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Every year in September, when it's called "O'zapft is!" For 16 days, Munich is dominated by Oktoberfest. Contrary to expectations, the name does not start the festival in October. Due to the milder weather, the beginning of the folk festival was relocated in September 1872.

It is the largest folk festival in the world. Every year around 6 million people come to the Theresienwiese to celebrate, discover the numerous rides, and enjoy the delicious food and the excellent beer.

The Oktoberfest can now look back on more than 200 years of tradition. It was first celebrated in 1810 for the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Today, "Oktoberfest" - as the people of Munich call the festival - attracts visitors from all over the world.

The tents

Guests can find space in 16 large beer tents with seating for up to 10,000 people.

The specially brewed Oktoberfest beer from the six Munich breweries (Augustiner, Paulaner, Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, and Löwenbräu) is served in the tents. In addition, there are 21 smaller restaurant tents with around 120,000 seats. In good weather, you can still be comfortable in the beer gardens of the tents.

The beer

Every year, the time-honored Munich breweries make their way to the largest Oktoberfest beer festival in the world, a special Oktoberfest beer, which is only served at the time of the Oktoberfest. True to the Munich Purity Law of 1487, no ingredients other than water, hops, and barley malt may be used.

The bright reaches an alcohol content of six percent and is thus slightly more potent than regular beer. Oktoberfest beer convinces with a delicate dry, slightly malty note, is tasty, and has 0relatively little carbon dioxide. The glasses are called "Maß0," it is 1 ltr. 0Of Oktoberfest beer costs around 13 euros, depending on the tent.

Munich's Oktoberfest attracts millions of visitors every year. In 2022 the Wies'n will take place from mid-September to the beginning of October. (See exact dates)


If you want to visit Munich's Oktoberfest with your heart and soul, you'll have to look around your wardrobe first. While men wear a plaid shirt with leather trousers ( Lederhosen), beige trousers, socks, and "Haferl" shoes, the woman throws herself into a jaunty dirndl.

The bow on the dirndl:

What is especially interesting for the men on the dirndl is the position of the bow on the dirndl: If you wear the bow on the right side, everyone understands: finger away, the lady is forgiven. If you wear the loop on the left, you can expect a lot of attention because that symbolizes that you are single. Mid-bound loops reveal you as a virgin; whoever wears the bow behind is either a waitress or widow.

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