Oktoberfest is a world most renowned event which takes place in Munich, every year in September and October. For a two weeks, the area of Theresienwiese turns into a giant amusement park, serving rivers of beer night and day. God bless them!
Oktoberfest is a bavarian national festival held annually in Munich, from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world's largest beer fair, with more than 5 million visiting every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the Munich event.
On this festival is allowed to be served only beer which is brewed within the Munich city limits. Upon passing this criteria, a beer is designated Oktoberfest Beer. Oktoberfest Beer is a registered Trademark by the Club of Munich Brewers, in alphabetical order: Augustinerbräu-Hacker-Pschorr Bräu-Hofbräu-Löwenbräu-Paulanerbräu-Spatenbräu.
Oktoberfest now attracts from up to six million visitors per year, many of them from outside Germany. It is called Oktoberfest, but the 16-day event always begins in September and ends on the first Sunday in October. Every Oktoberfest begins with a parade led by the Munich mayor and the “Muenchner Kindl” with the ceremonial tapping of the first beer keg at 12 noon.
By 1960, the Oktoberfest had turned into an enormous world-famous festival. Since then, foreigners began to picture Germans as wearing the Sennerhut, Lederhosen, and the girls in Dirndl, all Bavarian folk fashion.
Traditional visitors wear during the Oktoberfest Bavarian hats which contain a tuft of goat hair. In Germany, goat hair is highly valued and prized, making it one of the most expensive objects for sale. The more tufts of goat hair on your hat, the wealthier you are considered to be. Technology helping, this tradition ended with the appearance of cheap goat hair imitations on the market.
There are many problems every year with young people who overestimate their ability to handle large amounts of alcohol. Many forget that Oktoberfest beer has 5.8 to 6.3% alcohol and high sugar content, and they pass out due to drunkenness. For them as well as for the general medical treatment of visitors the Bavarian branch of German Red Cross operates an aid facility and provides emergency medical care on the festival grounds, staffed with around 100 volunteer medics and doctors per day. There is also a place for lost & found children, a lost property office, a security point for women and other public services.
Beer prices at Festival
An important thing to know is that the city of Munich doesn’t have much of a say when it comes to the beer price at the Oktoberfest. The breweries set a certain price, about which the city of Munich is then informed. The only thing the city of Munich does, is to check, whether this price is adequate or not. This is done by comparing the Oktoberfest beer price to what you pay for your beer in other places in Munich. Usually, you would pay between 6.60€ and 8.80€ for a liter of beer somewhere else in Munich – but without the special Oktoberfest atmosphere in a specially erected beer tent or the free brass band to entertain you.
Smoking at the Oktoberfest
Most tents will offer a closed-off smoking area outside the tents, however there are no tables or chairs allowed in those smoking areas and no food or drink may be served in there. Another solution the tent owners are thinking about, are balconies for smokers – easily the most attractive solution for smokers, as you won’t only be able to enjoy your cigarette, but also a great view over the Oktoberfest. However, those balconies are of course also favored by other visitors, which might make tent owners think twice about sacrificing those premium areas for their smoking guests.
What is the historical Oktoberfest?
The "Historical Oktoberfest" takes place only in 2010 because of the 200th anniversary of the Oktoberfest. Like in old times the historcal "Wiesn" was quiet and family-friendly. There was a historical beer tent with traditional decoration and a special beer, only brewed for the event by the Munich breweries. There was also an animal tent with different species of farm and domestic animals and a museum tent, with historical objects of the Oktoberfest. Like in the early "Wiesn" years horse races were every day at 1.00 and 6.00pm.
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