Let’s rewind back a little. To 1600, eh? No, it is too much rewinding! Reduce it a bit and settle for 1810. All set? Okay now. Wedding arrangements of Ludwig of Bavaria and the Princess of Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen are in full swing in Munich and amidst all the buzz, a Bavarian National guard suggests that the grand wedding be celebrated with a horse-racing. Fair and good, everybody agrees. But as a precursor to the event, people in the city gather at Theresienwiese. Boom just like accidental Powerpuff Girls, Oktoberfest was born!
While the idea of Oktoberfest was born out of the blue, the tradition has been followed since. Today, attracting over six million people from all around the world, Oktoberfest is the largest folk festival in the world. Here is everything you want to know about the amazing festival of Oktoberfest.
As you understand Oktoberfest better, here is something which will really help you get going on the trip.
Where and when is Oktoberfest held?
Oktoberfest 2017 runs for roughly 2 weeks. It starts on the 16th of September 2017 and extends till 3rd October 2017. The festivity takes place on Theresienwiese area in Munich’s inner city. It is just a tram ride from Munich. The opening ceremony of Oktoberfest 2017 will be held at the Schottenhamel tent on Saturday, the 16th. The Mayor of Munich will be tapping the first keg of beer in the afternoon and then you are welcome to quench your thirst.
What is the deal with tents?
The Oktoberfest grounds are really huge and it is occupied by tents all the way. All the drinking in Oktoberfest takes place within the tents and there are 14 large tents & 20 small tents. While there isn’t much difference in the quality of the beer as they come from a single Munich brewery, the festive vibe and the cuisine totally varies from tent to tent. To name a few – Bettle Duck and Venison Venison at Wies’n-Schänke, Oxen on the spit at Ochsenbraterei, Grilled fish at Fischer-Vroni, Barbecue and Pork Chops at Armbrustschützenzelt.
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