Oktoberfest is not just for Germans anymore. For 199 years people have flocked to Munich, Germany in order to be part of the world's most popular annual festival. Even though Oktoberfest can be found worldwide in cities great and small, the real deal is still in Munich where Germans still celebrate the spirit of the festival in the local style with “liquid gold."
The original "Oktoberfest" occurred in Munich on October 18, 1810. The festival started as the commemoration of marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Ludwig organized a horse race and invited all the people of Munich.
The Oktoberfest 2009 will take place from September 19th, 12:00 noon to October 4th, 11:30pm.
Everybody can enter the Oktoberfest and all of the tents for free. You don´t need any ticket to get in.
While visiting the Oktoberfest, arrive as early as possible. For instance, during the week, arrive no later than 2:30pm and on the weekends, it’s best to go in the morning.
Facts from the previous celebrations:
In 1997, Oktoberfesters consumed more than 5 ½ million liters of beer, about 45,000 liters of wine and almost 165,000 liters of nonalcoholic beer.
The local name for Oktoberfest, "Wies'n” is derived from Theresienwiese, the name of the field on which the festival is held.
The beers that the Munich breweries produce specially for Oktoberfest contain 4.5 percent alcohol.
It’s an occasion for the Germans to wear their traditional suits, Dirndl for the women and Lederhose for the man.
Oktoberfest 2009 Highlights:
Among the many attractions, beer is probably the most important thing at the Oktoberfest. As usual, over 6 million liters of beer will be drunk this year.
Every tent has its own band or bands and there is no rule what songs they have to play.
The rides at the Oktoberfest range from tame and comfortable carousels like the ancient but much-beloved "Krinoline" and the timeless chairoplane and Ferris wheel to breathtaking overhead experiences in the "Top Spin" and from children’s rides with fairytale heroes to spooky ghost trains.
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