you) are offered at the 2014 Oktoberfest.

If you dislike crowds, noise or beer, this is not the time to visit Munich.

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You won't find this in the brochures

A goth weekend in Germany

About a million people head to Oktoberfest, the world's largest festival, for its first weekend in Munich.

Oktoberfest: The keg is tapped

Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest kicked off Saturday with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer.