The Oktoberfest in Munich is all about drinking Bavarian beer, consuming great local cuisine and indulging in great culture. Imagine singing along with tens of thousands of people accompanied by ‘oom pah bands’, while locals and tourists alike clad in lederhosen and dirndl dresses dance on tables. These facets combine to make this one adventure you don’t want to miss.
This 16 day Oktoberfest festival in Munich is a celebration of what else, but beer. Hence why it has been nicknamed and is more commonly referred to as Beerfest.
One would presume with a name like Oktoberfest it would be held in October, but it actually commences each year in the middle of September and concludes on the first weekend of October.
Can you believe that more than 6 million litres of beer is consumed during the 16 days festivities? With around 6 million people from across the globe attending that’s 1 litre for every man, woman and child who attends.
So how did this massive drinking session come about I hear you ask? Well funnily enough it all came about because of a wedding just over 200 years ago. Back then all the residents of Munich were invited to the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig, which was held on the fields in front of the city gates. As part of the festivities horse races marked the close of the event. This was seen as a celebration for the whole of Bavaria and the following year they decided to run the horse races again. This was the beginning of what we now know today as Oktoberfest. The festival was eventually lengthened and moved to commence in September to allow for better weather conditions.
So what can you do there I hear you ask? Well drink fantastic beer of course in some of the biggest and best beer venues in the world. The beer halls at Oktoberfest are often refered to beer tents and are non-permanent structures that are constructed for and only used during the festival. There are currently 14 large tents and 20 small tents at Oktoberfest, playing different types of music and entertainment to keep the crowds buzzing.
What else can you do there? Well the fesitval site has numerous amusement rides, schnapps tents and activities to amuse both young and old. There is plenty of traditional Bavarian delicacies including pork knuckles, bratwurst sausages, roast chicken, potato/bread dumplings and of course pretzels.
What sort of beer do they have at Oktoberfest? The beer is some of the finest lager varieties in the wold and to be classified as Oktoberfest beer it must be brewed within the city limits of Munich and must conform to to the German Purity Law.
The price of a 1 litre stein (or Mass in German) is around 8 to 9 Euros. However, always remember that if you want your server to return it is customary to tip them, so generally allow 10 Euro’s for a beer.
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