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.

Oktoberfest in Germany: Everything You Need to Know 2017-03-13T04:18:19+00:00

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.

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!

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.