Ladies and Gents, get your dirndl and lederhosen because Oktoberfest is THE biggest party in the world and the world’s largest fair which is loaded with fun, frolic and beer. If you want to get the party feel along with the German culture then this is indeed the place to visit.
The very first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. (October 12th also happens to be my birthday, so Oktoberfest was the perfect place for me to celebrate my birthday!) Anyway, every year, the citizens of Munich were invited to join in the festivities which were held over a period of five days on the fields in front of the city gates. Over 40,000 people were in attendance. Today, an average of 6 million of people attend the annual celebration.
Visitors: 6.3 million
Beer: approx. 6.4 mln liters (that’s right, million)
Coffee, tea: 222,000 liters
Water, lemonade: 909,765 ½ liters
Chicken: 521,872 units
Pork sausages: 142,253 pairs
The Lost and Found office can come up with some very surprising finds. Apart from 900 passports, 530 wallets, 330 mobile phones, 305 bags and rucksacks, 31 cameras, 230 glasses and 55 pieces of jewelry and watches, there are also some unusual items, some of them still waiting to be collected by their rightful owner: Two wedding-rings, one brand new iPhone 6 and 4 tickets for the sold out football match between Bayern Munich and Hannover 96.
The top finds of the Oktoberfest 2014 were: A petticoat, a set of cymbals and transport box for cats. However, there was no one left behind at the Missing Children Office: 48 kids and teenagers were taken care of by the Red Cross or municipal authorities until they were collected.
When will Oktoberfest 2015 take place? On Saturday, September 19th, the Schottenhamel tent is the place to be if you want to catch the official opening ceremonies. At noon, the Mayor of Munich will have the honor of tapping the first keg of Oktoberfest beer. Once the barrel has been tapped, all visitors will then be allowed to quench their thirst. It pays to arrive early in order to experience the festivities up close and personal and it’s quite common for visitors to arrive as early as 09.00 am to secure good seats in their favorite tent. The festival lasts until October 4th.
Beer Serving Hours
Opening day 12.00 noon – 10.30 pm
Weekdays 10.00 am – 10.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday & holiday 09.00 am – 10.30 pm
Daily closing hour 11.30 pm ‘Käfers Wiesnschänke’ and ‘Weinzelt’ open until 1.00 am
2016: September 17th – October 3rd
- Go Germany This October for Oktoberfest (moonmicrosystem1.wordpress.com)
- Munich: Finalize Your Oktoberfest Plans Right Now. No, Seriously. (jaunted.com)
- Oktoberfest Comes Early (npr.org)