Oktoberfest in Germany: Everything You Need to Know

Oktoberfest is the world's largest festival attracting over 6.4 million visitors!The name is slightly misleading though as the 16-17 day festival is held at the end of September and ends the first week in October. Although traditionally held in October - hence the name, it was moved to September when the weather was warmer.

Quick Oktoberfest History Lesson

It has a long tradition dating back to October 12th, 1810. On that day that King Ludwig I married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. They invited the citizens of Munich to celebrate with them. It must have been some party as the tradition has carried on for more than 200 years! For the first hundred years the festival was an agricultural show. Over time carnival booths and rides were added. A parade was also added. This is definitely worth seeing. 8000 people, mostly Bavarians, walk in traditional costumes through the streets of Munich to the Theresienwiese, where the event is held.

  • One of the tents at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany 2016: What You Need to Know

Your practical guide of everything you need to know for celebrating Oktoberfest in Munich for 2016.

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Oktoberfest by the Numbers

An Oktoberfest infographic showing you how much beer really gets drank and how much a beer will cost you!

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What the Tie On Your Oktoberfest Dirndl Says About You

How you tie your Oktoberfest dirndl tells the world a whole lot about you ladies - or at least your relationship status!

Oktoberfest: 5 Things Women Need to Know

Ladies if you're planning to attend Oktoberfest, in Munich, Germany, there are a few things you need to know before you go. Read on....

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Oktoberfest: 7 Tips for the 30+ Year Old Crowd

Oktoberfest survival tips for the 30+ Year Old Crowd. You can enjoy Oktoberfest at any age, but perhaps differently than if you were 20. Here are 7 tips:

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Don’t Go to Oktoberfest Without Knowing This Song!

My favorite Oktoberfest song is Fliegerlied. It not only gets everyone up and dancing but comes with some fun dance moves. Check them out:

Photojourney to Oktoberfest Parade

The Oktoberfest Parade in Munich is a perfect warmup for the Oktoberfest festivities with more than 7000 participants, colorful costumes and live music. Don't forget your dirndl or lederhosen!

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Bier and Oktoberfest Museum

What does Oktoberfest have to do with a royal wedding? Where did beer originate? Find out at the Bier and Oktoberfest Museum in Munich.

German Beer Festivals – More Than Just Beer

There's more to German beer festivals than just beer, and German beer festivals can be surprisingly quite family friendly.

German Beer Festivals

German beer festivals all have several things in common - carnival rides, beer tents, traditional German fair food and of course beer!