You might have heard of the Oktoberfest – one of the most massive folk festivals in Germany and the world’s largest beer festival. The festival is undoubtedly a magnet, especially if you are now in Germany. The time is coming. We bet you do not want to miss it anyway. Starting this Saturday, the Oktoberfest will bring you an unforgettable festival season.
Oktoberfest: What is it?
What interests you the most? Beer or German traditional food? Or Bavarian culture? Or simply a folk fest? Believe us! The Oktoberfest is much more than just a grand celebration of beer and hangover. The very first Oktoberfest was in 1810 when Bavarian citizens celebrated the marriage between the crown prince Ludwig and princess Therese of Saxe Hilburghausen. It was an open air feast with a horse race, a Bavarian traditional costumes show, and main features of nine townships of Bavaria area.
Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the Oktoberfest has experienced a transformation into a festival that is open to public a.k.a a folk festival. The festival features agriculture, tradition of Bavaria state and German beer. Since the unification of Germany, the organization of Oktoberfest has merged with German Unity Day on October 3rd. Thus, the Oktoberfest usually takes place at the end of September till the first Sunday of October. In case October 1st or 2nd is on Sunday, the Unity Day will be the last day of the festival.
At Oktoberfest, you will definitely find hundreds of beer tents with endless names of breweries. Also, no doubt you will delve into the old days of Bavarian with lederhosen (leather trousers) and dirndl – Bavarian traditional dress – everywhere. Moreover, lots of amusement games, music performances and parades promise to light up the city of Munich at the beginning of the autumn.
Cannot make it to Munich?
Getting to München (Munich) for Oktoberfest sounds perfect, doesn’t it? However, the city will be fully booked for sure. Who does not want to join a festival in its birthplace? Do not miss the chance anyway. The festival has spread to different parts of Germany including Berlin – the heart of the country. The festive vibes spread through the whole city of Berlin. You will find a “clone” of Oktoberfest basically everywhere in Berlin. Alexanderplatz, Kurt-Schumacher-Damm, Spreewiesn am Postbahnhof or Spandau would be your must-check destinations.Events in Berlin all year round
|Oktoberfest at a Glance!
Date and time: 22.09.2018 – 07.10.2018
Location: München, Berlin: Alexanderplatz, Spreewiesn, Kurt-Schumacher-Damm, etc.
Admission fee: FREE