Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 by Travel_and_Outdoors
The origins of Oktoberfest date back to the wedding of King Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. To celebrate the event it was suggested to have a big horse race on October 17, 1810. Every year thereafter the celebration was repeated. At the turn of the 20th century the celebration grew bigger in size. With the advent of electricity more stands and rides were erected until the event grew to what it is today.
The Munich Oktoberfest is held every year starting in September and running through October. This year the festivities are held on September 21 - October 6, 2013. If the German Reunification Day (October 3rd) falls on the first Sunday of October then the festival gets extended an extra day or two.
There are usually 34 beer tents that one can visit. The main beer tent is called Schottenhamel tent. One has to reserve seats in advance to get a good seat on opening day. At 12 noon the mayor of Munich usually kicks off the festivities by tapping the first keg, followed by a 12 gun salute. Learn more about the major beer tents and their locations.
Other highlights of Oktoberfest include various parades of historic horse-drawn carriages & floats, music, rides, various performances, and of course lots of delicious food and souveniers to take home. Check out the main events page for more information.
There are six main breweries that partake in the festivisties. Augustiner, Hacker Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, and Spaten have a long history and tradition in Munich.
To dress up in the traditional Oktoberfest outfit you will need to wear the Dirndl if you're a girl and Lederhosen if you're a guy. Styles and prices vary widely based on fabric, embroidery work, and accessories. There are various shops in downtown Munich that sell the traditional Bavarian costumes known as Trachtenmode. My personal favorite place to shop for the Dirndl is called Ludwig Beck. It is located right in the heart of downtown Munich near the Glockenspiel Tower.
For accomodations there are many hotels in Munich but it is advised that you book your room in advance for Oktoberfest time. The library has many travel books on dining and hotels.
Oktoberfest is celebrated all around the world including right here in the Bay Area. Here are some upcoming events: