WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND OKTOBERFEST 2019: A 16-DAY BEER FESTIVAL
Who’s ready to drink some beer?! Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is one festival you simply can’t miss. Each year between six and seven million people gather in Munich to celebrate with friends, family, and strangers alike. Over the course of 16 days, they consume around 7 million liters of beer; it’s surprising there’s any beer left after this celebration. Oktoberfest 2019 will begin at 12 pm on Saturday, September 21st and end on Sunday, October 6th 2019, and it’s time to start preparing now. Here’s everything you need to know about this infamous festival!
History of Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest began as the marriage ceremony between Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese on October 12, 1810. Everyone was invited to this festival, and it took place in some fields a little bit outside of the town. After the wedding, a huge party occurred and everyone in town enjoyed themselves so much that they asked King Ludwig to continue the celebration the following year. Oktoberfest 2019 will mark the 212thanniversary of this celebration.
Where is Oktoberfest?
The original Oktoberfest takes place in Munich, Germany, on the ground known as “Theresienwiese”, which is also called “Festwiese” by the locals. It is very central and easy to get to from Munich. Half of the year, the grounds are a public park, and around June they start setting up tents and carnival foundations in preparation for the celebration!
What to wear
While you aren’t required to dress up, it’s fun and its part of the cultural experience! A Dirndl or Lederhosen will be what the vast majority of festival-goers will be wearing. These costumes will be sold all over Munich and cost between €100-€125. The popular department store C&A is a great go-to if you can’t find what you are looking for.
What beer will be served?
Only beer conforming to the Reinheitsgebot, approximately 6% alcohol by volume, may be served at Oktoberfest. The beer must be brewed within Munich city limits. That means everything is local! Some popular breweries you may find at Oktoberfest are Augustiner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu, Löwenbräu, and Spatenbräu.
What else is there to do at Oktoberfest besides drinking?
Need a break from drinking? No problem! There are endless amounts of rides and carnival games to enjoy. There are hundreds of performers and musicians that you can listen to as well. And don’t forget about the delicious food! A must-order is the classic “Wiesn-Hendl” (grilled chicken), best enjoyed with french fries. Freshly baked pretzels are delicious and extremely popular.
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