In a few days the biggest party in the world will start. At least that’s how they call Oktoberfest! Everyone in Munich will have a great excuse to be drunk from 17th of September till 3rd of October. Normally this annual festival lasts 16-18 days, including the first Sunday in October. Last year I was there for its anniversary – 200th Oktoberfest.
From the very morning the area named Theresienwiese is full of people. Most of them dressed like centuries ago – in a traditional leather shorts Lederhosen and dirndl style dress. Seems like a time machine is working.
Traditional parade with horses, drummers and folk dancers starts the event. But officially the party begins, when the Mayor of Munich try the first keg of Oktoberfest beer at 12:00 and cry “O’ zapft is!”
I don’t think that Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen could imagine how famous their tradition will become. Everything started in 1810 during the marriage celebration of those guys. The party was so merry that they decided to repeat it again and again.
And until today the tradition to gather in October for festival attracts beer lovers from everywhere. Statistics display that last year 6.4 million of people attended this event. Quite a number, taking into account the total area of Theresienwiese (42 hectares). No doubt that the main ingredient of event is beer. But not ordinary – only which is brewed within the city limits of Munich is allowed to be served here, under one of the beer tents, established especially for the festival. It’s a great fun to be inside such tent, enjoying joyful atmosphere and singing together with drunk people. But normally it is more easy to find some friend you didn’t see for ages than a free place to sit.
I admire how waitresses carry 10 glasses of beer in one goal – each for one liter! I also tried a famous German beer, leaving my credit in the total amount of beer being drunk last year. Just imagine – 7,100,000 liters! And those, who don’t know their drinking norm are called “Bierleichen” (beer corpses).
Apart from wonderful beer, I also liked traditional sausages Würstl and Weisswurst. Bavarians definitely know how to keep you partying all nights and days long, for 201 years already. You can also be a part of this fantastic event and feel what is Oktoberfest by watching the video we made with Zemia Media last year. Prost!