History of the Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival celebrating beer held annually in
Munich, Bavaria, Germany,
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
to descend on the beer tents of
Munich to celebrate the 16-day Oktoberfest extravaganza.
To the locals, it is not called
Oktoberfest, but "die Wiesn" - after the colloquial name of the
The Oktoberfest is an important part
of Bavarianculture, having been held since 1810.
Other cities across the world also
hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich
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
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
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
The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave
rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest.
of the Oktoberfest
Dances (with Video)
Impressions (with Video)