Can you feel the noise of the gears of parades, dances, oompah or the clink of mugs of liters of beer. The Oktoberfest is coming. Oktoberfest is a long established beer festival that take place in Munich traditionally from the first Saturday of the second half of September to the first Sunday in October and usually last sixteen days.
This festival is and brings together over six million people each year to the point that 70% of the annual production of German breweries are concentrated in those fifteen days. The public gathers in large festive tents where they can drink beer, while listening to music. This is an ideal time to visit Munich and enjoy the crazy atmosphere.
Do you want to know how much beer people can get to drink during a festival like the Oktoberfest or if it's a good idea to take your kids with you or where does the beer come from and why men wear a curious fur hat. Read on and find out some interesting facts about Oktoberfest!
Where is Oktoberfest
This festival was started on 17 October 1810 to be precise on the occasion of the wedding of the Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. In the first time it was organized a horse race to celebrate the royal wedding. The citizens of Munich were invited to this event and most of them ignored the horse races and took the opportunity to drink and eat the food on offer during the festivities. In the following years shows and parades were added to the ceremony. Horse racing soon became history, and today it keeps the fun part of the party!
What is Oktoberfest
The Oktoberfest is above all a celebration of Bavarian traditions, so do not be surprised if you find the one and only beer is that is brewed in Munich. Only beers that meet this requirement are allowed to the party of the most famous beer fest in the world. The name is very misleading, because most of the festival takes place in September.
Where in Munich is Oktoberfest
In 2016, the Oktoberfest will take place from September 17 to October 3. Be sure to be there on Saturday, 17 September and visit the Schottenhamel tent to not miss the official opening ceremonies. At noon, the mayor of Munich, uncork the first keg of beer to mark the beginning of the festival. Since 1950, the festival begins only after the mayor of Munich shouted O'zapft is! that kicks off the fest after offering the first mug of beer to the President of the Region of Bavaria. Only then can begin the real festival.
German beer is sold within fourteen mounted giant tents and decorated for the occasion, as well as in smaller tents and the attached beer gardens. Although you can drink in each of the tents and they do not charge an entrance fee, make sure you book a table before going to Oktoberfest. If you do not book, in fact, you'll have to arrive very early because they fill up quickly and the curtains close when they are full. On weekends, the curtains usually close before 11 am.
Beer is served in mugs. Under the tents, bands perform songs and traditional Bavarian music, which are added towards evening, songs in German and international hits. Generally the public, stand on benches, and in chorus repeats these songs.
If you are late trying to find empty tables are like mirages in the desert. Take advantage of the free places outside, and it is also the best way to make friends! If you cannot even find a place, look for a table with nice people, and ask to be ordered for you. Ah, bring even water bottles from home.
After drinking the first beer, and having clinked glasses and sing, get out of the tent and head to the center of Munich, to the Hofbrauhaus or Augustiner, or any other brewery. Here you can also have half-liter beers whereas in the tents sell only one liter. It is good and you will pay less than half and believe me, the atmosphere is the same as tents, if not better! We sing, we toast to the rhythm of Ein Prosit to strangers, drinking and laughing.
Why is Oktoberfest in September
The original festival, organized to celebrate the said marriage, took place on October 12. The following year, the Bavarians celebrated the anniversary of the wedding, following the original schedule. However, in 1872, in anticipation of a very cold autumn, the organizers decided to bring forward the festival by a few days and make it begin on the last days of September, which were milder than those in mid-October.
What to Wear to Oktoberfest Party
As you wish, of course. But if you want to experience the festival experience as a local. Men wear leather shorts and plaid shirts. Women wear the traditional Dirndl dress. Pay attention to how you wear them though! If you wear a bow on the right you're probably saying to everyone that you are not alone and if you wear the ribbon on the left side, it means that you are single and a staple worn in front means that you are virgin.
As well as tradition, the Oktoberfest visitors that respect it step by step usually wear very particular hats, Tirolerhüte. Fur hats indicates the social status of the wearer. More hairy is the Cappello, the richer is the wearer. Nowadays this rule is not worth what it used to be, given the many hats manufactured are from cheap synthetic material.
It seems that losing one's offspring is one of the side effects of drinking beer in large quantities. Do not worry, there is a lost & found Office dedicated towards children. Other offices deal with strollers, wheelchairs, crutches and dogs.
In 200 years, Oktoberfest has been canceled only 24 times. The most common causes were wars and epidemics of cholera. On the occasion of its centenary, it was distributed 120,000 liters of beer with about 1,500 bathtubs filled to the brim.
What to Eat with Oktoberfest Beer
Beer, of course! It is served in mugs and a liter costs around € 8 a glass. The beer is slowly produced throughout the summer and reaches an alcohol content of 6%. If you want to drink something different, you can choose a beer with a little of lemonade called Radler or wine.
You will not have to turn around to find something to eat, you will see that in each corner there is a stand offering some German specialties from dried fish to cheese and pretzels.
1966 was the year of the horse, according to the Chinese calendar, but was certainly not that of the German pigs! There were well 903474 sausages of pork eaten by participants in Oktoberfest! One person would take 50 years and 4 months in order to succeed in such an undertaking.
When do Oktoberfest Beers go on Sale
On the opening day, the beers are served in the afternoon from 12:00 until 22:30.
On weekdays, from 10.00 AM until 22.30.
On weekends from 9.00 AM until 22.30.
Stall Opening Hours
The opening day is open from 12:00 pm until midnight.
Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 23:30.
Friday from 10:00 am until midnight.
Saturday from 9:00 am until midnight.
Sunday from 9.00 am until 23.30.
Attractions and shows:
During the opening day are attractions from noon until midnight.
Monday to Thursday from 10.00 am to 23.30.
Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am until midnight.
Sunday from 10:00 am to 23:30.
Where to Stay for Oktoberfest
The cheapest place to stay is through camping. There are also some good hostels near the festival. If you decide to go there as a couple only for the beer fest, a day is more than enough, so do not waste your money to stay there for one or two nights but opt for one night only. Arriving at 7 am and departing at 4 am next morning, is more than enough.
If you are a group of friends and that you have every intention of having fun, Oktoberfest could turn into a Toyland. We suggest you to search for a package that includes the hotel and transportation to the tents and back, unless you have a teetotaler with you.
To drive after having spent one, two, three days drinking and sleeping little or nothing is certainly not a brilliant idea. The plane, unless the bookings have been done upto four months before, definitely costs excessively. For locals buses are a very low cost option.
If you overdo it, the beer makes all brothers and the best thing is this Oktoberfest atmosphere, a party and a place where everyone feels friends and drinking buddies, where the age, gender or race, doesn't matter but the only thing that matters is to laugh, sing, drink and eat together in joy.
Why Should I Visit Munich
First, because Munich is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Often overlooked in favor of Berlin and Hamburg, the capital of Bavaria nevertheless has strong resources. And then, because in September is held its famous Oktoberfest. So for those who would not know Oktoberfest is the beer festival! And to be honest with you, it is through this that I became interested in Munich! So whether you are lovers of good beer or not, I invite you to visit Munich on a weekend for a change of scenery in the heart of Bavaria.
Things to Do in Munich
Munich's old town is mainly pedestrian, which makes the ride more enjoyable. To get started, visit the charming square of Marienplatz to hear the chimes of the new City Hall. Then do a little shopping at Kleidermarkt stop and rest at a terrace café.
To admire the city and its surroundings in 360 degrees, you have to climb the 300 steps of the oldest church in Munich, the Peterskirche (St. Peter's). Do not miss during a weekend in Munich!
There are many surfers in Munich! Located on the Eisbach river running through the English Garden, in the heart of the city, this urban spot is even known worldwide. Surfers from around the world come here to try. If you are not really comfortable with surfing, just watch the Pro's, as the show is already crazy enough.
Munich is a city where culture plays an important role. With over 40 museums, and many theaters and art galleries, you have lots of choice! A little favorite for lovers of modern art is the gallery of Modern Art dedicated to painting, graphic art, architecture and design.
To live the fairy tale, you will have to leave Munich for a few hours to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle. Famous around the world, it would be one that inspired Walt Disney for the castle of Sleeping Beauty. Enchantment, magic, and romance are in the air.
The Biergarten, where if you prefer beer gardens, are born in Munich. These gardens or terraces were originally places where one could take meals and consume local made beer. Biergarten now also offer dining. The atmosphere is very friendly. One of the most famous is located in the English Garden, near the Chinese tower.
In Munich, the sausage is king. So yes, this is not what is more healthy but really it's not wrong if you taste a little. Go for the white sausage Munchner Weißwurst, which is an institution.
Nymphenburg Castle was the summer residence of Bavarian kings that will take you back in time. If history is not really your cup of tea, strolling through the beautiful gardens alone will delight you.
The BMW Welt exhibition center is the ideal place to discover the world famous brand auto brand from Munich whether you are a fan or not. And the building alone is worth the trip!
If there is no football match that weekend, youcan always simply visit the stadium, the famous Allianz Arena.
It was created to celebrate the wedding of the future King Ludwig I of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen in October 1810.
At the Oktoberfest, there are nearly 200 Showmen, of which almost 80 are rides. Many fairground families have been active since the early 20th century at the Oktoberfest. Popular, nostalgic attractions every year new driving modes based on the prior state of the art technology make it a thrill.
The Ferris wheel was first erected in 1880 and at that time had a height of 12 meters. Since 1979, one Will Borgs Ferris wheel with a height of 48 meters of the most popular attractions and provides passengers a view of the fairground. The fairground is represented at the Oktoberfest since the 1930s regularly with various rides, since 1960 for the first time with a steel Ferris wheel.
The crinoline is a traditional circular carousel, which stands at the Oktoberfest since the 20s. The round shape and the swaying motion reminiscent of a crinoline . Until 1938, the carousel was moved by muscle power. That year was the original crinoline Marching Band a small balcony attached to the outer wall of the carousel. The ride will be musically accompanied usually by this marching band, but also by selected guest artists.
The witches or illusion swing is a historic ride that was in America for the first time presented at the end of the 19th century by Harris Wheels and erected at the Oktoberfest for the first time in 1894: Two opposing benches for each about eight people are arranged on a large swing where the passengers have the impression that this swing repeatedly overturns while driving. As a renowned antique that requires special attention and care, she no longer travels from festival to festival, but is present only at the Oktoberfest.
The toboggan is a tower slide, which was first established in 1906. The current Toboggan there at the Oktoberfest since 1933rd The term comes from the toboggan language Canadian Algonquian-Indianer and denotes a light snow sled . Using a high-speed conveyor belt, passengers are transported to about eight meters. From the Spire you slide at high speed in a writhing around the tower wooden tray back down. The special attraction for the audience are the attempts of the passengers to enter the conveyor belt. In this the handrail does not move, unlike an escalator, with and who clings, which it inevitably leads off his feet.
Teufelsrad. The Devil's was built on the Oktoberfest in 1910. It is a horizontal, rotating wooden disc with about five meters in diameter. Visitors are invited to sit on it or put to and to keep as long as possible at ever increasing speed on this disc. Employees of the ride try using a straw mattress, the participants or pull it down with a lasso. The comments on the events with coarse Bavarian humor, makes the devil's become an attraction for the spectators. Throughout the day, be repeated on the wheel boxing matches between voluntary spectators performed.
The Schichtl, named after its founder Michael August Schichtl (1851-1911), has since 1869 an integral part of the beer festival. In short performances magic and curiosities are presented. The Schichtl became famous for the beheading of a living person by guillotine, which is listed (with an audience as Enthauptungsopfer) until today. So far, so were more than 9000 spectators beheaded. The saying Let's go in Schichtl is still well known, at least in the Munich area. It is characterized by the ideas preceding humorous, public insult of passing on the tent audience on a stage in front of the entrance. An announcer in short leather pants and orden decorated officer jacket with leopard skin teases the audience in Bavarian dialect and advertises new visitors for each next performance.
Olympia Looping at night. Pitts death wall consists of a large wooden cylindrical vertical wall of about twelve feet in diameter and eight meters high. On its inner wall lawn motorcyclists , only by the centrifugal force held until close to the top, at the standing audience. They perform all sorts of acrobatic feats. The company is since 1932 at the Oktoberfest and from this period the motorcycles.
Amongst the more modern rides include the Olympia Looping, the largest mobile roller coaster in the world with five loops and other current round, boot-up and run businesses.
What does Oktoberfest mean
The Oktoberfest is a family holiday. So yes along with the beer there are also rides, attractions of all kinds from the historical to the modern. To live at least once in your life! That's a good excuse, if you are looking for one, to visit Munich.
But if you are curious to learn about other places in the world you can celebrate the Oktoberfest, read on as from Brazil, Spain to Ireland, through Canada, in many destinations around the world are celebrating the festival of beer!
Oktoberfest in Belgrano (Argentina): From 3 to 13 October. Argentina celebrates Oktoberfest, from 1964. An entire avenue is decorated for the occasion and there they place celebrations lasting 10 consecutive days.
Oktoberfest in Blumenau (Brazil): From 5 to 23 October. According to tradition the city was founded by Hermann Bruno Otto Blumenau with the help of 17 other German immigrants. The Oktoberfest in Blumenau is perhaps the most important among those that inspired the original. Any details of the festival's goal is to make you feel in Bavaria with the buildings, music, food and of course beer.
Oktoberfest in Kitchener-Waterloo (Canada): From 7 to 15 October. October 7, will begin Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival, as on the streets of Kitchener will flock Oktoberfest lovers. Parades, costumes, bands, food, and once again, beer!
The Feast of the Marco Polo Beer (Hong Kong): 16 October to 7 November. The name could confuse but it is also in this case of a celebration similar to Oktoberfest. In Hong Kong people consider this celebration the oldest in Asia, then, if you go to China, make sure you pass by this festival.
Oktoberfest in Denver (United States): From 23 September to 2 October. Bowling with barrels of beer, competing for the amount of Bratwurst ingested, concerts and a spirit 100% Oktoberfest!
Oktoberfest in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam): from 6 to 8 and 12 to 15 October 2016. Soup Pho and Bratwursts? It sounds good!
Oktoberfest in Dublin (Ireland): From 15 September to 2 October. Another amazing place to feel the spirit of Oktoberfest is Dublin, where the Bavarian spirit and Irish come together to create a unique party. Beer steins, competitions to reward those who drink more and election of Miss Oktoberfest Dublin.
And if this list of seats does not convince you, here are other destinations where you can celebrate the festival of beer:
Oktoberfest in New York (United States): 17 and 18 September to 1 and 2 October
Oktoberfest in Stockholm (Sweden): 1 to 3 September and from 8 to 10 October
Oktoberfest in Calella (Spain): 1 to 22 October
Oktoberfest in Goa, Bangalore, Pune (India):
The Oktoberfest is now celebrated all over the world. Who knows, maybe there's an Oktoberfest also in your town.