A Guide to Oktoberfest in Germany
Oktoberfest is the iconic celebration of fun, food, and festivities in Germany. The festival focuses on many aspects of German life and culture, including beer, historical events, and a celebration of German life. If you love the German culture and food, you won’t want to miss attending the world’s largest Oktoberfest in Munich.
When is Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest used to be held in October, but German weather is quite cold and rainy (and sometimes there is snow) by mid-fall. Today, the festival is held in September to ensure fairer weather. The festival has been held in September since 1872.
What Started Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest is the largest folk festival in the world. It was started in 1810 in honor of the wedding ceremony of the Crown Prince Ludwig, who was the king of Bavaria. He married Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen, and the very first Oktoberfest celebrated their marriage. The people had such a good time at the celebrations, the decided to hold them every year.
What Can You Do at Oktoberfest?
The celebration contains a lot of food and fun. The main attractions are food, beer, and parades. The festival also offers other activities, like halls of entertainment, 130 rides and games to play, and many street vendors where you can purchase cultural items. Throughout the event, the celebrations include cultural precessions, historical events, and many other fun activities.
What about the Beer?
You may be surprised at how regulated the beer is at Oktoberfest. By law, only breweries in Munich are allowed at Oktoberfest. The Munich breweries of Augustinerbrauerei, Hacker-Pschorrbrauerei, Paulanerbrauerei, Spatenbrauerei, Löwenbrauerei and Staatliches Hofbräuhaus create special blends specifically for Oktoberfest each year. These beers must adhere to standards set way back in 1467.
What Can You Eat?
There are many delicious foods to try at Oktoberfest. You can try creamy obatzda cheese, Bavarian radishes, sausage, roast chicken, spicy fish, roasted ox, fried potatoes, pretzels, and a whole lot more. You should arrive hungry and eat plenty of food to avoid the effects of all of the alcohol you are sure to consume!
How can I Attend Oktoberfest?
You don’t have to purchase specific tickets to get into Oktoberfest, but you may need tickets for specific events once you are at the festival. If you plan to attend, look into finding accommodations and tickets to events as far in advance as possible, so that you can be sure you don’t miss anything you are really wanting to see. Luckily, the city is very accepting of tourists during Oktoberfest or any time of year.
Oktoberfest is a festival that you won’t want to miss. Especially if you are a beer enthusiast, Oktoberfest is the perfect holiday for you. What if you can’t make the trip all the way to Munich for the festival? Thousands of other cities around the world hold their own Oktoberfest festivals in the fall where you can celebrate German culture in style wherever you are. Just make sure you don’t get too carried away while drinking some of the world’s best beers or you’ll likely face an uncomfortable hangover the next day.