What is Oktoberfest?
The history of the largest folk festival in the world!
The first Oktoberfest!
Oktoberfest beer festivals were traditionally common in Bavaria - an excellent way to use up beer stored from the previous March before beginning the new brewing season! Now world-famous, the huge Munich Oktoberfest beer festival has evolved from 200 years of this tradition. It was first held on 17 October 1810 as part of the celebrations marking the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. Banker and Major Andrew Michael Dall'Armi organized a spectacular horse race on a meadow outside the city walls of Munich - the site afterwards named Theresienwiese - which has now become the traditional venue for the festival. As Crown Prince Ludwig was interested in ancient Greece, one of his court suggested that the post - race party should be in the style of the Olympic Games so in its early years the Oktoberfest had a predominantly sporting character. The Bavarian royal court decided to celebrate with their loyal subjects by repeating the horse races and festivities at the same time each year - thus began the tradition of Oktoberfest. No longer confined to Bavaria, the Oktoberfest beer festival is now celebrated in countries all over the world - Oktoberfest London being just one example. Other now iconic features of the modern Oktoberfest include the Bavarian costumes - Oktoberfest girls in their Oktoberfest Dress, dirndls and dresses, accompanied by the men with equally traditional lederhosen, and of course - the beer steins!
The Oktoberfest in Munich is the biggest folk-festival in the world. Having taken place every year since 1810 at the Theresienwiese in the Bavarian capital it now has around six million visitors.
Many booking the increasingly popular Oktoberfest trips. The Munich breweries produce a special Oktoberfest Beer (Oktoberfest Marzen) with more original extract and therefore a higher alcohol content (about 6-7%).
Who can resist this when served by one of the delightful Oktoberfest girls! To celebrate the 200th anniversary in 2010 a so-called ‘Historical Oktoberfest’ or Oktoberfest Museum was introduced on the site of the Central Agricultural Festival at the south end of the Theresienwiese. Opening a day before the main Oktoberfest this now includes ceremonial ‘keg-tapping’ by the Lord Mayor and five acres of grounds with traditional fairground rides, Oktoberfest tents, traditional German music playing in the background, and a variety of historical and fairground attractions including merry-go-rounds, candy-floss a pet tent, and of course, the Racecourse - as much of a must for your Oktoberfest Package as the Oktoberfest Beer!