The Oktoberfest in Munich is the largest festival in the world. Between 6-7 million people visit the Oktoberfest each year. On their visit to Munich visitors spend up to 1 billion euros, drink about 60 million liters of beer and consume about 500,000 roast chickens. For Oktoberfest special beer is brewed, the Oktoberfest-Märzen. The Oktoberfest beer has more wort and with 6-7% a higher alcohol content.
The Oktoberfest has been around for over 200 years. It was first held on October 17 for the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in 1810. This was also the namesake of the Theresienwiese. As the Crown Prince was an ancient Greek enthusiast, the festival initially had more of a sporty character. Among other things, there have been major horse races.
The Oktoberfest today
The Oktoberfest has more and more international visitors, mainly from Italy, USA, Japan and Australia. Meanwhile, the majority of visitors are dressed up in more or less tasteful Dirndl and Lederhosen.
Bavaria for Diamond Jubilee set 200 years Oktoberfest, set in scene by Osram.
Parade of the hosts
Since 1887, the collection of meadow hosts with the keg tapping in the marquee Schottenhammel by the Mayor at 12.00 clock is the official opening of the Oktoberfest. The Parade starts at Sonnenstrasse and each tent has a magnificently decorated horse-drawn carriage.
- Postcards and letters which are inserted into the boxes at the Oktoberfest get a special post office stamp and are considered collectibles
- The Flea Circus: Since 1948, the flea circus plays with about 60 fleas at the Oktoberfest and is especially enthusiastic for children
- Trapping : Many tents are closed early in case of overcrowding. The best is not to visit on weekends. If the main entrances are closed, side entrances and back entrances are still partially open. In warm weather you can enjoy the beer in the beer gardens of the tents . These are freely accessible.
- Oide Wiesn : On the occasion of the 200 -year-old Jubliäums a so-called Historical Oktoberfest on a smaller part of the site was set up. This area includes historic rides, stalls and tents. For an entrance of € 3 you get to this site. It is not as crowded and usually you get a seat even if the other tents are already closed. In the larger tent traditional brass bands play, the smaller Herzkasperlzelt one can hear some nice modern Bavarian folk music.