If you happen to travel to Germany, try with all your might for the months of September or in October. Because you do not know what is waiting for you on the Teutonic land. Here we answer the most asked questions and all you need about the Oktoberfest. Here we have the Oktoberfest guide and Tips for visiting the Oktoberfest.
We also give Oktoberfest schedule of activities, Beer tents at the Oktoberfest. We cover Oktoberfest Events and Parades and Where to stay during Oktoberfest?. Where is the Oktoberfest? On what dates is the Oktoberfest celebrated? How to get to the Oktoberfest? How to dress for the Oktoberfest?
Munich Travel Guide
Here we give an overview of the city of Munich. There is useful and practical information on the most important sites. From open-air breweries, restaurants, walking tours around the city and more.
What do you do at the Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest is a legendary and traditional celebration. It usually lasts 2 weeks from the fortnight of October. It takes place in the Theresienwiese field, in the city of Munich. Here congregate about 6 million souls.
Tradition is to go dressed in the traditional clothes, so it will be fun to wear those leather shorts. You will have a good time, because they are days of excitement, beer and sausages.
The Oktoberfest begins after the arrival of the Wiesnwirte (owners of the breweries). They come in horse carriages laden with beer barrels.
The celebration begins with a parade that leads the mayor and the beer festival hosts to the tents. At 12 o'clock at night, the mayor opens the first barrel of beer. He throws 12 cannon salutes to start serving and enjoying to the fullest.
Then there is also a parade in typical clothes from the castle to the place of celebration. It makes the event picturesque and enjoyable despite being 7 kilometers to go.
Then comes the time to enjoy liters of beer, food and fun that run rampant through the tents of the festival.
The event, as in the whole of Europe, was a victim of wars in certain years. But it was not enough reason to put it aside. So much so that today the celebration is also practiced in other countries. From Chile, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, India and others without losing that German essence.
Origin of Oktoberfest
The Oktoberfest started in the German city of Munich in 1810. It was to celebrate the marriage between Louis I of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony. It took place in an open field, now known as Teresa Meadow (Theresienwiese).
Since then it has continued to grow into an important and multitudinous celebration.
Since its creation, the festival was not celebrated only during wartime. Something that has only occurred 24 times in the more than 200 years of existence of the festival.
Why is it called Oktoberfest when it is in September?
What if they have changed are the dates. Germans decided to advance the party to September. Then the weather conditions are more favorable.
What is the Oktoberfest?
The mechanics are quite simple. The attendants take a seat on the bench seats placed on lathes to large wooden tables. There they wait for the mayor of the city. He opens the party with the opening of the first barrel of beer to the cry of "O'zapft is!", which means "It's tapped!"
The visitors, during the two weeks can pass through the 14 tents that are set up in the Theresienwiese. More than 6 million people, begin to drink beer in their Maß (1 liter jar), until they drop from exhaustion.
But it's not worth drinking any beer! In the Oktoberfest only one that meets the Reinheitsgebot is present. This is the Law of Purity established in 1516. The beer must have at least 6% alcohol with water, malted barley and hops within the limits of the city of Munich.
Oktoberfest Dress code
Although it is not even obligatory, you know what they say, wherever you go, do what you see. The men are in plaid shirts and Lederhosen (leather trousers with suspenders). The women dress in the typical Dirndl.
Why is there Oktoberfest?
As it could not be otherwise, the atmosphere is the great attraction of the Oktoberfest. Bands playing traditional Bavarian music in tents make this festival a unique event.
Not everything is going to be drinking!
Something will have to be at the mouth to cut the ethylic effects of beer, right? This is a great opportunity to taste the top products of German gastronomy. There is the tasty Weißwurst or white sausages or the famous Pretzels. There is also the delicious mixture of Obatzda cheeses.
The Oktoberfest also has many fair attractions. Stages are set with shows ranging from polka to commercial music. There is a spectacular festive atmosphere capable of captivating all types of visitors.
Oktoberfest 2017: from September 16 to October 3
Oktoberfest 2018: from September 22 to October 7
Oktoberfest 2019: from September 21 to October 6
Oktoberfest 2020: from September 19 to October 4
Now you are ready to go to the Oktoberfest, raise your Maß and shout that ... Prost!