Everything a tourist needs to know about Oktoberfest
The Munich Oktoberfest is listed in the Guinness Book as the world’s largest folklore festival. Every year it attracts more than 6 million tourists. Oktoberfest has taken its roots since the XIX century, when it was first held in honor of the wedding of the future King Ludwig I. In addition to the mountains of food, visitors to this holiday can enjoy colorful parades, dances, and various attractions at fairgrounds. But the main thing here is Oktoberfest beer, which is prepared exclusively by Munich companies, and only for this celebration.
When does the holiday begin and where does it take place?
In 2017, the Oktoberfest began on Saturday, September 16, and will last until Wednesday, October 4. Celebration is held near the city center, on the meadow of Teresa. Note that the place is named after the bride herself, whom Ludwig I. married.
The opening of the festival is considered to be the parade of owners of beer tents, headed by the Munich Ober-burgomaster. The parade begins in the center of Munich and ends in a meadow, where tents (tents) stand throughout the holiday.
When did you have your first holiday?
The first Oktoberfest was organized in 1810 thanks to the wedding of Princess Theresa and the future King Ludwig. The celebration lasted 5 days, and throughout this time the citizens of Munich feasted and enjoyed themselves. All the action was accompanied by parades with drums, live music and horse racing.
Guests liked the festivities so much that it was decided to organize such an event annually. At first it was carried out privately, and then, in 1819, the holiday became a state one. Since then, the organization of the festival involved the city authorities of Munich.
Do I have to dress up like bavarians?
Customs Oktoberfest formed over the years. Traditional costumes appeared along with them. For women, the key feature of the dress is “dirndl” – ankle-length dress with an apron. And men wear plaid shirts, leather breeches, knee socks with bows and hats with feathers. One oktoberfest outfit can cost 200 euros.
Oktoberfest costumes are not necessary. In this case, you will not take part in a costume parade, but you will be able to look at it from the side.
What tents (awnings) worth a visit?
In total, 14 tents are open at the Oktoberfest. First visit Schottenhamel. It is here that the Mayor of Munich gives permission to pour beer, opening the first barrel. Next, go to Hackerbräu, decorated in traditional colors: blue and white, where rock and roll does not subside.
Guests also enjoy the Augustiner-Bräu. It is a friendly place, suitable for both individuals and families. The peculiarity of the tent is that beer is poured from wooden barrels (oak) here, while other tents are already using metal. And the smallest tent at the celebration is Glöckle Wirt, in which only 98 people can simultaneously fit.
What if I do not drink alcohol?
If you do not like beer, then Oktoberfest is not for you. Moreover, the cost of water at the festival is 8.73 euros per liter. However, we suggest visiting the Weinzelt wine tent. It offers more than 15 types of wine, champagne and no beer. Bodo’s Cafe serves delicious pastries and local cocktails.
Is there anything else besides beer?
Oktoberfest attracts not only beer rivers. The festival is filled with various attractions, such as Höllenblitz (lightning from hell), the Skyfall (skyscraper), the Teufelsrad (The Devil’s Wheel) or something more restrained: Krinoline (carousel).
In most of the tents, traditional music is played and Bavarian dances are performed. In addition, the Puppet Theater offers its own shows, and Bodo’s Cafe organizes contests.
In Munich, many attractions that can also be visited during the Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest is always fun and noisy. Here you are guaranteed to get a lot of emotions, and the memories of the celebration will remain for a long time.