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Oktoberfest rollercoasterGrab your lederhosen and get ready for the Oktoberfest rollercoaster.

Basic facts about Oktoberfest/ Octoberfest/ Wiesn

Octoberfest or in the German speaking countries Oktoberfest (written with a “k”), is the greatest folk festival in the world. It is held every fall in Munich, Bavaria, and in other locations around the world. Locals call it just “Wies’n” (meaning “meadow”) because it is situated at the “Theresienwiesen”.

The first Oktoberfest started as a series of horse races in honour of the wedding of the Crown Prince of Bavaria in 1810. The horse races became an annual event and were combined with the state agricultural fair the following year. By 1818 the folks were setting up booths and serving food and drink and especially beer.

By the late 1800s the booths had become large beer halls or tents. And that is the image of Oktoberfest that persists to this day.

The beer tents are still set up each year at Oktoberfest on the Theresienwiese, named in honor of the Crown Prince’s bride. Today the Munich festival also features a large midway and fair, and always lots of eating and beer drinking.

Every year roughly 7 million guests  visit the festival. They will be there for the non-stop festivities — “endless rounds of beer, sausages, toasts, dances, parades and oompah bands.” People come from all over the world and therefore it is nowadays an international event.

Oktoberfest Spaten and carrouselSunny day at the Oktoberfest. Nice view on the carrousel and the beerfest tent.

Bavaria is a distinctively Catholic area and carries on the Catholic tradition of celebrating the abundance of the earth with lots of jovial merrymaking, hearty eating, and unrestrained drinking.

What else about Munich

You will find out that Munich is magnificant city which is not only well known for its Oktoberfest. It is also a very tidy city with a good public transport system and a good quality of living.
Moreover you will find information about music, beer, about the traditional Tracht (Lederhosen and Dirndl) and so on.
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Enjoy the Oktoberfest festival, the Bavarian Gemütlichkeit and the German hospitality

Oktoberfest carrouselSt. Paul the church right next to the Oktoberfest

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