Attend the best festival in Germany, Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest crowd, photo by uLe @ Dortmund/Flickr

The worldwide famous, 16-day festival named Oktoberfest occurs annually, in the city of Munich, from late September to early October. It is considered the world’s largest event which attracts millions of people to the city of Munich. The event has a great significance in Bavarian culture, as it is held since 1810. Oktoberfest takes place in the area called Theresienwiese which can be found near the city’s center. The deluge of the famous beer tents attracts dozens of visitors during the 16 days and the area becomes very crowded. Besides the millions of liters of beer, a huge variety of traditional food is served for visitors. If you want to know more about this festival, read on.

The festival

Since 1960, Oktoberfest had become very popular all around the world and keeps on attracting millions of visitors each year. Beginning with the 1970’s the event “Gay Days” is also organized during the festival. The huge amount of alcohol causes several problems among young visitors, thus there are doctors and medical volunteers who help young people each day all along the festival. To keep Oktoberfest a family-friendly event, the “quite Oktoberfest” concept has been developed. It means that until 18:00 the tents play quiet music. Many visitors wear the traditional Bavarian hat with goat hair and the “lederhosen”. Ladies wear the traditional Bavarian dress named “dirndl”. The beer is the most essential part of the festival. Only those beers can be served during the festival which were brewed within the city. These are named Oktoberfest Beers. In 2010, Oktoberfest celebrated its 200th anniversary and the festival was extended with one day. It was celebrated with a magnificent horse race on the first day. There was also a museum tent with objects on display relating to the history of the fantastic event.

Oktoberfest crowd, photo by uLe @ Dortmund/Flickr

Beer tents

There are both huge and smaller tents at Oktoberfest, more precisely 14 large and 20 smaller tents. Some of the larger tents are the following: Hippodrom, Schottenhamel, Hacker-Festzelt, Winzerer Fähndl and so on. Schottenhamel is considered the most important tent of the event. There is a tradition: no beer is allowed to be served to visitors until the mayor of the city drinks the first one at 24:00. The tent is extremely popular among young people and especially students. Hippodrom is one of the trendiest, also attracting the celebrity of Oktoberfest. Another tent, the Winzerer Fähndl is well-known for it immense tower. All of the tents at Oktoberfest have something special and attract dozens of visitors each day.

The Hippodrom tent, photo by JasonParis/Flickr

Facts and data

Oktoberfest is the largest fair in the world. About 70% of the visitors are Bavarian, 15% are from Europe and the remaining from the United States, Canada, East Asia and Australia. There are approximately 100.000 seats in the tents. At the end of the festival almost 1.000 tons of garbage is collected from Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest beer, photo by Carlos Varela/Flickr

 

 

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