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Oktoberfest in Munich

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest funfair and one of the best festivals held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a sixteen day festival starting from late September to the first weekend in October. Oktoberfest means “Reason to celebrate” and is associated with fun & partying with endless flow of beer. Around 7 million litres of beer are drunk during the festival. It’s time to l ink arms with locals, swing to the Oompha of Bavarian bands, admire traditional costumes, and get a good helping of German hospitality. From the 1960s onwards Munich’s Oktoberfest has drawn international visitors coming to experience this great slice of Bavarian culture and drink beer, eat sausage and join together in song. Today there are around 6 million visitors to Munich’s Oktoberfest, visiting over the course of the two and a bit weeks.


The History of Oktoberfest

The original “Oktoberfest” occurred in Munich, on October 12, 1810. Crown Prince Ludwig was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12 October 1810 and the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities and celebrate the happy royal event. The event was held on the fields in front of the city gates and the fields were renamed Theresienwiese (“Theres’a Fields”) to honor the Crown Princess, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to “Wiesn”. In the presence of the royal family, the horse races marked the closure of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in subsequent years gave rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest. By 1818 there were a number of live entertainments in place and the beer tasting was introduced in 1896.

Modern Oktoberfest Festival

Since 1950, there has been a traditional festival opening: A twelve gun salute and the tapping of the first keg of Oktoberfest beer at 12:00 by the incumbent Mayor of Munich with the cry “O’zapft is!” opens the Oktoberfest. The Mayor then gives the first beer to the Minister-President of the State of Bavaria.

Attractions of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest main attraction is 13 elaborate beer tents, which are set up for the two-week during this festival. Not only beer is the attraction of this festival, Oktoberfest is really an oversized state fair, with a carnival atmosphere and carnival rides. There are near about 80 rides attractions in this festival. Ferris wheels, roller coasters, and other fair rides are a big part of Oktoberfest.

Fee and Charges

There is no charge to get into the Oktoberfest and you can walk around for free. But you have to pay for food, drink, rides and other attractions. You can easily buy vouchers for beer and food in the beer tents. A typical tent table reservation costs 24 to 38 euros (about $34-$54) per person, including a voucher for two litres of beer and typically a roasted half-chicken. You can also book your table via fax or mail – per table (6 to 10 people) or in units of 10, 20, etc.

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