Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
Want to experience the largest festival in Europe? Maybe even the world? Does dancing on giant wooden benches, and singing along in the company of thousands of people from all over the world, appeal to your sense of fun? Well, you have come to the right place to learn about Oktoberfest in Munich (München), Germany – the largest beer festival in the world. (Held annually in late September and through the first weekend of October and ranging from 16-18 days depending on the way the calendar falls on the first weekend of October). Bavaria, along with the rest of Germany, crackles with the spectacular energy of Oktoberfest - especially in Munich.
Oktoberfest is held in a field known as Theresienwiese ("Theresa's meadow") in honor of the Crown Princess since it was the field that first celebrated the royal marriage of Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Bavaria in 1810. Today, the Germans call Oktoberfest, wiesn (pronounced viesn). The tradition has continued since then, and has gotten progressively larger and more popular as the years have gone by - making it one of the biggest and most beloved festivals of all time.
The festival traditionally begins with the grand entry parade, the opening ceremony, and the costume and rifleman’s parade - all marvelous parades filled with beautifully decorated floats, horse drawn carriages, colorful people dressed in historical uniforms, stunning costumes, live music; to honor Bavaria’s rich culture and history.
Everywhere you look, you see beautiful German women dressed in the traditional dress called dirndls, alongside German men decked out in their traditional garb called lederhosen. Their tight leather hose or pants, is topped extravagantly with a Bavarian hat (Tirolerhute), which contains the highly prized and very expensive goat’s tuft. If this is not enough to feast your eyes on and set the mood to celebrate, then walking into a bier (beer) tent for the first time should do...
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