The Munich Oktoberfest

The Munich Oktoberfest is held at the Theresienwiese. More than 6 million people visit the largest people’s, and beer festival in the world. This year’s Oktoberfest, will be held from September 22nd until October 7th. Many people purchase souvenirs to remind them of the wonderful time had in Munich. See what the English newspaper, The Telegraph thinks of the Oktoberfest

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Some facts from an earlier Munich Oktoberfest

1.3 million “halbe Hendl” (chicken half) were sold together with 5.1 million Mass beers. A Mass is 1 litre of beer. More than $660 million was spent in the city during these 2 weeks. Perhaps the 170,000 beer mugs that people tried to steal contributed to the overall cost. A car traveling to Italy was stopped for a routine check, had more 200 bier krugs in the car.

With so many visitors and such a large quantity of the worlds finest beer it is surprising that only 280 people got total drunk and needed some form of assistance.

Included are a montage of photos I took at the Oktoberfest, hoping, you like them enough, to visit Munich for next Oktoberfest festival which always finishes on the first Sunday in October. The Oktoberfest lasts for two weeks.

Latest images from the 2013 Oktoberfest some you just would not believe

The Munich Oktoberfest runs for two weeks every year in late September to early October. A large number of beer tents, a giant fun fair, side shows, souvenir stands, grilled
fish and chicken grills
and nearly 7 million
visitors make the Munich Oktoberfest the largest festival in the world.
Beer wagon procession Munich Oktoberfest horsesThe procession of horse
drawn beer wagons passes through the city and arrives at the Oktoberfest grounds, called locally the”Wies’n”.
The Munich breweries are: Paulaner, Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr, Löwenbräu, Hofbräu and Augustiner. All have beer tents at the Oktoberfest. The tents can seat about 8,000 people inside and also have area’s outside for many more.
Typical Munich maß beer The famous Munich Maß beer . More than 5 million beers were drunk during the festival. There were one or two hangovers the next day.
A full Maß weights more than 2Kg (4.4lb) and the Bedienung (waitress) normally carries 8 at a time, sometimes she even carries 12 to a thirsty table. The beer is specially brewed for the 16 day event and is a lot stronger than the normal “helles” (Lager) beer.
On opening day, exactly at midday, a series of 12 exploding rockets fired into the sky, signal the official opening of the Oktoberfest. Traditionally the first barrel is tapped by Munich’s mayor to shouts of “ozapft is” (it’s tapped).
On Sunday the “Costume and Riflemen’s Parade” marches through the city. The 7 Km long procession has marching bands, beer wagons, traditional folk dress groups. The 7,000 people taking part come from all over Bavaria and from many other European countries.
Munich Oktoberfest Löwenbräu beer tentOktoberfest beer zelt from SpatenThe atmosphere inside the beer tents, with live Bavarian music and people from all over the world eating and drinking, is to be remembered.
Freshly baked brezen. Munich breze

The Oktoberfest breze is larger than the normal everyday version, but has a special flavour and taste.

The famous Munich Oktoberfest haxen

The Hax’n ( pork knuckle ) at the Munich Oktoberfest is grilled to perfection and a firm favourite with visitors and locals alike.

You should also try the Steckerlfisch

Oktoberfest in Munich can be expensive, especially if you use hotels in Munich near Oktoberfest at the Theresienwiese. Further details about the Munich Oktoberfest are listed in the menu.

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