Oktoberfest Munich 20.09. - 05.10.2014 - Bavaria

Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival celebrating beer held annually in Munich, running from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world's largest fair, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810.

Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields were named Theresienwiese ("Theresa's meadow") in honor of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the "Wies'n". Horse races in the presence of the Royal Family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest.

Regional breweries prepare a special stronger beer to be served only at the Oktoberfest. The area where the Oktoberfest takes place has 31 hectares. 

Main attractions at the Oktoberfest are beer tents with live traditional Bavarian music. Besides that lots of little shops and food stands, where you can try traditional Bavarian dishes, can be found. The great atmosphere and plenty of attractions for whole families attract not only beer lovers.

Particularly worth seeing is traditional opening parade. To honour the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, a parade took place for the first time in 1810. Since 1850, this has become an annual event and an important component of the Oktoberfest. Eight thousand people—mostly from Bavaria — in traditional costumes walk from Maximilian Street through the centre of Munich to the Oktoberfest grounds. The march is led by the Münchner Kindl, "Munich child", the symbol on the coat of arms of the city Munich. The tent’s hosts and the breweries present themselves going on beautifully decorated carriages. The culminating moment is when the Mayor of Munich opens the first beer barrel in one of the tents. Then 12 shots are fired to give a sign that the Oktoberfest is officially open.

Visiting Oktoberfest is one of the things that everyone should do at least once in their live.

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Augustiner brewery - Munich, Bavaria

Augustiner brewery - Augustiner Bräu is a brewery located in Munich, Germany. Established in 1328, it is Munich's oldest still independent brewery and produces Munich's most popular brands of beer. The tradition has begun in 1294, when the cornerstone of the Augustinian monastery was laid at the Haberfeld next to the Neuhauser Gasse. Documentary proof exists that already in 1328 an excellent beer was brewed within the walls of the freshly completed building. After the takeover of the monastery by the state and the departure of the brotherhood, the brewery was denationalized and eventually moved to 27, Neuhauser Straße (today there is famous Augustiner restaurant) in 1817. Since 1885 the housing of the brewery has become and remained the "Kellerareal" at the Landsberger Straße (today nr. 31 to 35), where also the "Bräustüberl" is, the internal tavern of Augustiner-Bräu. You can try there not only the famous beer but also traditional Bavarian cuisine. Augustiner is the only brewery in Munich which sells beer in small bottles.

For the Oktoberfest brewery prepares special beer with 6% alcohol content, which is sold in the large Augstiner tent and in the Fischer Vroni tent. As the only brewery Augustiner uses wooden barrels.

Hofbräu brewery - Munich, Bavaria

The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, Munich's famous brewery was founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria, Wilhelm V. It is one of Munich's oldest beer halls. It was originally founded as the brewery to the old Royal Residence, which at that time was situated just around the corner from where the beer hall stands today. Nowadays in its first location famous inn is located, one of the Munich’s top attractions. In 19th century brewery was moved to Wiener Strasse, where today you will find traditional restaurant Hofbräukeller with one of the most beautiful beer gardens in Munich. Since ca. 30 years the brewery is located in Munich-Riem.

Beer brewed for Oktoberfest has a 6% alcohol content what makes it the strongest beer offered on the Oktoberfest.

Paulaner brewery - Munich, Bavaria

The name of the Paulaner brewery refers to the order of friars that resided in Neuhauser Straße in Munich who were part of the order of Saint Francis of Paola. The monks had brewed beer for their own use since 1634. It is the newest brewery in Munich.

Paulaner beer served on the Oktoberfest has 6% alcohol content and is sold in the following tents:  Winzerer Fähndl, Armbrustschützen-Zelt and Käferzelt. Paulaner lager beer is also sold in the Nymphenburg tent where also wine and champagne are served.