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SEE Saturday, 14 November 2015

Oktoberfest Festival in Germany

Oktoberfest Festival is the famous festival in Germany that attracts a lot of not only German people but also visitors in all over the world.

Oktoberfest in Germany
Oktoberfest in Germany

The Munich Oktoberfest justly lays claim to being the world's largest folk festival (yes, it's not just about drinking beer). Over the past decade it has attracted an average of around six million visitors a year, who between them consume almost seven million litres of beer and munch their way through thousands of grilled sausages, chickens, giant pretzels and - for those really wanting to soak it all up - wild oxen. The festival, which spans just over two weeks, is held annually in a meadow just outside Munich’s city centre. In addition to eating, drinking and dancing, visitors can enjoy colourful parades, a variety of fairground rides, and for those not themselves in traditional Bavarian gear, admire those that are.

People take part in the festival
People take part in the festival

Its fame and popularity mean that Oktoberfest is a huge crowd-puller and as a rule accommodation and transport have to be booked well in advance. That said, it is still possible to plan a trip at short notice. Here’s a guide to how Oktoberfest started, what exactly it entails and how best to plan a visit.

Although the festival concludes in October, most of it takes place in September. This year’s dates are September 19-October 4.

People drink beer in the festival
People drink beer in the festival

The original Oktoberfest in October 1810 was held in honour of the wedding between Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. For five full days, the burghers of Munich were invited to eat, drink and be merry, and enjoy parades involving kettle drums and music, shooting displays and a horse race around a meadow on the edge of town. Such a good time was had by all that it was decided to stage the race (and the accompanying indulgences) every year. There has been the occasional pause in proceedings (usually at times of war), but this year will mark the 182nd time Oktoberfest is held.

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