Oktoberfest is a multi-week event that dates back from the 1800's, and takes place in Munich, Germany. Since then, there have been many more events, activities, and drinks added to the festival that brings in several million people each year. The main attraction is beer, but music and authentic German food also comprise this important Germany festival that spans 16 days.

History of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest - German food The history of Oktoberfest began in 1810, when King Ludwig I married Princess Therese, where citizens were welcomed to join in the massive celebration. By 1850, this celebration became an annual event that brought in thousands of people to commemorate the royal wedding, including a march of about 8000 people wearing traditional clothing that walked on Maximilian Street of Munich to the festival grounds, called "Theresienwiese" which signifies Princess Therese's meadow. During that time, many additional events were added to the festival, such as horse-racing, booths, games, small tents, a carousal, and dancing activities.

Towards the end of the 1800ís, beer halls and music venues were added to the Germany beer fest. Starting with World War I in 1914 through the 1920ís, the festival was cancelled on and off for a number of years due to the war and inflation. A few years during that time the festival was replaced with a simpler version called the ĎAutumn Fest,í and the festival also experienced a continuous cancellation that spanned several years during World War II from 1939 to 1945.

Beer and Food

Oktoberfest - German Beer Germany Oktoberfest includes a wide array of food and beverages, including an extensive assortment of German beers which are displayed in tents. Tents range in size from small to very large, with some accommodating up to 9000 people inside at one time. Each tent specializes in a certain kind of beer, the bigger tents usually offering the most classic beers from well-known breweries in Germany. During the festival, several million liters of beer and close to a million liters of wine are consumed every year. In addition to beer, Oktoberfest is known for its delicious traditional German food. Amongst the kinds most enjoyed are a variety of grilled and roasted meats, pretzels, potato pancakes, sauerkraut, and potato or bread dumplings.


To support the large amount of people coming to Germany Oktoberfest, more tents and larger beer halls have been added to the festival grounds. These added facilities include more garbage receptacles to control the several hundred tons of waste the festival produces each year. Restroom facilities have also been added to accommodate more people, with nearly 2000 toilets and urinals available at the beer fest.


Oktoberfest - German pretzels Since its beginnings, Germany Oktoberfest has undergone many changes and additions to the events hosted there. For example, there are no longer horse races featured at the festival, but there are now elaborate parade floats, a roller coaster, game booths, and a Ferris wheel. Both popular and folk music is performed live on stages at the Germany festival, and even international favorites of the disco and rock genre are sometimes played.

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