Oktoberfest - a Bavarian Heritage
22 September – 7 October 2018
Munich's Oktoberfest is the world's largest "Volksfest" which is held annually in the centre of Munich. It is a 16 to 18 day folk festival taking place from late September to the first weekend in October, with more than approx. 6 million visitors from around the world attending the event every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the year 1810.
During the Oktoberfest vast quantities of beer, roast chicken and pork knuckles are consumed. Visitors also enjoy numerous attractions, such as amusement rides, sidestalls and games.
The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 when Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the large fields which used to be in front of the city gates to celebrate the royal event. Those fields have since been named Theresienwiese („Theresa’s fields“) in honour of the then crown princess. Locals have simply abbreviated the name to "Wies’n“.
14 large tents offer seating for approx 120.000 guests and reservations are mandatory in order to enjoy the atmosphere, the dancing, the singing and the drinking. Visitors as well as locals typically dress up in traditional Bavarian costumes - which sometimes are adapted to reflect individual preferences and styles.