Leading up to October, Munich plays host to one of the largest food and drink festivals in the world. Oktoberfest is one of the highlights of the Bavarian festival calendar, and the event attracts up to six million thirsty visitors each year.
The festival was founded in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese and originally involved a horse race in front of the city gates. Locals were invited to join in with the celebrations and this tradition continues today on the very same plot of land named’ Theresienwiese (Theresa’s Meadow) or simply ‘Wies’n’ to the locals, located just outside the centre of Munich.
The festival has evolved somewhat since its early days. The last Oktoberfest horse race ran in 1960 and the traditional agricultural fair only takes place every four years. Today, the festival is famous for its abundance of food and beer tents, serving up a traditional taste of Bavaria. Revelers can indulge in a variety of local beers and meats. A tankard of weissbier and a bratwurst hot dog are always a favourite combination.
A traditional parade takes place through the streets of Munich to celebrate the landlords and breweries that supply the much-loved beers. During the parade you can expect to see traditional Bavarian dancing, full traditional costumes, riflemen, huge floats and of course, plenty of beer!
Set out over 100 acres of land, Oktoberfest caters for young and old alike. To keep the kids entertained, there is a fairground comprising of a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, haunted house and many other rides and attractions. For the adults, the big attraction is obviously the food and drink. There is however an open-air concert held on the second Sunday, featuring over 400 musicians. It is a truly fascinating event and the sheer scale of the festivities will leave you lost for words. Whether you’re planning a family break or a long weekend with friends, Oktoberfest should certainly feature on your list of things to do.
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